Faculty Member Onboarding & Dual Career Services at the JKU

Dear New Faculty Members!

Welcome to the JKU! It's nice to have you on board! We look forwarding to provding any assistance you need to relocate to Linz.

We want to help you and, if applicable, your family get off to a good start in Linz! Our team responsible for onboarding & dual career services is available for you.

The JKU provides support services to new faculty members and their families in regard to any questions about housing, childcare, attending school, the Austrian social system, as well as career development opportunities for their spouses or partners.

Target Group: Newly appointed university professors (in accordance with § 98 and §99 of the 2002 Austrian Universities Act), including spouses/partners and their families.

Procedure: If interested, please contact Mena Sonderegger-Elarabi, MBA, at the Office of Human Resource Development's department for Onboarding & Dual Career Services.

Please note: We can offer our services after a maximum of 12 months after starting at the JKU. We can begin providing support services at the start of negotiations at the earliest.

The Office of Dual Career Services aims to provide support services to spouses/partners looking for a job in Linz as well as assistance in settling into life in Linz. Please note, however, that we cannot guarantee jobs for spouses/partners, housing, or childcare at a desired facility or school.

Department of Human Resource Development, Gender & Diversity Management

Office of Human Resource Development


Johannes Kepler University
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz, Austria


Science Park 5
2nd floor, S5 0216


Mena Sonderegger-Elarabi, MBA


+43 732 2468 3404

Our Services and Main Focus

Support services when arriving in Linz and getting off to a good start:

  • Individual and personal support services
  • Living in Linz & Upper Austria
  • Housing
  • Social systems
  • Schools/availability at schools
  • Fees
  • Childcare services: Vormerkung und Anmeldung, Kindergartenpflicht
  • Building a Home & Accommodations, Information about housing
  • Application materials for spouses/partners
  • German language courses
  • Career planning / career re-entry for spouses/partners
  • Continual education programs

International Welcome Center

If you live outside of Austria and/or are not an Austrian citizen and have questions about registration, work visas, insurance, car registration, etc. please contact the International Welcome Center. Our services are for all EU and non-EU citizens.


Additional information about accommodations as well as living & working in Austria

Linz & Upper Austria

Linz: the 2009 Capital of Culture, UNESCO Creative City, the opera house, Ars Electronica, theater and concerts ... Linz has long shed its "industrial" image and boasts over 51 parks and 700 hectares of forest and woodlands. Although Linz is even often referred to as one of Austria's greenest cities, Linz also continues to be one of the country's most important economic regions with direct exports in the billions, more job openings than residents, and a constant stream of new ideas. If that's not enough, in just an hour you can get to the beautiful mountain regions, lakes, to Vienna, or to Salzburg, and even neighboring countries such as Germany and the Czech Republic. The saying that almost anything is possible here ring true!


Click on the links below for additional information about the state of Upper Austria:


Linz Office of Tourism Welcome 2Upper Austria


Schools are educational institutions providing opportunities to learn and acquire skills to ultimately attain an educational objective. Schools are dependent institutions, governed by a legal legal body. In this regard, there is a distinction between public schools (school operator: federal government, state, or city) and private schools.

See the links below to learn more about individual types of schools and various educational programs:


State of Upper Austria State Education Authority of Upper Austria


General information about childcare services:


The Pre-Registration and Registration Procedure

Contact the childcare facility or the facility's provider (municipal council, municipality, parish, association, etc.) for information about the registration procedure. Please note the information provided regarding the registration deadline and the registration procedure.

Detailed information is available here:

Kindernet of Upper Austria Municipal Authorities of LInz


Fees/Payment by Parents

Parents are subject to paying fees for child(ren) age 30 months or younger; once the child starts school (or the child does not have a primary residency in Upper Austria).


Regulations for Payment by Parents - Upper Austria  


Mandatory Kindergarten

Kindergarten attendance is mandatory in Upper Austria and applies to all children who have main residency in Upper Austria, who have turned 5 before September 1 of that respective year, and are expected to begin school during the following year up until they begin school.


Mandatory Kindergarten  


Building a Home and Housing

As part of an initiative by the Austrian University Conferences' Task Force Gender & Diversity, Austrian universities have joined forces to create a network offering dual career services in Vienna, Lower Austria, and Upper Austria. See the dualcareer.ac.at to learn more about all of the available services.