University and College Placement
The American International School-Salzburg is a purely college-preparatory school and students are accepted who plan on attending college or university following graduation. The entire academic curriculum is designed to prepare students broadly and to the highest (AP®) level in all subject areas. Unlike most European school systems, an American college-preparatory philosophy does not establish specialization in particular subject areas during the 11th and 12th grade similar to A-Levels or Higher-Level subjects in the International Baccalaureate system. Students at AIS-Salzburg will be enrolled in select AP® courses (link) in the 11th and 12th grades and can also choose to enroll in further AP® subjects before graduation. This allows them to tailor their studies somewhat to prepare for and gain acceptance to the universities of choice
Diploma Equivalency Worldwide
The American High School Diploma offered by AIS-Salzburg is acceptable worldwide provided AP® Examinations and language proficiency standards are met. The link below provides a general breakdown of the requirements to be met by AIS-Salzburg graduates who wish to attend universities in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe.
College Placement Counseling
The AIS-Salzburg college-placement counselor is responsible for assisting students in the college-selection and application process. During the junior year, formal counseling of individual students is carried out by the college-placement counselor. Applications to tertiary institutions are made during the 12th grade. It is recommended that students visit universities they are interested in during the summer months between the junior and senior school year as time is limited during the academic trimesters.
The AIS-Salzburg College Counselor is responsible for all standardized testing along with the School’s Advanced Placement Coordinator. AIS-Salzburg is a testing center for SAT and AP® Examinations and regularly-scheduled examinations are noted on our school calendar. Language testing is generally not done on campus and travel to the nearest testing center is coordinated and approved by the College Counselor ad hoc. Generally, SAT testing for juniors and seniors is organized at AIS-Salzburg in November, December and May of each year. All Advanced Placement Examinations are held during the first two full weeks of May each spring.
College Placement Calendar
The table below outlines the general timetable for college-placement at AIS-Salzburg.
|11th grade||March||Individual Meeting with College Counselor|
|11th grade||April/May||Registration for TOEFL Examination if required|
|11th grade||May||SAT I testing at AIS-Salzburg (Mandatory for all students planning on studying in the U.S. or Canada)|
Summer between grade 11 and 12
|June, July, August||Visits to selected universities and colleges|
|Grade 12||October||College and University fair at AIS-Salzburg|
|Grade 12||Mid-October||Early decision Applications to U.S. universities submitted|
|Grade 12||November||SAT I testing at AIS-Salzburg (Mandatory for all students planning on studying in the U.S. or Canada)|
Beginning of December
|All AP® Applications with January 15 deadline submitted|
|Grade 12||December||SAT II testing at AIS-Salzburg|
|Grade 12||January – March||Admissions decisions made by U.S., Canadian and U.K. universities|
|Grade 12||May||Advanced Placement® Examinations at AIS-Salzburg|
Beginning of May
|Addresses of colleges and universities for final transcripts submitted to the College Counselor|
|Grade 12||July – August||Application to Austrian and German universities|