Spend a Semester or Year in beautiful Innsbruck!
The Leopold-Franzens-Universität (LFU) was founded in 1669 and is the biggest and most important research and educational institution in Western Austria. The institution has 16 faculties which provide a wide spectrum of programmes in all fields of study. In order to promote international exchange in research and teaching, the University collaborates with numerous international research and educational institutions.
Due to the location of Innsbruck - in the heart of the Alps – the city offers a great variety of activities and an exciting time for students. Innsbruck is renowned for its quality of life, with access to many skiing areas, lakes and nature in a very short time.
- Fall Semester: Early October to Early February (Fall semester is called Winter semester in Austria)
- Spring Semester: Early March to Early July (Spring semester is called Summer semester in Austria)
Due to Innsbruck's calendar exchange students are only able to study at Innsbruck for the Academic Year or the Spring semester unless the fall is their final term. For more information about the academic calendar please visit Innsbruck's website
Students will fill out a housing request form in order to secure the appropriate accommodation.
Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options. Students will submit their housing payment directly to the Innsbruck housing option they select.
For more information about housing please visit Innsbruck’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
||$2200 - $3000
||$4500 - $6000
|1Housing Deposit & Application Fee
||$500 - $1000
||$500 - $1000
||$1600 - $2000
||$3200 - $4000
||$1400 - $2000
||$2800 - $4000
|Books and Materials
||$200 - $300
||$400 - $600
||$150 - $200
||$300 - $800
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|3Appalachian Student Health Insurance
|4Personal Travel and Spending
||$1000 - $2000
||$2000 - $4000
2Essential living 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. 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.
The language of instruction at the University of Innsbruck is German, however they do offer a select number of courses in English each semester. To locate specific course offerings, please visit Innsbruck’s course web page. From there you can click on a specific term or conduct an advanced search to find courses in English.
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 Innsbruck 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