Salzburg University is rich in tradition and research work has a very high status there. The so called Alma mater educates over 18,000 students. Similarly, the Mozarteum University has an international reputation for fostering talent in music and the performing arts.

The Paracelsus private medical university is a further addition to the spectrum of educational services. As well as the universities there are also several specialist colleges and non-affiliated regional research institute, Salzburg Research, with a strong emphasis on the new media.