Location: Krems, Austria, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange program open to undergraduate and graduate students. 

Language of Instructions: English and/or German

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year or Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: Early September - late June
Spring: Mid-February - late June

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Academic Year: February 16 (priority), March 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility RequirementsStudents should have a business or Economics-related major or minor. As courses are taught in English, German is not a prerequisite.


Subjects Available:

  • Business - Business Administration (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - International Business
  • Business - Management
  • Economics
  • Business - Business Administration (also available in graduate level)


The University:  The university is situated right in the centre of the old city of Krems, at the heart of which is a pulsating pedestrian sone with a multitude of shopping possibilities, restaurants and cafes that are very popular meeting places for students. IMC Fachhochschule Krems was established in 1994 and has over 1,500 students from around the world. IMC Krems prides itself on small class size, project-related work, international teaching faculty, and hands-on experience. All programs are designed in close cooperation with experts from the industry and public sector thus responding directly to the needs of the job market. It is an ideal place to study international business.

Classes are taught in the Piaristengasse, the heart of old-town Krems in beautiful historic buildings. The Piaristengasse campus is a former cloister that has been converted into an academic facility. The contrast between the historical ambience and state-of-the-art technology creates a particularly interesting flair.

Academics: At IMC-Krems students may take courses taught in English or German. Courses taught in English are offered in the following areas: Export-Oriented Management, International Business and Export Management, and Tourism Management & Leisure Industry. The programs offered at IMC Krems Universities of Applied Sciences differ from traditional university programs in that they are more vocationally oriented and include practical professional training terms as integral parts of the curriculum

Housing: Students may live in shared, furnished apartments or in a student residence. Apartments are shared with other students but you have your own bedroom. Apartments will be at most a fifteen minute walk from campus. The student residence, Europazentrum Krems, is a 7 minute walk from the IMC. Single and double rooms are available. All rooms have a shower, WC, telephone and satellite connections, and free internet connections. Daily breakfast is included in the rent. The residence also offers a laundry room, TV room, table tennis, foosball, and bicycle storage. Living here offers easy access to city buses and just a ten-minute walk to the main train station in Krems. 

Activities and Programming: IMC Fachhochschule Krems also offers a Buddy Network System. In this mentor system, every incoming exchange student is assigned on full-time student as his/her personal "buddy." There are two aims behind this: obviously to assist integration of the exchange student, but also to give the regular students a chance to socialize with international students.

Location: Krems is a university town rich in tradition and is characterized by its 9,000 plus students. The town’s flair and the cultural and leisure activities it offers makes students feel at home and enjoy their university years here. Everywhere you go you are surrounded by 1,000 years of history – on the streets and in the squares, in the old monasteries and churches and in the town houses and forts. A walk through Krems and Stein is always worth it and afterwards you can relax and enjoy the open-air cafes, restaurants and taverns. Krems also has one of the most beautiful and lively pedestrian areas in Austria where shopping in the old town becomes a real experience.


International Office Website: http://www.fh-krems.ac.at/en/international/incoming-outgoing-academic-mobility/ 

Online Student Guides and Course Offerings: http://www.fh-krems.ac.at/en/international/incoming-outgoing-academic-mobility/incoming-students/

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $150.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations (double room) $2150.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $2000.00
Airfare $1200.00
Local Transportation $400.00
Other -
Total $9829.60*


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs based off a four month semester
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
*Program information is subject to change.


All photos and some text courtesy of IMC Krems.