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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: 1 or more courses at 3000 level or equivalent for non-English taught courses
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, German
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Basic
College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business Class Standing: Junior, Senior
Program Description:
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Study for a Semester in Austria!


The FH Vorarlberg (Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences) in Dornbirn, Austria is a leading Austrian University of applied sciences (see Awards). Its charter is to provide degree programmes with a direct link to work practice. 1,200 students are currently enrolled in bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the areas of business, engineering, design and the social sciences. FHV enjoys excellent relations with business and industry in Vorarlberg, many of which are world leaders or among world leaders in their areas of expertise.


FHV is located in the city of Dornbirn in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, a city of over 40,000 people. FHV’s location in Dornbirn is uniquely situated in the four country corner of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Mid August to Mid December (Fall semester is called Winter semester in Austria)
  • Spring Semester: Mid February to Late June (Spring semester is called Summer semester in Austria)
For more information about the academic calendar please visit FHV's website.


The International Office at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences supports guest students in organizing their stay and also helps with the organization of accommodation. In general accommodation will be organized in one of the student dormitories, however if they are fully booked also private accommodation options will be offered to guest students.

Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options.  Students will submit their housing payment directly to the FHV housing option they select. 

For more information about housing please visit FHV’s accommodation web page.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1200 - $1800  $1200 - $1800 
Housing $2200 - $3000 $4500 - $6000
1Housing Deposit & Application Fee $500 - $1000 $500 - $1000
Meals $1600 - $2000 $3200 - $4000
2Personal Expenses $1400 - $2000 $2800 - $4000
Books and Materials $200 - $300 $400 - $600
Student Union Fee $30 $30
Local Transportation $150 - $200 $300 - $400
Visa (for US Citizens) $150 $150
Passport $150 $150
3US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
4Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000 $2000 - $4000
1 Housing deposits are normally submitted while booking the room. Amounts will vary by housing type.
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
3Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. Please visit FHV's website for additional information about living costs. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpring.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


To locate specific course offerings taught in English, please visit FHV’s course web page. From there you can click on a specific study program or a general overview of courses on offer.

The university is set up in two parts with each semester offering differing subjects.  Courses offered are upper level so students are expected to have a solid background in the area that they want to study at FHV.

Winter (Fall) Semester
  • International Business
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechatronics (Graduate)
  • Energy Technology and Energy Economics (Graduate)
Summer (Spring) Semester
  • Social Work
  • InterMedia
  • Computer Science Software and Information Engineering
  • International Business
  • Mechatronics (Graduate)

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the FHV program will be required to enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.