The University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, (BOKU Wien) is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the biological sciences. BOKU specializes in: soil, plants & animals; space, landscape & infrastructure; water, climate & environment; forests & timber; alternative biomaterials & bio-energy; agriculture sciences; food sciences; and biotechnology. The University has about 6,000 students, which includes about 17% international students.
There are many courses in English at the masters and bachelor's level; however, knowledge in German is a huge asset in Vienna. There is an intensive German course and orientation before the start of each semester. There are also many levels of German courses offered throughout the semester.
Because this is an exchange program, the tuition is based on Arizona fees. All coursework is treated as transfer credit and does not impact the UA GPA.
International Master Programs (taught entirely in English):
Mountain Risk Engineering
Natural Resources Management & Ecological Engineering
BS and MS Programs (offering many courses in English):
Agricultural Sciences including Ag. Biology, Applied Plant Sciences, and Organic Farming
Equine and Livestock Sciences
Food Science and Biotechnology
Landscape Architecture and Planning
Austria is truly in the heart of Europe, with quick access to many other wonderful Eastern and Western cities. Vienna is considered one of the most cultural cities in the world. Besides the many historical buildings, there are many museums, with some of the most influential artists, e.g. Klimt, Schiele, Rembrandt, etc. It is a city of classical music with great student discounts including the Opera House and Musikverein.
For students interested in the natural sciences it may be interesting to know:
- Austria has the highest percentage of organic farmers within the EU.
- There are no nuclear power plants in Austria. Most energy is generated with hydro-electric power plants.
- 45% of the total area of Austria is used for agriculture.
- Austria has a long tradition of wine production and is an important exporter of wine.
- 2/3 of Austria's surface is covered by mountains.
- 40% of Austria is covered by forests.
- Austria is one of the countries with the highest percentage of recycling in the EU.
BOKU assists students in locating housing. Students will need about 500-700 Euros per month for general expenses during their time in Vienna. BOKU helps to organize a "Buddy Network" that helps international students to meet Austrian students.