Johannes Kepler Universität

Johannes Kepler Universität (JKU) is a public institution in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria and prides itself on a very distinguished international reputation. The university’s core areas include the Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Law as well as Engineering and Natural Sciences.The research achievements of the three faculties, social sciences and economics, law and Engineering and Natural Sciences are recognised worldwide.

The Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences (SoWi) is the only faculty of its kind in Austria to offer an extensive range of academic programmes in the areas of Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration. The SoWi Faculty has developed its study programmes in accordance to national and international guidelines and quality standards.

JKU focuses on base-knowledge and application-oriented research as well as hands-on, practical experience along with progressive education.

The JKU Linz is ranked among the world’s best young universities (under 50 years). For the second year, the most recent "Times Higher Education 100 Under 50" ranking placed the JKU among the Top 70 of the world’s best young universities (under 50 years). With nine active Christian Doppler laboratories on campus, the JKU is among the best universities in Austria.

Campus facilities

Unlike other universities in Austria, the JKU is a campus environment located north of Linz. The JKU campus and student residence halls are conveniently located 20 minutes by tram from the city centre and close to clean and efficient public transportation services.

The landscape at the university is green and picturesque, creating an attractive ambience for students, faculty and staff. The university pond is a popular gathering spot, particularly between classes and on warm, sunny days. In the summer, students take advantage of the proximity to Lake Plesching to swim, relax and play beach volley,etc.

There are many cafeterias, banks and shops conveniently located near campus. The main university library is centrally located on campus and wireless internet service provide students with continual internet access.

To help you make the most of your exchange experience, the staff and students at the JKU are commited to facilitating a smooth transition to Austria and providing insight into Austrian life and culture.

Student Mentors

REFI is an on-campus student organisation at the JKU. As a part of the Austrian Student Union, REFI welcomes new international students and assigns an Austrian student mentor to each incoming exchange student. Your mentor will not only meet you at the airport or train station upon arrival, but will also introduce you to campus life, activities in Linz as well as Austrian student life. REFI organises a number of popular annual events including a a Welcome Party, an evening at the casino, their very popular “Stammtische” - an informal student gettogether held every two weeks – as well as organised trips within Austria and abroad (e.g. to Budapest and Prague).

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: October to January

Spring Semester: March to June

For more details please check JKU  website

Pre-Semester Programme

The pre-semester programme is free of charge and includes:

  • Intensive German language courses at various levels

  • Cultural Sensitivity Training Session

  • Orientation Programme

  • Guided city tour of Linz

  • Excursions to local places

Academic life

The minimum language level required to study at JKU in German is B2.


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There are a number of events arranged by the international office before and during the semester which students are strongly recommended to attend. Students should usually arrive two weeks before the semester starts to enroll in courses - check their website for the latest updates. Enrolment as a student at JKU is done at the "Studien- und Pruefungsabteilung" on campus.

Registration for courses upon arrival in Linz:

• The International Office will provide you with course registration procedures.
• You will register for courses via internet.
• You then have to send the learning agreement to the IPO if there are any changes to the original.

Students are expected to stay till the end of the semester and may not request separate exams in order to leave early.


Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details.

Passing requirements

Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at JKU.


Austria, nestled in the Alps and famous for world-class ski resorts, W. A. Mozart, Sacher cake and friendly residents, ranks as one of the safest countries in the world! Linz, the capital of Upper Austria, is Austria‘s the third largest city with a population of 190,000. Linz has a rich historical past and today, Linz successfully combines vibrant Austrian tradition with a comtemporary flair.

Situated along the Danube amongst rolling green hills, the city, with its many parks and recreational areas, beckons residents and visitors alike to relax as well as enjoy many activities. Located in the heart of Europe, Linz provides a central connection to numerous European cities and capitals.

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The International Office at JKU will assist in arranging accommodation at student residence halls. Rooms are furnished and have telephone and internet access. Students may select a single occupancy room or a double occupancy room at a student residence hall close to the JKU campus or in the city centre.

If you prefer to live off campus, information on off-campus accommodation is available on the ÖH (Austrian Student Union) website under the heading "Börse". You can also search for accommodation in local magazines.

For more information on JKU accommodation please visit the link below:

Cost of living

Estimated Average Costs per Month:

By European standards, the cost of living in Austria is average. Basic costs have been estimated as follows:

Double occupancy room - €200

Single occupancy room - €300

Food - €250

Miscellaneous - €100






Students who have been nominated to study at JKU will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance  

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

If you come from an EU country, remember to apply for a European health insurance card (EHIC) before leaving.

Visa requirements

EU citizens will not need a visa to enter Austria but will need to register with the Magistrat Linz, within the first three months of stay.

For all other nationalities an entry permit is required. You should contact the Austrian embassy for advice:

Austrian Embassy
18 Belgrave Mews West
Kensington and Chelsea
London SW1X 8HU

If you are not staying in the student halls of residence you are required to register with the local authorities within 3 days of arrival.

For further instructions, please visit the link below:

Please note it is the student’s responsibility to make all arrangements for the student visa.



Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Austria
Language of tuition: English,German
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Erasmus+ exchange

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