Department of Engineering

Sustainable Food Management

My Studies


Semester abroad

During the fifth semester, our students can study at one of our partner universities. Since the Sustainable Food Management programme is a member of the Network WACE, students can benefit from this international community to establish contacts and gather global experience.

Spending a semester abroad provides our students with key insight which broadens their horizons. In professional terms, they learn about different perspectives, technologies and methods used in different countries. Depending on which foreign university our students choose, they can further develop their knowledge in specific issues. Spending a semester abroad is often a big advantage in the professional world.

How does it work?

The semester abroad is usually completed in the fifth semester. To apply, students should send an email to the International Coordinator by 15 March of the year in which they want to spend the winter semester abroad, stating their preferred partner university.

During the course of their semester abroad, they need to gain 22 ECTS for a positive assessment.

Partner universities

The Sustainable Food Management programme gives students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of the following universities.

Contact and help

Our International Coordinator will be happy to help you with any queries regarding the semester abroad:

Your contact:
Angela Schöpfer, BA
T: +43 (0) 316 5453 6901


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

Anna Altmanninger: My semester at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve

At the start of my course, I knew that I wanted to spend a semester abroad. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance and a few months later, I was pedalling through North Rhine Westphalia on a Dutch bike. I chose to study at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve where I attended the Sustainable Agriculture course. Since the course was held in English, I was able to develop my (English) language skills and make contacts all over the world. The lectures were very different: in one, I analysed the behaviour of llamas in zoos, in another we planned a village store and in another, we discussed the impact of animal husbandry on climate. We also went on excursions to agricultural businesses and trade fairs and conducted soil analyses on upland moors. Thanks to the university greenhouse, I developed a taste for Central European bananas which are harvested when ripe. There was also no shortage of leisure activities. Regular events were held on campus, making it easy to get to know other students. I am often asked why I ‘only’ went to Germany for my semester abroad. While I was not sure about the decision myself initially, I am now very happy about my choice. Seize the opportunity and see for yourself!