Globalization of Education


The Salzburg Academy Global Seminar on Media and Global Change is a unique three-week summer program on media literacy and freedom of expression for university faculty and undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Over 60 students and a dozen faculty from five continents gather annually in Salzburg to work in international teams and across disciplines on dynamic media literacy action plans, that address some of the largest challenges our world faces today.

In 2015, the Salzburg Academy will be exploring the concept of global cities, media and mobile technologies. It will be exploring how media systems and facilitating global urbanization and the role mobile technologies have for journalism, citizens and the structures for cities.


Students will earn 6 URI Credits. Sample work includes building multimedia videos, case studies, and implementation guides on how global media cover issues of critical importance, including Conflict, Climate Change, Migration, Religion, Extremism, and more.

Course work will be supplemented with visits to the Dachau Concentration Memorial, Vienna, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Swiss Alps. These are day-long Friday trips and are included in the full cost of the program.


Salzburg, which literally means “Salt Fortress,” is the forth largest city in Austria. It has a rich cultural history and is internationally renowned for the baroque architecture present in Salzburg’s “Old Town.” Music afficionados might be interesting in knowing that it also happens to be the birth place to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Accommodations and Meals:

Students study, eat and live at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, an 18th-century Rococo palace built by the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, owned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria, renovated by Max Reinhardt the founder of the Salzburg Music Festival and filmed as the von Trapp home in “The Sound of Music.” Three meals a day are provided and include all food options to accommodate all diets. Students also receive coffee and food breaks two times a day.

Program Fee: TBD

  • 6 URI Credits
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities

NOTE: All fees subject to change

NOTE: This is not a URI Faculty-Led Program. This program is run by the University of Maryland. For more information and to apply to this program click here.


For more information, please contact:

Program Director
Daphne Wales
Communications Department

URI Faculty-Led Programs Office
International Center
37 Lower College Road

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