Preparation and Arrival in Innsbruck


Health insurance

It is strongly recommended that you organise travel and health insurance for the duration of your time in Austria/ Europe! You should also make sure that your flight and loss of baggage is covered. The University does not provide a health insurance plan.

Private/Travel insurance

For stays of less than six months, travel insurance usually offers sufficient coverage regarding urgent medical needs. Please make sure your insurance policy is valid in Austria and provides sufficient coverage for all kinds of medical treatment and various types of illness (coverage of medical costs of at least EUR 30,000.--) during the entire duration of your stay in Austria. Repatriation costs should be included too. Please note that travel insurance usually has to be purchased before you arrive in Austria.

Self-insurance policy

For stays of more than six months, it is possible to take out voluntary self-insurance with the national public insurance provider ‘Österreichische Gesundheitskasse’ in some cases. The main requirements are residence in Austria and a confirmation of admission or continuation of your studies from the university. Certain conditions (e. g. duration of studies, income limits, possibly also study breaks and changes of fields of studies), however, have to be considered. You can find more information here.

You have to take out the insurance policy in person with the completed application form, your passport and the required documents (study confirmation and study record – both available from LFU:online) with the local ÖGK branch. Students insured under this type of insurance policy have to pay an insurance fee of EUR 64.78-- (as of 2022) per month.

Please take these documents to the ÖGK branch in Innsbruck:

ÖGK Landesstelle Innsbruck
Klara-Pölt Weg 2
6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: +43 (0) 50766 - 18

Opening hours: MON – FRI, 07.00 AM to 04.00 PM


Medical care

To see a doctor you need to have a confirmation of your health insurance. Please make sure that you go to a so called “Kassenarzt” (panel doctor) who has a contract with your insurance company. There are also doctors who work with all insurance companies – All health funds – “Alle Kassen”

More information on

List of doctors in Innsbruck:

List of dentists in Innsbruck:

Hospital – Universitätsklinik:

Please find out more on the website of the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD):


Visa application

Students from the European Union do not need a visa to come and study in Austria. Students from outside the European Union can enter the territory of Austria on the basis of a valid travel document (passport) and a visa. After the application has been positively reviewed, the students will receive the Letter of Acceptance. This document, an international health insurance and a confirmation of the student dorm is needed for the visa application. Students must apply at the consulate section of the Austrian embassy in their home country. You will find a list with all the consulates and embassies here:

Please be aware that the documents for visa application vary from country to Country.


Travelling to Innsbruck

The three nearest airports are Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich.


Innsbruck’s airport, 4km to the west of the city centre, caters to a handful of national and international flights. There you can catch the Bus F and get to the centre (it takes about 10 – 15 minutes).


Munich Airport (MUC) is an international airport and it is located 28.5 km northeast of Munich near the old city of Freising. You might find cheaper flights to Munich than to Innsbruck. There are a several transfer options to Innsbruck:


FlixBus provides a transfer between Munich airport and Innsbruck several times a day. This is the cheapest option - approx.
€ 20,--. Please find out more on the following website:

Four Season Travel

Four Season Travel offers transfers from Munich to Innsbruck in small mini-buses. The company will bring you directly to your place of stay. A one way ticket costs EUR 59,--. This service must be booked in advance.


The S-Bahn-train (8) starts directly at the airport terminal. You have to change trains at Munich East Station (München Ostbahnhof) which is convenient as this is a much smaller station than Munich main railway station (München Hauptbahnhof). You can get your tickets at the airport.


Registration at the municipal authority “Meldeamt”

Every citizen/ student has to register at the Registration Office (“Meldeamt”) of Innsbruck. You need to do this within the first three workdays after your arrival. For this you should download the document “Meldezettel”. After you filled in the form you need to get a signature from your landlord or student home. Please take this document together with your passport to the following Office:

Melde- und Einwohnerwesen, Passangelegenheiten
Maria-Theresien-Strasse 18 (Rathausgalerie)
st Floor
Tel.: +43 (0) 512 5260 - 1218
Opening hours: 
MON – FRI, 08.00 AM to 12.00 PM


Download – Registration Document (Meldezettel):


Registration at the Admission Department

After your arrival here in Innsbruck, you need to go to the Admission Department of the University of Innsbruck (main campus (GEIWI tower), Innrain 52d). Please bring your valid passport or ID and your Letter of Acceptance (which you were able to download after your succesful online application as an exchange student at UIBK ). Please schedule a meeting beforehand (Mobility: Incoming-Outgoing):

At the Admission Department, you will get your student ID-card and a payment slip for the mandatory fee for the Austrian Student Union (called Österreichische Hochschülerinnen- und Hochschülerschaft – abbreviated as ÖH). Please pay the indicated amount of EUR 21.20. If you transfer the money via a bank in your home country, you might have to pay transaction costs (between EUR 2.00-- and EUR 5.00--). You can, however, also pay the amount at one of the service terminals on campus after your arrival in Innsbruck. Only after paying the fee for the Austrian Student Union are you officially registered as a regular student. You can check your status on LFU:online (Studienbestätigung/„admitted“ should then change to “enrolled”). Activate your student ID-card at one of the service points and print the confirmation of studies (you will need this document for opening a bank account and for your public transport semester ticket).


Opening a bank account 

Hypo Tirol Bank
Bank Austria
Tiroler Sparkasse
Volksbank Tirol

It is important that you bring your passport, confirmation of resicence ("Meldebestätigung") and your confirmation of studies that you can download from LFU:online with you.



We organize a small get–together at the beginning of each semester.

Winter Semester 2022/2023
Monday 3rd October 2022

Summer Semester 2023
Monday 6th March 2023

Students will receive more details via email in due time.

At this event you will also meet some local students as well because our outgoing students who have come back from their exchange or those who will be going on an exchange also attend this event.


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