McGeorge law school's long-standing Summer Program on International Legal Studies has been operating in the beautiful city of Salzburg, Austria since 1974. Since 2019, McGeorge is offering an undergraduate track. The Salzburg Undergraduates Study Abroad Program offers undergraduates, regardless of their major, special law courses not available through any other institution or program. 

This unique program offers undergraduate (and recent graduates) students an opportunity to interact with law students and all of the program professors during organized social activities. 


The Summer Program in Salzburg runs from June 30 to July 19, 2024.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will leave with an understanding of the critical importance of the rule of law in our society, the different type of legal systems that exist, and the many ways that lawyers contribute to a civil and orderly society.

The priority application deadline is March 1, 2024.

  • Submit your application. (This program is open to all undergraduate students regardless of major in good standing enrolled in a university either in the United States or internationally.)
  • Secure your place by paying your deposit ($300, which will apply towards tuition).


Enriching law program

Expert faculty and unique peer/faculty interactions

Spend the summer in a UNESCO World Heritage site

A classroom in Salzburg, where classes like McGeorge's Art & Science of Negotiation course is taught.
Undergraduate Law Course
The Rule of Law

Students in this course will be exposed to the wide variety of domestic and international careers that lawyers and legal professionals can have. They will learn about the core skills that people who are working in the legal profession must hone, including research and writing skills. Students will leave with an understanding of the critical importance of the rule of law in our society, the different type of legal systems that exist, and the many ways that lawyers and legally trained professionals contribute to a civil and orderly society.  

Students will both interact with current JD students enrolled in the summer program and lawyers in the community. They will have an opportunity to try hands-on lawyering activities like presenting arguments, mediating disputes, and drafting contracts, while also learning about a variety of domestic and international trending law and policy issues.

Living & Studying in Salzburg

Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, home to a wealth of cultural attractions and activities. Since 1997, Salzburg's Old Town has been included on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, as a city of "outstanding value to humanity."

Salzburg is a walking city and you will find many of the historical sites and attractions are located within a few blocks of each other. It is only about a 10-minute walk from the student housing to the University of Salzburg. You are never far from a 16th-century fortress or palace or museum. In Salzburg, you can experience waking up to the sound of church bells, listening to a street musician perform Mozart in front of a 16th-century church, sipping a cappuccino at a café that has been serving coffee for three hundred years, or enjoying a sausage and beer from a local vendor at an outdoor market. You can also enjoy one of the world's leading music festivals, the Salzburg Festival.

Located at the heart of Europe, it is just a few hours by train or car from many of Europe's most famous and historical sites. Salzburg is home to the second-largest international airport in Austria. 

In Salzburg, the most convenient way to move around the city is by walking. Students will be able to walk to their classes in Salzburg's Old Town from the residence halls, just across the river.

Although most students walk everywhere within the city limits, the city bus system is an inexpensive and efficient way to get around Salzburg. If you are planning any excursions beyond Salzburg, you can take a bus or train. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines throughout Salzburg or on the city bus app, from one-way tickets to week-long passes. The train station is about a 20-minute walk to the center of the city. Buses regularly depart from the station to various areas of the city. See more information about transportation options within the city and beyond.

The main train station is in downtown Salzburg. It is about a 20-minute walk from Institut San Sebastian. 

Salzburg and surrounding areas. Many students opt to travel to surrounding countries and cities on the weekends. 

All classes are held at the University of Salzburg Faculty of Law building, a 16th century palace, in the heart of the Old Town. Most of the classrooms are not air-conditioned.

Housing will be at the Institut St. Sebatian, located in the city of Salzburg, within walking distance of the Faculty of Law building and historic Old Town (approximately 15 minutes).

Every effort is made to accommodate persons with physical, medical and/or learning disabilities; however, McGeorge cannot ensure that the housing and classroom facilities used in the Salzburg summer program will meet the same standards for accessibility as do the facilities of the school's campus in Sacramento. Persons with disabilities that affect mobility should particularly note that historic European cities such as Salzburg present significant barriers to mobility over which McGeorge has no control Please contact our Dean of Students about possible accommodation needs.  

The cost of airfare, meals (other than the organized events and dinner), and personal expenses are not included. A budget of $40 to $50 per day is estimated to be sufficient to cover additional expenses not included with the program fee. The suggested daily budget does not include any additional travel or excursions you may take during your time in Salzburg. 

2024 Undergraduate Program Tuition 

  • $1,350 ($450 per unit) 
  • Payment is due March 31, 2024 

2024 Student Program and Housing Fee 

  • Program and Housing fee is $2,100 
  • Payment is due March 31, 2024 

This fee includes course materials, opening and closing dinners, and excursions to legal institutions. 

All students must stay in the student dorms arranged through the program. Triple and double rooms are available. 

Student housing will be available for occupancy beginning June 29, 2024, with a move-in time TBD. Check-out will be July 20, 2024. It is possible to check in before June 29 or to depart after July 20. However, students need to coordinate this directly with Institut St. Sebastian

Items Included in Your Housing Fees

  • Daily breakfast buffet 
  • Bed-linen and towels changed weekly  
  • Rooms cleaned weekly 
  • Small refrigerator and microwave available in common area 
  • Laundry for a fee  
  • Rooftop terrace access 
  • Common areas/TV rooms 

Summer Abroad Programs Policies and Disclosures

This program is open to all students enrolled in a fully-accredited college or university and to recent graduates (graduated within the last 2 years). For current students, you must have at least sophomore standing and have completed at least one year of full- or part-time study at one of these approved or accredited colleges or universities. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.9 (students with a lower GPA may request a waiver upon a showing of good cause) and be at least 18 years old by June 30, 2024. 

Students enrolled in colleges or universities other than University of the Pacific should check with their appropriate school official regarding procedures to follow for transfer of credit earned from participation in classroom courses toward fulfilling degree requirements. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program, is subject to determination by the student's home undergraduate institution. 

Class schedules, lecturers, and topics covered (i.e., the "syllabus") may be adjusted based on availability of lecturers or facilities. Visits to legal institutions or other tours and events may be altered based on the availability of facilities, guides, or lecturers, etc. Students will be provided with as much notice as possible and appropriate substitution will be provided. Adjustments will not substantially affect the content of the program, and do not constitute a "substantial modification" of the program. 

Unforeseen events beyond our control may require substantial modification or cancellation of a program. If the Program is cancelled, students will be immediately notified by email. Among the reasons a program may be cancelled or modified are the following: 

  1. Area of Instability. If the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet for the country in which the program is conducted indicates that it is an "area of instability," students will be promptly notified, and the program will be cancelled or modified. Even if the country has not been officially deemed an "area of instability," the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law may cancel or substantially modify a program where it deems the risk of harm to be at an unacceptable level. 
  2. Travel Warning. If, prior to the commencement of a program or during the course of a program, a serious U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for the country in which the program will be conducted, students will be promptly notified of the warning and be given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. 
  3. War, civil unrest, terror threats, epidemics, or health hazards which pose unacceptable risks of harm to participants. 
  4. Unforeseen events, such as fires, extreme weather, or natural disasters, which render the classrooms or other site facilities including student housing unavailable or unsuitable for use. 
  5. Labor unrest or strikes which make transportation to the site or the use of essential facilities at the site impossible, unduly difficult or hazardous. 
  6. Incapacity or unavailability of key or necessary faculty or personnel, for which no substitute can be arranged in a timely manner. 
  7. Low enrollment. Programs that have fewer than the minimum required number of admitted students as of April 1, 2024 are subject to cancellation. The School of Law will promptly notify admitted students of any cancellation or substantial modification and the reasons therefore. 

If the program is cancelled for the reasons as set out above, students will receive a full refund of all payments made within 20 days, except for the room and board payments utilized prior to the date of cancellation. 

For withdrawal made prior to May 1, 2024 students will receive a refund of all monies advanced except for the deposit. 

For withdrawal made after May 1, 2024 but prior to the first date of the respective program, students will only be refunded tuition. All other fees will be forfeited. 

For withdrawal during the course of the program, all fees including tuition are forfeited. 

Grading will comport with the University of the Pacific’s grading practices. Students attending from other colleges or universities should seek guidance from their home institution as to whether course units will credited and how grades will be reported on their official transcripts. 

Regular and punctual class attendance is mandatory. The faculty expects that you will be fully prepared and that you will actively participate in class. The faculty is required to take class attendance, preparation, participation, and performance into consideration in grading. Your attendance and active involvement in class discussion form a central part of the learning process for you and your classmates. Failure to meet the minimum standards set by your professors may result in a lower grade, or exclusion from taking the final examination, resulting in a failing grade. 

University of the Pacific students receiving financial aid to cover summer abroad program tuition will have their student accounts debited once financial aid is disbursed. Important — If you expect to have funds from your financial aid office deposited to your bank account after you arrive in the program country, be sure to bring enough money to cover your expenses for several days. Program staff cannot cash personal checks that are drawn on a U.S. bank. University of the Pacific students should discuss availability of Financial Aid with the school's Financial Aid Office

Students from other law schools should contact the financial aid office of their home institution. 

Every effort is made to accommodate persons with physical, medical and/or learning disabilities; however, the University of the Pacific cannot ensure that the housing and classroom facilities used in the summer programs abroad will meet the same standards for accessibility as do the facilities of the school's campuses in Stockton and Sacramento. Please contact our Dean of Students about possible accommodation needs. 

The U.S. Department of State lists current travel advisories, if any, for each of the summer abroad program countries. University of the Pacific will take these into consideration to determine if it is safe to run or cancel the program. 

United States citizens do not need a visa to enter Austria, although you will need your passport with a validity of at least six months to enter. It is required for students to have their passport on-hand while traveling throughout the European countries.  

A passport is a document issued by your government allowing you to travel abroad. A visa is a permit issued by the government you are planning to visit allowing you to enter that country. Passports and visas are the responsibility of the student. 

United States citizens can obtain a passport application from the nearest U.S. Department of State Passport Office or from certain State and Federal courts and post offices. If you lose your passport while abroad, contact the nearest U.S. embassy immediately. 

To avoid any delay in obtaining your visa or passport, be sure to apply as early as possible. 

In addition, students may need to provide proof of COVID19 vaccination or negative PCR test. This health requirement changes quickly and we will make sure to inform all confirmed students with such entry requirement. 

Students who enroll in one of McGeorge's summer abroad programs are required to provide proof of medical insurance that covers them overseas. To request more information about student medical insurance policies, contact our office. 

If you are a student at University of the Pacific and have the student medical plan, you are covered while abroad, including travel assistance with evacuation benefits that meet most Visa requirements. Students who have other private medical or travel insurance should check their insurance plans to ascertain if the plan extends while away abroad. 

If you need to purchase short term international medical insurance, please refer to the list of providers below: 

When traveling abroad, you will have many new cultural experiences. You are reminded that you will be governed by the laws and regulations of the host country, and you need to be mindful that some of Austria's rules will vary significantly from the United States. An important aspect of the summer study abroad program is to be alert to these cultural and legal differences. 

University of the Pacific’s ability to offer this faculty-led program depends on changing circumstances that may necessarily lead to its suspension or require an early return. In such cases, expenses incurred, whether prior to departure, while abroad, or during repatriation are solely the responsibility of the participant. Pacific cannot and does not assume any responsibility for financial losses related to this opportunity (e.g., application costs, program fees, tuition, transportation, visas, room and board or insurance). It is highly recommended that you remain informed of developments in both the region and host country as well as changes to relevant visa regulations and COVID-19 related requirements. For the most up-to-date information on Pacific’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 Updates | University of the Pacific.


Contact the Summer Abroad Program office: 

3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Email | Phone: 916.739.7021