MORE - A Program by Austrian Universities for Refugees.

The JKU Linz has been involved in the UNIKO's MORE initiative since the fall of 2015.

The initiative aims to provide refugees with educational qualifications and support to pursue an academic degree.

Together with UNIKO, opens an external URL in a new window (Austrian University Conference), Univ. Prof. Dr. Johann Bacher initiated the MORE program at the JKU Linz during Winter Semester 2015/2016 to give those with a refugee background an opportunity to have an academic future. As Dean at the time, Prof. Bacher actively led the MORE team and managed the MORE program. Under the management of Sonja Falkner-Matzinger, BA MSc., the International Welcome Center and Ombuds Office for Students has been managing the MORE initiative since September 2020 on behalf of the JKU Linz and anchoring the program at the JKU Linz

When the MORE initiative began, the program focused more on helping refugees learn German. Over time, however, the program has expanded to give those who have a refugee background an opportunity to earn the required educational qualifications needed in order to enroll at the JKU Linz and pursue an academic degree. Those who have a refugee background may actively take part in the MORE initiative regardless of whether or not he/she is seeking asylum or if the procedure is already complete.

MORE Contact

Program Management

Sonja Falkner-Matzinger, BA MSc

MORE Council

Univ. Prof. Dr. Johann Bacher
Assist Prof. Almina Bešić
Assoz. Prof. Dr. Nicole Kronberger
Dr. Falko Schnicke, opens an external URL in a new window

Borealis MORE Scholarship

Carina Kobler, BA BA MA


Gala Dojcinovic, BSc.


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Entrance outside, opposite the Management Center


+43 732 2468 3050


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Prerequisites to take part in the MORE initiative

  • Refugee background (ongoing or concluded procedure)

  • Admission to an academic degree program at the JKU Linz has been approved

  • Application to the MORE program has been approved (annual call for applications)

  • No access to financial aid (i.e. scholarship or study grant)

The MORE Initiative at the JKU

There are two programs:

  • The Borealis MORE Scholarship for degree-seeking students.
  • MOREclassic for students in the preparation program (enrolled as "non-degree seeking" students).
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What does it mean to take part in the MORE program?

Shabnam and Angelika, two participants in the MORE initiative, talk about their experience in the program:

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The Borealis MORE Scholarship


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Would you like to help support the MORE program financially?