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UNT Exchange: Upper Austria Univ. of Applied Sciences (Steyr)
Steyr, Austria (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UNT applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE:

For your reference, please refer to the Steps to Studying Abroad on an Affiliate or Exchange Program.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete Pre-Departure / Post-Decision Phase materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fields of Study:
Accounting, Finance, Human Resources Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Management, Marketing
Minimum GPA Requirement:
2.75
Program Type:
Exchange
Academic Level:
Junior
Additional Requirements:
Restricted to College of Business
Language of Instruction:
English, German
Program Contact in SAO:
Mr. Silverio Sierra (studyabroad@unt.edu)
Program Description:
What is an Exchange Program?
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Exchange programs are an affordable way for UNT students to study abroad.  Students to attend a designated partner university and are taught by their professors, but pay UNT tuition and fees to UNT just as if they were taking the classes at UNT.

Exchange students are fully enrolled at the partner university for a semester or two so UNT students take classes alongside local students and typically live in university accommodations.  This program type allows for a greater cultural immersion and aids in language acquisition for those taking classes in another language.  There is an exchange coordinator at UNT and one at the partner university to assist students.  Click here for a more in-depth overview of exchanges.



Application Process
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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply to and participate in this exchange program, students must:
  • Be a major in the UNT College of Business;
  • Be a Junior or higher classification by start of the program (can be a Sophomore at time of application);
  • Have completed at least one semester at UNT prior to going abroad;
  • Have at least one semester remaining at UNT after the program;
  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at UNT at time of application;
  • Be in good conduct standing at UNT at time of application until departure for program.

UNT Exchange Application Deadlines

This is the deadline to apply to the UNT Study Abroad Office to be selected and nominated as an exchange student.

    Academic Year Application Deadline: March 1
    Fall Application Deadline: March 1
    Spring Application Deadline: October 1


Steps to Apply to be Selected as an Exchange Student
  1. Attend a Study Abroad 101 General Informational Session
  2. After attending Study Abroad 101, call 940.565.2207 to schedule an appointment with the UNT Exchange Coordinator.
  3. Complete UNT Exchange Application for this program on the UNT Study Abroad Website and submit requested documentation.
  4. There are a certain number of spaces available per semester per exchange program so students are selected on a first-come, first serve basis.
  5. After application has been reviewed by the UNT Study Abroad Office, the application will be approved or denied.  Notifications will be sent via email to the UNT email address on file for the student.
  6. Should a student be selected, the student will receive instructions from the UNT Exchange Coordinator (StudyAbroad.Exchanges@unt.edu) on the next steps to take to apply to partner institution and information related to pre-departure preparations.

Please download the Steps to Studying Abroad on an Affiliated or Exchange Program to refer to for guidance.

The Partner University
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School of Management
 Steyr Campus
The school provides modern, practice-oriented study programs that will prepare students with the leadership skills they need for a career in the challenging field of international management. All degree programs are based on four fundamental principles: total mastery of management know-how; specialist competence in a range of areas including production and logistics management, marketing, sales and controlling; social skills and total confidence in the transfer of skills from theory into practice. Students are provided with the very latest internationally recognized input, whereby increasing emphasis is put on intercultural management and on English as the language of instruction. Our applied research and core activities are in the fields of production optimizing, logistics, networks, sales and distribution optimization, digital economy as well as process management in the health sector. https://www.fh-ooe.at/campus-steyr

The Location
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Austria  is a beautiful country in the heart of Europe with a rich cultural heritage. It was the home of Mozart, Klimt, Freud, and “The Sound of Music”. Austria’s snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes and rivers and historic cities such as Salzburg and Vienna attract tourists from all over the world. The Austrian standard of living is one of the highest in the world. So Austria is always ranked top in the annual financial report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Austria stands for: >> Quality in education >> Excellent social security >> Reliable health care for all >> A low crime rate The national language is German, but most people speak English well.

 
Austrian Map           
    Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences has four campuses, but UNT's exchange is only with the Steyr Campus. Steyr is a town, located in  the Austrian federal state of Upper Austria. The town is situated at the confluence of the rivers Steyr and Enns. Steyr is Austria's 12th most populated town and simultaneously the 3rd largest town in Upper Austria. It has a long history as a manufacturing center and has given its name to several manufacturers headquartered there, such as Steyr Mannlicher (a firearms manufacturer best known for the Steyr AUG),Steyr Tractor, Steyr Automobile.
Austrian Students
Academic Matters
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Calendar

UNT students can choose to study for one semester (Spring) or two semesters (Academic Year).
UNT students are NOT able to participate for only the Fall semester due to program dates.

    Academic Year: October 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Welcome Week: September 24 - 30 (REQUIRED)
Recommended Arrival Date: September 21
 
    Spring (Summer) Semester: March 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017
Welcome Week: TBA (REQUIRED)
Recommended Arrival Date: TBA

Click here to view the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences academic calendar.
Students are free to use their free time, weekends, and breaks to travel around the country and/or region.


Academic Pre-Approval of Study Abroad Credits

Students often ask how do they know what courses taken abroad will count as back at UNT.  During the study abroad application phase at UNT, students will have access to the "Academic Pre-Approval Form for Study Abroad."
  1. Students should identify a minimum of eight (8) classes per semester they intend to be abroad.  That would be four (4) classes they are interested in taking plus four (4) back up course choices.
  2. Print out the course syllabi for the selected courses.
  3. Populate the Academic Pre-Approval Form with the course number and title (e.g. AMSE201 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I) and the number of credit the host institution indicates the course is worth (e.g. 3 credits).
  4. Obtain Major Academic Advisor to sign off on the degree plan hours.
  5. Obtain College Dean's Signature.
  6. Sign form.
  7. Return original form to UNT Study Abroad Office.

Required Course Load

UNT students participating on an UNT exchange are required to maintain full-student status both at UNT and while abroad for the duration of the exchange.  This means that UNT students will be enrolled in 12 hours of credit in the UNT 3000 EXCH for undergraduate students or 9 hours of credit in the UNT 5000 EXCH course for graduate students.  The UNT Study Abroad Office will enroll students in the EXCH course.  While abroad, UNT students will also be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours of UNT equivalent credit as determined by the students' completed academic for pre-approval for study abroad credit form. 

Available Courses

Participating student MUST take two courses: “Cosmopolitan Leadership in a Complex World” and “Practical Introduction to Studies”.

In order to locate courses students will need to:

To find potential courses,
  1. Click here.
  2. Under the subtitle of "Courses taught in English" select the term in which you plan to take courses at Steyr. Make sure to do so under the Steyr Campus School of Management heading.
  3. Within the PDF you will see a list of Bachelor's Degree Courses listed. Continue to scroll within the document to find the course description.
  4. If you wish to take courses in German follow instructions under the subtitle of "Courses taught in German"
Please note that course schedule for the term of your desired semester of study may not be available until a month before the program starts.  As result, you may need to look at the term for the previous year to view your potential course options.  For example, if you want to study abroad in Spring 2020, but it is currently October 2019, you may need to look at the available course listing for Spring 2019 to gain an idea of what classes might be available during your term of study.

Grading Information

Courses are presented in the traditional manner of lecture. Others are taught through more seminars, project work and skills practice or a combination of these methods.
Students are expected to attend and participate fully in all lectures.

Lectures are assessed by final exams. The academic achievement for tutorials, seminars, projects, integrated courses, laboratory and soft skills training is accessed continuously during the course (55%), while 45% of the course will be assessed through a final examination.


Grading Scale
Steyr Grades UNT Grades
Sehr guy (1) Excellent A
Gut (2) Very Good B
Befriedidend (3) Satisfactory C
Genugend (4) Sufficient D
Nicht Genugent (5) Fail F


Credit System

The Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences issues ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit. One course can be worth anything between 1 - 60 ECTS credits. The higher the number of credits, the higher the workload to complete the course. Therefore, the ECTS system is based upon a full student workload, and not limited to contact hours only.
 
Full-time status for a semester equals 30 ECTS credits.

When comparing ECTS credits to UNT credits advisors and students need to divide the ECTS credit by 2 and then round up to the nearest whole number.
ECTS Credit Value UNT Equivalent Credit Value
5 3
10 5
15 8
20 10
30 15


Transcripts

Grades from the exchange term will be transferred back to UNT and applied to students' ongoing GPA as transfer credit, meaning the grades do not factor into the students' ongoing GPA, but are calculated into the cumulative UNT GPA at graduation.  However, grades from exchange programs cannot be posted to a student's UNT academic record until the host institution has sent the official transcript to the UNT Study Abroad Office (University of North Texas / 1167 Union Circle #310210 / Sage Hall 236 / Denton, TX USA 76201).

Once the foreign transcript has been received, the UNT Study Abroad Office will send the transcript evaluation to the UNT Registrar's Office and send a notification to the student when this has occurred and request that the student retrieve the foreign transcript from the UNT Study Abroad Office.  The transfer hours should be posted by the UNT Registrar’s Office to the students' academic record within 7-10 business days.  Once the student is able to log into their MyUNT portal and view the transferred hours, the student should:
  1. Schedule a meeting with his/her major advisor
  2. Download a copy of his/her academic pre-approval for study abroad credit form for the program from the UNT Study Abroad Portal, and
  3. Bring the pre-approval form and KU transcript to the major advisor to have the credits properly applied in order to have their degree program completion requirements updated.
Accommodations
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Various kinds of accommodation are available. This could be a room in a shared house, apartments or a room in a student residence.
The prices for accommodations vary. Double room in a shared house are available from around 200 Euro to 270 Euro a month. Single apartments cost between 270 – 370 Euros.
Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences - Housing Page


Money Matters

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2016 - 2017 Cost Comparison Between a Semester at UNT Versus a Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences
  UNT Steyr Campus
UNT Study Abroad Application Fee $0 $100
UNT Study Abroad Confirmation Fee $0 $200
Tuition and Fees $5,077 $5,077
Room and Board $4,345 $2,681
Books and Supplies $500 $315
Transportation $854 $1,300
Misc. $36 $600
Personal Spending $700 $750
Total Estimated Costs for One Semester $11,512 $11,203
  • Figures Rounded Up to the Nearest Whole Number.
  • UNT 2016-17 Cost of Attendance (COA): http://financialaid.unt.edu/costs.
  • UNT 2016-17 Tuition and Fees based on UGRD TX resident taking 12 hours: http://studentaccounting.unt.edu/tuition-and-fees.
  • UNT Study Abroad Application Fee: paid before application deadline
  • UNT Study Abroad Confirmation Fee: paid after receiving UNT acceptance
  • UNT 2016-17 Room & Board based on on-campus housing (see UNT COA chart).
  • Steyr Campus Room & Board
  • Steyr Campus Transportation includes roundtrip flight from DFW to Salzburg
  • Miscellaneous (UNT) is Fed Loan Fees figure (see UNT COA chart).
  • Miscellaneous (Steyr Campus) is passport fees, visa fee, and UNT International Insurance, Steyr Student Union fee, Print Account, Copy Card and Library Card.
  • Personal spending varies based on individual spending habits so students may spend more or less than the average amount quoted.

There are scholarships available for specific student groups. The International Office will inform the students concerned about possible options. There is a database of Austrian scholarships available:  www.grants.at and www.oead.at

For information on the various ways to fund your program, please click here.


Please note that aid awarded by UNT typically is not released by the Student Scholarships and Financial Aid Office until approximately 10 days before your program is scheduled to start and/or the first day of the program depending on the type of aid.  If your program starts before classes commence in Denton, your aid will not be disbursed until as late as the first official Denton class day.  For example, program starts January 1 and classes start in Denton on January 15, you may have to wait until January 15th to receive your aid.  Please plan accordingly.

Useful Information
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Buddy Program: Every international student will be put into contact with a local student (buddy) before arrival. Buddies will help the incoming students with setting up bank accounts, food-shopping, tours, etc.

Arrival and Pick-up Services: We recommend that students arrive in Austria shortly before the Orientation Days start. It can be arrange that the buddy meets you the student at the train station or airport.

The International Office organizes a variety of events for international students to get involved with while they are abroad. For example; staff versus student soccer matches, guest lectures, boat races, etc.