International experience at KU Linz.

Exchange or visiting students (Incomings) have two options for studying at the Catholic Private University Linz:

  • There is a cooperation between the home university and the KU Linz: Further information on the application process can be found here.
  • There is no agreement between the home university and the KU Linz: Use the opportunities for free movers.

There are more than 45 collaborations with partner institutions. Information on residence regulations, insurance and grants are summarized here. The experience reports offer a personal insight into how incomings experienced their stay at the KU Linz.

Courses and Course Catalog

Students who are proficient in German can attend lectures from all three departments of theology, philosophy and art history. The current course catalog can be found here.

Degree-seeking international students: For detailed information please contact the administrative staff.

KULIS - KU Linz International Semester

KU Linz offers international exchange students excellent opportunities to study in English in an international environment for one semester by participating in KULIS - KU Linz International Semester, together with KU Linz students. KULIS always takes place in winter terms.

Our offer. Your advantages.

  • No previous knowledge of the German language required
  • Excellent range of interdisciplinary courses from the departments of philosophy, art studies and theology
  • Multicultural environment
  • German Languages Courses, Cross-Cultural Communication, Orientation Week, Buddy Programm, and Field Trips
  • Ideal starting point for travel within Europe

Incoming students will experience two wonderful weeks from the middle of September in order to get acquainted with the city of Linz, Austrian culture, and with each other.

The program includes a variety of activities: visiting Linz’ most famous sights and attractions, participating in an intensive German course as well as in several field trips. Here is an exemplary overview:

  • Sightseeing and Get-Together Events
  • Intensive German Course for Beginners (3 ECTS) - Course Outline
  • Cross-Cultural Communication Course  and Guided field trips such as to The Mauthausen Memorial, the Benedictine Monasteries at Kremsmünster, Admont (with the largest monastery library of the world), or Melk, the Bruckner Organ at St. Florian Monastery etc. (3 ECTS) - Course Outline

The KU Linz Buddy Program matches new incoming international students with friendly upper-year KU-students called Buddies. Each incoming student will be able to enjoy the support of a KU student in finding one’s bearings at KU Linz.

The following semester courses will be offered in Autumn 2020/21:

  • What does it take to get (us) (to) thinking (3 ECTS)​- Course Outline
  • ​Philosophical Perspectives on Gender (2 ECTS) - Course Outline​
  • The Impact of Religions and Value Systems on European Cultures (3 ECTS) - Course Outline
  • ​Global Art and Gender (5 ECTS)​ - Course Outline
  • ​Selected Themes of Fundamental Theology (3 ECTS)​- Course Outline
  • Fundamental Themes of Old Testament Theologies (3 ECTS) - Course Outline
  • Old Testament exegesis: advanced level (3ECTS)- Course Outline
  • ​​Architecture and Power​. Political Representations ​in East and West (5 ECTS)- Course Outline
  • Bioethics (3 ECTS)- Course Outline
  • German Course (3ECTS)- Course Outline

Students can choose from all courses offered, we recommend them to choose at least 15 ECTS points


  • Full-time students
  • Sufficient English ability

How to apply for KULIS

To join KULIS, students from partner universities need to be nominated by their home institution. The International Office at your home institution sends your nomination to , giving your surname, first name, e-mail address and degree program and we will proceed with your application.

Students from non-partner universities, can apply sending us CV, Motivation Letter and Transcript of Records:

Application Deadline:  15th of June 2020

We recommend that you apply as early as possible to ensure that you receive all necessary information and visa support documents on time! 

For more information, please check our flyer.