The Paracelsus Medical University (PMU) is a young, dynamic private university with a global outlook. It aims to solve pressing medical and health issues that our societies face today through innovative and impactful teaching and research activities within and beyond its borders in the areas of human medicine, pharmacology, and nursing. The PMU is committed to becoming a world-class institution of higher education by providing an enriching and stimulating environment to its students and staff through transdisciplinary collaboration with key partners around the world. To put this commitment into action, the university management established the PMU’s International Office (IO) which is the central unit that is responsible for the development and implementation of the university’s internationalization strategies. Internationalization is embedded in the PMU’s institutional culture and embodied in its actions and values.

  • Policy on equity, diversity, and inclusion
    The PMU follows the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and provides equal opportunities to all students, and staff. These principles are integral to the PMU’s internationalization strategies, and are also articulated in the PMU’s gender equality plan (text in german).
  • European Policy Statement
    In 2020, the PMU received the Erasmus+ Charter for the program period 2021 – 2027. The PMU sees itself as part of a global network of universities and other institutions in the health care sector that are active in medical, pharmaceutical and health science education, research, and practice. Internationalization is therefore an essential aspect of the university’s activities, both in research and in teaching, for students as well as for employees. It adheres to the values articulated in the Erasmus+ Charter and views internationalization as a key instrument in increasing the quality of teaching, research, and services of the university, as well as increasing the university’s innovation capacity. It supports the development of social, communicative, and intercultural competencies of its students and staff by participating in the key activities of Erasmus+. The PMU also actively supports the initiatives under Green Erasmus+ and strives to contribute to the achievement of the UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals in its actions and process. To this end, the university is currently working on an institutional sustainable development plan. To read the full version of the PMU’s Erasmus Declaration on Higher Education Policy, please read here (text in German).


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Dr. Rosalyn Eder, MA

Head of International Office

Responsibilities: Strategic development and implementation of internationalization; strategic partnerships

Ms Susanna Holzer, MHPE

Erasmus+ Mobility Coordinator

Responsibilities: Coordination of Erasmus+ student mobilities; coordination and organization of international events

Ms Bianca Leuschner

Erasmus+ Mobility Coordinator; Assistant to the Head of IO

Responsibilities: Coordination of Erasmus+ staff mobilities; Administration of Erasmus+ program

Erasmus+ Program

Erasmus+ is the flagship program of the European Union which has been successfully implemented in the last 30 years. Erasmus+ provides opportunities for staff and students to increase the quality of their work/education experience through physical and virtual mobility. Starting with the new Erasmus+ program generation 2021 – 2027, the PMU has defined Erasmus+ as one of its key strategic avenues for internationalization. The International Office is the main contact point for all matters relating to the Erasmus+ program.



Student Mobility

Incoming Exchange Students

Students from partner universities must be nominated first by their home universities prior to sending their application. Download the PMU Information Sheet for more details about your study exchange and/or research internship at PMU. Students whose home universities do not have a partnership agreement with the PMU can apply as a “freemover.”

The PMU does not charge tuition and laboratory fees for students from partner universities. Freemover students should inquire directly at the International Office regarding fees. All students enrolled in Austrian universities are required to pay the student union contribution per semester. For academic year 2022/2023, the student union fee is Eur 21.20.

Incoming students interested in research internships should check the PMU’s research profile.

Clinical placement at PMU Uniklinikum is currently offered only to incoming students from partner universities. For details, please check with your home institution.

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Outgoing Exchange Students

PMU students are highly encouraged to participate in mobility activities, whether for studies, research internship or practical internship. Students are advised to discuss their interests with their respective study organization units at least a year prior to their planned mobility period. Download the PMU Outgoing Student Checklist here for an overview of the application process, and register your interest in the Excel list in MS Teams. Please note that registration does not automatically constitute an approval of your application. 

There are basically two paths to mobility supported by the International Office:

Erasmus+ mobility program for internship

PMU students can undertake an internship in an Erasmus+ program country. Under the Erasmus+ program, students will receive a monthly mobility grant, provided that all the grant requirements are met. Find more detailed information about the mobility program in the Calls for Application below. You will also find the Erasmus+ Student charter here.

  • For long-term mobility, minimum length of stay must be at least 2 full months (for ex: 15.10. to 15.12.).
  • For short-term mobility, length of stay must be at least 5 days and maximum 30 days, and must include a virtual learning component (except for PhD students).
  • Mobility in country of residence and country of citizenship is not eligible.
  • Eligible destination countries: 26 EU member countries, plus 13 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) associated with the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. As the PMU is an Austrian institution, internship in Austria is not eligible for funding. This rule also applies to PMU students in Campus Nuremberg.

Call for Application Academic Year 2023/24

Call for Application Academic Year 2022/23



Non-Erasmus+ mobility programs

These are mobility programs to Switzerland, the UK, and to PMU partner universities outside the European Union. Students are advised to apply for their own grants to support expenses related to their study exchange or internship. See also the section on Grants and Scholarships below.  

Mobility in PMU partner universities in the USA is competitive. Please inquire at the administration office of your degree program.

Staff Mobility

The PMU as a learning institution recognizes the immense value of staff mobility in fostering collaboration and innovation, and in strengthening partnerships. Colleagues are highly advised to contact first the potential receiving department or institution prior to submitting their application for a staff mobility.


Calls for Application

Information on Erasmus+ Staff Teaching mobility: this type of mobility can be combined with training purposes. However, a minimum teaching obligation applies depending on the duration of the stay. Please see a list with detailed information:

If you would like to apply for a staff mobility via Erasmus+, please send an Email to International Office. If your mobility meets the criteria for Erasmus+ funding and your application has been approved, please send the following documents:



Calls for Application


To confirm your mobility upon your return:

Colleagues interested in applying for collaborative research should check PMU’s Research and Innovation Department and/or research profile.

Use the checklist to plan your Erasmus+ mobility and learn more about the application procedure. For further questions please contact the International Office.

Incoming Staff Mobility

Colleagues planning mobility to Austria for research purposes can use the Researcher´s Guide to AUSTRIA.

Grants and scholarships

For external grants, please check the Austrian database for scholarships and research funding.
For information about PMU’s internal research funding schemes, please contact the PMU’s Research and Innovation Management.


International Cooperation

Quality partnership is a key element of PMU’s internationalization strategy. The PMU as an institution of higher learning values deep and strong partnership based on mutual respect, equity, transparency, and fairness. It works with key strategic partners around the globe, while it continues to develop its partnership portfolio. For questions about partnership, please contact the International Office.



The PMU is an active member of the Erasmus+ community, and aims to further widen its network of strategic partners for mobility and capacity-building projects. To this end, it has established bilateral agreements with several European universities. For questions about partnerships, projects, and mobility (staff and students), please contact us.


Erasmus+ Partners


- University of Rijeka
- University of Osijek

Czech Republic
- Charles University

- Kajaani University of Applied Sciences

- Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig

- University of Patras

- University of Salento
- University of Messina

- Dublin City University

- Rigas Stradina Universitate

- Poznan University of Medical Sciences

- Instituto Universitário Egas Moniz
- University of Minho

- University of Ljubliana
- Faculty of Health Science Celje

- Universidad de Alicante

- Karolinska Institute

Currently being negotiated:

- University of Turku (Finland)
- George Ohm Technical University (Germany)
- University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf (Germany)
- University of Bern (Switzerland)


PMU's global strategic partners:

North America

- Mayo Medical School / Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
- Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
- Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
- University of Northern Florida, Jacksonville
- Yale University, New Haven

South America

- Universidad de la Republica

- Fundación UNiversitaria Juan N. Corpas


- Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences (KUSMS), Dhulikhel Hospital

- Peking University

- Chang Mai University
- Khon Kaen University
- Srinakharinwirot University
- Rambhai Barni Rajabhat


- University of Adelaide
- University of Wollongong


United Kingdom
- University of Glasgow, Scotland
- University of Stirling

- Nuernberg Institute of Technology Georg Simon Ohm, Nuremberg

- Berner Bildungszentrum Pflege


South Africa
- University of Cape Town


International Membership

The PMU is an active member of the following international organizations:

- Association of Academic Health Centers International
- Eurasia-Pacific Uninet
- Africa-Uninet
- European Association for International Education (EAIE)
- NAFSA Association of International Educators



  • EMI - English as Medium of Instruction
  • English for Staff
  • English Language Training in Dublin City University (DCU)


EMI - English as Medium of Instruction

English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) “refers to the use of the English language to teach academic subjects (other than English itself) in countries where the first language of the majority of the population is not English” (Macaro et al., 2018, p. 37). This practice has implications for the quality of the teaching and learning processes; it impacts not only on the content delivery of academic subjects, but also on the didactic teaching/learning effectiveness. This course responds to the need to improve the skills of lecturers in using English as the language of course instruction.
Specifically, it addresses the challenges of designing and teaching course content using a language that is not the lecturer’s native tongue. EMI goes beyond translation of course materials into English, and focuses on the various didactical aspects, particularly in relation to oral skills and oral production that impact on the quality of the course delivery. In the long term, this program is intended to support the internationalization process at higher education institutions by ensuring that lecturers are competent in using English as a medium of course instruction.

At the end of the program, the course participants should be able to:

  • increase their English communicative competency
  • improve their EMI skills
  • immediately apply the skills they learned to their teaching practices
  • reflect on their teaching skills and practices
  • particularly in terms of content delivery and the context of
    their class (i.e. characteristics of the students)
  • conduct peer observation
  • provide constructive feedback.

Course schedule:

This is a 3-module virtual course taught over a year. Schedule for hybrid classes (virtual and face-to-face) is indicated as such.

Module 1 - completed

Topic: Tools for English as a Medium of Instruction

Module 2 - completed

Topic: Introduction to EMI practice

Module 3

Topic: EMI practice

  • 11 September 2023, Monday 18.30-20.30 CET
  • 18 September 2023, Monday 18.30-20.30 CET
  • 25 September 2023, Monday 18.30-20.30 CET
  • 02 October 2023, Monday 18.30-20.30 CET
  • 09 October 2023, Monday 18.30-20.30 CET
  • 20 October 2023, Friday 16.00-18.00 CET (hybrid)
  • 21 October 2023, Saturday 9.00-10.30/ 11.00-12.30/ 13.00-14.30/14.45-16.15 CET (hybrid)
  • 23 October 2023, Monday 18.30-20.30 CET


English for Staff

The International Office and HR department designed an English course program for staff. The aim is to develop the general English language competency of PMU staff, especially in services and administration, in everyday office and business settings. The course is adapted to the previous knowledge of the participants and therefore takes place in 2 groups. These courses are already running, Registration is no longer possible. As soon as new courses start we will announce the course dates.



English Language Course in Dublin City University


In this program, participants will be part of an international group of learners and will be immersed in an English-speaking country.

Main objectives

  • to improve the English language skills of the participants and
  • to increase their confidence in using English in their everyday work.

Course fee:

  • The course fee of Eur 449,00 also includes the registration fees and the course book. The course fee can be covered by the further education budget of your department/institute.

Erasmus+ Funding

  • Travel and accommodation costs are partially funded by Erasmus+.


  • First cohort: October 8-15, 2023.
  • Second cohort: May 26 - June 02, 2024.
  • Further cohorts from October 2024

To be paid by participants themselves:

  • Participants will pay the difference between the Erasmus+ grants and the actual travel and accommodation costs
  • Cost of the day trip on Saturday (if booked).
  • Other additional costs.
  • Exception: there is a written agreement between the participants and their head of department/Institute, which regulates how the difference is to be paid.

Detailed information:

Official and binding registration:

  • July 1st 2023 for the cohort in October 2023
  • September 15th 2023 for the cohort in May/June 2024
  • Annually on January 15th for the October 2024 cohort and cohorts thereafter
  • Please send your official and binding registration to
  • Applications will be ranked by date of application.

This program is considered a continuing education opportunity for PMU staff and therefore requires the approval of your respective head of department/institute.