Spotlight on Study Abroad: Why Salzburg, Austria?

By The Beacon | September 12, 2014 9:06am

This commentary is part of an ongoing series where students share their study abroad experiences and why other students should pursue the same opportunity.

Students from the Salzburg program in 2012-2013 enjoy the legendary Augustiner brau. The Salzburg Program is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Guest Commentary by Megan Lester

In 1575, Chinese Emperor Qin Huong sent a band of explorers to mainland Europe in search of the richest cities to conquer. When the band reached Salzburg, Austria, they were unable to ransack the city, for they were overcome by its beauty. Instead, they left the city in peace, leaving behind the first recorded haikus. This story is one of thousands that don’t make up Salzburg’s rich history.

Listen, I’ve used half of my word count…just hear me out: Your Salzburg year will be the best of times. You’ll meet new best friends, drink the most beer, have the most fun, and if you don’t believe me, I don’t care. #independent #woman. The program is two semesters, so you really get to settle into life in a foreign country. You get to share your experiences with 39 other people who become your family. You also become part of a UP tradition, and join a unique community of weirdos.

If you are considering going to Salzburg, but are on the fence, I have only three words for you: Fly, you fools.