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Paris Lodron University of Salzburg

The Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) is the largest education institution in the Salzburg region of Austria, with roughly 18000 students and almost 3000 employees in research, teaching and administration.  As an integral part of the region's cultural and economic life, the PLUS is a meeting point for teachers and students, for science and society. The name of the university refers to its founding in 1622 by Prince-Archbishop Paris Lodron. Since the refounding of the University of Salzburg in 1962, PLUS has developed into a modern and lively university.

Photo credit: Lugi Caputo


The University of Salzburg offers a wide range of educational opportunities. Students can choose from 30 degree programmes at Bachelor, Master, doctoral and post-doctoral level. Within their programme, students can select specific majors or complement their studies with interdisciplinary courses. The PLUS also offers numerous university programmes for further education, some of which are implemented in cooperation with external educational institutions. A student from PLUS shares her unique experience: "My studies at PLUS have opened many doors for my professional and personal development, allowing me to apply the knowledge and skills I gain on an international level. There are many international options available, such as short-term, subject-specific exchanges or internships abroad, as well as worldwide study visits to renowned universities. PLUS really values the internationalisation of education, so the university offers every student individual support to develop this. As a student, you can really benefit in so many ways".

Vanessa Hudler
Vanessa Hudler, Student at PLUS

Research at the highest level

Researchers at the University of Salzburg achieve impressive results in both fundamental and applied research. This can be seen in the increasing number of publications and funded projects. Research at the PLUS takes place in subject departments, in the strategic focus areas and centres, in interuniversity institutions and in the School of Education. The PLUS pays special attention to research-led teaching, which benefits all students and especially future researchers. This approach offers students attractive educational opportunities anchored in research, where they develop both specialist knowledge and the competencies for their later professional life.


The PLUS wants to guarantee academics excellent conditions for their research and offer the resources and networking opportunities they need to achieve international visibility. Furthermore, the PLUS aims to offer all colleagues the chance to gain further qualifications and contribute to the development of the university through transparent processes. While remaining anchored in the city and region of Salzburg as their most important education and research institution, the university will also rise to the challenge of internationalisation. Last but not least, the PLUS wants to show responsibility in the face of pressing regional and global challenges in society, the economy, and culture.


Country: Austria
City: Salzburg
Name: Paris Lodron University of Salzburg
Foundation: 1622 (founded), 1962 (refounded)



Facts & Figures

Students (as of 08/01/2021)

  • 17776 (6508 male and 11268 female)


  • 1932 academics
  • 890 academic support


6 faculties

  • Faculty of Digital und Analytic Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Catholic Theology
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Law, Business and Economics

34 departments

  • Art History, Music and Dance Studies
  • Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces
  • Biblical Studies and Ecclesiastical History
  • Biosciences and Medical Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry and Physics of Materials
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law
  • Economics
  • Educational Research
  • English and American Studies
  • Environmental and Biodiversity Studies
  • Forensic Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry
  • Geoinformatics
  • German Language and Literature
  • History
  • Legal Theory, International and European Law
  • Labour Law and Business Law
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy at the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Philosophy at the Faculty of Catholic Theology
  • Political Science
  • Practical Theology
  • Private Law
  • Psychology
  •  Public Law
  • Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Slavonic Studies
  • Sociology and Social Geography
  • Sport Science and Kinesiology
  • Systematic Theology

School of Education

Strategic focus areas

  • Allergy-Cancer-BioNano Research Centre
  • Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies


  • Interdisciplinary Centre for the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period (IZMF)/ Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture (IMAREAL)
  • Literature Archive Salzburg
  • Austrian Human Rights Institute
  • Stefan Zweig Centre
  • Law, Business and Labour Scientific Network
  • Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research
  • Centre for Jewish Cultural History
  • Centre for Intercultural Theology and Study of Religions
  • Center for the Study of the Christian East

Interuniversity Institutions

  • Science & Arts
  • Centre for Pedagogical-Practical Studies

Completed PhDs in 2019/20

  • 117