Students from 100 countries & staff from 50 countries worldwide contribute to the distinctive and vibrant atmosphere of our campus.
Internationalisation & mobility
Internationality is “intrinsic to universities”. The university can fulfil its legal obligations to development and education through science only through international exchange and dialogue and an internationally oriented education offer. For Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, internationalisation is a mission and process that encompasses all areas of the university’s tasks and requires efforts in a variety of fields. In the area of teaching, AAU’s internationalisation efforts are primarily aimed at increasing its attractiveness as a place to study for international students, providing the best possible support for international mobility and promoting the development of the campus into a place of lived plurality, diversity and inter- and transcultural dialogue.
The measures taken to promote internationality are aimed at fostering international exchange and dialogue, maintaining and expanding international strategic cooperation, an appropriate international orientation of the education offering of the respective specialisation discipline, and the further internationalisation of curricula, including the expansion of joint international study programmes.
In addition to the quantitative dimension (increasing the mobility of students, lecturers and administrative staff), the focus is also on the qualitative development of existing services, as well as the provision of offers for the acquisition and development of inter-/transcultural competences and foreign language skills on site, which can be especially beneficial for (still) underrepresented groups in mobility programmes.
Core fields of internationalisation in the area of teaching as well as defined goals and measures to achieve them are indicated in the Internationalisation Strategy (Education).
Internationalisation has been an essential trait of universities since their very foundation. The University of Klagenfurt’s geographic location means that internationalisation is of particular significance. Based in a city where three different cultures meet, the university is well-placed to deliver research and teaching on an international level.
Each academic year approximately 200 students from the University of Klagenfurt take advantage of Erasmus+, Joint-Study and general study abroad scholarships to learn new languages and to experience different cultures and life in another country.
International students at the University of Klagenfurt
Each academic year the University of Klagenfurt hosts more than 200 exchange students. Approximately two thirds of students rate their study abroad at the University of Klagenfurt as “Excellent”. In their study abroad feedback surveys, almost every incoming student said that they would recommend a semester abroad at the University of Klagenfurt.
cooperations with partner universities
countries to explore
Selected partner universities
Kansai Gaidai University
Univerza v Ljubljani
(Erasmus+: Business Administration, Business & Law, Internat. Management, Applied Cultural Studies, English Studies, Educational Science, History, Media & Communications, Romance Studies, Slavonic Studies)
University of North
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Support & advice
The University of Klagenfurt’s International Office is available to answer any questions you might have about internationalisation & mobility in the field of teaching and education. The International Office advises the University of Klagenfurt’s incoming and outgoing students in mobility programmes.
The International Office also supports scientific and administrative members of the University of Klagenfurt staff who partcipate in an Erasmus+ mobility.
Further information on the Erasmus+ Programm at AAU:
Monday to Friday from 09:00 till 11:00
and by appointment
Location: Universitätsstraße 65-67, Osttrakt (East wing), 1st floor
E-Mail: internationales [at] aau [dot] at
An internationally-recognised certificate is the best way of proving your language skills. The University of Klagenfurt’s partnership with the British Council Austria means students can sit IELTS examinations at the University of Klagenfurt. IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. Register now!
Work & research abroad
The University of Klagenfurt has many options for researchers and other university staff who would like to work and conduct research abroad.
Interested in programmes and courses aimed at international students?
Alps-Adriatic Rectors’ Conference
The Alps-Adriatic Rectors’ Conference (AARC) is a union of 36 universities from the Alps/Adriatic area and has included the Western Balkans since 2011. Further information.
Carinthian International Club (CIC)
The CIC supports international staff and their families to settle in Carinthia. Information, support and advice are offered through regular events on a variety of different topics. Further information