University of Northern Iowa-University of Klagenfurt exchange offers a unique opportunity for UNI students to study in one of the newest higher education institutions in Austria, live in the picturesque city of Klagenfurt, and experience rich Austrian culture firsthand. Due to Austria's central geographic location in Europe, UNI students will have an opportunity to travel around Europe if they wish to visit other countries. Austria also offers more travel fun and value than one would expect. It is a small country, compact, easy to get to know, and delightful to see. The exchange will assist students in transferring academic credits back to UNI.
The University of Klagenfurt offers UNI students comfortable accommodations in the new dormitory on campus (Neueheim), intensive German courses (2-3 weeks) or one semester of German at no cost (6 hours per week), and a free Culture and Social Program throughout the semester.
Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia, has a population of about 95,000. It is located on the Lake Worthersee, one of the warmest Alpine lakes in Europe and is renowned for its beautiful architecture and for the many castles on the outskirts of the city. Situated 30 minutes from Slovenia and Italian border the city is known for its laidback personality with a Mediterranean flair.
The warm climate allows Klagenfurt to host many events that happen throughout the school year including Krampus, the Austrian Iron Man, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam, and concerts by the lake. The climate also encourages outdoor activities such as swimming, boating, wind surfing, tennis, bicycling and hiking.
Located just a few minutes' walk from lake Worthersee, the University of Klagenfurt is one of the oldest exchange partners of UNI. Established in 1964, it now enrolls approximately 7000 students who study at two faculties (colleges): the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration & Informatics (Computer Science). Courses are offered in philosophy, education, history, foreign languages, applied mathematics, geography, applied computer science, business administration, mathematics and economics. The language of instruction is German, but many courses are offered in English as well. International programs are viewed as a critical component for the University, and exchange students are warmly welcomed. For further information about the University of Klagenfurt, academic programs and accommodations, see our links.
Exchange students with high level of language proficiency may enroll in regular university courses. Those with limited or no proficiency in German may take courses in English in the department of "Anglistik und Amerikanistik."
German majors and non-majors are equally encouraged to take semester courses in German as a Foreign Language (Deutsch in Österreich). A three-week crash-course in survival German is also offered, free to exchange students at the beginning of their program of study. The Survey of Austrian Culture course - also offered each semester - includes a field trip to Vienna. Academic credits for the intensive language course, semester language courses, and the Survey of Austrian Culture course are available. Music courses and instruction is available through the KONSE (Carinthian State Conservatorium)
The University of Klagenfurt offers a FREE three-week intensive course in German FOR CREDIT before the regular semester starts (both fall and spring). Intensive Course in German students must apply by the deadline and should submit its application online. Check the International Office website for the deadline to apply. The intensive German course students receive 72 contact hours of instruction, and the course (offered to UNI students for free) is worth 611 EUR. Students also have the opportunity to take a semester course, which begins in March for the spring (sommer) semester and October for the fall (winter) semester for just 100 EUR. Please apply as soon as possible in order to reserve your place in the intensive course!
Exchange students take a full semester of courses--12 hours or more--at Klagenfurt. Semester (fall or spring) and academic year options are available, and students remain eligible for UNI financial aid and the Study Abroad Scholarship.
In general, fall (winter) semester courses begin on October 1 with the intensive course beginning three weeks before the start of the semester. Spring (summer) courses begin on March 1 and end on June 30 with the intensive course beginning three weeks before the start of the semester.
Check out the 2012-13 Academic Calendar
UNI exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in the new Studentenheim (privately owned student residence) located directly across from campus and the Mensa. Students share a room with another person and cook their own meals. You must register for housing as an exchange student by July 1st. There is a 650 euro deposit to hold a room. You can contact Olayeni Adegeye, the housing coordinator at Klagenfurt, with specific questions. There are also more options for housing.
Students may rent their bed linen from the Studentenheim for the semester for a small fee. Students are advised to bring a few kitchen utensils with them. More extensive cooking supplies are available in Klagenfurt at the local general store, Woolworth's, for a reasonable cost (This store is as close to a Wal-Mart or Target as you will get in Austria!).
UNI students pay UNI tuition and fees (in-state or out-of-state) plus the study abroad fee to participate. The program cost does not include housing, food, books and supplies, round-trip air transportation, international health insurance, and personal expenses.
Participants should expect to pay about 300 EUR per month for housing and budget about 10 EUR per day (or about 300 EUR per month) for food.
Tales coming soon from students abroad!