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Semester in Austria

Alpen Adria University

About the Program

Since its founding in 1970, the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (AAU) has successfully established itself as a distinctive voice reinforcing the canon of Austrian universities, as a globally networked research institution, and as a hub for the acquisition, exchange, and transfer of knowledge across the entire Alps-Adriatic Region. The scientific achievements of the AAU advance the university’s growing national and international visibility. The AAU contributes to finding solutions for today’s vast challenges by pooling and strengthening various research fields. The establishment of the profile-enhancing research initiatives Energy Management & Energy Technology, Sustainability, Self-organizing Systems and Visual Culture allow holistic approaches and yield excellent research results.

More than 11,600 students attend the Alpen-Adria-Universität for the purposes of study and research, including over 2,000 students from abroad. Approximately 1,500 members of staff strive to produce outstanding achievements of the highest quality in the realms of teaching, research and university administration. In total, 34 departments spread across the university’s four faculties serve as sites of work and research at the AAU. In addition, several specialized centers contribute to shaping the university’s specific portrait.

The AAU is located in Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost province. Home to around 100,000 inhabitants, the city of Klagenfurt is considered one of the most livable cities in Austria. The proximity to Italy and Slovenia results in an atmosphere of intercultural exchange at the intersection between the Alpine and the Mediterranean culture.

Quick Facts

  • AAU hosts students from over 80 countries and has staff from over 40 countries
  • AAU offers 18 bachelor's degree programs and 24 master's degree programs
  • Enrollment: 11,500 students, of which 1795 are international students
  • The campus includes the University Sports Institute (USI) for elite athletes

Credits/Courses

Students earn 15 OCU credits for a semester at Alpen Adria University.

Students able to study in German may select from the full curriculum of the university. Students not ready to study in German may enroll in a semester-long intensive German program along with courses taught in English from across the curriculum. While it's not advised, students may also enroll in courses taught in English without studying German.

Disciplines with courses taught in English include the following:

  • American Studies (literature, history, film)
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Gender Studies
  • Literature and Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

A full list of courses taught in English can be found here: https://www.aau.at/en/international/studying-in-klagenfurt/students-in-mobility-programmes/

Accommodations

Students live in on or off campus dormitories or private apartments. Incoming exchange students can apply for accommodation in dormitories through the OeAD Housing Office. For questions regarding accommodation, you are encouraged to contact OeAD's Housing Office in Klagenfurt.

Fees

Academic Year 2021-2022

Charged to OCU Student Account:

  • OCU tuition and fees.

Invoiced to student by AAU:

  • Accommodation in dormitories: $230-460 per month depending on the room category (250-400€/month)
  • Housing Deposit: it generally corresponds to two monthly fees (in total between €500 - €800)

Additional costs that students pay directly:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Students can apply for the buddy service offered by ESN Entrée and receive support upon arrival (key pick-up, meet at train station or airport etc.)
  • Medical Insurance:OCU's travel policy may be sufficient. Students should research options based on personal needs. Enrolled students may take out a health insurance policy (“Studentenversicherung”) with the regional insurance company Gebietskrankenkasse (ÖGK in Carinthia). Self-insured students have to pay an insurance fee of € 61,43 per month(as in 2020)*. *subject to change without notice
  • Passport and visa fees: Students who are citizens of a Non-European Union member state/EEA are required to have a valid student visa (type C or D) on entry to Austria if they are staying for a period shorter than 6 months. Students staying for two semesters or longer have to apply for a Residence Permit (“Aufenthaltsbewilligung”) for Students. To learn more visit the following sites:
  • Local transportation: $35 per month (25€-47€/month)
  • Meals: A meal plan is not offered, but students have kitchen facilities in their housing
  • Personal expenses

Download cost estimate for details.

Spring Semester 2022

Charged to OCU Student Account:

  • OCU tuition and fees.

Invoiced to student by AAU:

  • Accommodation in dormitories: $230-460 per month depending on the room category (250-400€/month)
  • Housing Deposit: it generally corresponds to two monthly fees (in total between €500 - €800)

Additional costs that students pay directly:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Students can apply for the buddy service offered by ESN Entrée and receive support upon arrival (key pick-up, meet at train station or airport etc.)
  • Medical Insurance:OCU's travel policy may be sufficient. Students should research options based on personal needs. Enrolled students may take out a health insurance policy (“Studentenversicherung”) with the regional insurance company Gebietskrankenkasse (ÖGK in Carinthia). Self-insured students have to pay an insurance fee of € 63,44 per month(as in 2020)*. *subject to change without notice
  • Local transportation: $35 per month (25€-47€/month)
  • Meals: A meal plan is not offered, but students have kitchen facilities in their housing
  • Personal expenses

Download cost estimate for details.

Eligibility

  • Must be a sophomore or above at the beginning of the program
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the program
  • Some previous German language study is encouraged, but not required
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Students with a 2.50 to 2.99 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Good standing at OCU

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Federal and State Aid typically apply
  • Most OCU scholarships apply

Download an estimated budget template to determine what a semester in Klagenfurt will cost you.

Connect with Alpen Adria University

Primary Student Contact: Elke Thomasser incoming.exchange@aau.at

Website: https://www.aau.at/en/internat...

Phone: +43 463 2700 9275

  • Aerial view of Alpen Adria University

    AAU offers a green campus with close proximity to Lake Worthersee.

  • International students at AAU

    Students from over 80 countries study at AAU.

  • Students on Campus

    Alpen Adria University is a great choice for those who enjoy the outdoors.

Contact the Study Abroad Office

studyabroad@okcu.edu