The initiative aims to provide refugees and displaced persons 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 refugees 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 Student Ombuds Office 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 refugees and displaced persons an opportunity to earn the required educational qualifications needed in order to enroll at the JKU Linz and pursue an academic degree. Refugees and displaced persons may actively take part in the MORE-Initiative regardless of whether or not they are seeking asylum or if the procedure is already complete.
Borealis MORE Scholarship
Bank Building, Ground Floor
Entrance outside, opposite the Management Center
+43 732 2468 3050
Being a refugee or displaced person (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)
Shabnam and Angelika, two participants in the MORE-Initiative, talk about their experience in the program: