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University of Klagenfurt

University of Klagenfurt

The University of Klagenfurt is a young and innovative university at the intersection of three cultures. The University of Klagenfurt is one of the 2% best universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). The University of Klagenfurt therefore is one of best “youngsters” in the world and combines international prestige and a youthful spirit.

Top reasons to study here

  • The student to professor ratio at the university is around 38 to 1. In other words, you’re not just an anonymous (matriculation) number here.
  • The university’s campus covers 10 hectares, close to the shores of Lake Wörthersee. The infrastructure provides all you need for a perfect time at university
  • The university enjoys extensive connections with companies across the region and around the world.


The university was founded in 1970, starting with teacher training courses and programmes on educational sciences. In 1993, the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Management and Economics were set up. The Faculty of Technical Sciences was established in 2007. The Faculty of Social Sciences was created in 2023. In 2019, Europe's largest drone hall was opened at the university's campus.


The University of Klagenfurt offers studies in the fields of business, culture, languages, media, law, psychology, technology and teaching. In addition, there are extension programmes, free electives and over 30 continuing education programmes. The student to professor ratio at the university is around 38 to 1. In other words, you’re not just an anonymous (matriculation) number here. Instead, your lecturers will encourage and challenge you individually. The range of courses includes 21 Bachelor’s programmes, 30 Master’s programmes, 14 Teacher training courses and 5 Doctoral programmes.


The university's researchers work in a wide range of disciplines (humanities, economics, social sciences, technical sciences, interdisciplinary studies). With their research projects, many contribute to anticipating and shaping the profound changes that accompany digitalisation. They seek to shed light on many aspects of the digital revolution, but especially the technological, economic, legal, social, behavioural, and cultural aspects. The recently established Digital Age Research Centre (D!ARC) provides the organisational framework for this bold attempt to shape the transition to the digital age. 


The university enjoys extensive connections with companies across the region and around the world. You’ll get an early start in a network of experts who will help you on your way to a stellar professional career. Some of our scholarships and programmes offer the opportunity to get in contact with companies during your studies and thus push your career early on.

Our Career Service & Alumni Network are your interface between studying and the professional world. They advise our students on topics such as starting a job and career planning, offer application training and provide information on interesting job opportunities.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.

Student services

A bundle of student services is available on campus to help you meet all potential challenges and cover your every need. 

The International Office serves as hub of information for students and staff and is responsible for the university’s international activities in teaching and education. The International Office team advises students who plan to study in Klagenfurt.

The Admissions and Examinations Office is responsible for admissions, recognition of qualifications, individual studies, entitlement to study, examinations, completing a programme of study and space requests. The office is therefore the key point of contact for students all the way from matriculation to graduation.

Housing services

There is a broad range of options for student dorms a mere stone’s throw away from the university. Foreign students looking for a room in a student dorm can submit a request for a room in Klagenfurt via the OeAD student housing website.

Library services

The university library is our academic information centre and provides literature and information media for studying, research, teaching and continuing education. The university library is the largest library in Carinthia. The origins of the library date back to the second half of the sixteenth century. It is home to around 950,000 printed books and extensive e-resources.

ICT services

At the University of Klagenfurt, students, teachers and researchers are supported by one of the best IT service providers through a wide range of IT services in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). The IT Service Desk will be happy to assist you with any questions or problems concerning ICT support. 

Medical services

Healthcare in Austria is among the best in Europe. Before you leave, make sure to consult your insurance company in your home country to find out about the possibility of health insurance during your time at the University of Klagenfurt. The question of whether you need to take out health insurance in Austria depends on your country of origin and the length of your stay in Klagenfurt. 

Campus life

The campus is set in 10 hectares of beautiful parkland and features modern infrastructure. It is nestled between the city centre with its beautiful, southern Renaissance flair and Lake Wörthersee, a stunning blue lake. The campus is fresh, green, and well arranged. The northern and central buildings as well as the exterior facades were comprehensively refurbished in 2018. All campus facilities are within easy walking distance. The university is a wonderful place to study, enjoy culture, and meet friends. The “Lakeside Science & Technology Park” is located in the immediate vicinity of the university and is home to around 70 companies and institutions, predominantly from the technology sector. 

Sports facilities

Our University Sports Institute offers over 250 sports courses that are guaranteed to keep you fit throughout your studies. Lots of our courses are held outside. During the beautiful summer months, you can paddle, swim, kayak or sail in the stunning Lake Wörthersee. During winter, pristine slopes await you in the vicinity of our campus. Hiking, climbing, mountainbiking, everything is possible. 

Student clubs

There is a vibrant student life on and around campus. The student’s union organizes social events all year around, such as quiz, film and game evenings. There are a variety of societies and music groups you can participate in and local charities you can get involved with.  Partner organisations like the Carinthian International Centre additionally offer cultural and social events, from networking sessions to picnics, coffee mornings and monthly book clubs. 


Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Carinthia, Austria

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