Events by IWC & Partners

Regularly Scheduled Events.

Host: Georgii Gvindzhiliia & International Welcome Center
Location: IWC - International Welcome Center, Bank Building, JKU Campus
Time: 4:00 PM

Background story:
Georgii Gvindzhiliia, a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Applied Physics, has organized a German-speaking club in Linz.
He uses the MeetUp platform to organize informal get-togethers, giving people an opportunity to come together, play some language-learning games, or just speak German without the inhibition of making language mistakes.
He started the club when he himself had trouble learning German and meeting people in Austria. He created the group right after the pandemic; today, there are over 200 members.

He had often considered expanding the club to the university as there are a number of international employees working at the JKU.
After learning about the Tandem Language Survey, he contacted us here at the IWC ...

The story continues: 
The plan is to meet regularly at the IWC's "Welcome Area".
There are no "teachers" or pre-determined topics - it is just an informal get-together and space to speak and practice German.
The next get-together is scheduled for May 22, beginning at 4.00 PM. More dates to follow.

There is no required level of proficiency in German.
Feel free to stop by and join a group of those who are also learning German! It's fun, informal, and good way to end a study/work day.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Host: KHG
Location: KHG Center, Gallery
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 PM 

  • April 20
  • May 11
  • June 15 - following the KHG Summer Party!

Practice your German!

You may already know some German, but is it difficult to speak German? 
Then let's do it together! 
International students can come together for coffee and practice their German. Join in! 

Save the Date: Following the Language Café on June 15, you are invited to the KHG Summer Party! 

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For international employees & students at the JKU!

A "Language Walk" with the IWC


  • June 13, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Let's once again take a walk together!
Feedback from the last "Kopf Auslüften" walk was very positive so we have decided to continue!

Once a month, we head outdoors together to clear our heads. Anyone who wants to join in is more than welcome to come and also practice speaking German.

We'll meet at 4:00 PM on the dot in front of the International Welcome Center. The walk takes about 1 hour. We recommend wearing sturdy walking shoes and, if needed, any rain gear. We will go on the walk regardless of the weather, aside from heavy rain and thunderstorms.

We look forward to seeing you. 

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Have you just moved to Upper Austria and would like to meet other international people in your area? The W2UA's Get-Together evening is an opportunity to socialize, meet people, and share your experiences as an international resident here in Upper Austria!

Moving to a new city/country can be very exciting and meeting new people and making friends early on is helpful in order to settle in more quickly and make your experience more enjoyable.

While stepping out of your comfort zone and finding new friends may not always be easy, the Welcome2Upper Austria's Get-Together evenings provide a safe space for international residents in Upper Austria to come together and meet people having similar experiences. Even if you have been here for a long time, you are always welcome to join us to share your experiences, and make new friends and colleagues! 

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Host: KHG
Time: 7:00 PM 

  • June 5, Location: KHG Dorm: Franz Jägerstätter; Mengerstraße 23, 4040 Linz
  • Juni 19, Location: Salesianum; Salesianumweg 5, 4020 Linz
  • July 3, Location: KHG Dorm: Petrinum; Petrinumstraße 12,7-8, 4020 Linz

Being a (favorite) dish to share with others as the culinary variety is the part of this picnic/potluck that makes the evening special!
There will be music but you can also feel free to play music yourself.
Don't forget to bring food, cutlery, plates, and your picnic blanket!

Host: KHG
Location: KHG Petrinum, Cellar Bar
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Dates: Wednesdays (during the semester)

This is all about being social, hanging out together, and enjoying (free) food together!
Easy dishes are on the menu each week! If you would like to help with the cooking, you are most welcome to join!
Let's meet and eat together!

Upcoming Events.

By showing your JKU Card and ID, you get free entry to the following museums in May!
We ask you to take advantage of this offer only once per person and per museum due to a limited ticket contingent.

These museums are part of the cooperation:  
Lentos, opens an external URL in a new window
Nordico, opens an external URL in a new window
Ars Electronica, opens an external URL in a new window

Have fun and feel free to send us photos from your visits! (

June 15,  beginning at 2:00 PM
Location: KHG Leben, Mengerstraße 23, 4040 Linz

The legendary KHG Summer party is always a highlight during the Summer Semester!
Weather-permitting, the beautiful KHG garden will turn into a place to socialize, meet new friends, dance, and party.
Detailed information will be available during the course of the semester - you can also inquire at the KHG office!

June 21, 7:00 PM
Location: KHG - Studierenden Wohnheim Petrinum, Petrinumstraße 12,7-8, 4020 Linz

It's the astronomical start of summer and the perfect time to usher in the season of garden parties!
You can look forward to music, a cool vibe, evening ambience and candles, a bonfire, DIY garden party decorations, and food!
What should you bring with you? Just yourself and a dish to share!

June 24, 12:30 PM
Meeting Point: Grüner Anker, Schulstraße 4, 4040 Linz
Meeting Point: Volksgarten, 2PM 

We will set off together to join a Rainbow Parade in Linz! First, there will be time to put on make-up, glitter, as well as make flags and banners.

We will meet up at the Volksgarten in Linz at 2:00 PM to march in the parade. Afterwards, we'll join in the open-air event at Urfahrmarkt (the fair grounds) and take part in Pride Night at Central.
If it all becomes too much hustle and bustle for you, starting at 6:00 PM you can head to the Grüner Anker youth church to chill out and relax.
This event has been organized in partnership with Grüner Anker - the Youth Church Linz

Past Events.

Ready for a job that really fits your qualifications?
Save the date:
 Dec 1, 9 AM - 2 PM
Location: IWC, JKU - Bank Building

We bring companies with English as part of their corporate culture to the JKU and help you find your summer internship or part-time job. 
For our Mini Job Fair at IWC, you can make individual appointments with companies specifically looking for students in your area of specialization.
This is a very special opportunity!

You get the chance to ask interesting companies directly about open positions and the tasks of these positions! 

We are looking forward to meeting you!

December 1, 9:00 PM - 3:00 AM

Host: IASTE & W2UA
Location: LUI, JKU

Dance into the holiday season together!

December 3: 9.45 AM to approx. 4:00 PM

Host: The International Welcome Center
Departure: 10:00 AM - Kepler Hall
Return: Approx. 4:00 PM - Kepler Hall

Mauthausen was a massive, active concentration camp as part of the Third Reich in Austria between August 1938 to May 1945. The camp was liberated by the Allies in 1945. Over the seven-year period, over 190,000 people were imprisoned at the Mauthausen concentration camp and its subcamps; over 90,000 people lost their lives there.

A guide will take us through the entire complex to learn more about important historical facts that should never be forgotten.

After the guided tour, we will go to a traditional cider taverna. We are scheduled to be back in Linz by approximately 4:00 PM.

December 6, 5:00 PM
Klosterhof, Landstraße 30, Linz

Welcome2Upper Austria would like to invite you to take part in an International Pub Quiz, followed by a visit to the Christmas market!
Challenge yourself with riddles, have fun, and get the joy of the season! The event serves to be a warm welcome to international students from all of the universities in Upper Austria!

December 14, beg. at 5.30 PM

Location: KHG dorm, Galerie Café - Ground Floor - right next to the campus (Mengerstraße 23, 4040 Linz)

Let's get into the holiday spirit together!
Join us for a fun & inviting Christmas Movie Night with delicious popcorn!

Please note: The number of participants is limited!

Language Café - Hike - Camp Fire 

We would like to end the semester together. Take a little break from studying and join us to clear your head for a while.
We're starting with the Language Café in KHG gallery. 
Afterwards, we will meet in front of the IWC for a short walk (about 30 min to 1 hour) - please wear sturdy walking shoes as it may be a bit slippery. 
We'll end the day relaxing around a campfire and enjoying some small snacks. 

The KHG team and the IWC look forward to seeing you there! 

To help us plan better, please sign up by January 10 for individual program points, or for the entire afternoon. 

2:00 PM: Language Café @KHG Galerie
3:00 PM: Hike around Pferdeeisenbahn, Meeting Point @IWC
4:00 PM: Campfire & Snacks @KHG Garden

We kindly invite you to join us for coffee & cake at the International Welcome Center (IWC)!

After a short introduction of our services, important facts and info about working at the JKU and some thinks about campus life, we would like to get to know you and especially your needs, and obstacles but also pleasant memories of your start in Austria and at JKU Linz. 

There will also be time for you to share experiences with each other in a more casual atmosphere. 

In addition, we would like to give you a nicely filled Welcome Package.
The package was prepared under the motto "No Advertising!" so you can look forward to useful and tasty goodies! 

Please let us know by February 16 if you will be attending the Welcome Get-Together. If you are unable to attend the event, you can pick up your Welcome Package at the IWC during office hours until December 8. 

NEW IN TOWN? Would you like to get to know the city and its people?

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

Groups: 4 groups | max. 8 per group
Meeting point: 4:00 PM @Kepler Hall
Duration: Scavenger Hunt, incl. dinner: Approx. 4 hours
Bring along: A sense of humor, a rain jacket, just in case.

Program Points & Costs:

  • Cake & coffee break (sponsored by KHG Linz)
  • Public transportation in Linz (you are responsible for transportation costs. For example, a 24-hour ticket costs €5.40)
  • One drink at the end of dinner (sponsored by the IWC)

The Scavenger Hunt is a joint event organized by the IWC JKU & KHG Linz, opens an external URL in a new window!

Sign up on our website by March 1. 

Host: W2UA - Welcome2Upper Austria
Date: March 8, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Meeting Point: In front of Cloudflight at the main entrance - Huemerstraße 23, 4020 Linz (5th floor)

Are you about to graduate and interested in learning more about Upper Austrian companies that have potential job openings for international talent?
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit various companies!

Join us on March 8, 2023, as we visit two companies that stand for innovation and success in their respective fields.
Cloudflight , opens an external URL in a new windowand Avanade, opens an external URL in a new window will open their doors to introduce you to a potentially new workplace.

Company Visit Schedule: 
-10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Cloudflight Austria GmbH
-12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch at Cloudflight
-Bus transfer from Cloudflight to Avanade
-1:30 PM-3:00 PM: Avanade Österreich GmbH, Dauphinestraße 9, 4030 Linz

Gettiing There:
By public transportation: Take Bus 45 or 46 from Mozartkreuzung (in the direction Stieglbauernstraße or Hafen), to the Gruberstraße bus stop.
On foot: Walk along Mozartstraße in the direction of Dametzstraße, turn left into Huemerstraße.

How to get back to Linz: 
At Avande GmbH, take Tram 1 from the stop "Dürerstraße" in the direction of the JKU Universität.

The excursion is free of charge.
Lunch and bus transfers between Cloudflight and Avanade are included.
Spots are limited; if you have signed up and cannot go, you may only cancel up to 1 week in advance (March 3) by sending an e-mail to:

Advanced registration is mandatory!
Deadline to sign up: March 5, 2023

Let our JKU expert, Gala, take you around on an exciting campus tour, revealing different life hacks you need to know when studying at the JKU Linz!

Our campus tour for international students will address various questions such as: where can you put money on to your JKU Card? Where is the best and most inexpensive place to print documents on campus? Where is the Austrian Student Union office located? ... and much more!

You won't want to miss this tour!

Meeting Point: Kepler Hall
Times: 11.30 AM and 2.30 PM

We look forward to seeing you! 

Looking for a job or an internship?
Ready to take your future into your own hands?

Location: Keplergebäude Building, JKU campus
Date: March 14, 9.30 AM - 3.30 PM 
This visit is free of charge and open to all!

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to learn more about over 90 Austrian and international companies and check out future career opportunities, internships, or an option for a remunerated final theses. There is something for everyone  and students in various majors.

The program includes:

  • A quick CV review by members of the JKU Alumni Club
  • A LinkedIn Profile Check
  • Tips on how to take portrait photos

The IAESTE Team is especially pleased to welcome you at the IAESTE Linz, opens an external URL in a new window booth and at the buffet!

Host: W2UA - Welcome2Upper Austria featuring Raml & Partner
Date: March 22, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Online

Not legally required, but highly recommended: The annual tax return.

You may have heard words such as "Steuererklärung""Arbeitnehmerveranlagung" or "Steuerausgleich"... they all mean the same thing, and if you're doing this for the first time, it can be very challenging!
Employment income is taxable in Austria. While you do not actively pay income tax, your employer is required to deduct the amount from your earnings. You may also have personal expenses considered to be tax deductible - but how do you know if you do or not? 
A tax expert at Raml & Partner will talk about deductible expenses and also show you how to fill in and file your tax returns, thereby helping you to save money!

The presentation will be held in English and online!
There is no fee to attend but advanced registration is required.

Are you about to graduate and interested in learning more about Upper Austrian companies that have potential job openings for international talent?
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit various companies!

Host: Welcome2Upper Austria, opens an external URL in a new window
Date: March 23, 2023; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Dynatrace, Netural and MIC will open their doors to introduce you to a potentially new workplace.

We will visit: 
Dynatrace Austria GmbH - Lab Linz - Main Office, Am Fünfundzwanziger Turm 20, 4020 Linz
Netural, Peter-Behrens-Platz 2, 4020 Linz
MIC Datenverarbeitung, Hafenstraße 24, 4020 Linz

Sign up now and take advantage of a unique opportunity to learn more about three companies in one day!

The excursion is free of charge, lunch is included, advanced registration is required.
Spots are limited so if you must cancel, you may only do so up to a maximum of one week in advance.

Host: W2UA - Welcome2Upper Austria featuring Deloitte 
Date: March 30, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Tabakfabrik Linz, Peter-Behrens-Platz 1-15, 4020

This session will provide information about paying taxes in Austria.
Join the W2UA`s event and let experts at Deloitte's answer your questions directly.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Income tax
  • Vehicle tax
  • Social insurance contributions
  • Submitting a tax assessment

There is no charge to attend but we kindly ask that you register in advance to attend.
The registration deadline: March 24, 2023

Photos from Past Events

Open Day | May 5, 2022

Opening of the IWC | May 18, 2022