Austria boasts some the most stunning and loved European scenery. From the moment Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp family danced across the screen, Austria has been famous for its alpine forests, vibrant green hills and fresh blue skies. In the summer, the rolling landscape is perfect for hiking, cycling and rafting. There is no shortage of adventures and there are plenty of opportunities to go off the beaten-track.

Prefer winter sports? Strap on your skis and snowboards and head to the iconic snowy Alps for your gap year in Austria. Our ski programme begins in Zell am See-Kaprun for training. This area is split into 3 fantastic ski resorts, with powder snow and winter sports from October, and has the biggest superpipe in Austria!

Landlocked and surrounded by 8 countries, Austria is in Central Europe and influences from its neighbours can clearly be seen in the cuisine. Tuck into Hungarian goulash, French crepes or German schnitzels – all served with an Austrian twist. The German language is the official language in Austria, but there are also plenty of people who speak Croatian, Hungarian and Slovene. Austria is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and this is reflected in the vibrancy of the cities and the ever-evolving architecture.

For those looking for culture, Austria doesn’t disappoint. The capital, Vienna, is steeped in Baroque architecture and imperial palaces. Home to Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss, the impressive city continues to showcase its legacy as the ‘City of Music’ with its annual music festivals. Not to be outdone by Vienna, Salzburg is also a city that thousands of travellers flock to each year. Burrowed into the hills, the old town still retains its idyllic charm and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Those heading for a ski season with Oyster, will travel into this beautiful city.

Our gap year courses in Austria not only give you the opportunity to improve your skiing but also study in Austria and learn German.

Gap year jobs in Austria are not easy to come by. We are proud that our partners have excellent relationships with many of the ski resort snow schools in Austria and can secure work for our gap year travelers.

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