Spend a Semester in the Alps of Innsbruck!
MCI supports the competitiveness of organizations and influences the professionalization of business, administration, politics and culture. Applied research and development are particularly valued at MCI for the strengthening of innovation in local companies and the ensuring of quality-oriented instruction.
MCI's programs focus on all levels of the personality and include areas of state-of-the art knowledge from science and practice relevant to business and society. As an internationally oriented information and communication center, MCI is open to new perspectives, methods and projects. Constructive dialogue and co-operative development of interdisciplinary competences are two of the pillars of teaching and learning at MCI.
The Tyrolean Mountains within grasp, the region’s unbeatable sports and leisure facilities, the proximity to Germany, Switzerland and Italy and Innsbruck’s long-standing academic tradition all guarantee a unique ambience for students.
- Fall Semester: Early October to Mid February
- Spring Semester: Early March to Late June
Due to MCI's calendar exchange students are only able to study at MCI for the Academic Year or the Spring semester unless the fall is their final term. For more information about the academic calendar please visit MCI's website
Innsbruck has a long history as a university town and offers a variety of housing options including student dormitories, private rooms, and shared apartments. Prices vary depending on size, location, and equipment. The Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science, and Research (OeAD) arranges rooms in student dormitories for a small monthly fee. This is the easiest and most convenient way for exchange students to find relatively inexpensive housing. MCI also cooperates with the dormitory “Internationales Studentenhaus” (ISH); exchange students can even book a room at ISH via MCI.
Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options. Students will submit their housing payment directly to the MCI housing option they select.
For more information about housing please visit MCI’s accommodation web page.
Paid to Appalachian State
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
1 Housing deposits are normally submitted while booking the room. Amounts will vary by housing type.
||$1200 - $1800
||$1200 - $1800
||$2000 - $2600
||$4000 - $5500
|1Housing Deposit & Application Fee
||$900 - $1200
||$900 - $1200
||$1600 - $2000
||$3200 - $4000
||$1400 - $2000
||$2800 - $4000
|Books and Materials
||$200 - $300
||$400 - $600
||$150 - $200
||$300 - $400
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|3US Based Health Insurance
|4Personal Travel and Spending
||$1000 - $2000
||$2000 - $4000
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 MCI'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: Academic Year, Spring.
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.
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.
While the primary language of instruction at MCI is German, they offer a number of tracks in English. To locate specific course offerings taught in English, please visit MCI’s course web page. Clicking on the program name from the drop down menu will give you a list of semesters and courses offered under each semester. In addition to regular courses students may be able to take a 2 ECTS (1 credit) German language course.
Please note that some of the tracks are only offered in the Fall term which would mean that the student would need to go for the entire Academic Year unless the fall semester is their final term: (Biotechnology, Food & Bioresource Technology, Communication & IT, Mechatronics, Social & Health Care Management, Social Work, Environmental & Energy Engineering, and Industrial Engineering).
Management & Law, Tourism Studies, and Business & Management offer course options in both semesters or the spring semester. When applying to MCI students will choose one program. It may be possible to take some courses outside of the admitting department but this may not be determined in advance.
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 MCI 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