Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change: Open to all majors!

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The 2021 Salzburg Academy runs from July 18 to August 2

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Early Deadline: March 15, 2020

 The Salzburg Academy is a 3-week summer abroad program in Salzburg, Austria, open to graduate and undergraduate students from all majors (from LAU and any other university). Students earn 6 LAU credits for two courses in global media literacy (the courses may count as major electives or free elective). Students discuss pressing global issues, produce multimedia modules, and engage in research and debates with 75 students and 15 faculty from across the globe, while exploring the exquisite Austrian nature and culture and Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg. For 3 weeks, students live, dine, and study in residence at the 17th-century Meierhof building and the 18th-century world-renowned Schloss Leopoldskron, the palace in the movie The Sound of Music. Academy students receive full room and board, including buffet-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and coffee/tea breaks and two excursions in Austria/Germany.

Check out the photos of the residence and the photos of last year's academy.

Open to All Majors (undergraduates and graduates)
Courses count as LAC Arts or LAC electives or free electives


Highlights of the Salzburg Academy

- Earn two courses in 3 weeks (Courses count as major electives for communicaiton arts students, and LAC Arts, LAC electives or free electives for everyone).
- Live, dine, and study in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
- Regardless your major or media-skills, learn digital media literacy skills transferable to any industry.
- Make new friends and build lifelong contacts from all over the world.
- Chat with world leaders, international artists, and Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners.
- Enjoy the world-famous Salzburg Music Festival that coincides with the academy.
- Experience what past participants called "a life-changing experience."





Who May Apply and How?

LAU and non-LAU students, graduates and undergraduates, from any major may apply. Applications are open to students and institutions from all parts of the world. Students from recognized Arab universities may apply and earn credit through LAU.

Application process

Online Application: Submit the online application by one of the posted deadlines.
Early deadline: Applicants who apply by the Early Deadline (March 15) will know by end of March if they were accepted.
Late deadline: Applicants who apply by the Late Deadline (April 30) will know on a rolling basis if they were accepted.   
Deposit: Accepted students must pay a non-refundable deposit. Students who do not pay the deposit may lose their spot to someone in the wait list. 
Registration: After paying the deposit, we will register you in the designated courses for the academy. 
Tuition: Students should pay the full academy fees (see cost below) by the deadline of tuition payment for summer. Please see withdrawal and refund policies below.
Courses: Undergraduate students are registered in JSC 480 and JSC 481, and graduate students are registered in JSC 780 and JSC 781


JSC 480 and JSC 780: Global Media Literacy (3 credits)
JSC 481 and JSC 781: Global Change, Cooperation and News (3 credits)



Next Steps After Acceptance and Registration

After paying the deposit and tuition fees, you have a few more matters to settle before taking off to Austria:

Book Flights Early: Book your airfare as early as you can to save money and guarantee convenient flights. Most of our students pay the following: $450 to Vienna, $500 to Munich, and $550 to Salzburg. You can fly to either of these cities and take ground transportation to the palace. We'll tell you more later.  

Visa for Austria: Some students will need to get a visa to enter Europe. We will give you more directions for how to apply for a visa later. The visa usually takes 3-6 weeks and costs $40-$50.

Travel Insurance: All students are required to get travel insurance. Some students already have travel insurance through their parents. Purchasing travel insurance costs $35-$45.

Clothing and other details: For any other questions about the weather, what to take with you, clothing and events, pocket money, calling home, internet, and activities to do in Austria and Germany, please see http://www.salzburgglobal.org/calendar/2010-2019/2016/sac-10.html

Regular Summer Courses: LAU students participating in the Salzburg Academy may register in 3 additional credits as regular summer courses. By regulation, students may take up to 9 credits in summer (Salzburg courses = 6 credits). In addition, because the summer semester ends around mid July and the Salzburg Academy starts around the same time , students taking regular summer courses must get permission from their faculty to be absent on the last day (or few days) of classes and do their final exam early (or be exempted from it).  


Salzburg 2016


​Tuition for the 2021 Salzburg Academy

We have tried to keep the cost for the Salzburg Academy program as close as possible to the cost of 6 undergraduate summer credits at LAU, especially that most of the tuition for this program is paid abroad. In past years, the full tuition of the Salzburg Academy program, which includes 6 credits, room and board, food and excursions for almost three weeks in Austria was $6,400. Due to the economic crisis, the devaluation of the Lebanese currency, and the fact that the tuition for this program needs to be paid in "fresh USD" to the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria, we are doing our best to keep the fees for this extraordinary program under control and to attract additional scholarships. We will provide more details about the fees for this year as soon as we get them.  


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Students may not use their regular LAU financial aid for this program, but may apply for a Salzburg Academy discount (normally $500 to $1,500). Students interested in applying to this scholarship must fill the portion of the application that refers to the scholarship. Scholarships are limited in number and offered mainly to students who currently receive financial aid from LAU.

Refund Policy

The Salzburg Academy refund policy for all students is as follows:
1. The deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances.
2. Students canceling before the Summer tuition deadline: 100% of tuition minus the deposit is returned.
3. Students canceling after the Summer tuition deadline: no refunds allowed.


Withdrawal Policy

The Salzburg Academy withdrawal policy is as follows:
1. Students may only drop both courses together.
2. Students who drop courses by the end of the 3rd day of the Academy receive a WP grade.
3. Students are not allowed to drop courses after the 3rd day of the Academy.



Student Conduct and Eligibility

Students who participate in the Salzburg Academy are subject to the LAU student code of conduct and the Salzburg Academy code of conduct. Students under probation are NOT eligible to participate in the academy.


Internships at the Salzburg Global Seminar

Salzburg Academy graduates interested in apply to a three-month internship at the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) are welcome to do so by emailing a letter of interest and CV to Michaela Goldman at mgoldman@SalzburgGlobal.org  and CC Dr. Jad Melki at jmelki@lau.edu.lb 



Who can help you at LAU?

Department of Communication Arts: Dr. Jad Melki: jmelki@lau.edu.lb
Office of International Services at LAU: international.services@lau.edu.lb




More Information

The Institute of Media Research and Training (IMRT) at LAU is a partner institution of the Salzburg Academy.
For more details about the academy, see: http://salzburg.umd.edu