Studying abroad during the coronavirus pandemic: What you need to know!

The JKU is still welcoming exchange students, however, in times like these you will need to be flexible, more than ever before.

The Coronavirus Pandemic in Austria and at the JKU:
The JKU will continue to welcome exchange students during the 2020/2021 academic year but the conditions will be slightly different than usual. Willingness to be flexible and to adapt to the situation is essential for an exchange during the Corona pandemic. The lockdown in Austria has been extended until at least 7 February. If you want to stay up to date with how JKU is taking on the situation and what precautionary protocols are currently in place, click here.

Entry Restrictions:
Austria has issued travel warnings for most European countries and for a majority of countries overseas. Depending on your nationality and the country you are arriving from, a 10-day quarantine is mandatory upon arrival in Austria which may be terminated earlier by presenting a negative PCR-test or a negative antigen-test (can be taken no earlier than after 5 days of quarantining). All travellers entering Austria will need to register electronically in advance and obtain a pre-travel clearance (PTC).

Safety Protocols:
Everyone is required to wear a face mask when indoors or in an enclosed indoor area (in university buildings, shops, etc.) as well as when taking public transportation. Starting on 25 January, FFP2 facemasks will be required.
Practice social distancing and maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters to other people. No social gatherings are permitted. Hotels and restaurants will stay closed until the end of February.

Orientation Program:
The orientation program is currently planned to take place online. The following weeks and regulations made by the Austrian government will be decisive. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any excursions at this time.

The course format for the summer semester will depend on the situation at the time and on the regulations introduced by the Austrian government. At the moment, classes are taught online until the end of the semester. JKU would like to offer hybrid teaching during the summer semester (as much face-to-face teaching as possible and allowed).


Last update: January 18, 2021