Student Exchange Program

!NEW! Student Exchange Program between the Faculty of Economics and Statistics and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg (Virginia Tech), Virginia, USA
University in Blacksburg

Since July 2018, the graduate exchange program between the University of Innsbruck’s Faculty of Economics and Statistics and Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Department of Economics provides a unique learning experience for graduate students at Virginia Tech. Exchange students may visit for the duration of a specific course or set of courses, for an entire semester or for an entire academic year.

Participants in the program will be drawn from the Departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Economics, respectively, at Virginia Tech, and the Faculty of Economics and Statistics at UIBK, at the discretion of the two institutions.


Application process:
Student who want to apply for the exchange program should send an e-mail to Sandra Scherl (e-mail: at the International Relations Office (IRO) including following application materials:

  1. Current CV
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Description of the nature / purpose of the exchange, and how it will contribute to the student‘s overall program of studies and academic / career goals
  4. Details on the targeted duration and time frame of the exchange
  5. List of targeted courses at Virginia Tech
  6. Short statement by main faculty advisor confirming adequate research and/or teaching performance.
  7. Transcripts of records


Deadlines for application are August 15, 2018 for Virginia Tech’s spring semester 2019 and February 15, 2019 for the fall semester 2019. Final selection will be made based on academic merit, fit of exchange with overall student program, and exchange balance requirements.


Student Program Fees and other Expenses:
Neither institution will charge incoming students an application fee. Each student will pay his or her regular tuition and fees to the home institution and will receive these benefits in turn from the host institution. All travel costs, miscellaneous fees, such as special course fees, fieldwork courses, key deposits, textbook and study supply purchases will be the responsibility of the individual student.


Useful links:

International Relations Office, University of Innsbruck

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech 

Department of Economics, Virginia Tech 


General information about studying /research abroad:


Information on scholarships:

For further information please contact:
Sandra Scherl, International Relations Office:
Andrea Leiter-Scheiring, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Statistics:


Bild: Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics Virginia Tech


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