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Learn about the relationships between man, society and the environment while studying with Austrian and international students at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. The university is a teaching and research institution that focuses on renewable resources that are a prerequisite for human existence. Students may take courses in English but those proficient in German will have additional course options available to them.
BOKU University is beautifully situated on the outskirts of Vienna, in a "green" surrounding, but within 20 minutes from the center of Vienna. The capital city of Vienna is an exciting combination of the royal-imperial flair of the past with the latest modern trends. Enjoy the tradition of art and culture as well as the many outdoor recreational opportunities in the city's parks, woods or along the Danube river.
Vienna is the capital of Austria, has a population of 1.65 million, and is perhaps one of the most cultural cities in the world. The city is located in northeastern Austria, at the easternmost extension of the Alps in the Vienna Basin. Besides the many historical buildings, there are many museums with some of the most important artworks ever created. It is the city of classical music, the world famous Musikverein (Music Lovers Hall) and the Opera. The city is also a natural paradise as it lies on the Danube River. Forests, grassland, parks and gardens cover about half of the city, and the Vienna Woods provide visitors with footpaths and mountain-bike trails of all distances.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Vienna, but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
Please note students who study in Austria will need a residence visa D (Aufenthaltsvisum D): for stays of at least 91 days up to a maximum of 6 months for entry to and residence in Austria.
You have to apply for this visa in person
at the competent Austrian representative authority (embassy, consulate-general) before travelling to Austria and the visa will be issued by this authority. You may find your Austrian representative authority here
OrientationStudents are required to attend the pre-departure orientation at UW-Madison and they will also receive an orientation when they arrive in Vienna. During the on-site orientation, students will be able to register for classes, learn about the University and the surrounding area, meet other students and attend social events.
A 2-week pre-semester German intensive language course is available to students before the beginning of each semester.
HousingThe Housing Office can arrange accommodation in student residence halls. These residence halls are for international students and are fully furnished.
If students prefer to find their own accommodation with Austrians, some one- or two-room apartments or single rooms in a larger apartment are available in Vienna. The Housing Office can provide students with suggestions to finding these types of accommodation.
Excursions and Activities
The studentpoint focus group is for the students of the University of Vienna and the center for organizing a variety of events and activities for students.
The International Office promotes the exchange of Austrian and international students through a buddy network. The buddy will help students with administrative details and provide an introduction to Viennese university life and culture.
There is always something to do in Vienna, from going hiking and biking on the extensive network of bike trails throughout the country, to visiting the local art museums, to relaxing with friends at small cafes and coffee houses.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Staff from the Center for International Relations at BOKU
Returned Student Network
to see testimonials from students abroad or to contact a returned student.
"Studying at BOKU opened me to countless opportunities. I was able to study wine making and grape growing with some of the most renowned and accommodating professors in the world, at the same time gaining the unique Austrian perspective. While living in Vienna, which I now consider the heart and soul of Europe, I was able to travel through 16 different countries on foot, by bike, train, and car. The Viennese are incredibly intelligent and interesting people, and form lifelong friendships. Furthermore, BOKU welcome students from all over the world, creating a very international network of people learning and growing together."
Founded in 1872, the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), is comprised of 13 departments and multiple service centers in and around Vienna. BOKU is a teaching and research institution, which focuses on renewable resources, the basic requirements of life. The courses are organized around sustainable use of naturally growing raw materials both for energy supply as well as for innovative materials, protecting sources such as water, soil and atmosphere, protecting and shaping biotopes and environments, and protecting the well-being of plants, animals and humans. The university has approximately 5,000 students (of which 15% are international), and provides courses at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.
Exchange Students are entitled to take any course offered in English- both at graduate and undergraduate levels!
BOKU offers an inexpensive Intensive German Course before the semester starts. In the first week of the semester BOKU also offers a Cultural Orientation Workshop. This workshop is highly recommended especially for students from overseas.
Program Web Page(s)
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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