BOKU International Exchange Program

The College of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) international exchange program gives you the opportunity to study at one of the top rated applied life science schools in Vienna, Austria. You can choose to study for one semester or one year. 

Map of Vienna, AustriaLocation: BOKU is located in the northwest corner of the city.

Language: German (instruction is in English and/or German). Students can take a two week intensive German course at the beginner or immediate level, 5 days a week, 4 hours a day for only 250 Euros (approximately $272) before the semester starts. More information can be found here.

Course Load: Students are required to maintain a minimum of 13 credits per semester; 15 credit maximum per semester.

Course work: BOKU University offers a wide variety of courses in natural resources, agricultural, and food sciences. Upper and lower division coursework is available. Search for class via thier website. Use this PDF icon BOKUonline-how_to_find_courses.pdf to navigate their courses online. 

BOKU building

Housing: It is recommended that you go through the OeAD housing office. An alternative housing option can be found here.

Welcome orientation: Get started off right! The 3 days prior to the semester start are welcome days. It is a great opportunity to meet staff, faculty and other students. 

Dates & Deadlines
Fall Semester dates: October 1 – January 31;
Application due June 30

Spring Semester dates: February 22 – June 30;
Application due November 30

Program Eligibility
GPA: 2.8
Student Type: CFANS juniors and seniors
Language: No language prerequisite

Apply: Complete the application and make an appointment with Maggie Wallenta, walle104@umn.edu. Bring your completed application with you to the meeting. 

Application Review Process
Exchange programs can be competitive and we are not always able to place all applicants. After the application deadline, your application will be reviewed and if nominated, will be submitted to the exchange coordinator at BOKU University. BOKU University will make the final acceptance decision. If you decide not to continue with the process, please let the Office of International Programs in CFANS know of your decision.

Program Fee
The 2016-2017 semester exchange program fee is $7,350. It includes tuition, fees, and international health insurance. Students need to budget for housing, meals, airfare, and personal expenses. Here are estimated additional costs:
Transportation to and from program site $2,000.00
Housing & Meals $3,500.00
Texts & materials $250.00
Passport & photos $145.00
Visa & required documents $85.00

Billing & Payments
After you are accepted into the program, the program fee will be billed to your University student account and is payable and due according to the University of Minnesota tuition payment methods and schedule.

Financial Aid & Scholarships
Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad and international exchanges. We encourage you to apply for CFANS grants, department scholarships and the Learning Abroad Center scholarships.