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(Applies to all study programmes like Erasmus+, Art School Alliance, Exchange Cooperation Europe, Swiss - European Mobility Programme, World Wide Exchange und Marshall Plan)

How do I  apply for a study exchange at the Academy of Fine Arts?

First of all you have to be nominated by your own Institution.

The exchange coordinator at your sending institution has to confirm your nomination to the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna by e-mail to or  The following information about the applicant is required:

  1. first and last name as in passport
  2. birthday date
  3. email adress
  4. study field

Applicants will receive an email to register and uload their documents in the Academy´s application database (Mobility Online). A short guide may  be found on the right side „Student Guide for Online Application“.

Deadlines for nomination and application for all mobility programmes:

Deadline for winter term (October–end of January): March 31
Deadline for summer term (March–end of June): October 31

Please note:

Selection procedure

After the deadline, your application will be forwarded to the professors of the respective departments/studios.

In accordance with its application procedure, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna reserves the right either to approve or to refuse applications for a study place. The Academy's professors base their decisions on the artistic quality of the portfolio and on the student's qualification. We hope that you will appreciate that, owing to the large number of applications, we are not able to offer individual feedback as to the reasons for any rejection.

Basically, acceptances for a study exchange are only given for one semester. A prolongation of your study exchange from winter semester to summer semester is only possible if both the sending institution as well as the Academy´s professor in charge have given their consent.

You will be notified as soon as the decision regarding your application has been made.

Entry and residence

Information on entry and residence regulations for Austria:

If you take up accomodation or change your place of residence in Vienna, you have to register with the municipal authorities (Magistratisches Bezirksamt) of the City of Vienna within three days. EU citizens who stay in Austria for more than three months have to obtain a document from the City of Vienna (; Department 35)
authorizing their stay within the first 4 months. This document (Anmeldebescheinigung) costs € 15.

Third-country nationals (non-EU citizens) need visa to enter Austria. The type of visa depends on the duration and purpose of their stay in Austria. For further information regarding visa.

All students have to arrange for an accident and health insurance; a sufficient coverage is necessary for the total length of their stay in Austria.

Registration and Enrollment

Please check your emails regularly. After your arrival in Vienna you have to pre-register in the Academy Online System and come to the International Office for enrollment (Monday to Thursday, 9–12 am, 2 pass fotos, ID).

The Welcome Meeting for incoming exchange students organised by the International Office usually takes place in the last week before semester starts. At this meeting, you will be given all necessary information for a successful start into the semester.

Courses/studios at the Academy start in the first week of the term. It is obligatory for students to be present at the first class meeting.

All exchange students are exempt from study fees. They are, however, obliged to pay the students' union fee of approx. € 20,- per semester (obligatory membership in the Austrian Students' Union, including a liability insurance valid on Academy premises).

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