Johannes Kepler University Linz: fifth best young university in Europe

The Johannes Kepler University Linz (short: JKU) is a public institution of higher education in Austria. As the name suggests, it is located in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria state. It offers bachelor’s, master’s, diploma and doctoral degrees in business, engineering, law, science, and social sciences.

Johannes Kepler University Linz

The Johannes Kepler University Linz is a contemporary, future-oriented research and institution of higher education with a strong focus on the mutual advancement of academics and modern society. The university believes that by consolidating individual strengths in various subject areas numerous synergy effects can be created that benefit university faculty as well as over 19,000 enrolled students.

The contemporary campus-style setting is unique in Austria and home to all three faculties (Law, Social Sciences, Economics & Business as well as Engineering and Natural Sciences). Local residents also enjoy the natural, park-style campus environment.

Additional strengths at the JKU Linz include working closely with the local business community, ensuring a modern institution with a highly regarded national and international reputation.

Today, 19,300 students study at the park campus in the northeast of Linz, with one out of nine students being from abroad. The university was the first in Austria to introduce an electronic student ID in 1998 and the whole campus has wireless LAN coverage.

The university is the home of the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

In 2012, the Times Higher Education ranked the JKU at #41 in its list of the top 100 universities under 50 years old. According to the ranking, the JKU is the fifth best young university in German-speaking Europe. The university attained high scores for quotations, third-party funding, and internationalization efforts.

Quick Facts

  • established in | 1966
  • faculty & staff | 2,800
  • number of students | 19,000
  • degree programs | 60
  • institutes | 119
  • partner universities | 250 in over 50 countries


Johannes Kepler University Linz

  1. Social Sciences, Economics and Business (SOWI)
  2. Law (RE)
  3. Engineering and Natural Sciences (TNF)

Johannes Kepler University — Specials

Based on international models, the Johannes Kepler University campus includes the newly designed Science Park consisting of three ultra-modern complexes featuring over 64,000 m2 of net floor area. The Science Park is now home to over 1,000 researchers and scientists.

The first two buildings have been completed since the ground-breaking ceremony on May 11, 2007: The Mechatronics Building includes large laboratories and machinery halls and the second building contains institutes in the fields of Polymer Engineering and Mathematics.

Johannes Kepler University Linz

The Mechatronics Building includes large laboratories and machinery halls and the second building is primarily home to institutes in the fields of Polymer Engineering and Mathematics. The third building houses scientists and researchers in the fields of Computer Sciences, Business Informatics, Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics.

Numerous firms have also rented office space in the Science Park, supporting close ties to research and creating numerous synergy effects designed to not only benefit science and students, but Upper Austria’s economic region as well.


Johannes Kepler University (JKU)
4040 Linz | Altenberger Str. 69
T: +43 732 2468−0
F: +43 732 2468−8822

Information about courses and entrance examinations
Teaching and Study Services
T: +43 732 2468−1312
F: +43 732 2468−3289

Information about international exchange programmes
International Office
T: +43 732 2468−3292
F: +43 732 2468−3294

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