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The 2022 Festival University.

Welcome to Planet B - A Different Life is Possible. But How?

4 weeks, 200 international students, an international faculty, and an opportunity to address some of the greatest challenges of our time:


The most prominent international symposium in support of technology & art, the Ars Electronica Festival, and Upper Austria's largest educational institution, the Johannes Kepler University Linz, opens in new window, are organizing the second annual Festival University, a special summer program between August 18 and September 14, 2022, under the motto "Welcome to Planet B! A Different Life is Possible. But How?".

Be Part of the Festival University

  • Are you between 16 and 25, concerned about climate change and the way climate change is impacting individuals, countries, and the global community?
  • Are you interested in working with young people from around the world as well as with international, interdisciplinary faculty members to create strategies and solutions as to just how we can meet the challenges resulting from climate change?



Key Facts


In and around Linz


4 weeks,
August 18 to September 14, 2022






A Festival University Certificate worth 6 ECTS credits


We will cover costs for travel, the visa, as well as accommodations and main meals on site.

Application deadline

June 30, 2022


200 school students and university students between the ages of 16 and 25 from all over the world and in various majors

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200 Students - International Faculty Members - 4 Weeks - 1 Festival

Participants do not need to be currently enrolled in a formal educational program (university, school...) - no program fees!

You will:

  • work together with 200 young people from all over the world and in a variety of disciplines ranging from business, law, engineering, and the arts to the humanities
  • work with an international faculty consisting of 40 mentors in the areas of science, art, business, and politics
  • work with students, young professionals and experts in the areas of science and technology, art and design, social activism and politics, business, and entrepreneurs.
  • be part of an exciting program of workshops, presentations, lectures, and excursions held in and around Linz
  • collaborate closely over a four-week period as part of 20 groups (of 10 participants each)


  • actively participate in the program, including community dinners and events
  • expenses for travel (economy flights), accommodations, visa, and meals on-site are fully covered (excluding personal expenses)
  • earn 6 ECTS credits toward your studies
  • receive a Welcome Package and an Ars Electronica catalog
  • have complete access to all of the festival programs during the 2022 Ars Electronica Festival
„For us to be effective in driving change and progress, we need to engage in dialogue - it takes different opinions and views. All of that was possible at Festival University and it was very exciting for me.“
Merle, 23, Germany, Europa Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt Oder - participant in 2021


Interested? Then use this platform, opens an external URL in a new window to submit your application by June 30, 2022.


Submit your application in English and include:

  • Information about yourself - your educational background, interests, and your motivation to take part in the 2022 Festival University program
  • A video (max. of 3 minutes) responding to the question of what makes you an ideal candidate for this program and how you are in line with the 2022 Festival University's focus. A cell phone video is fine.
  • Optional: Additional materials (max. 5 MB) demonstrating your expertise (artwork and project, prototype(s), research, system, activities, strategy, and business plan, etc.)

Please note that if you are selected to take part in the program, parts of your application (CV, photo, and sections of your video) may be used and published for communication purposes.

Use this platform, opens an external URL in a new window to submit your application and corresponding documents by June 30. Alternative forms of applications will not be accepted. Upload all of the files directly to the platform, or to a cloud platform, using corresponding links (please make sure they are accessible and provide any passwords, if necessary).

Applicants under the age of 18 who wish to take part in the 2022 Festival University require written permission by their parents. Please send the signed consent form together with the application form via e-mail to: festivaluniversity@ars.electronica.art. The consent form is available here, opens a file.

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A Look Back at 2021

The first Festival University took place in 2021 under the motto "Transform Your World". Together with leading international scientists, academics, and artists, participants at the 2021 Festival University worked on planning and developing ideas in support of digital transformation: What are the big issues of our time? How do we create more awareness about issues and problems and a willingness to find solutions? What will - and how should - the future look like?


Impressions from the 2021 Festival University

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

Partners & Funding Agencies

Program funding for the Festival University has been generously provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science & Research.