Alpen-Adria Universität (AAU)

At Klagenfurt University, internationality is an everyday experience. Around 300 out of approximately 1,500 employees and around 1,800 of approximately 10,000 students come from outside Austria – and the trend is increasing. Our motto, Cross Borders!, is not only a description of the status quo, however, it also refers to constantly working to maintain a welcoming culture. In this context, coordination with the CIC is of fundamental importance, because internationalization targets more than just figures. Internationalization also means to open up to other cultures, to stretch the horizons of one’s own experience and to adopt an intercultural dimension in one’s actions in order to achieve two things: mutual respect of others, Anderen@home, and, at the same time, an appreciation of what it means to feel at home in another country, Zuhause woanders. The first means striving to ensure that international/non-native speakers feel appreciated and welcome in Carinthia; the latter, that Carinthia is appreciated by international/non native speakers as their living space and cultural area. A collaboration between universities and companies is not only beneficial for the participating bodies, but also benefits the state of Carinthia, namely in economic, social and cultural terms.

Willkommen, dobro došli/e, welcome to the University of Klagenfurt!


The Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (AAU) is a young and innovative university, located at the intersection of three diverse cultures. Since it was founded in the year 1970, the AAU has become firmly established as the leading institution of academic education in Carinthia, and serves as an important hub for the acquisition, exchange and transfer of knowledge across the entire Alps-Adriatic Region.

The AAU’s scientific achievements regularly earn national and international recognition. The projects carried out here serve as important impulse generators for the business location Carinthia.

Four faculties with 36 departments

More than 10,000 students attend the Alpen-Adria-Universität for the purposes of study and research, including around 1,800 students from abroad. Approximately 1,500 members of staff, including 300 international members of staff (from Germany, Italy, Slovenia and 37 other nations), strive to produce outstanding achievements in the realms of teaching, research and university administration. Work and research is carried out within the AAU’s four faculties. In addition, several specialized centres contribute to shaping the university’s specific portrait.

Intercultural exchange between the Alpine and the Mediterranean culture

The Alpen-Adria-Universität is located in Austria’s most southern province, in Carinthia’s capital city Klagenfurt, which is home to around 100,000 inhabitants. The proximity to Italy and Slovenia results in an atmosphere of intercultural exchange at this intersection between the Alpine and the Mediterranean culture. The AAU addresses this unique opportunity by offering a wide range of cooperation activities, scholarships for research visits abroad, language courses, visiting professorships, summer schools, and exchange programmes. The Adriatic coast can be reached in approximately two hours by car. There are literally no limits to the leisure time possibilities, both during the winter and the summer.

At the same time, Klagenfurt is at the centre of a highly diverse European Central Region: the cities of Ljubljana, Graz, Udine, Salzburg, Trieste, Venice, Vienna, and Munich all lie within a radius of 130 to 350 kilometres (by road).

Mobility and internationality

Nationals from more than 80 countries are currently studying at the Alpen-Adria-Universität. Many of the international students come from one of the countries in the immediate neighbourhood – particularly from Germany and the Alps-Adriatic countries Italy and Slovenia.

University employees also contribute significantly to the international atmosphere of the campus. The have joined the university from approx. 40 nations spread across the globe.

Once again, the majority come from Germany, Italy and Slovenia. Internationality plays an important part in the university’s teaching programme. The AAU’s active engagement in the Central and South-Eastern European PhD Network CESEEnet ensures internationality in Master and PhD degree programmes, as do various other cooperation agreements, including the acclaimed Erasmus-Mundus-PhD programme for Interactive and Cognitive Environments ICE, as well as three Double Degree Master’s programmes: two are jointly carried out with the University of Udine (German Studies and Multimedia Communication/Information Technology), as well as one with the Technical University of Poznan in Poland (Computer Science). Together with the University LaRochelle, the AAU offers a joint degree programme for the Master’s Degree in International Management.

The Erasmus and joint study mobility of students continues to increase, in terms of both quantity and quality. The Alpen-Adria-Universität currently maintains 264 partnership agreements with 206 universities all around the world.