Step 1:

  1. Organise the admission of your host university: you need an official admission letter (incl. signature and/or stamp of the host university or a digitally verifiable certificate)

Step 2:

  1. see Step 1
  2. Download the application form
  3. Create the financial plan
  4. Organise a travel cost calculation (flight) from the internet
  5. 2 recommendation letters of habilitated professors (O.Prof., Ao.Prof., Univ.Prof., Priv.Doz.). (The BOKUonline business card of the professor shows a registered teaching authorisation.)
    The professors must not be from the same institute. (Students who have not completed their Bachelor studies at BOKU can bring two letters of recommendation from the same institute.)
  6. Transcript of Records BSc and MSc (BOKUonline: transcripts/weighted by ECTS credits /Valid Document: Create valid document. Transcript must include: digital signature of BOKU and "grade average, weighted by ECTS credits")
  7. Degree certificates
  8. Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  9. Motivation letter (in English) with a study plan.
    The motivation letter is a central document in the application. Make writing this letter a priority. In English. Describe why you want to do a semester abroad at your chosen university and what academic advantages, opportunities, etc. you will get from it.
  10. List of equivalent courses

    The list must be signed before the application deadline by the lecturer of the BOKU course, the coordinator AND the dean of studies. Incompletely uploaded equivalence lists will not be accepted!


You need the list of equivalence courses for the allowance of the courses you will complete abroad. The courses have to be affirmed by the programme coordinators and the Dean.

Programme coordinators:

FHNW (Forestry and Wood & Fibre Technology):

KTWW (Civil Engineering and Water Management):

LAP/LARCH (Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning):

LBT (Food Science and Biotechnology)

AW (Agricultural Sciences):

UBRM (Environment and Bio-Ressources Management):

Prof. Gratzer

Prof. Kammerer

Dr. Grimm-Pretner

Prof. Haltrich

Dr. Wurzinger

Prof. Haas

Search at the website of the partner university for courses.

You have to choose a full semester study load.

If you want to have compulsory courses as equivalents to your courses you complete abroad, the lecturer of the compulsory course has to sign the equivalent on the list of equivalent courses.

If you just want elective courses as equivalents the signature of the programme coordinator is sufficient. The list of equivalent courses has to be signed by the Dean.

If the committee nominates you for another university as you have chosen you have to repeat this procedure for the new university.

11.   The proof of foreign languages: Spanish or English III or language examination at BOKU-International Relations (sprachkurse(at)

12.   Submit the application material at BOKU-International Relations

Cancellation Fee: 50 Euro
If you decide to cancel your application after submission of your documents, we will ask you for an administrative fee of 50 Euros. Exceptions: severe illness (including medical certificate), travel advisory from the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, severe illness or death of a close relative.


For a departure in March to April
January 9, 2024 (11:59pm)
For a departure in May to June      
March 21, 2024 (11:59pm)

For a departure in August to November          
June 10, 2024 (11:59pm)
For a departure in December to February              
October 14, 2024 (11:59pm)


  • Admission letter of the host university
  • Application form
  • Motivation Letter (in English)
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  • 2 recommendation letters of habilitated professors of BOKU (O.Prof., Ao.Prof., Univ.Prof., Priv.Doz., Assoc. Prof.)
  • Language certificate (at least English III and accordingly Spanish III for La Molina); Can also be the language examination of BOKU-International Relations
  • Transcripts of records of the bachelor and master studies in English including the weighted grade point average
  • Degree Certificates
  • List of equivalent courses
  • Travel costs calculation

The application material has to be submitted at BOKU-International Relations in time for the relevant deadline. Please online hand in PDF documents.

Uncompleted, unreadable or delayed application material will not be considered!


The international committee considers the nomination. The international committee is composed of the head of the BOKU-International Relations and one deputy of each study programme.

The following criteria are assessed:
•    Study process (duration and grade point average)
•    Motivation and preparation of the study intent
•    Language skills
•    Overall impression of the applicants

The motivation is very important. You have to argue why you choose a certain destination and why you choose certain courses.

Step 3:

13. If you have submitted your completed application in time, the Study Abroad Advisory Board decides about your nomination within about four weeks

14. You will get a written answer via mail (including the declaration acceptance). The original declaration acceptance has to be submitted at BOKU-International Relations.

Step 4:

15. Apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate