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!
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.
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.
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.
For me, the nature of Wachau was very unusual, but I truly fell in love with it and I still often dream of endless green rows of vineyards when I walked up the hill in the warm spring sun. Austria as a whole gave me a completely new view of the world and its people.
Plekhanov Russian University/Russia
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
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