What opportunities are there for students at AAU to go abroad?
Erasmus+ exchange periods at European partner universities of the AAU within Europe.
Joint-Study stays at partner universities of the AAU in the United States of America, Australia, Senegal, South Korea, Latin America, Japan and a variety of European countries.
Short-term scientific research abroad when working towards a diploma, bachelor or master thesis.
Grant for a self-organised stay period abroad at universities that are not partners of the AAU. (1 to 2 semesters).
Language course grant (only for language courses abroad).
Are language courses taken in Austria funded?
No. Language courses are only funded when you take them abroad.
Does the International Office offer any grants that help me to do research for my diploma, bachelor or master thesis?
Yes. The International Office offers “KWA”-grants that allow students to do short-term scientific research who do research for their diploma, bachelor or master thesis.
Will my internship abroad be funded?
Yes. If you choose to do your internship within Europe, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ internship grant. The internship has to last between 2 and 12 months.
If you choose to do you internship outside of Europe, and your internship lasts no longer than 2 months, you may be eligible for an “internship grant” from the International Office.
May I take only electives when I study abroad?
If you are going abroad with the Erasmus+ programme you can take electives only, if you wish so.
If you intend to go abroad with the Joint Study programme you are required to choose courses that are relevant to your field of study and make a combined total of at least 12 ECTS points.
What happens if I fail my courses at the partner university?
If you went abroad with the Erasmus+ programme, you are required to pay back a certain amount of your grant depending upon how many ECTS points you have managed to accumulate.
If you went abroad with the Joint-Study programme and you failed to reach the required ECTS points, you are required to pay back all of the grant which you received.
May I study at a university abroad that has no formal ties or partner university status with the AAU? If so, am I eligible for (a) grant(s)? What am I required to do?
Yes. You may study at any university that has no formal ties or partner university status with the AAU. In this case you may be eligible for ‘grant for a self-organised stay abroad’.
Do I need insurance during my stay abroad?
By paying the ÖH fee, students who have a personal accident insurance when going on a semester abroad to further their studies.
For stays within the EU, EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland: While studying abroad as an Austrian citizen, you are, as a rule, still covered by your (national) health insurance and you can therefore claim your insurance coverage when going abroad. However, as the medical costs abroad may be very high and not all treatments (that are covered in Austria by law) are covered in full, you might want to purchase private insurance specifically for your stay abroad prior to your departure.
For stays outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland you should inquire with your regional health insurance provider, whether there are any international agreements which allow you to be covered in the country of your intended stay. If this is not the case, then we strongly advise you to purchase private insurance for your stay abroad.
I am a (non-EU) foreign national. Are there any special requirements?
For your stay abroad you may have to apply for a residence permit for the country of your planned stay. You must also provide a valid residence permit issued by the Republic of Austria. For more information regarding residence permits in Austria please go to http://www.klagenfurt.at/rathaus-direkt/meldeservice/niederlassung-und-aufenthalt.html
May I study abroad several times during my studies at the AAU?
Yes. You are eligible for up to 12 months within each of the following study programmes: bachelor, master and PhD programme. You are eligible for one grant per study programme.