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The International Office of the Academy will take all necessary steps and measures to ensure that study exchanges can take place regardless of the current COVID-19 crisis, and that nothing will stand in the way of your international experience. This page gives an overview of the application procedure and acces to the online application portal for each of our mobility programs.

Application for a study place in summer term 2022

ERAMSUS+ | World Wide Exchange | Swiss-European Mobility Programme [SEMP] | Exchange Cooperation Europe - Application procedure

1. Application at the Academy: until March 1, 2022

Only via Calls:

The following application documents have to be uploaded as PDFs (10 MB maximum) to the Calls platform:

  • Artistic portfolio (Fine Arts) or representation of your project – abstract
  • Motivational letter
  • CV
  • Nomination form: signed by the head of department of the Institute of Fine Arts, by the mobility coordinators of all other study programmes

2. Selection procedure and quality assurance by the Mobility coordinators: until March 15, 2022

The selection meeting target the assignment of the elected partner university. Under Quality Assurance you can find the selection criteria.

3. Letter of Acceptance from the Academy: from March 15, 2022 (via mail)

4. Application at the partner university

This second application deadline will depend on the prerequisites stated by the respective partner university chosen by the Academy. Students must orientate themselves on the application provisions stipulated by the partner universities. Please observe the respective deadlines.

5. Letter of Acceptance from the partner university

Please communicate immediately to the International Office international@akbild.ac.at whether the partner university has accepted or rejected your application! The application procedure is completed.

BEFORE mobility | study place confirmed

Before your stay, you are required to take several administrative steps. If you keep to the checklist provided for each program, though, nothing can go wrong.

Take note of the conditions of entry and residence in your host country if you are not an EU citizen! If required, be sure to apply to the host country for a student visa in good time. For this purpose, you must use the Letter of Acceptance issued by the partner university and – for Erasmus – the Learning Agreement with all the required signatures.

Checklist | BEFORE mobilty

1. ERASMUS+

  • Enrol at the Academy also for your semester abroad!
  • Payment of Austrian National Union of Students membership fee: it includes an accident and liability insurance on the premises of the partner university and at the Academy
  • Application for an Erasmus additional grant (in case of health problems, special needs, children)

2. Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP)

  • Enrol at the Academy also for your semester abroad!
  • Payment of Austrian National Union of Students membership fee: it includes an accident and indemnity insurance on the premises of the partner university and at the Academy
  • A Swiss Learning Agreement must be filled in, and the courses completed in Switzerland must be approved by the Academy according to the Learning Agreement. You will receive the Swiss Learning Agreement from your host university.

3. World Wide Exchange | Exchange Cooperation Europe

Prior to their study exchange, students who have decided on a particular partner university from these mobility programmes are advised to have the equivalence of the courses at the partner university with the curriculum of the Academy confirmed by the head of the competent curricula commission. Please contact Eva Bruchmann to obtain the form Vorausbescheid (advance notice). This guarantees that any academic achievements a student has made during their study exchange are recognised after their return.

Partner universities outside Europe have no ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), which is why it is especially important for exchange students to obtain information on the courses they completed there. You will find more detailed information in the section Recognition of Achievements.

  • Title and type of course (lecture; workshop, project, tutorial, …)
  • Number of credit hours per week and/or exact course times for the entire semester (timetable)
  • Content of the courses

Furthermore, you will need to do the following:

  • enrol at the Academy also for your semester abroad
  • pay the Austrian National Union of Students membership fee: it includes an accident and indemnity insurance valid on the premises of the partner university and at the Academy.

If they have applied for an exchange with an art university in a third country, students can apply for the Foreign Exchange Scholarship for Students of Universities of the Arts www.grants.at.

Students receiving an Austrian study grant can apply to the Austrian Study Grant Authority for a special grant if they are going to a third country to study. More information can be found on Stipendium.at.

Mobility programmes under COVID-19 conditions

It is imperative that applicants regularly check the conditions for travel by consulting the websites of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs https://www.bmeia.gv.at/ and of the respective host country and to inform themselves via the websites of their preferred partner university whether and how a study exchange will be conducted (so on-site or online using e-learning tools).