Aurora Exchange Programme
Students from our Aurora partner universities have the opportunity to study at the University of Innsbruck for one or two semesters in the framework of the Multilateral Aurora Mobility Agreement (MAMA). At the moment this includes the University of Iceland, University of East Anglia, Université Paris-Est Créteil, Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Copenhagen Business School and Palacký University Olomouc. Before you can come to Innsbruck you must be nominated directly by the international office or Aurora office of your home university for an exchange semester at UIBK. Find more about the nomination and application procedure below.
Nomination and application procedure
01st July for the winter semester and full academic year / 01st December for the summer semester
Contact the international office or Aurora office of your home university to find out about the necessary steps you have to take in order to come to Innsbruck in the framework of Aurora. If you are selected for an Aurora semester exchange at UIBK by your home university, your exchange coordinator has to officially nominate you by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline mentioned above that contains the following information:
- Personal details:
- Full name (first and last name[s])
- Email address
- Academic details:
- Study cycle/academic level (undergraduate/BA studies, graduate/MA studies, postgraduate/PhD studies)
- Study programme at home university
- Desired study programme* at UIBK
- Details regarding exchange:
- Duration of Aurora exchange (1 semester or 2 semesters/full year)
- Exchange period (winter semester [October to January] and/or summer semester [March to June])
*Please have a look at all our available study programmes and select one that is fairly close to the subject area you are studying at home before applying for an exchange semester at UIBK.
After being nominated by the exchange coordinator of your home university, you will receive an email with important information regarding accommodation, online application at UIBK, course selection etc.
With this email you will also receive the name and contact data of your Academic/Departmental Coordinator. This person can help you out with all questions regarding courses, course content and other academic issues.
Please read this email carefully and do not delay your search for a dorm room in case you would like to go through with your exchange semester because it can be difficult to find accommodation in Innsbruck last-minute.
As Aurora Incoming student you will be required to create a so-called Online Learning Agreement (OLA). For more information on how to create your OLA, please contact your coordinator at your home university.
In order to learn more about the academic life, types of courses, availability of courses etc., please check out the section Academic information on our website.
In case of questions, please reach out to email@example.com.
15th July for the winter semester / 15th December for the summer semester
Along with your welcome email, you will receive a step-by-step application guide, which we ask you to read through carefully. It contains a link to our online application system as well as all the necessary information on how to create an account on our student platform LFU:online and subsequently complete your application. If you have studied at the University of Innsbruck before, you already have an LFU:online account that can be reactivated for your new application. It is also mandatory to indicate your matriculation number in case you have studied at an Austrian university before.
During the application process, you have to upload the following documents:
- Aurora Nomination Certificate which has been completed, signed and stamped by your home university coordinator (PDF)
- Scan of your travel document (JPG), which must be valid for at least 3 months after you are leaving the Schengen territory:
- international passport for third-country nationals or national ID card for EU citizens (please scan both sides!)
- Biometric photograph (JPG) for your UIBK student ID
- Current transcript of records (PDF in English)
- Students who apply for an MA or PhD programme, must also include a copy of their Bachelor's certificate including diploma supplement and their Master's certificate including diploma supplement (if applicable).
- Your Online Learning Agreement, in case you are studying Sport Science, Geology (Earth Science) or Electrical Engineering
It is not necessary to provide hard copies of these documents.
Only after uploading all required documents, can you submit your online application.
After receiving your complete application, we kindly ask for your patience while we check your documents, which might take several days.
You can always check the status of your application on LFU:online.
If some documents are incorrect or missing or if your application was approved or rejected, you will receive a notification to your email inbox that asks you to log in to LFU:online again for further action on your part.
It is your responsibility as a student to always keep your personal details up to date, so please do not forget to add your new address and phone number in Innsbruck to your file after starting your exchange semester.
Once your online application as an exchange student has been approved, you will receive a notification to your email inbox that asks you to log in to LFU:online again in order to download your Letter of Acceptance.
Your home university does not automatically receive this document, so please forward it to them yourself in case you are asked for it. You can also use your Letter of Acceptance for your visa application in case you are not allowed to enter Austria visa-free.
Aurora Incoming students are usually officially admitted by our admission department from mid-August onwards for the winter semester and from mid-January onwards for the summer semester. Once this process is complete, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to access your new UIBK user credentials that you will need in order to access all parts of the UIBK IT infrastructure (e. g. registering for courses, accessing your student email address etc.).
More information on this topic can be found in the Academic information section on our website (=tutorial videos under "Registering and de-registering for courses").
Course registration starts one month prior to the official semester start (1st of September and 1st of February respectively). Since some courses only have limited capacity and spots are sometimes allocated on a first come, first served basis, please apply for your desired courses ASAP.
More information on this topic can be found in the Academic information section on our website.
In order to complete your enrolment at UIBK, all students have to pay the mandatory student union membership fee (=ÖH fee) of approx. EUR 21 every semester by 31st October for the winter semester or 31st March for the summer semester. Tuition fees for Erasmus+, Joint Study or Aurora incomings are waived but this small administrative fee has to be paid by everyone. If you have an Austrian or an EU bank account, you can choose to wire the amount beforehand but if you only have a non-European bank account, it is recommended to pay the ÖH fee after your arrival in Innsbruck at one of the service terminals on campus since substantial banking fees may apply for overseas transfers. After paying the ÖH fee, do not forget to validate your student ID card at one of the service terminals (=printing the validity date on it).
If you fail to make the payment on time, you will lose your status as an active student and cannot get a transcript of records at the end of your exchange stay.
More information on this topic can be found in the Other important details section on our website (=tutorial video on how to check on the status of your payment).
In case you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.