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

The JKU continues to welcome 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 2021/2022 academic year but the conditions will be slightly different than usual. Click here to stay updated as to how JKU is dealing with the situation and what safety protocols and measures are currently in place. Unfortunately Austria has to go into lockdown starting with Monday, 22nd of November, estimated duration: 3 weeks.

Entry Restrictions:
All travelers need to show either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection. The regulations depend on the country you are travelling from and if you are fully vaccinated. Travelers from safe countries with low incidence rate do not have to self-isolate. All others have to complete the pre-travel clearance and show proof of full vaccination. If not fully vaccinated, you will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days (can end quarantine after 5 days by taking test). Click here for details. Check the list to make sure which requirements apply to you. Remember, this can change at any given time so stay up to date!

The following vaccines are recognized for entering the country: BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson, Moderna, Sinovac and Sinopharm. Please note only the vaccines already accepted by the EMA are valid for the 2,5G rule (see below). Sinovac and Sinopharm are not accepted! You will only be considered as fully vaccinated after 2 doses. Read the information carefully to make sure if your vaccination is accepted as fully vaccinated. The vaccination certificate has to be either in English or in German. Click here for details.

Safety Protocols:

The 3G rule (Geimpft=vaccinated, Getested=negative COVID test, Genesen=recovered) has been replaced by the new 2G rule (Vaccinated/Recovered) for most public indoor and some outdoor spaces. Required documents for the 2G rule are vaccine certificate/proof of past infection. If your original certificate is not in English or German, please use the official health certificate which you can download here. Please note that a new 2,5G rule applies at the JKU (Geimpft=vaccinated, Genesen=recovered, Getested=only official tests accepted).

FFP2 face masks are mandatory when using public transport, in supermarkets and in other public indoor spaces. Adhere to social distancing regulations by maintaining a minimum distance of 1 meter to other people. Hotels and restaurants are open and events are currently allowed.

Orientation Program:
The Summer Semester orientation programme will depend on the situation at the time.

The course format for the upcoming Summer Semester will depend on the situation at the time and on regulations introduced by the Austrian government. Currently, the Winter Semester has started fairly normal with as much on-site classes as possible. The 2,5G rule (vaccinated/recovered/official tests) applies and presumably testing will be continued to be offered on campus. Wearing of a FFP2 face mask is mandatory in courses and examinations. Latest update: the university will change to distance learning starting on Monday, 22nd of December and provisionally planned until the 6th of December.

Last update: November 19, 2021