Application & Nomination by Home University

NOTE: The following instructions are valid for Erasmus-Students from Erasmus+ PROGRAMME countries AND for students coming for an exchange to Salzburg University within the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP). Different rules apply for Erasmus-Students coming from Erasmus+ PARTNER countries!

A prerequisite for an Erasmus/SEMP study abroad at Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS) is that your home university has concluded a valid Erasmus/SEMP agreement with us. Within the framework of this agreement, a certain number of places in Salzburg has been agreed upon. These places are managed and allocated by your home university. Students who would like to study at the University of Salzburg within the Erasmus+ or the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) are required to apply at their home university to get selected. After successful application, the sending university’s responsible coordinator is nominating the selected student to the International Relations Office. 

Nomination Deadlines to be observed by Partner Offices:

  • June 30 for the following winter semester/academic year
  • November 30 for the following summer semester

PLUS Academic Calendar

  • Winter Semester: 1 October – 31 January
  • Semester Break Holidays: 1 – 28 February
  • Summer Semester: 1 March – 30 June
  • Summer Holidays: 1 July – 30 September
  • Check the Admissions Department webpage to find more details on (public) holidays.

Acceptance & first steps

First, please make sure that you have been nominated by your university and that the nomination was sent to the University of Salzburg, International Office (Mrs. Petra Höpfner). This can be done by your coordinator or the International Office via e-mail and should include your name, e-mail address,  the study period at our institution. The Erasmus/SEMP applicant is guaranteed acceptance to the University of Salzburg as long as he/she fulfils application requirements, is nominated within the fixed quota and according available Erasmus+/SEMP funding. Once the nomination process is completed, Erasmus/SEMP students will receive an Acceptance E-Mail and – if applicable – an Acceptance Letter for entry/residence application for Austria.

The following documents are required for application prior by e-mail:

  • Entry Form. Hand in the original form after arrival to Salzburg.
  • Copy of valid ID-card (front & back) / passport
  • Copy of BA/MA Certificate (German or English), if applicable

PLUS Academic Guidance

All Erasmus/SEMP partner universities have an academic coordinator at the University of Salzburg department. These academic programme coordinators are also available to advise stduents on academic matters. Students are welcome to contact the respective academic programme coordinators with questions before (and during) their stay with us. Find your academic coordinator navigating the list of Erasmus Departmental Coordinator to find on our website FORMS & DOCUMENTS. On administrative related issues you’re welcome to contact the Erasmus institutional coordinator in our office.

The PLUSonline Course Catalogue

enPLUSonlineLoginTo find courses offered at the University of Salzburg, students refer to the  PLUSonline studentmanagement service platform course catalogue. You and your home coordinators decide which courses you would like to choose based on your study plan at home. We do not prescribe any specific courses or number of ECTS for our incoming Erasmus/SEMP students. In principle, you can choose courses at all faculties and departments as long as you meet the subject and language requirements.

Note: At PLUS there is a variety of course types, each having its own eligibility and registration requirements: Lectures (VO) do not have participation limits and close with a final exam. Registration is possible many weeks. Seminars (SE), Tutorials (UE, VU), Excursions (EX), etc. have a limited number of participants, registration therefore has to be done very quickly. To pass seminars, etc. regular participation during the semester and final papers are required.

Whether you can attend a course only becomes clear at the beginning of the semester – after the binding course registration. The Learning Agreement before the mobility contains your first course selection. The University of Salzburg recommends every incoming exchange student to have German language competence at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Even though this is not a strict requirement, all potential students should be aware that the primary language used for study programmes’ coursework at the University of Salzburg – especially on BA-level – is German. If not speaking German at all, students have to make sure to find enough English taught courses while studying at PLUS to fulfil the home university’s academic requirements. It is also possible to search for  courses taught in English with PLUSonline using the filter “language of instruction ENGLISH”. Navigating through PLUSonline to search for courses is possible without login! Press CONTINUE WITHOUT LOGIN.

Extra-Curricular Courses

There are various courses, i.e.German Language Courses, at the University of Salzburg that are offered independent of study programmes. These courses are designed to improve a student’s proficiencies and are offered as an additional and optional service and are not part of degree programmes. Consequently, participation in these courses requires service fees depending on the weekly workload! Students can find these courses in PLUSonline under DEGREE STUDIES > “other study > e.g. inter-faculty teaching (= FAKULTÄTSÜBERGREIFENDE LEHRE”) . Of course, students also receive ECTS for these courses. However, it is the decision of your home university whether such courses are part of the Learning Agreement and whether these ECTS can be credited at home. Students find our credit conversion table in FORMS & DOCUMENTS.

The Learning Agreement before the mobility

If exchange students need to fill in the Learning Agreement before mobility early and can’t yet find courses of the coming academic year published in PLUSonline, we always suggest future students to consult the current course catalogue to draft a valid document. The courses are always offered similarly every academic year; only special topics might change, but the courses in general will be – more or less – the same. Erasmus students have to send their Learning Agreements before the mobility to the departmental Erasmus coordinator in Salzburg for signature, if possible. There is no guaranteed participation for courses filled-in the Learning Agreement before completed enrolment. A definitive course registration is possible only after full enrolment at Salzburg University!

The Learning Agreement can be changed after completed personal registration and final course selection. Students and coordinators should be aware that changes to the initial Learning Agreement might be possible. The make changes students use the Learning Agreement during the mobility. Find detailed notes on our webpage DURING your stay!

The onlinePRE-REGISTRATION

It’s very important to complete the online PRE-REGISTRATION before your departure to Salzburg University. The onlinePRE-REGISTRATION is accessible at the beginning of July (for winter) or January (for summer).

  • Complete the yellow (=mandatory) fields.
  • Remember the student identity number automatically assigned by the system.
  • Send us the ID-number (along with the other above mentioned documents).
  • Note: You don’t need to fix an appointment in the Admissions Department. This is NOT applicable for exchange students!
  • We will send you the PIN needed for creating your PLUSonline login.

Redeem PIN and create PLUS Login

  • Transfer mandatory fee to the Austrian Student Union* to complete registration
  • Register for classes (if possible already)
  • Note: You can finish this steps as well after arrival to Salzburg!

Other Important Steps to think about


*The Austrian Student Union Fee
There are no tuition fees for participants in exchange mobility programs**. Exchange students only have to pay – like all other students in Austria – the mandatory Austrian Student Union Fee per semester to complete the enrolment. Austrian Student Union members automatically benefit of an accident and liability insurance valid for study purpose (see Insurance & Health).
** Studying within special exchange programmes, i.e. EMJD DC-Lead, EMJD Copernicus, etc. require tuition fees from self-paying participants.