Festival University

Transform Your World

Does training robots sound like something you could get behind? What about cloning your house plant? Growing a piece of your skin? Or developing recycling technologies of tomorrow?

You got it!

The Festival University can make it happen!

Three weeks, 100 international students, and technological advancements that will change the world forever: The most significant international symposium for Art & Technology, the Ars Electronica Festival and Upper Austria's largest institute of education, the Johannes Kepler University Linz, are joining forces to organize a very special Festival University program.

Robotics, brain interfaces, artificial intelligence, digitization, a circular economy, and new forms of energy for the future: While you can’t stop new technologies from changing our world, you CAN be a part of the way they will shape our everyday lives – it’s all in your hands!

Together with highly experienced, international experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other world-leading research institutions as well as artists you’ve probably only seen on YouTube, you will contemplate, plan, and develop ideas to support digital transformation:

What are the greatest issues of our time? How do we create more awareness to address problems as well as a desire to solve these problems? What will the future hold?

You can expect to take part in an exciting program complete with engaging presentations and real-world, hands-on workshops featuring state-of-the-art research findings and no limits when it comes to professional disciplines. Be surprised, inspired, and challenged!

Because one thing is certain: the future is coming.

And you will be a driving force behind it.

Key Facts

Application Deadline

July 25, 2021
23:59 GMT+2 (Austria)


Online and in Linz, Austria


3 Weeks,
Aug. 30 to Sept. 19, 2021
Online: Aug. 30 - Sep. 5
On-Site: Sep. 6 - Sep. 19






The Festival University is worth 4.5 ECTS creidts


There are no fees for you! We can assist with your visa and will cover travel costs, accommodations, and meals on-site

Registration process for the Festival University 2021 is closed.

How does the registration process work?

  1. Registration process for the Festival University 2021 is closed.

    Get your application ready (all submitted documents must be in English)

    • Submit a CV (max. of 2 pages) or a short personal biography (max. of 200–300 words) and include a high-resolution photo (minimum size of 1 MB) along with your contact information
    • Submit a video (max. 3 min) focusing on your area of interest and telling us why you want to take part in the program (you can make the video using your smartphone).
    • Provide us with any additional information you would like us to know, such as if you wish to take part online only or if your stay will be shorter, between August 30, 2021 – September 11, 2021, for example.
    • Add any optional information, such as additional materials (max. 5 MB in size) that demonstrate your talent and expertise (artwork, projects, prototypes, research, activities, strategies, business plans, etc.)
  2. Submit all of the required documents by July 25, 2021 (11:55 pm CEST) via e-mail with the subject header “Festival University 2021 – Application Your Name” to festival@ars.electronica.art. Please send all application documents via email using a WeTransfer (or alternative service) download link to your video(s) and larger files.

  3. After the application deadline, a joint committee featuring employees from the Ars Electronica and Johannes Kepler University will review all submitted applications.

  4. Applicants selected for the program will be notified by August 4, 2021

„I look forward to welcoming many grant holders to the 'Festival University' program at the JKU campus.“
Meinhard Lukas, JKU Rector

Your Opportunity to Take Part in the Festival

As part of the application procedure, 100 school students and university students from around the world and between the ages of 16 and 24 will selected to take part in the program. Those selected will receive a grant that will cover travel expenses, accommodations, and meals and during the program, you will be supervised and mentored by international faculty members. The Summer University program is three weeks (August 30 - September 19, 2021).

The first week of the program will take place online and during the second and third weeks of the program, we will invite you to Linz. If you are unable to travel to Austria due to coronavirus restrictions, you will have an opportunity to take part entirely online via a hybrid mode. The Ars Electronica Festival (September 8-12, 2021) at the JKU campus is at the heart of the Festival University and this year's motto is "A New Digital Deal".

Your Benefits

  • A grant to cover costs
  • A trip to Upper Austria
  • Mentoring by international experts
  • Take part in the Ars Electronica Festival
News 08.07.2021

The JKU and Ars Electronica Extend an Invitation to the "Festival University"

Under the motto "Transform Your World," "The Festival University by the Ars Electronica and the JKU" will take place for the first time between August 30 and September 19.

News 01.07.2021

The "Festival University": A Summer University Program as a Precursor to the TU of Upper Austria

100 students from around the world and between the ages of 16 and 24 will be invited to the JKU.

Partners & Funding

Program funding in the amount of €440,000 has been generously provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science & Research and the Upper Austrian government.

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