Your First Week at the JKU.

Welcome Week is an opportunity to get to know your university before starting your studies, meet classmates and fellow students as well as learn everything you need to know for a successful start to your university experience.

Welcome Week is an opportunity for newly enrolled students to learn more about the JKU during the first week of the semester! You can sign up for a JKU campus tour and various activities as well as an academic advising appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Welcome Week


October 2-6, 2023


Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz

JKU MED Campus
Krankenhausstraße 5
4020 Linz

Check In

Kepler Hall
Monday - Friday, 8.00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop Week at the Start of the Semester!

Please note. Workshop Week will take place between September 25 - 29, before Welcome Week!

Between 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, there will be free short workshop sessions every day during this week designed to help you prepare for the start of the upcoming Winter Semester! Detailed information about the workshops, topics and schedule are available in the PDF file below. The workshops have been organized by the Office of Student Psychological Counseling Linz and open to all students.


Check-In at the Kepler Hall - Get Your JKU Swag Bag!

After checking in at the Kepler Hall, you can pick up your JKU ‘swag bag’ and then get ready to explore the campus! Use your voucher to get your swag bag (you will receive the voucher via e-mail once you have been admitted to the university).



Monday - Friday, 8.00 AM - 5:00 PM

JKU Impfstraße an der Kepler Hall

Campus Tour & an Introduction to the Library

The JKU Somnium observation platform, the Science Park, the floating café on the university pond, dining halls, libraries, and more... Join our guides and your fellow students on a tour of the JKU campus!

JKU campus tours are available at different times every day during Welcome Week and you can choose a tour at different times and for different majors.

  • Law, Social Sciences, Economics & Business Administration
  • Engineering, Informatics or Natural Sciences
  • An introduction to the JKU Main Campus Library & the Learning Center
  • Transformation Studies. Art x Science 

Kindly sign up in advance for the topic and time you want. Use the link below:

Studierende Open Innovation Center

JKU Services

Are you interested in working while studying, do you need help with the application process, or do you need information about financial aid, grants and scholarships? Are you studying and also require childcare services? Are things a bit tough at the moment in your studies or in your personal life and you would like to talk to someone you can trust?

We offer many different services on campus to help you during your studies, ranging from making friends to managing your time more efficiently. Welcome Week is an opportunity to learn more about these services and talk with representatives directly.

You can book appointments as follows between Monday and Thursday:

  • A fast-check of your CV for free, JKU Alumni / JKU Career Center (Monday & Thursday, 11.00 AM)
  • Tips & tricks to start your studies off on the right foot, The office of Student Psychological Counseling Services Linz (Monday & Thursday, 1.00 PM)
drei gehende Studierende im Außengang Keplergebäude

Experience Design Thinking at the Raiffeisen Innovation Center

During Welcome Week, you will have a unique opportunity to experience Design Thinking by taking part in a short session at the Raiffeisen Innovation Center's new Design Thinking workshop. Conducted by Design Thinking coaches at the RLB OÖ's Innovation Hub, the Design Thinking Dash will take place Monday to Thursday between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

Have we piqued your interest? Then stop by and enjoy a free cup of coffee on us at the Raiffeisen Innovation Center @ the JKU Bank Building. No advanced registration  isrequired - first-come, first-served.

[Translate to Englisch:] Raiffeisen design thinking

Activities, Fun & Partying

Games, sports & fun are also part of starting your studies! Try out classes offered by the University Sports Institute (USI) or join in on the fun and practice your team spirit playing tournaments at the Raiffeisen OÖ-Freizeitarea. Additional events will take place at the Kepler Hall, at the Circus of Knowledge and at the JKU MED Campus (Krankenhausstrasse 5, 4020 Linz).

Beachvolleyball Platz Linz

The "JKU Hidden Places Sunset Tour" at the JKU

On Wednesday, October 4, starting at 4:15 PM, join our social media manager, Gregor, on a tour of the JKU! Discover places you don't normally have access to as a student. You are, of course, invited to take photos to post on your Insta account. Finish the tour by enjoying the sunset at the Somnium, the perfect photo spot!

The group size is limited to 10 and spots for this tour will be raffled off among those who sign up! So, sign up now and with a little luck, you can join in on the fun!

[Translate to Englisch:] Somnium JKU Linz

Especially for International Students

We would like to extend a special invitation to sign up for our campus tours, the Welcome Info Session, and the Scavanger Hunt (which will be held in English).

A First Semester Info Event

Let us provide you with important information for international students, especially at the start of your studies! If you have any questions or concerns, stop by the International Welcome Center (IWC) any time between 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. We have organized three detailed information sessions (9:00 AM / 12.30 PM / 3.30 PM) of approx. 15 - 20 minutes each. These information sessions will cover a variety of important points, including contact information and campus services. We will also give you a list of important links about living and studying in Austria.

Coffee and cake will be provided! :-)
Please sign up by October 2!



October 4, 2023
9.00 AM - 4.00 PM

An English-Language Campus Tour: "The JKU in a Nutshell" 

Let our JKU expert, Gala, take you on an exciting campus tour, to reveal various hacks that can help you during your studies at the JKU Linz! Our campus tour for international students can provide answers to any questions you may have!

  • Where can you put money onto your JKU Card?
  • Where is the best - and cheapest - place to print documents when on campus?
  • Where is the Austrian Student Union office located?
    ... and much more!



October 4, 2023
1.00 or 4.00 pm

Meeting Point

Kepler Hall

A Scavenger Hunt

New in town? Let us show you around! Or better yet, find your own way through Linz! Explore the city of Linz as part of a fun and informative activity! You'll not only discover cool places to chill and hang out, but will also learn a few things about the city's history!

We will form 4 groups (a max. of 8 people per group), and start the Scavenger Hunt at the JKU Kepler Hall, ending in the Altstadt Linz.
What to bring: A good sense of humor and fun, and a rain jacket, just in case.

Program Points & Costs:

The IWC JKU & KHG Linz, opens an external URL in a new window have partnered to bring you this Scavenger Hunt!



October 6, 2023
3.00 PM - 5.30 PM


Approx. 2.5 hours

Meeting Point

Kepler Hall 

Self-Guided JKU Campus Tour

A drone catch net, edible hedges, a floating café, and much more at the JKU - and at any time! If you have time to take a walk, grab your smartphone to visit the spots on the map and use the QR codes for info. You'll find a lot of interesting information about your university. Click here for the map and start a self-guided tour:


This was JKU Welcome Week 2022!


Student Housing at the JKU Campus

Your home away from home. Student dorms or shared flats - learn more about student housing options here.

Recreation at the JKU Campus

Cafés, the university cafeteria, beach volleyball courts, fitness studio, shopping - everything you need on a daily basis, plus recreational activities on campus.
Beachvolleyball Platz Linz

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