Department of Health Studies

Dietetics and Nutrition

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Semester abroad

Our students and lecturers get to all corners of the world. Sharing teaching and projects with partners within and beyond Europe encourages international cooperation, especially with our partner universities. This contact helps to promote language skills and (inter)cultural and global consciousness among our students.

The internationalisation of the Institute of Dietetics and Nutrition also benefits the students who decide to complete their whole course of study at FH JOANNEUM. Our international cooperation enables us to keep up with global developments in the discipline of dietetics and thus enhances the quality of our teaching and research in Austria. We train our students to be global professionals.

The semester abroad extends the students’ professional and personal horizons. Intercultural learning is at the core of the period of study abroad, along with the improvement of language skills and the development of personal contacts. A spell in another country is also a useful addition to our our students’ CVs.

How does it work?

From the fifth semester onwards students can opt to complete part of the degree programme abroad. This can take the form of either a whole semester of study at a university abroad or an internship. The Institute of Dietetics and Nutrition currently has nine partner universities in Europe and one in the USA. We currently recommend our students to do a semester abroad during their sixth semester or an ERASMUS internship abroad in their fifth semester. Before their period abroad our students need to take a close look at the courses offered by the partner university and the ECTS workload involved in order to guarantee that the course content is comparable. FH JOANNEUM helps students prepare for their period abroad and supports them throughout the stay to make it the best possible intercultural and professional learning experience. The period of study abroad and the internship call for different procedures:

  • ERASMUS study abroad Before undertaking a period of study abroad our students need to submit a precise plan of the courses to be taken in the form of a Learning Agreement. If courses are left open it is possible to define before departure, together with the head of degree programme, whether the courses can be replaced with others offered at the host university or whether the student needs to complete them after their return. During the preparation phase our students are in close contact with the International Relations Department at FH JOANNEUM to be sure of meeting all the administrative requirements for grants. We keep up regular contact with our students during their stay abroad in case they have subject-related or administrative questions. The contact persons at the host universities also provide important support. After returning from periods of study abroad the students pass on their new knowledge by giving presentations to share their experiences with their fellow students.

  • Internship abroad Students independently seek out suitable establishments for the internship.
    If our students choose an internship in another EU country and want to take advantage of an ERASMUS grant, they have to apply to the International Relations Department at FH JOANNEUM via the International Coordinator of the degree programme. The application includes compulsory participation in a workshop on intercultural communication before departure. After returning, our students give presentations about their experiences. Regular contact with the degree programme during the internship makes it possible to identify any difficulties early on.

Partner universities

The Institute of Dietetics and Nutrition is in close contact with the following partner universities:

Help & contact

Unsere internationale Koordinatorin hilft gerne bei Fragen und bei der Vorbereitung auf das Auslandssemester:

Help & contact
Theresa Draxler, MSc
T: +43 316 5453 6776


Before embarking on your stay abroad, you can find out about the exact process, language offers and services available at FH JOANNEUM. Important details about the semester abroad can be found here. Interested in undertaking an internship abroad? Then you can find out all the information you need here.

Students talk about their Semester abroad