Get Ready to Go

Your semester in Austria will challenge you intellectually, spiritually, and personally. Below are your next steps!

  • Get your passport. Having your passport is a good idea anyhow, but you need to have it the semester prior to your Austria semester. Your passport must be valid for 6 months following the END of your semester to get your student visa. See the “Traveling to Austria” tab for more.
  • Talk to your advisor. To make sure your Austria semester fits well within your academic plan, talk with your advisor and plan the classes you are going to take in Austria. See the Academics in Austria page for more.
  • APPLY! Submit your Austria Application for the semester you are hoping to study abroad. Applications open a year out.
  •  DEPOSIT! After completing your application, submit your $200 Austria deposit to have the best chance of being accepted for the semester.
  • Line up your finances. Tuition, room, and board at our program in Austria are exactly the same as here on campus, but students generally need about $3,000-$5,000 to spend on travel and personal expenses while in Austria.
  • DON’T MISS A PRE-DEPARTURE MEETING! During the semester prior to your Austria adventure, there will be a series of very important pre-departure meetings where you will learn how to prepare for the voyage. You DON’T want to miss it!
Traveling to Austria

Passport information

All students who plan to study in Austria need a valid passport. If you have a valid passport, please make sure it does not expire sooner than six months after you are scheduled to depart Europe at the end of your semester (i.e., you need a six-month “buffer” at the end of your stay). If you do not have a valid passport, you will have to apply for one as soon as possible. Learn how and where to apply at the U.S. State Department Website »


No, not the credit card. A Schengen Visa is an endorsement or stamp that is placed in your passport by the government of the country where you will be staying which permits you to visit the Schengen area for a specified amount of time and for a specified reason. The Austrian government requires all non-European Union citizens who will be studying in Austria to get a Schengen Student Visa.
To get the Schengen Student Visa, you will be required to drop off your passport at Franciscan University’s Austrian Enrollment Office the semester prior to your semester in Austria. The specific due date will be determined and communicated by the Austrian Enrollment Office. Your passport, with your visa included, will be returned to your home address by the the Austrian Consulate prior to your departure.

International Health Insurance

The Schengen Student Visa requires all students have International Health Insurance. Franciscan University purchases the needed coverage from Cultural Insurance Services International and then bills you the ~$200 cost, which covers students the entire time they are abroad. It includes the following coverages:

  • No deductibles, no co-pays
  • Guaranteed direct payment to doctors and hospitals in Europe
  • Urgent and emergency care including repatriation
  • $100,000 insurance per accident or sickness with no lifetime maximum
  • Full coverage for all cases regarding a pandemic
Safe Travels in Europe

During Orientation at the Kartause, our student life team goes through the University’s policies for traveling around Europe, as well as tips for staying safe that come from travel experts and much experience.


  • Travel Log: All students must sign out before departing and list their destinations, then they must sign back in upon returning.
  • Parental Consent Areas: Parts of Europe where parents voice concern about their son or daughter traveling.
  • Parental Notification: All students are required to notify parents of their weekly travel plans.
  • No-Go Countries: We do not allow students to travel to certain countries where security is a significant concern. This list of countries/regions is updated throughout the semester, based on notifications from the U.S. State Department.
Austria Calendars
Austria Information Blog
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