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University of Klagenfurt

The University of Klagenfurt contributes to finding solutions for today’s vast challenges by pooling and strengthening various research fields. The establishment of the profile-enhancing research initiatives Energy Management & Energy Technology, Sustainability, Self-organizing Systems and Visual Culture allows holistic approaches and yields excellent research results.

PhD Programmes



Since its foundation in the year 1970, the University of Klagenfurt (AAU) has successfully established itself as a distinctive voice reinforcing the canon of Austrian universities, as a globally networked research institution, and as a hub for the acquisition, exchange, and transfer of knowledge across the entire Alps-Adriatic Region. 


From the very beginning, the University of Klagenfurt has mastered the process of continuous reinvention. This transformation comes along with the definition of new research fields, the development of new degree programs, the attraction of highly promising students, and the dedicated support of scientific curiosity, creativity, self-efficacy, motivation, and internationality. 


The University of Klagenfurt’s research structure is geared towards increasing the visibility and competitiveness of our research within scientific communities.In terms of content, the research structure at the University of Klagenfurt focuses on exchange across a broad range of specialist fields: The university’s four faculties, each incorporating a broad range of subjects, provide a framework that draws together the university’s two key research strengths, the four research clusters and its research-oriented teaching. This structure is also deeply embedded in the design of the University of Klagenfurt site. Further initiatives also have good potential to enhance the university’s profile in future.


The University offers advice and information about searching for a job and starting your career, as well as careers coaching, workshops and events. Also runs job fairs and publishes a jobs newsletter.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Housing services

Finding a suitable accommodation in Klagenfurt is not easy: the demand keeps growing and rent prices keep going up. In order to increase your chances to get the type of accommodation you wish, it is important that you apply well in advance.

Library services

The university library is AAU’s academic information centre and provides literature and information media for studying, research, teaching and continuing education. Furthermore, the university library also offers members of the general public in Carinthia specialist literature as part of an academic general library. 

ICT services

The Zentrale Informatikdienst (ZID) supports the members of the AAU in achieving their scientific and administrative goals by means of coordinated services in the area of ​​information and communication technology (ICT). The ZID ensures that the AAU optimally aligns itself in the highly dynamic ICT environment and also develops it further. 

Student Life

Campus life

Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt is located in western Klagenfurt, close to Lake Wörthersee. AAU is one of the few campus universities in Austria. Since 2007, the campus has also been home to Austria’s most contemporary University Sports Institute (USI), which has an area of 1156 m² available for sporting activities. The USI offers a wide range of sports on campus, as well as a variety of sports camps all across Europe.

Sports facilities

Austria’s most modern University Sports Instituteis located on the University of Klagenfurt campus. This means that you can quite easily drop into a sports class between lectures. Around 250 different sports classes are offered every semester, and there’s an incredibly varied range of options on offer. From yoga to fencing and ball games, there’s something for everyone. The USI also runs seasonal sports camps for sports including kitesurfing, climbing and ski tours.

Velden am Wörthersee, Austria

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