Exchange - Incoming

MCI - The Entrepreneurial School® is a leading destination in the west of Austria for international students. Each year we welcome more than 350 incomings from our extensive partner network.

Imagine a semester or two in the hub of the Alps surrounded by breathtaking mountains, pristine beauty, crystal clear lakes and endless adventure. Fun isn’t it? Come & Study with us for a semester or two and be part of our incoming bubble.

Now that you’ve decided for MCI - The Entrepreneurial School®, take some time to familiarize yourself with our nomination process and get ready for your student experience.

 

Visit us @

International Relations Office

MCI I, second floor

Universitaetsstr. 15

6020 Innsbruck

All you need to know!

Following Dates include the orientation program, courses and exams (first attempt).

Academic Year 2020-21

Fall semester 2020
BSc Mechatronics; BA Tourism Business Studies (courses taught in German); MA Entrepreneurship & Tourism:
September 02, 2020 – December 22, 2020

BA Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management; MSc Industrial Engineering & Management; MA International Business & Management:
September 02, 2020 – February 12, 2021

All other programs that offer courses for exchange students:
October 5, 2020 – February 12, 2021

Spring semester  2021
March 2, 2021 – June 25, 2021
All study programs that offer courses for exchange students.


Academic Year 2021-22

 
Fall semester 2021
BSC Mechatronics; BA Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management; BA Tourism Business Studies (courses taught in German); MA Entrepreneurship & Tourism:
September 02, 2021 – December 22, 2021

MSc Industrial Engineering; MA International Business & Management; MA International Health & Social Management:
September 02, 2021 – February 11, 2022

All other programs that offer courses for exchange students:
October 04, 2021 – February 11, 2022

Spring semester 2022
March 02, 2022 – June 30, 2022
All study programs that offer courses for exchange students.

   Fall semester   Spring semester 
Nomination Deadline
(for partner universities)
 April 15
 October 15
Application Deadline
(for international exchange students) 
 May 15
 November 15

MCI offers an education that equips students for future success and inspires them to make a difference.

Students may choose courses up to 30 ECTS per semester from one degree program plus our International Program (optional). MCI degree programs range from business, social sciences to engineering.

Here you can find the courses that we offer in English, sorted by degree program (please note that not every study program offers courses in English in spring semester): www.mci.edu/courses-in-english

All incoming exchange students* are required to show English language proficiency. We accept the following standardized tests:

  • TOEFL: TOEFL iBT: minimum score 85; TOEFL PBT: minimum score 550
    In addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, MyBest scores taken from valid test scores within a two-year period are also accepted. Minimum Score 20 in each of the areas (reading, listening, writing and speaking)
  • IELTS: minimum overall band score 6.0
  • Cambridge English Business Vantage (BEC Vantage): A/B in all four skills; alternatively, students may submit a BEC Higher exam result
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): A/B in all four skills; alternatively, students may submit a CPE exam result

Alternatively, we also offer an online English test free of charge. Details on our online test and the required scores are provided during the application period.

*Students whose native language is English (including French-Canadians) or who are enrolled in a program fully taught in English at their home university are not required to take our online English test.

MCI's Language Center offers German language courses (approx. 100 EUR) for international students at various levels worth 2 ECTS credits. For more information, check our:

German courses are also offered at the following institutions:

BFI Tirol
Ing.-Etzel-Straße 7
Tel.: +43 512-59660
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Web: www.bfi-tirol.at

Inlingua Tirol
Südtirolerplatz 6 / 4. Stock
Tel.: +43 512-562031
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Web: www.inlingua-tirol.at

Internationales Sprachenzentrum der Universität Innsbruck (ISI)
Innrain 52f, Bruno-Sander-Haus, 1. Stock
Tel.: +43 512-507-36401
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Web: www.uibk.ac.at/isi

Volkshochschule Innsbruck
Ursulinenhof, Markgraben 10
Tel.: +43 512-588882-0
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Web: www.vhs-tirol.at

WIFI Tirol
Egger-Lienz-Straße 116
Tel.: +43 5-90905-7000
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Web: www.tirol.wifi.at

 

By plane:
The three big international airports near Innsbruck are MunichFrankfurt, and Vienna.
Flying into Innsbruck is the fastest way to get here, but it might also be the most expensive. Innsbruck airport is very close to the city center. Bus F brings you directly to the city center in approx. 10-15 minutes.

By train:
Innsbruck is also easily accessible by train. The main station is about 10 mins. from the city center. For more information visit the website of the Austrian Railways company ÖBB. Frequent train services are also available from Vienna and Munich airport.

By bus:
Flixbus from all over Europe or the airport shuttle Four Seasons Travel from Munich airport.

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Frequently asked questions

Students may choose courses from ONE degree program only (due to probable time clashes). They may supplement these courses with courses from our International Program (optional).

Undergraduate/bachelor level students cannot take courses from a master’s degree program.

This is possible but not recommended due to probable time clashes.

Yes, students are free to add or drop courses during the first two weeks of the semester.

You can find updated semester dates in the section “Academic Calendar”.
We ask students to arrive in Innsbruck at least one day prior to the start of the semester as mandatory orientation days are held in the first few days.

MCI does not offer scholarships to exchange students. Exchange students must apply for a scholarship in their home country (e.g. Erasmus scholarship). This also holds true for the "Ernst Mach Grant for studying at an Austrian University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule)". Exchange students from outside Europe taking master's courses or who have already completed two years of university education are eligible for this scholarship.

For more information on scholarships, please go to www.grants.at.

All incoming exchange students* are required to show English language proficiency. We accept the following standardized tests:

  • TOEFL: TOEFL iBT: minimum score 85; TOEFL PBT: minimum score 550
    In addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, MyBest scores taken from valid test scores within a two-year period are also accepted. Minimum Score 20 in each of the areas (reading, listening, writing and speaking)
  • IELTS: minimum overall band score 6.0
  • Cambridge English Business Vantage (BEC Vantage): A/B in all four skills; alternatively, students may submit a BEC Higher exam result
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): A/B in all four skills; alternatively, students may submit a CPE exam result

Alternatively, we also offer an online English test free of charge. Details on our online test and the required scores are provided during the application period.

*Students whose native language is English (including French-Canadians) or who are enrolled in a program fully taught in English at their home university are not required to take our online English test.

If students are fluent in German and wish to take courses taught in German, we reserve the right to test your German language skills in a telephone interview.

Yes, Each exchange student is required to pay an administrative fee of 50 EUR, which covers costs like course material, etc. as well as the membership fee for the Austrian Student Union (Österreichische HochschülerInnenschaft - ÖH). Furthermore, MCI offers activities for students during the semester (e.g. excursions) which are subject to extra charges.

Grades range from 1 to 5; 1 is excellent and 5 is a fail

Grade 1: excellent (90% and more)
Grade 2: good (between 80% and 89%)
Grade 3: satisfactory (between 70% and 79%)
Grade 4: pass (between 60% and 69%)
Grade 5: Fail (less than 60%)

This largely depends on the courses you choose - so it’s hard to say when your final exams will be held. Exams can be held immediately after the course has taken place i.e. during the semester or towards the end of your semester. Thus, we advise you to book your departure after the official end of the semester. Exams (first attempt) take place during the regular semester, retake exams are scheduled after the regular semester dates.

Twice. However, retake exams are often scheduled after the end of the official semester; so you would need to come back to Innsbruck for your retake. You can only retake an exam if you have failed in your first attempt.

You are entitled to an official Transcript of Records (ToR) at the end of your studies. Your ToR will be sent via email directly to the International Office of your home institution. An original transcript will be sent via post upon specific request only.
Students who take courses offered by our Language Center may download their course certificate directly at myMCI.

Housing including utilities (single room; studio apartment): EUR 330 - 700
Food and drinks: EUR 300 - 400
Public transportation: EUR 20
Cell phone: EUR 30
Internet, if not included in rent: EUR 20 - 50
Miscellaneous (books, leisure activities, trips, personal expenses etc.): EUR 400


In total, the average monthly cost of living for students is approximately EUR 1,100. The numbers above are rough estimates which may vary depending on students’ lifestyle.

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