Despite its location amidst the mountains and forests, Innsbruck is a vibrant student city. Here you can spend a semester studying at the best university in Austria (Universum Ranking 2015), MCI, in a place that doubles up as a holiday destination!
There are lots of different things we associate with Austria: untouched nature, mountain landscapes, alpine meadows, crystal-clear lakes, the typical wooden houses with colourful flower-boxes, the Vienna Opera Ball, skiing, Mozart and tasty food like "Kaiserschmarrn" . This neighbouring country of Germany has 8.7 million inhabitants, and the capital city is Vienna. Thanks to its geography, Austria is a world-class sporting destination for ski jumping, snowboarding and tobogganing, and almost 80% of its under-29 year olds are actively involved in winter sports.
With 35,000 students , Innsbruck is one of the most popular university cities in the German-speaking world. Whether in summer or in winter, Innsbruck is a real paradise for sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The city is situated in the middle of the Tyrolean Mountains and has the highest percentage of bicycle traffic in Austria. People from Innsbruck speak a southern Bavarian dialect that is closer to High German and thus relatively easy to understand. The city has a lot to offer culturally, with numerous theatres, museums, cultural organisations, music events and listed buildings. Several sporting events such as the ‘Vierschanzentournee’ (Four Hills Tournament or German-Austrian Ski Jumping Week) and the Air & Style Contest, one of Europe’s largest freestyle snowboard festivals, take place in Innsbruck, and the games for the 2005 Ice Hockey World Championship, the 2008 European Football Championship and the Winter Olympics (1964 and 1976) were held there.
An excellent academic reputation, the quality of the teaching, teamwork in small groups, applied study programme structures and the close supervision provided all helped MCI to be selected as Austria’s best university in the Universum Ranking and as Top University 2014. Since 2015, MCI also has a double FIBAA premium accreditation, which represents excellent quality in research, teaching, management and services. The percentage of international students stands at 42%, and they come from 49 different countries. Of the almost 200 partner universities, a good 270 students spent a semester at MCI in the 2014/2015 academic year.
Students have several options for finding accommodation in Innsbruck. Single rooms in the 28 student halls spread throughout the city cost anywhere from around EUR 260. Furnished rooms in the international student house (ISH) can be booked through MCI for EUR 3,500 per semester, and MCI is within walking distance. The Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research (OeAD) provides rooms in student halls (in return for a monthly fee of EUR 18). Single rooms cost approximately EUR 360 per month, and double rooms cost approximately EUR 270 per person. There are also numerous links to private accommodation, hostels and accommodation websites on the MCI homepage.