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 program at their home university and receive an official nomination.
NO partnership agreement between the JKU and your home university? Then apply for regular admission.
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The JKU holds over 3100 courses each semester - approx. 750 of these courses are offered in English.
Exchange students should have at least a B2 level, opens an external URL in a new window of language proficiency in the language of instruction (English or German, depending on the degree program and selected courses).
The following certifications are accepted:
Before the semester officially starts...
...the International Office organizes a number of events that provide valuable opportunities to learn more about the JKU, the city of Linz and its surrounding area. This 3-week period is also a perfect time and opportunity to meet fellow exchange students.
The orientation programme for exchange students is MANDATORY and consists of the following events:
As part of the pre-semester programme, exchange students will attend a "Cultural Sensitivity Training" course (2 ECTS credits).
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).
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.
Prior to the beginning of each semester, the JKU offers 4 levels of Intensive German language courses for exchange students:
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.
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.
The JKU International Office will arrange accommodations 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 at € 190 and single rooms at € 250 (rates per person, per month).