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Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (AAU) – Klagenfurt University


Klagenfurt University is a multi-campus university, which has been a dynamic institution since the year 1979 when it was founded.

The structure and the manageable scale of the university have positive effects on teaching and on internal administration. These benefits are further enhanced by the nature of a multi-campus university with three locations in Austria: Klagenfurt (main campus), Graz and Vienna (Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies – IFF Vienna Campus). This structure is of considerable advantage for incoming students as it opens the possibility of choosing between three locations.


For information about studying at the main campus in Klagenfurt, please contact the international office in Klagenfurt:




For information about studying at the Vienna Campus, please contact the international office in Vienna:



Office hours of the International office in Vienna:

Monday: 8:00 – 16:00, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:00 – 13:30 and Thursday, Friday: 8:00 – 11:30.

Postal address: Klagenfurt University, IFF-Fakultät, Schottenfeldgasse 29/1, 1070 Vienna/Austria




Studying at IFF Vienna Campus

The Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies in Vienna offers a Masters Program in Social and Human Ecology. The Program allows BA-degree holders in natural or social sciences, economics or technical sciences to continue their studies in the interdisciplinary field of Social and Human Ecology. Students from different backgrounds study the principles, theories and methodologies of Social and Human Ecology.

Please consult the IFF website for our Doctoral Programs and our Continuing Education Programmes.




The academic year

The academic year is divided into two semesters: Fall term (=”Winter Semester”- WS): Begins in early October; ends with the beginning of February; Christmas Break lasts three weeks in December/January; Semester break begins in early February und lasts until the end of February Spring term (=”Summer Semester” – SSBegins in early March; ends with the of June (Easter Break lasts 2 weeks starting the weekend prior to Easter; Summer Break begins in early July and lasts until the end of September)




Application to the Klagenfurt University (IFF-Vienna Campus)

Program Students (Program Students study within the framework of a European Program or within a Bilateral Agreement between Klagenfurt University or the IFF Faculty and their Home University) need to be nominated by their home university to the International Office in Vienna.

Once the International Office has received the nomination, we send general information via e-mail along with the Application for Admission as a Program Student to the selected students. This document must be filled out, signed and sent back to the International Office in Vienna. Approximately two months before the student’s arrival date, the Admission Office will send a Letter of Admission (Bescheid) by post (see below for details).




Co-Registration at other Universities in Vienna

While program or international students are enrolled at the IFF-Faculty, they enjoy the opportunity of taking additional courses at other universities in Vienna as co-registered students. If you are interested in a co-registration, please contact the International Office in Vienna.




Learning Agreement

A Learning Agreement is a list of courses that you draw up with your program coordinator, listing the module name and credits for each of the classes you will attend during your stay at the IFF Faculty in Vienna.

The Course Catalogue (Vorlesungsverzeichnis) is issued shortly before the beginning of each semester. It lists the courses along with descriptions of all the departments at the IFF Faculty. There are also course catalogues from each of the departments which contain detailed descriptions of the courses on offer, provide reading lists, and indicate the number of credits students receive for each module. These course catalogues are very useful as a source of information on course credits which can be brought forward as valid credits upon your return to your home university. You can find the Course Catalogue online at: by clicking at the link to the Vienna courses.




Transcript of Records

At the end of your studies at the IFF Faculty your results will be certified on a Transcript of Records. This document lists all courses that you have attended.




Extending your studies at the IFF Faculty

If you plan to extend your stay at the IFF Faculty for an additional semester, you will need to hand in the following papers by December 1st or June 1st :

  • an informal application letter (written by the student)
  • an official letter of agreement from your home university stating your status
  • proof of payment of the Student Union Fee (ÖH-Beitrag)

Please bear in mind that you must also extend your stay in rooms at the student residence.




Language skills required to study at the IFF Faculty in Vienna

We expect program students to be sufficiently proficient in German to be able to successfully cope with academic work, however there are also some courses offered in English at the IFF Faculty.




German Language Course

In order to help students adjust to life at an Austrian university and brush up on their language skills, Program and International students may take part in a semester-long language course (from Monday to Thursday, 2 hours of lectures every day ). Cost: € 260,--.

Further information can be obtained from the following website:




Admission and Enrolment

Letter of Admission (Bescheid)

Every student receives a letter of admission (Bescheid) entitling them to enroll at the university in the subject which they have applied for. This letter states your personal details and specifies the subject(s) for which you have been accepted.


Enrolment of program students takes place at the International Office at IFF Vienna, Schottenfeldgasse 29/1, on the 4th floor in Room 406. The enrolment always takes place at the beginning of the semester and students must come in person with the following documents:

  • valid passport with visa and/or residence permit as applicable
  • proof of health insurance (or certificate of exemption)
  • letter of admission by Klagenfurt University (Bescheid)



Health Insurance

Health insurance is compulsory for all Klagenfurt University students. Students who do not have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) have to apply for Austrian Student Health Insurance. Please ask the International Office in Vienna for further information. The cost of Student Health Insurance is approximately € 25 per month.




Accommodation in a Student Residence in Vienna

Accommodation for international students at the Vienna Campus will be arranged by the Austrian Exchange Service (OEAD). Please note that your housing contract is with the Housing Office and not with the IFF Faculty. Please ensure that you have carefully read the terms and conditions before signing the housing contract. If you need proof of accommodation for visa purposes, please mention this in your online application. Rooms are always booked on a “first come, first served” basis. For further information about the different student residences, please consult the following website:

Enquiries concerning housing should be addressed to:




Living costs in Vienna

Austrian law requires that international students have sufficient funds to cover their living costs during their stay in Vienna.

The cost of living and studying in Vienna amounts to ca. € 600 per month. A room in a student residence costs on average about € 350 per month. Private rooms can be higher. Students should also be aware that a relatively large sum of money is needed at the beginning of their stay, because a rental deposit of approx. € 700 has to be paid before arrival in Vienna. Students are advised to purchase a semester ticket for public transportation in Vienna. Viennese public transportation is highly efficient and reliable.

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