American International School-Salzburg
|Year of Foundation||1976|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||US grades 7 through 12|
|Boarding||Day School|Boarding School|
|Number of students||80-100|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1:5|
|Accreditations||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Headmaster||Paul R. McLean|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||€15,000|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||€41,000|
Established in 1976, AIS-Salzburg is an international, college-preparatory boarding school for students in grades 7 through 12 with an optional post-graduate, 13th year available. Our school is designed to remain small with a student body of around 100 students at full capacity in order to enhance individual guidance and instruction. Our ‘long term teaching faculty’ work closely with our resident staff to establish a familiar atmosphere where every student feels cared for personally and appropriately challenged academically.
The city of Salzburg is world-renowned for its cultural heritage and intimate beauty. Nestled in the foothills of the Austrian Alps and on the border with Bavaria, Salzburg sits in the middle of Western Europe and equidistant from major European cities such as Berlin, Paris and Rome. The physical beauty of the city of Salzburg with its Baroque charm, as well as the countryside with its lakes and mountains, offers a uniquely beautiful setting for our students. With a population of just under 150,000, Salzburg itself is small enough to quickly get acquainted with and large enough—as the provincial capital—to have all of the amenities and necessary infrastructure to meet our students’ needs. Three large hospitals, an international airport, and outstanding sports facilities are close at hand.
CurriculumU.S. College-Preparatory Secondary Curriculum
Languages of instructionEnglish
Foreign languagesGerman, French, Spanish, Italian
ExaminationsAdvanced Placement€, SATI, SATII, Stanford
The self-discipline I have learned over the years at AIS-Salzburg has helped me tremendously. My fondest memory was spending a week in Romania at the Habitat for Humanity site. It was great to help people in need, spending some time with my classmates and seeing what a positive impact we can have on the world.
AIS-Salzburg focusses on education as a whole rather than just passing exams. The small class sizes, the international student body, the amazing school trips all of these helped to prepare me for university and for life in general. One of my fondest memories was a volleyball trip to Lausanne, Switzerland to take part in a tournament. There was such excitement travelling across countries by train and overnighting in another international school. I think we lost spectacularly but this was incidental!
I think the most important thing that AIS-Salzburg taught me and assisted me in is getting out there, being curious, and not being afraid to leave my comfort zone. Moving into the international community for the first time, it helped me become globally and culturally aware, which is an essential graduate attribute in our modern world. It taught me diligence (study halls do have a positive effect), and despite finding myself lazy at times, I am constantly doing something or being somewhere just because that’s the regime I got used to, and the regime I actually prefer. Regarding academics, my research and writing skills which I have to use a lot at university have definitely been largely shaped owing to the AIS-Salzburg, and the same applies to all aspects of learning, including working in teams, presenting, staying organized, and managing time.