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Welcome to the International Office

In our eyes, internationalism signifies awareness, tolerance and understanding; to learn languages and discover cultures; to develop personally and professionally.

The International Office is responsible for informing, advising and supporting students, staff and lecturers on all matters related to internationalism. We offer help in finding suitable programmes and guide you through the application process.
We also provide support to our international students and guests of the University. 






My experience in Liechtenstein was amazing. The University is great. The lecturers are very kind and the International Office staff are very helpful. People from all over the world   live as one in the dorms. Now I know how to sing “Happy Birthday” in Chinese or some expressions in Arabic.  My time in Liechtenstein was one of the best experiences of my life.

Sara Fernandez, Spain




 

Further information

Networks

University of Liechtenstein is integrated in the following networks:

IBH – International Lake Constance University
In the cantons and states around Lake Constance, in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, outstanding academics conduct  research and teaching at internationally renowned universities. Under the joint roof of “International Lake Constance University“, they all form part of an institutional network founded  in 1999. By working together, the potential in the field of continuing education among the individual universities in this region can be better tapped and leveraged. University of Liechtenstein is a member of this association.

IAESTE - Internships abroad
IAESTE - International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience - was founded in 1948 to promote international understanding. Today it totals 60 member countries. IAESTE arranges for students from across the world and from a range of disciplines to spend several months on internships abroad. University of Liechtenstein is involved in this global exchange network and is an associate member of IAESE Switzerland. The International Office serves as the point of contact.

EUCEN - European Universities Continuing Education Network
Set up in 1991,  EUCEN is a growing network of around 190 universities in 39 countries involved in continuing education at university level. Its main aims include promoting the initiative of "life-long learning” and helping universities to reach their goal of becoming professional continuing education centres. University of Liechtenstein has been working with the EUCEN network since 1995.

Partner universities
Partner universities form a key component of  University of Liechtenstein‘s worldwide network. With joint projects, student exchanges and visiting professors, its international activities continue to expand.

The International Office team is happy to answer any further questions.

Projects

Developing and conducting transnational educational and research projects with international universities and other partner institutions plays an important part in providing students, teaching faculty and researchers with an European and international dimension. Cooperating on international projects helps to channel innovation into teaching and research and also contributes to developing high-quality standards in educational programmes and products. 

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Mobility programmes

Active participation in a range of international mobility programmes offers students, lecturers and researchers the opportunity to experience the benefits of a placement abroad. These mobility and exchange programmes are extremely important in providing a financial framework in many cases, and in enabling acceptance into the partnering university, as well as the academic recognition of study and research placements. To find out more, please read the European Policy Statement of the University of Liechtenstein.

The University of Liechtenstein is currently participating in the following mobility programmes:
Erasmus+
EEA Grants

International Staff Training Days

The University of Liechtenstein has become a hub for international students. The campus, located in the former Spoerry factory, offers an ideal setting for learning, research and project work to around 700 students from all over the world. Students come from more than 40 countries, primarily from Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. This makes the university a multicultural place of education and research. In order to build an intercultural learning and networking environment for our students, our International Office constantly seeks opportunities to compare good examples of working across cultures. This is why we would be honored to welcome you to our International Week.

In the past we had organised separate Staff Training Days for visiting staff. Nowadays we like to include visiting staff in the Introduction Weeks for students which we organise twice a year in February and September. During the Introduction Week we organise lots of different informational and cultural events such as company visits, dinners and speeches by government staff about Liechtenstein.

Moreover, we aim to enlarge participants’ professional networks and provide hands-on learning experiences by offering job shadowing sessions with our staff. Programme participants might offer brief presentations based on their professional contexts.

In 2018, the introduction/staff training weeks will be from 12-16 February and 3-7 September, 2018. For detailed information please contact  the International Office.

European Policy Statement

The ERASMUS programme represents the most important strategic means for the University of Liechtenstein to improve its degree of internationalism. A greater degree of internationalism is highly important for the University of Liechtenstein, as a small institution, in order to maintain high standards and ensure that it remains attractive as an educational facility. The expertise gained by various people through project activities, the network of contacts and cooperation, the valuable financial resources and the value of the ERASMUS brand make major contributions to promoting internationalization.

Active involvement in ERASMUS contributes to the aims of increasing the mobility of students to approx. 30%, encouraging each permanent lecturer to take part in an ERASMUS lecturer mobility scheme within a period of 3 years, promoting the development of individual key members of administrative staff by means of placements abroad, allowing students and lecturers with a low degree of mobility to achieve European experience via involvement in an intensive program, allowing the exchange of expertise and improvements in quality via participation in specialized networks, introducing new developments via international curriculum projects and ERASMUS Mundus, and developing and ensuring the correct application of the ECTS/DS systems, which should be implemented in 2008/09 via labeling.

For these purposes, the following ERASMUS activities are priorities for the University of Liechtenstein: development of all mobility measures for students and lecturers; improvements to facilitating conditions; planning of intensive programs; acquisition of the ECTS/DS label; cooperation on networking projects; innovation projects within ERASMUS Mundus and curriculum development.

The activities engaged in the by the University as part of ERASMUS and EPS are presented via the University’s homepage and publications, via information events held for students and staff, and to a broad public via cooperative press activities together with the National Agency.

The Commission for Gender and Diversity is developing, together with the Rectorate, the study administrators and the personnel department, strategies and measures to ensure equal opportunities for men and women in their studies and in terms of employment conditions. The student office, the student representatives, the international office and the study administrators arrange joint activities (e.g. international lunches, cultural rotation events, mentoring...) in order to promote social cohesion between the students.