Exchange semesters at IMC Krems
We have a network of partner universities all over the world. Is yours one of them? If the answer is yes, you can apply to your university for an exchange placement in Krems.
An exchange semester is definitely a rewarding experience, and you’re bound to feel at home here in Krems – a town in the picturesque Wachau region, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. You can choose to spend one or two semesters studying at our university.
Studying in the heart of Europe
Young people from all over the world study at IMC Krems. There’s also a thriving exchange community – every year, numerous students from our partner universities come to Krems for an exchange semester.
And if you can’t speak German, don’t worry – we offer a wide range of English-language courses. In fact, almost half of our degree programmes are taught in English.
There's also lots to discover in your free time. Surrounded by hillside vineyards, Krems is in an ideal location on the banks of the Danube. Vienna, the nation’s capital, is just an hour away by train. But that’s not all: spectacular mountain scenery, major European cities and beautiful lakes – all this and more are only a short train ride away from Krems.
With this in mind: Servus – and welcome to Krems!
Depending on the agreement we have with your university, you can spend either one or two semesters as an exchange student at IMC Krems.
Financial support for your exchange semester: scholarships and grants
A stay abroad is a great way to collect valuable experience for the future. But you also need to bear in mind the additional costs.
We expect that your home university will provide you with information about financial support programmes. Just to make sure you have all the details you need, we have put together a brief introduction to the scholarships and grants which might be available for your exchange semester at IMC Krems.
Selecting courses: putting together your timetable
If you want to spend an exchange semester at our university, you can choose to attend any courses you like the look of and put together your own timetable. This means you can adapt your learning goals in line with your degree programme, in order to meet the requirements of your home university as effectively as possible.
We offer bachelor and master degree programmes taught in German and English.
You need level B1-B2 English skills if you want to attend courses on a degree programme taught in English. For courses on German-language degree programmes, you must have achieved at least level C1 proficiency in German. You can upload language certificates or other proof of language proficiency during the online application process.
Please note that if you are studying in Krems during the winter semester, you can choose courses from semesters 1, 3 and 5; during the summer semester you can attend courses from semesters 2, 4 and 6. Exchange students can also take additional courses such as German for beginners, or courses on the subject of cross-cultural skills.
Below you can find an overview of the English-language courses offered at IMC Krems, including course descriptions and details of ECTS credits.
Remember that this is just an overview of our degree programmes. The final version of the course prospectus for incoming students at IMC Krems will be available in mid-August for the winter semester and in mid-January for the summer semester. Available places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We will send you further information by e-mail in good time before the start of your semester abroad.
If you would like to attend courses on Applied Chemistry (bachelor), Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (bachelor and master) and Informatics (bachelor), please contact us directly right at the start of the application process. If you select courses from these degree programmes, you must provide an up-to-date results transcript and consult the programme director concerned.
Click here to access the curriculum of the Applied Chemistry bachelor degree programme: curriculum of Applied Chemistry
Click here to access the curriculum of the Business Administration bachelor degree programme: curriculum of Business Administration
Click here to access the curriculum of the Digital Business Innovation and Transformation master degree programme: curriculum of Digital Business Innovation and Transformation (part-time)
Click here to access the curriculum of the Export-oriented Management bachelor degree programme: curriculum of Export-oriented Management
Click here to access the curriculum of the Informatics bachelor degree programme: curriculum of Informatics
Click here to access the curriculum of the International Wine Business bachelor degree programme: curriculum of International Wine Business
Click here to access the curriculum of the Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology bachelor degree programme: curriculum of Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Click here to access the curriculum of the Tourism and Leisure Management full-time bachelor degree programme: curriculum of Tourism and Leisure Management (full-time)
Click here to access the curriculum of the Tourism and Leisure Management part-time bachelor degree programme: curriculum of Tourism and Leisure Management (part-time)
Click here to access the curriculum of the International Business and Economic Diplomacy part-time master degree programme: curriculum of International Business and Economic Diplomacy (part-time)
Click here to access the curriculum of the Marketing master degree programme: curriculum of Marketing
Click here to access the curriculum of the Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology master degree programme: curriculum of Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Additional Courses for Exchange Students
We offer additional courses for our exchange students. German courses or courses on intercultural competence broaden the knowledge transfer and experience during the exchange semester.
The semester course content will be broken down into two main segments:
- Theory: “The Big Picture” (history, economy, political and cultural parameters)
- Practice: How to successfully communicate / do business in the colorful & diverse European environment
Upon completion of the course the students will be able to:
- describe the major stages of historical, political and geo-political development of Austria and Europe
- identify the major “European players” (states, inter-governmental organizations, etc.) in a global context
- define current economic challenges, opportunities and threats in Austria and Europe
- reflect on Austria’s and Europe’s role in the world
- identify opportunities the European Union offers individuals and businesses
- define fundamental elements and players of the Austrian political and business world
- describe particularities of the Austrian and European business sector and identify basic features of the business etiquette in Austria and Europe (“Do’s & Don’ts”)
- recognize fundamental features of Austria’s general culture and identity
- consider and evaluate criteria for starting a business in Europe
The semester course content will be broken down into two main segments:
- Interactive working methods (e.g. Design Thinking, Storytelling)
- Best practice cases in tourism with a focus on the introduction of new products in tourism, digitization, regional development and niche tourism
Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:
- define fundamental elements for the introduction of a new product on the tourism market
- reflect on the challenges and opportunities of digitisation in tourism
- recognise the constant need for tourism regions to adopt to external changes in the environment and develop their offers
- identify sectors of niche tourism and recognise the necessity for clear target groups
- apply different creative working methods like design thinking and storytelling
- consider learnings from best practice cases in tourism and use them for personal work experiences
This class presents contemporary and important terms and concepts of sustainable development, both in society and business, and to what extent such development drives innovation – or whether innovation drives sustainability? We will look into the idea of social as well as technological innovation and ask, which of these two approaches might be more important in contributing to the ongoing global transformation. International examples of applied sustainable business models, such as circular economy, address the question of how organizations can strategically and efficiently accommodate sustainability and innovation. Next to learning about theoretical concepts students will also learn about guidelines, methods and tools for practical application of the theoretical knowledge in a business context.
After completing this class students are capable of
- explaining basic concepts, objectives, and important terminology of sustainable development
- understanding and distinguishing technological from social innovation
- illustrating the significance and application of sustainable development in a business context
This course takes place during the Welcome Week and is compulsory for all exchange students.
The course is designed to combine various teaching approaches: A lecture-style introduction will be followed by team-building activities (workshops, first acquaintance of incoming students and their local buddies) which sharpens intercultural awareness among the participants. An excursion will allow students to experience the physical, cultural and social environment of their host region.
This course teaches the basics of the German language.
This course deepens existing knowledge of German.
Getting off to a good start in Krems
If you've just arrived here in Krems, then our Buddy System and Welcome Days have been specially designed for you.
Your personal buddy in Krems
By the way: Every exchange student is allocated a buddy, a student who will be your contact during your time in Krems. This system is designed to help you settle in more easily, and buddies often go on to become lifelong friends.
You'll find useful tips to help you get up and running in the student union’s Survival Guide: general information about our university, and the cities of Krems and Vienna.
Events for your arrival
At the beginning of the semester, we organise a colourful programme for new students: Meet & Greet, city tours of Krems, team building, intercultural workshops and excursions.
The Erasmus Students Network
And after you've started your studies, you'll still be well served: the Erasmus Students Network (ESN) in Krems, and the International Welcome Center are committed to providing the best possible support for our international students. Whether it's excursions, going out and partying or games evenings – your calendar will very quickly be filled with activities.
Get the most out of your exchange semester
There’s so much discover if you spend a semester studying at our university. We always encourage our international students to make the most of Krems’ unique location and use their free time for outings, trips and excursions.
And there’s plenty to see: located in the heart of Europe, Krems is just 70km away from the Austrian capital Vienna.
Studying in Austria and at IMC Krems helped me discover my best. It forced me to understand different perspectives better and to improve myself in this field in a good way. And as an exchange student I didn’t feel foreign there.
Su Günseli Cifci
Dokuz Eylül University/Turkey
Austria is a place I will always be very fond of. I enjoy remembering all the good times I had – the experience of living in one of the most beautiful places with magnificent nature and having the opportunity to meet friends from so many different cultures and backgrounds.
Kazakhstan Institute of Management KIMEP/Kazakhstan
My exchange at IMC Krems was the best adventure in my life so far. I got amazed by the warm welcome and the delicious wine. I also got challenged by the lecturers and the way students take classes at IMC Krems.
Hector Hernandez Cruz
Universidad de Guadalajara/Mexico
The photo of “The Golden Tree” was taken near the port during my super-extra-mega-awesome exchange semester at the IMC Krems. My time there had everything from exciting trips, efficient studying and great new friends to helpful and friendly university staff, picturesque scenery and so much more.
VSO - The University College of Business in Prague/Czech Republic
I could never forget the beautiful autumn scenery of Austria – I even did a photo project with other IMC colleagues: ‘Fall in Austria’.
Macao Institute for Tourism Studies/China
Experiences of Exchange Students at IMC Krems
Exchange students who have spent one or two semesters at IMC Krems share their experiences and impressions. Here you can read more about their adventures and student life in Krems.Find out more
The International Welcome Center is located at the university's IMC Gozzoburg site.
If you have any questions, just send us an e-mail to welcome(at)fh-krems.ac.at