Education Abroad: Americana at Salzburg

A Glasgow youth with a Scottish burr sat in an Oxford college common room, impressing English listeners with his knowledge of U.S. politics. He even cited presidential election statistics in key Midwestern districts. "Where did you study in the States?" he was asked. "I've not been to the States," he replied. "But I've been to Salzburg."

That was enough. The Salzburg Seminar in American Studies has become widely renowned among European scholars, journalists and rising bureaucrats as one of the liveliest and most respected educational experiences available. Launched in 1947 by a...

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