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Incoming Exchange Students.

Come to the JKU and experience an unforgettable adventure!

Do you want to study abroad and learn or improve your German? – Located in the heart of Europe, the JKU is the perfect destination. Enjoy the charming atmosphere, a safe and green environment, plenty of outdoor recreation, and a rich cultural experience.

This page provides information for students interested in spending a semester or year on exchange at the JKU. Prospective exchange students must apply for the programme at their home university and receive an official nomination.

NO partnership agreement between the JKU and your home university? Then apply for regular admission.

International Office

Location

Bank Building, 2nd floor

Office Hours

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9 am - 12 pm
Wed: 10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 3 pm

Email

exchange@jku.at

„My experience in Linz was very good and highly recommended! For five months I met people from around the world, travelled around Austria and neighboring countries, and improved my Deutsch and English.“
Maria Teresa Oliver Pastor
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
 

Programs.

The JKU holds over 2500 courses each semester - approx. 500 of these courses are offered in English.

Subject Areas:

  • Business & Economics
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering (predominantly in German)
  • Law (predominantly in German)
  • Medicine (German only)

Language Requirements.

Exchange students should have at least a B2 level of language proficiency in the language of instruction (English or German, depending on the degree program and selected courses).

The following certifications are accepted:

  • All internationally recognized language certificates such as TOEFL, Goethe, etc.
  • English or German courses at the required level (minimum B2) as noted in your Transcript of Records
  • Confirmation issued by your home university in regards to your language skills (English and/or German) at the required level (minimum B2).

Semester Dates (including the pre-semester programme)
Sem. 1: Mid-September - January 31, Sem. 2: Mid-February - June 30

academic calendar


Pre-Semester Programme.

Before the semester officially starts...

...the International Office organizes a number of events that provide valuable opportunities to learn more about JKU, the city of Linz and its surrounding area. These 3 weeks are also perfect to meet fellow exchange students.

ORIENTATION PROGRAMME

The orientation programme for exchange students is MANDATORY and consists of the following events: 

  • Orientation Session: The International Office's first official event for exchange students at JKU to provide information and instructions about important formalities and the first steps after arrival - first meeting with fellow exchange students
  • Enrolment: Students will be officially enrolled at the university AFTER registering at the International Office
  • Meeting with an Academic Coordinator at JKU: Students can discuss their course selection at the JKU
  • KUSSS Training: Tutorial to learn how to register for courses online

CULTURAL SENSITIVITY TRAINING

As part of the pre-semester programme, exchange students will attend a "Cultural Sensitivity Training" course (2 ECTS credits). 

Day One:

The group will discuss the host country's cultural specificities and their own cultural backgrounds/identities. Students will also focus intensively on images, perceptions, “positive” and “negative” stereotypes associated with national cultures.

Day Two (Project Day):

In small groups and teams, participants will work on projects in town (field studies, interviewing people, observation tasks).

Day Three:

Team project findings will be presented to the entire group and each project will be reflected upon and critically analysed. Students will develop methods that they can apply when encountering their host culture and when working in multicultural teams (international student body on campus).

Sign up for the course when completing your online application. Due to the limited number of spots, enrolment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course syllabus

INTENSIVE GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES

Prior to the beginning of each semester, the JKU offers Intensive German Language Courses for exchange students on 4 different levels:

  • Beginners I
  • Beginners II
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

The courses are worth 3 ECTS credits and are free of charge. Indicate the level you wish to attend when completing the online application. Due to the limited number of spots, enrolment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course syllabus

EXPLORE UPPER AUSTRIA

Get to know Linz and its surroundings! The following tours and day trips are offered during the pre-semester programme:

The day trip program may vary each semester. Tickets can be purchased during the Orientation Session and at the International Office for a small fee.

Accommodation.

The JKU International Office arranges accommodation for exchange students! You can choose from among several student dormitories, most of them in close proximity to the JKU campus. Double rooms are available starting from € 190 and single rooms from € 250 (rates per person, per month).