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AIS-Salzburg Newsletter

Dear AIS-Salzburg Community,

Tomorrow, our first Summer Language Program session will come to an end and most of our present English and German language students will be departing for home.  Responses from parents and students have been very positive and it was an excellent two-week program from our point of view as well.  Instruction and activities—supported by some outstanding weather here in beautiful Salzburg—combined to provide our students with an enriching and rewarding experience that they will long remember.  As the first group of students to come to our campus since the lock-down in March, we were able to implement and evaluate our new health procedures and ensure that everyone remained safe and protected against the Corona threat.  All said, an outstanding summer session under new circumstances that gives us confidence that we are able to provide both excellent programming within a secure environment here at AIS-Salzburg.

We hope you enjoy this week's newsletter!

Headmaster McLean

Updated Arrival, Visa and Health Requirements Information for all AIS-Salzburg Boarding Students 

Please find, via the button below, updated information from the AIS-Salzburg administration.  This information covers the latest news regarding visas, entry to Austria as well as the various health requirements in place presently.  For convenience, we have listed this information by nationality.
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Summer Language Program Session 1, Week 2 Review

As if the first week of our Summer Language Program wasn't exciting enough with swimming at the beautiful Fuschl Lake, Canyoning in the Almbach Gorge, and a nature walk & hike of Lammerklam Gorge, the second week was equally as impressive featuring white water rafting, bubble soccer, many fun campus activities and a day trip to the beautiful city of Bad Ischl! Enjoy this video of the second week of the first Summer Language Program session of 2020. 

AIS-Salzburg Lions & DVAC

As an American international school, team sports are a major part of our school culture. In an attempt to further strengthen our sports program, AIS-Salzburg joined with a number of other small international schools in Central Europe to launch the Danube Valley Athletic Conference (DVAC). Today, the conference has grown to 13 international schools from Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic and hosts over 50 competitions in a variety of different sports throughout the course of the school year. 

DVAC was originally designed as a conference for small schools like ours to compete with one another and against the junior varsity teams of larger schools. Over the years, DVAC became so popular that larger schools started sending their Varsity teams which, in turn, caused DVAC to create a junior varsity and varsity schedule. This change has been in place since 2012 and provides smaller schools with the flexibility year-to-year to enter their teams into varsity competitions if particularly strong in that given year. 

"I enjoy the travel. I enjoy the games. I enjoy the international community within the games," said Maddie Tyson in early 2020 of her six years of experience wearing an AIS-Salzburg Lions uniform. 

"Travel is one of the major factors that motivate our students to participate in team sports.  Nearly all DVAC events—except those we host— involve international travel.  Many of these outings will involve an overnight stay with departure from school on the Friday before so that we can include cultural experiences in Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest within the program," added David Burns, who has been coaching the girls' volleyball and basketball teams at the school since 2004.  "Many students will sign up for that reason alone, but the next thing you know, they are equally as passionate about the sport as they are about the travel."

DVAC offers a variety of individual and team competitions including:
  • Cross Country
  • Girls' and Boys' Volleyball
  • Girls' and Boys' Soccer
  • Girls' and Boys' Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Golf 
  • Track & Field

Annually, AIS-Salzburg competes in all of the team sports except boys' volleyball which occasionally suffers from lack of interest given the conflict in the Fall Trimester season with boys' soccer. Any of our students interested in competing in the individual sporting events are entered into the competition and chaperoned to and from the event.  

"We are proud of the fact that we are the smallest school of the DVAC membership but we are very competitive year after year: our girls' volleyball team won the league championship in 2010 and the varsity team championships in 2012, 2013, and 2014," said Burns, who is also the Athletic Director at AIS-Salzburg.  

Outside of DVAC, the AIS-Salzburg Lions compete in a number of friendly matches against other international schools in Austria and Bavaria each trimester.  We also invite up to 12 international school basketball teams to come to Salzburg in March and compete in our annual Basketball Jamboree Tournament.

The Basketball Jamboree is the highlight of the year and many of the international school teams participating attend annually and include schools representing Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Additionally, the week leading up to Jamboree is “Spirit Week”, where students get in the spirit of competition by dressing up to different themes each day. Many of our students, faculty and staff members, parents and family friends come out to the Rif Sports Center to support our Lions as they compete for the tournament championship.

Any student interested in representing AIS-Salzburg at team or individual competitions is encouraged and welcomed. Please submit any questions or inquiries to David Burns at

2020-2021 Student Body Breakdown


With applications still being received and processed, the 2020-2021 AIS-Salzburg student body is starting to take shape and we are very pleased with the level of diversity in our community! The first chart below illustrates this point and the bottom chart shows the breakdown by grade level thus far. We are also very pleased that the male-to-female ratio is very close to 1:1. 

News & Events

REMINDER: Deadline for Visa Forms and Information for 2020-2021 School Year is August 1st

All new boarding students enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year with a citizenship which requires a visa to enter Austria, need to submit all documentation to the school for futher processing with the authorities here before August 1st if possible.  The process will take some time and the visa needs to be issued and sent to such students before they enter Austria and begin the school year.  This includes the following nationalities of students accepted for 2020-2021:

  • Belarus
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Kazakhstan
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Venezuela

If you are uncertain if you fall into this group or have any other questions regarding this topic, please contact our office or accounting office at or  (or tel.:  +43 662 824617) at your convenience.

Summer Language Program: Session 2

We are looking forward to greeting the second group of international students to the second session of our Summer Language Program starting August 2 and running through August 14th.

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