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 Guideline on Diversity, Gender Equality, and Advancement of Women.
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
Areas of responsibilities: Strategic development and implementation; strategic partnerships
Ms Susanna Holzer, MHPE
Areas of responsibilities: Mobilities; international events
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 of Eur 20.20 per semester.
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.
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.
- 01.02. for the fall/winter semester
- 15.07. for the spring/summer semester
There are basically two paths to mobility supported by the International Office:
- Erasmus+ mobility program for studies and/or internship
PMU students undertake a study exchange or internship in an Erasmus+ partner university. Under the Erasmus program, students will receive a mobility grant, provided that all the grant requirements are met.
- 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.
Mark your calendar! Information session on October 14, 2021. Time and venue will be announced here soon.
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. For more information about the various pathways for staff mobility, please contact the International Office.
Join PMU’s first international week in spring 2022! Details will be announced here soon. Mark your calendars!
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.
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 in Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. As a young university, the PMU is continuously developing its partnership portfolio. For details about partnerships, please contact the International Office.
The International Office organizes events and activities to further foster PMU’s internationalization@home agenda. More details will follow soon.
Fall Term 2021:
- International Day/Erasmus Days, October 14th
- Infosession for outgoing students and staff, October 14th
Spring Term 2022:
- Orientation week for incoming exchange students and staff, February 14th -17th
- From outer space? Intercultural Workshop for students and staff, May
- PMU’s First International Week, May
Fall Term 2022:
- Orientation week for incoming exchange students and staff, September 5th - 8th
- International Day/Erasmus Days, October
- Infosession for outgoing students and staff, October