Semester or Year in Austria

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Spend a semester or year in Austria through ISEP or MAUI-Utrecht.
Location: Austria
Language of Instruction: GermanEnglish
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

ISEP and MAUI-Utrecht are total immersion programs. In most cases, ISEP and MAUI-Utrecht participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for an ISEP or MAUI-Utrecht site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program.

For more information on ISEP sites in Austria, take a look at the general ISEP Website. Specific school links are in the "Academic Information" section below.

For more information on the MAUI-Utrecht site in Austria, check out the MAUI-UTRECHT University of Graz.

Austria, the heart of Europe and home to the great composers Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven is perfect for German-speaking students looking for a taste of history combined with modern studies and technology. Austria’s magnificent landscape lends itself to numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, swimming, and biking.

Study at one of ISEP's four member institutions in Austria:

  • Johannes Kepler Universitat Linz 
  • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz 
  • Technische Universität Graz 
  • Universität Salzburg

Study at MAUI-Utrecht's member institution in Austria:

  • The University of Graz

Chances of Placement

Chances for placement in Austria are generally Excellent.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Considerations for Austria

Austria has laws in place to protect ethnic and religious minorities, LGBTQIA+ individuals, the differently abled, and other groups. Same-sex marriage is available in Austria and most large cities have well-developed LGBTQIA+ organizations. Many Austrian universities have student groups and community organizations to support LGBTQIA+ students. Racism and bigotry are not socially accepted although some extremist political parties have been accused of racist sentiments.

Austria’s cities and public transportation are generally accessible to individuals with disabilities. Older sections of the cities and smaller towns may be less accessible due to centuries-old architecture, cobblestone streets, and small indoor spaces but Austria has federally mandated laws requiring access to public buildings for people with physical disabilities. Austria offers services for people who are mobility, sight, or hearing impaired.

Source: U.S. Department of State country information pages and Diversity Abroad.

Additional Resources

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

For more information about ISEP, contact Kaitlyn Johnson at or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott. 

For more information about MAUI-Utrecht, contact Jenna Hunter-Skidmore at or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott. 

For program costs and deadlines, please refer to the program coordinator.