The American International School-Salzburg is an international, college-preparatory boarding school for students in grades 7 through 12 located in one of the most beautiful and culturally-rich cities in Western Europe. Founded in 1976, AIS-Salzburg has been preparing outstanding international students for success at university and beyond by offering a rigorous academic program, a rich and varied social and cultural activities program, small class sizes and a 3-to-1 student-to-staff ratio. Our school is designed to remain small with a student body of around 100 students at full capacity, thus enhancing individual guidance and instruction and establishing a familiar atmosphere where every student feels cared for personally.

Message from the Headmaster

American International School in Salzburg. Foto: Andreas Kolarik, 26.09.14
To those of us who have the great fortune to live and work in this unique and lovely school, the honor of offering you this overview of our beautiful location, our academic and social programs, and our talented and dedicated students and staff, is a challenging proposition to say the least. Only those who have had the opportunity to experience life and learning in this unforgettable and timeless city can truly understand what an international education in a boarding school can provide and how it can equip a student not only for the challenges of university but bring out hidden talents and further an understanding of our world which is truly global and universal. Living and attending school abroad will challenge your beliefs, excite your senses, and broaden your mind like nothing else. For the thousands of students who have attended AIS-Salzburg over the years, I am absolutely certain that the events they experienced here, the diversity of the students with whom they studied, and the remarkable dedication of their teachers left a mark upon them which they continue to carry today. It is the mark of wisdom, discernment, and fairness which can only come through experiencing life and studying abroad. I hope that you, too, have an interest in experiencing a challenging educational opportunity abroad. There is much to say about AIS-Salzburg because it encompasses all of life: learning; living; travelling and sharing experiences together; and preparing for the future ahead. It‘s a lot to think about, but as every student in our school knows, life was never more interesting or challenging than while enrolled at AIS-Salzburg. – Paul McLean, Headmaster

Since the establishment of the American International School-Salzburg in 1976, thousands of young people from all over the world have combined a challenging and rigorous academic program with the chance to live and study in Salzburg, Austria. While living abroad can be an education in its own right, the American International School-Salzburg offers a very solid, college-preparatory program which leads to the awarding of an American high school diploma with AP credentials.

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The curricular program of the school is maintained and regularly evaluated by the school’s administration, teaching faculty, and resident-care staff. It complies fully with AP-program guidelines and our policies, teaching materials, and approach to teaching remain consistent with most accredited independent schools in the United States and worldwide. The language of instruction at our school is English and most of the teaching faculty and resident-care staff members are US citizens and native English speakers. Given our historical and educational orientation, it should not be surprising that our students participate in a program which will provide excellent preparation for entrance to universities and colleges worldwide.

Students interested in studying abroad upon graduation from AIS-Salzburg are also served by our curricular program and Advanced Placement® examinations. Graduates of AIS-Salzburg meet the requirements of and gain entrance to colleges and universities in Great Britain, continental Europe, the Far East, and all over the world. The key to equivalency with local school diplomas lies with the Advanced Placement® program of examinations which students may take each spring. The American high-school diploma plus a number of Advanced Placement® examinations with appropriate scores can open the doors to nearly any university program anywhere in the world.

Amerikanische Schule - Moosstraße  Foto: Kolarik AndreasWhat does distinguish the school from other American independent boarding schools is the fact that our students and setting are quite international. Given this, the school takes pains to provide appropriate English assistance programming for students whose English requires improvement before enrollment in the regular academic curriculum. Several levels of English assistance coursework are offered throughout the school year which require the students’ participation in a number of English courses including grammar and composition, reading and vocabulary, and speech and pronunciation. Although a student may be enrolled in the English Assistance program, they still participate in a full load of credit-bearing classes and move toward the school’s diploma at the end of the 12th grade year.

AIS-Salzburg Statement of Mission

The American International School-Salzburg is a boarding and day school committed to the college-preparatory education of qualified and conscientious young men and women. The academic and boarding programs nurture the students’ intellectual growth and creativity, as well as their social, physical, and personal development. The school community is guided by and dependent upon self-discipline, mutual respect, integrity, care, and compassion. The school empowers students to succeed in further studies, to exercise informed judgment, and to become active and responsible members of society.


AIS-Salzburg Beliefs

Security and Respect
We believe in the necessity of providing students with a safe and secure environment where they may live and work to fulfill their greatest potential, secure in the knowledge that they will receive respect and encouragement from all members of the school community.

Responsibility and Character
We believe that a school community thrives on responsible behavior and functions best when each member strives to become an individual of character guided by integrity, honesty, self-control, self-discipline, kindness, and compassion.

Diversity and Cultural Breadth
We believe that our unique international setting and diverse school community provides a fertile environment for learning, growth and cultural understanding.

Attention and Guidance
We believe that students learn best in an environment with a low staff-student ratio which optimizes individual attention and guidance.

Balance and Wholeness
We believe in the necessity of providing an educational program which focuses upon students’ intellectual abilities and creativity as well as their emotional, physical, and ethical development.

Discernment and Evaluation
We believe that students should be able to engage in the critical evaluation and meaningful debate of theories and opinions and be able to discern between faulty and logical argumentation.

Involvement and Commitment
We believe that students should commit themselves to the betterment of the society, in which they live, and thus we strive to direct students’ interest and attention to the responsibilities required of world citizens.


AIS-Salzburg Profile of Graduates

Graduates of the American International School-Salzburg will demonstrate the following competencies:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Graduates who…
-have intellectual capabilities, knowledge, and abilities which have been developed to a level that will serve them well in their continuing studies at university and beyond.
-value knowledge and wisdom and the lifelong acquisition of the same.
-can overcome obstacles and challenges through resourceful, creative and critical thinking and the utilization of resources.
-have been acquainted and are familiar—at some essential level—with human knowledge gains in the social sciences, humanities, languages, natural sciences, and mathematics and understands that these areas of human understanding continue to grow and develop.
-approach the study of new knowledge with interest, curiosity, care, discipline, and integrity.
can effectively balance and manage academic and personal demands.
-are able to engage in critical evaluation and meaningful debate of theories and opinions and is able to discern between faulty and logical argumentation.

Communication and Language Skills

Graduates who…
-can communicate effectively, reasonably, and clearly in both written and spoken English.
-can engage in meaningful verbal or written debate, discussion and evaluation on a wide variety of topics with circumspection.
-have knowledge of at least two foreign languages other than their native tongues and have thereby gained valuable insights into other cultures through the study of foreign languages and multicultural interaction.

Community Awareness and Involvement

Graduates who…
-understand their civic responsibilities and commit themselves to the betterment of society.
-are actively involved and offer their talents to the improvement of their community.
-are able to effectively integrate themselves into an international community.

Personal Qualities

Graduates who…
-demonstrate honesty, integrity, self-respect, self-discipline, kindness, and compassion.
-make wise health choices, are emotionally stable, and value physical exercise.
-respect and appreciate cultural diversity.
-value human rights and are ethical in their interactions with others.


Our Setting

Situated near the base of the majestic Untersberg, the American International School Salzburg is just minutes away from the heart of Salzburg. With its spectacular architecture, beautiful mountainous scenery, and storybook altstadt, Salzburg offers a cultural experience like no other. The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the filming of The Sound of Music, and the beautiful Christkindlmarkts all help to combine in making Salzburg one of the most visited cities in the world. With our school set in Salzburg, our students have countless opportunities to gain worldly experience and the chance to explore the region through our rich program. With classical concert nights, the alpine sports club, an extensive list of weekend activities, as well as numerous other events, students will be able to experience what millions of travelers come to see right in their own backyard.


Past Graduates

Since 1976, AIS-Salzburg has awarded diplomas to over 900 young men and women who have gained acceptance to institutions of higher learning worldwide, including the American University of Paris, Baylor, Boston University, Brown, California Institute of Technology, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Fordham, George Washington, German National Universities, Harvard, London School of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Oxford, Queens College (Canada), Stanford, Syracuse, the United States Naval Academy, Universities of Austria (Salzburg, Vienna, Innsbruck), University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin, University of Vermont, Vanderbilt, Warwick University (UK), the University of Western Ontario, and many more outstanding institutions of higher learning worldwide.