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Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

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Program Snapshot

Take courses in either English or German at this modern, campus-based University in the high-tech city of Linz, the third-largest in Austria. One of the European Capitals of Culture, Linz offers modern museums, research facilities and front-row views of the Danube River. Dorms on campus offer eating options, an indoor pool and recreation area, and easy access to classrooms. Located just a 15-minute tram ride from the main square, students living on campus also have easy access to shopping, cafťís and Austria"s efficient train system. Innovative, inter-disciplinary programs in business/economics, technology and the social sciences are offered for students at all language levels and pre-session German courses are included in ISEP benefits.

Read a story by an ISEP student who studied abroad at Johannes Kepler Universitšt Linz.

Located on the banks of the Danube, Linz has its origin in a Roman settlement and served as a residence for German emperors during the Middle Ages. The third largest city in Austria, Linz is a flourishing industrial, commercial and cultural center. The main square in the center of the city, laid out as a market place in 1260, is surrounded by a pedestrian zone with a variety of shops and cafés. From Linz, it is an hour drive to the Austrian Lake District with sailing, mountaineering and skiing facilities.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for International students is generally Excellent!
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications

Program Dates
Academic year: early October to early July;
Semester 1: early October to late January;
Semester 2: early March to early July.

Fast Facts
Linz, Austria (pop. 200,000)
Student Enrollment: 16,000
Language of instruction: German, English
University Home Page
International Office Homepage
Course Links

Faculties of Law; Social Sciences, Economics, and Business (business & education, economics & business administration [accounting & auditing, business taxation, e-learning, environmental management, human resource management, internet business, management in service industries, managerial accounting, managerial finance, marketing, organizational behavior/ organizational design, production & logistics management, public sector & nonprofit management, start-up business & entrepreneurship, strategic management], management information technology, social economics, sociology, statistics); Sciences and Engineering (computer science, economics-technical chemistry, mechatronics, teacher training for secondary schools, technical chemistry, technical mathematics, mathematics in industry, technical physics, biophysics, polymer engineering).

Courses taught in English
Strong subjects for students wishing to take courses in English are business, economics, chemistry, computer science and mathematics. Students may also take courses from other faculties provided they can find enough courses in English to fulfill their requirements.

Academic Notes
Economics and business administration, mathematics in industry, physics, polymer engineering, and computer science are recommended for ISEP participants.


Transcripts are generally released in March for Semester 1, in August for Semester 2 and in August for the Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the studentís home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
  • Students do not need any prior German to study abroad in Linz, provided they find enough courses in English to support a full-credit course load. Students wishing to take courses in German should have reached the intermediate level of German prior to their exchange.
  • JKU offers a 2-3 week intensive German course prior to the beginning of each semester (included in ISEP benefits).
  • 2-8 hours a week of Intensive German courses are available during the academic year in conjunction with a reduced number of regular courses (included in ISEP benefits).
  • About 300 courses are taught in English each semester.

International students studying at JKU Linz should have proof of at least a B2 level on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Language) scale of either English or German.
For more information on courses and language options, see the:

German Options-at-a-Glance
German Language Advising Chart

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Hints for Researching Courses
Researching courses in English on an Austrian university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a university website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study.
Download the ISEP Guide to Course Selection

Housing and Meals
Students receive a housing stipend and choose the residence hall of their choice; the stipend covers housing in a double-occupancy room. A stipend is provided to cover the cost of meals. Married student housing may be available. Find out more about Financial Issues for Exchange Students.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 200 Euros per month. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Linz is situated 180 km from Vienna and 140 km from Salzburg and can be reached easily by train or plane. On request exchange students can be picked up from the train station or the airport Linz by a student representative of the REFI (exchange student network) organization.

During the first weeks of the semester, ISEP participants will receive the following benefits: advice from tutors on their choice of classes, assistance with enrollment and with purchase of health insurance, a guided tour of the town, a tour of the university campus/library, and contacts with students of Johannes Kepler Universitšt Linz who have experience studying abroad. An additional three day cultural sensitivity training and excursions (extra fee of approximately 5-10 EURO per excursion)are organized.

Student Activities
The cityís central location provides numerous opportunities for day and weekend excursions, and breathtaking skiing destinations are close by. As an ISEP student you will be assigned an Austrian student mentor to assist you upon your arrival. The student union also ensures that ISEP students have a great time during their stay in Linz. The team organizes regular events and trips within Austria as well as to Budapest, Prague etc. During its pre-semester program JKU also offers a complementary “Cultural Sensitivity” training (free) and various tours to local places of interest (some for a small fee). Numerous sports classes are offered by the University Sports Institute (10 to 20 Euros per semester).

Founded in 1966, Johannes Kepler Universitat Linz (JKU) is a modern, campus-style university with innovative interdisciplinary programs in business and technology, and a renowned center for computer research. The university is located in a residential area 10 minutes from downtown by tram. Total enrollment: about 16,000 students (about 1,500 international students).