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.
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.
Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:
- describe the milestones of Europe’s historical and geopolitical development.
- identify the major “European players” (states, inter-governmental organisations, etc.) in a global context.
- define current European challenges and priorities.
- reflect on Europe’s future and role in the world.
- describe particularities of the European business sector.
- identify opportunities the European Union offers to individuals and businesses.
- distinguish diverse cultural features of selected European regions.
- avoid sensitive (national, regional) pitfalls in communicating and negotiating with Europeans.
Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:
- identify the major historical and political periods of Austria´s development as a state and nation as well as society in the 18th to the 21st century.
- define fundamental elements and players of the Austrian political and business world.
- describe Austria´s position, opportunities and threats in a global context.
- identify basic features of business etiquette („Dos & Don’ts“).
- recognise fundamental features of general Austrian culture and identity.
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.
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