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Founded in 1976, the American International School-Salzburg is a co-educational secondary boarding sc

AIS-Salzburg is a repeat finalist for the Study Travel Secondary School Award for Top European Secondary School.

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Photos from The American International School-Salzburg (official Facebook page)'s post 27/11/2023

This past Wednesday, over 60 academic awards and 25 sports awards were handed out at the semi-formal fall trimester awards ceremony and dinner at the beautiful Sternbräu restaurant in Salzburg Old City. Following the ceremony, students took the opportunity to snap some photos with their teachers and coaches.


Boys’ Soccer Team Repeats as DVAC Champs!

The AIS-Salzburg Lions soccer team rolled into Vienna on Saturday, November 18th, hungry to defend their title as DVAC champions. Five teams would contend for the 2023 DVAC junior varsity soccer trophy in a round-robin format.

In the first match against a familiar foe of ICS Vienna, the game was back and forth for most of the first half before the Lions broke through with 2 quick goals – one an own goal, the other by Erno V. From there, the Lions were able to ride out the rest of the match and preserve a shutout for a good start to the day.

The second match would find the Lions under more pressure. The Danube International School proved to be a difficult opponent but the Lions stood tough, and their efforts eventually paid off. Lars T. found himself in the middle of the action as he accounted for three assists. The first was a cross sent in from a corner for a towering header by Diego O. Luka Savic added 2 more on feeds from Lars. Alejandro L. rounded out the scoring in a 4-1 victory. Keeper Ilias S. also stood out as he saved a vital penalty kick when the score was still even. After this match, Coach Matt was quick to praise the quality each player showed in this match.

“This was our best match this season,” said coach Matt. “The boys were working for each other, communicating, and playing some real quality football. Coach Ali and I looked at each other in disbelief and extreme pride as the boys pinged the ball around the field!”

In the third match against Cambridge International School, the Lions came out flat and were not playing up to the standards they had set in the previous match; even falling behind a goal early on. However, Cambridge did not have any subs, and it began to show as the match went on. The Lions quickly responded with 2 goals of their own, both quality goals from Vlad M. and assisted again by Lars. In the end, the Salzburg squad would overwhelm their foe in a commanding 8-1 victory. Further goals were scored by Luka S. —assisted by Luca S.— while Lars and Diego both scored from distance. Vico S. scored his first goal on a long run past the Cambridge defense, and Alejandro scored the final goal after receiving a pass in the box from Noah A., who tallied his first assist of the season.

In a pleasant twist of fate, the final match of the day would put the Lions against the VIS Panthers. Both teams had won all 3 previous matches, meaning this final match would determine the outright champion. The match began timidly on both sides, with neither team looking to take many risks. This would change when the Panthers scored a fluke own goal off of pressure from Luka S. Up 1-0, the Lions continued to put pressure on the Panthers and it paid off, as Luka would net 2 more strikes off of assists from the all-action Lars before riding out the remaining time to victory. With the result, the Lions were crowned the tournament winners for the 2nd year in a row!

After the match, Assistant Coach Ali Welch said, “We are so proud of the way the boys came together and achieved this goal. Absolutely everyone played so well today. The boys’ improvement across the board was evident for all to see.”

Unsung heroes of the day include the entire defensive line, with Petar V., Daniel A., and Niels S. continually thwarting all the opponents’ attacks, and causing them frustration, while providing a solid foundation from which to build out. Wingbacks Vico and Luca tirelessly covered so much ground to help in defense and attack. Mikail G. and Alex A. provided strong minutes of pressure off the bench, as did Mykyta K. Everyone should be proud of their improvement and the way they did a job when called upon.

Congratulations to the entire boys’ soccer team and their coaches!


In AP® Biology last week with Mrs. Kasberger, students investigated environmental effects on enzyme activity by testing how heat and pH changes affect the reaction rate of catalase in animal tissue. Knowing how temperature and pH affect enzyme activity is fundamental for understanding basic biochemical processes and for applications in various fields, including industry, medicine, and biotechnology. It enables better control and optimization of enzymatic reactions for specific purposes.

In this video, we eavesdrop on students as they investigate.


Ernö and Alexander are new students at AIS-Salzburg this school year and this is the first time that both young men have enrolled in a boarding school. It is also the first time that both have shared a room with a complete stranger. In this interview, we get to know both students and check in to see how they are adjusting to this new experience.

Photos from The American International School-Salzburg (official Facebook page)'s post 20/10/2023

This week grade 10 students discovered the relationship between grams, moles, and molecules.


This photo was taken this past weekend at the peak of Nockstein mountain in the beautiful Salzkammergut region.

Students learn macromolecules through sorting game 27/09/2023

In AP® Biology, students have been studying organic molecules, specifically the four classes of biological molecules —the macromolecules— carbohydrates, lipid, proteins and nucleic acids. Molecules in each class will have specific features and structures particular to that class of molecule. Being able to recognize the structures, their similarities and their differences which will influence the structure and function of these molecules, is an important skill to have prior to examining these structures and their functions in living things.

We invite you to watch the video below, where students were given cards with the structural diagrams of 45 unidentified macromolecules which they sorted according to their structure, then determined what specific properties they may have, dependent on what elements are included in the macromolecules or how the atoms are arranged.

Students learn macromolecules through sorting game AP® Biology students learn macromolecules by grouping them in piles according to their common structures and elements. In AP Biology, students have been stu...

Photos from The American International School-Salzburg (official Facebook page)'s post 05/09/2023

Class is in session! Despite some temporary classrooms due to the upgrade construction to the outer building, the 2023-2024 academic program at AIS-Salzburg is under way!

Photos from The American International School-Salzburg (official Facebook page)'s post 28/07/2023

Let’s bake a cake! Students in the Summer Language Program Advanced English class collaborated to read recipes and turn out two no-bake cheesecakes, one caramel and one Oreo.

Photos from The American International School-Salzburg (official Facebook page)'s post 24/07/2023

AP® scores are in and AIS-Salzburg students have once again excelled!
The first two slides are of students who received scholar status and the final two slides compares AIS-Salzburg Advanced Placement® scores to the global average.

Of particular note, every single student taking the AP® English Literature and Composition exam and the AP® European History exam, both very dense and challenging courses, passed the exams. AP® Chemistry saw nearly all students who sat the exam pass it - these results are excellent as AP® Chemistry is considered one of the most difficult AP® exams to excel at.

Photos from The American International School-Salzburg (official Facebook page)'s post 15/07/2023

Some of our favorite pics from the two canyoning excursions with during the first session of our Summer Language Program.

Photos from The American International School-Salzburg (official Facebook page)'s post 04/07/2023

The Summer Language Program is under way!
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The first of three Summer Language Program sessions at AIS-Salzburg began on Monday with 48 students aged 11-17 residing on campus over the next two weeks. Students are enrolled in either English or German classes which they attend from 8:30 until 12:30 Monday through Friday. In the afternoons following classes, students partake in a series of outdoor adventures including rafting, canyoning, swimming at the lake, and more. During the evenings' students participate in a mixture of on-campus games or city activities such as bowling, laser tag, and mini golf. On the first Saturday of each session, students will enjoy a trip to either Munich or Innsbruck.


We are excited to announce that Mrs. Kasberger has taken over as our new college counselor following the retirement of Mr. Agardy, who held the position since the early 1990s. Mrs. Kasberger is a natural fit for the role as she is known as a mother figure to the students over the past two decades.

"I am very excited to step into the position of college counselor but a little nervous about following in Mr. Agardy's footsteps," said Mrs. Kasberger in an interview yesterday. "There is a lot to live up to there."

College counselors provide advice and direction to students as they come to the end of their high school careers. By this time, they are ready to take the next step of entering college or university, and as this is not something they do every day, students need and appreciate assistance.

"I will be able to help students with their search and application process, providing not only necessary documents but also information and support throughout. It's such an exciting time in a student's life - exploring endless possibilities and planning for the future - I'm looking forward to being part of that."

AIS-Salzburg provides excellent preparation for university with our rigorous curriculum and the whole world is open to our students.

"The opportunities and futures of university applicants are simply phenomenal," said Kasberger. "Therefore, it is important that they are properly guided moving forward, to find the right path for them. Mr. Agardy has a wealth of knowledge that is legendary and invaluable. We've been working together so that I can assimilate as much as possible, but I know that I will have questions, many questions, that only he can answer. Being Mr. Agardy, he has generously and graciously offered his assistance when needed."

As the new college counselor, Mrs. Kasberger has a message for the students of AIS-Salzburg heading into their senior year next year.

"Grades aren't everything. They are extremely important but there are many other aspects that universities look at to gauge if an applicant is a good fit or not. Extracurricular activities, sports, music, dance, community service and work experience are just some of the activities universities look for in a candidate. These will help demonstrate a well-rounded character who can succeed academically as well as grow personally and contribute to the world around them. Also, don't wait to apply to your chosen university. Your senior year will be extremely busy and challenging, getting started on university applications early will help reduce some of the stress in your final year."


We invite you to watch the video below, where Mr. Agardy explains the Advanced Placement® (AP) program offered at AIS-Salzburg and how it benefits our graduates as they continue with higher education learning.

In short, the AP® program enables willing and academically prepared students worldwide to pursue university-level studies while still in high school, with the opportunity to earn credit (points toward an undergraduate degree) or advanced placement (the chance to skip an introductory level university course). AP® is recognized in the admissions process by more than 4,000 universities worldwide, and outside the U.S., more than 600 universities in more than 60 countries recognize qualifying AP® Exam scores.


The American International School-Salzburg is a purely college-preparatory school and the entire academic curriculum is designed to prepare students broadly and to the highest Advanced Placement (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 enrol in select AP® courses 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 to prepare for and gain acceptance to the universities of choice worldwide.

We are pleased to announce that we have had 31 early acceptances of our graduating class to universities and colleges they have applied to! They are as follows:

Nazar Bereziuk: EU Barcelona

Dimana Danova: Brighton University, Kingston University, London Metropolitan University

Ines Forot-Michel: Queen Mary University of London, SOAS University of London, King’s College London, University College London

Adam Hathaway: University of Exeter, Bournemouth University, University of Sussex, University of Edinburgh

Carolina Häusler: Emory University, Northeastern University, Boston University, Columbia University (waitlist), Fordham University (with $80,000 scholarship offer)

Siana Ivanova: London School of Economics, Queen Mary, University of London, King’s College London, University of Bath, University College London

Max Nazarkasimov: European University

Tim Nazarkasimov: University of Ottawa

Aizhan Tabyldiyeva: University of Manitoba, Simon-Fraser University

Inzhu Tabyldiyeva: University of Manitoba, Simon-Fraser University

Sophia Tartaryn: NHL Stenden, University of Amsterdam

Photos from The American International School-Salzburg (official Facebook page)'s post 26/05/2023

As the final exam week approached, AIS-Salzburg held its Annual Awards Ceremony to recognize students for their cumulative academic, boarding, and athletic achievements over the course of the 2022-2023 school year. This event is also used to announce the ECIS Award recipient as well as the Salutatorian and Valedictorian of the Class of 2023.

Some notable awards handed out this year include but were not limited to:

Female Athlete of the Year – Chantal S.
Male Athlete of the Year – Pedro R.S.
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Anastasiia B.
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Milo B.
Female Border of the Year – Ines F.M.
Male Boarder of the Year – Adam H.
Outstanding AP German Student – Ola T. and Milla S.
Outstanding AP Psychology Student – Sara M., Milla S., and Aizhan T.
Outstanding AP European History Student – Carolina H. and Adam H.
Outstanding AP Chemistry Student – Nikol G.
Outstanding AP Calculus Student – Carolina H.
ECIS Award – Dmytro P.
Salutatorian – Adam H.
Valedictorian – Carolina H.

We invite you to view some of the photos below of this year’s event.


2023 Commencement Ceremony


Twin sisters, Inzhu and Aizhan T. came to AIS-Salzburg in September 2020 as grade 10 students and did not get off to a good start. In their first year, the sisters soon realized after arriving at the school that they did not want to be there. Their response was to put no effort into their academics or integrate into the community. Early on, teachers were not optimistic that the girls would make the necessary adjustments to find success at AIS-Salzburg.

Continue reading and watch their video interview here:

8th Annual Sports Day a Success Despite Rain 12/05/2023

The 8th Annual AIS-Salzburg Sports Day was running smoothly until mother nature decided to stop it in its tracks. A little more than halfway through the day’s scheduled events, a storm swept through Salzburg and washed out the remaining afternoon events. The following Wednesday, the remaining events were completed during regular P.E. classes but had to be done indoors due to inclement weather once again. The final standings were announced after school with Team Red led by Mr. Lichty and R.A. Matt crowned as the 2023 Sports Day Champions.

We are very proud of all students for showing great sportsmanship and attitude despite the rain and the many changes to the schedule. Thank you to all the team and event leaders for making the 2023 event another successful one!

We invite you to view the video below from the 2023 AIS-Salzburg Sports Day.

8th Annual Sports Day a Success Despite Rain On April 19th, the 8th Annual AIS-Salzburg Sports Day was running smoothly until mother nature decided to stop it in its tracks. A little more than halfway t...

Advanced Placement® Geography Preview 11/05/2023

In this video, Mr. Agardy explains why Advanced Placement® Geography is a great course for exposing students to various academic disciplines that they otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience in their high school career.

Advanced Placement® Geography Preview We invite you to watch the video below of Mr. Agardy previewing the Advanced Placement® Geography course and exam. In this video, Mr. Agardy explains why thi...


Daria Suraeva first came to AIS-Salzburg in 2014 and graduated in 2017. Since graduating, Daria has remained in Salzburg, studying at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. In this interview, we check in with Daria to see how life is going since graduating. Read inteview:


Leading up to the Advanced Placement® (AP) exams which started May 1st and run until May 16th, we previewed in our newsletter a couple of the exams that students will be taking. We invite you to watch the video previews for Advanced Placement® Calculus and Advanced Placement® Chemistry via the link below.

Photos from The American International School-Salzburg (official Facebook page)'s post 28/04/2023

Students in Advanced Placement® classes prepare for upcoming exams beginning May 1st.

AP® enables willing and academically prepared students around the world to pursue university-level studies while still in high school, with the opportunity to earn credit (points toward an undergraduate degree) or advanced placement (the opportunity to skip an introductory level university course). AP® is recognized in the admissions process by more than 4,000 universities worldwide, and outside the U.S., more than 600 universities in more than 60 countries recognize qualifying AP Exam scores.


Starting May 1st, students at AIS-Salzburg will be writing Advanced Placement® (AP) Examinations to earn credit or advanced placement at their chosen universities, improve their chances of acceptance, and—especially important in an international school—gain equivalency with most European secondary-school diplomas and qualify for entrance into universities here in Europe.

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About us

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.




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