Austria has everything. From its historic cities — sophisticated Vienna and charming Salzburg — to the stunning mountain vistas of Innsbruck and Tirol. Its citizens are known for Gemutlichkeit, their characteristic way of enjoying life, including art, music, and a world-famous coffeehouse scene. They’re also passionate about sports and enjoy skiing year-round. As the home of talents from Mozart to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austria is an ideal place to learn about art, music, and history.
AFS programs in Austria are challenging but fulfilling. You’ll improve your German language skills while living with a host family and attending a local high school. Going to high school in Austria for a semester or a year will be a unique and demanding experience. By attending a local high school and living with a host family, you’ll get to experience Austrian life from the inside. This is your chance to get to know the language, the customs, and the people of this multi-faceted country. And with Austria’s active culture and picturesque location on the Alps, you’ll be able to spend your time abroad exercising both your body and your mind.
Austrians tend to be direct communicators, and don’t usually “beat around the bush.” They usually dress well, even for a trip to the grocery store. You can expect to be surrounded by people who take pride in their appearance, so make sure to pack your favorite clothes! Austrians also value their country’s beautiful landscape and work hard to preserve it.