There is a lot to discover in Vorarlberg – Check it out!

Before starting your exchange semester at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) you will get the chance to participate in our Welcome Week.

Attending this programme is an excellent opportunity to get to know the other incoming guest students, gain insights into life in Vorarlberg and receive important information related to studies at FH Vorarlberg.

The Welcome Week is compulsory for all incoming guest students and free of charge. Participating students only need to pay for the costs of accommodation and food.

I really loved to meet the other exchange students from 16 different countries during the orientation programme. Thanks to FH Vorarlberg, I had a chance to be friends with them.

Joonsik Lee, Korea

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Pictures of the Welcome Week

Guest students 2016
Teambuilding Monday 1
Teambuilding Monday 2
Teambuilding Monday 3
Karren Hike 1
Karren Hike 2
Karren Hike 3
Karren Hike 4
Market 1
Market 2
Market 3
Market 4
Breakfast 1
Breakfast 2
Welcome Party 1
Welcome Party 2
Welcome Party 3


Dear students,

Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) is very pleased to welcome you to this orientation programme. We do not only provide teambuilding, intercultural activities and everyday German in context classes, we would also like to show you our "Ländle" and the Lake Constance area.

There are many points of interest in Vorarlberg and the Lake Constance region, but we unfortunately can only show you a few of them in this one week. This guide will give you an overview of how we will be spending this time together. You will find the excursion programme along with some information about the places and regions we will be visiting.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.



The International Office Team wishes you a wonderful stay in Vorarlberg.





TimeProgrammeMeeting point
09.00 a.m. - 09.30 a.m.Student briefingHochschulstrasse (foyer)
09.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.Students connect through intercultural activitiesW207, W208 (classrooms)
12.30 p.m. - 01.30 p.m.Free welcome lunchMensa (1st floor)
01.30 p.m. - 02.30 p.m.Group 1: Library Introduction
Group 2: Computer Introduction
Group 3: Interview for language screening
Hochschulstrasse (foyer)
02.30 p.m. - 03.30 p.m.Group 2: Library Introduction
Group 3: Computer Introduction
Group 1: Interview for language screening

Hochschulstrasse (foyer) 

03.30 p.m. - 04.30 p.m.Group 3: Library Introduction
Group 1: Computer Introduction
Group 2: Interview for language screening  
Hochschulstrasse (foyer)





The welcome week was full of unusual and enjoyable activities, which was a good surprise for us, because, usually, we don't expect such a warm welcome in the university.

Denis Ivanov from France

TimeProgrammeMeeting point
09.00 a.m. - 09.30 a.m.Tour of the campusHochschulstrasse (foyer)
09.45 a.m. - 11.15 a.m.Academic preparationW206 (classroom)
12.15 p.m. - 04.15 p.m.Excursion to Karren mountain
(alternative date in case of bad weather is 30.08.2018)
Hochschulstrasse (foyer)



karren excursion


Discover our beautiful surroundings!

TimeProgrammeMeeting point
09.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.General German and food shopping at the Dornbirn Farmers MarketU225, U226, U227 (classrooms)
01.00 p.m. - 02.00 p.m.Courses and enrolment for International Business, Electrical Engineering and Mechatronics

W206 (International Business),
U225 (Electrical Engineering),
U226 (Mechatronics)

farmers market


The orientation week for me was something very useful because it helped me to know people, to know about them and the places where they belong to and how the life is here. I remember that during this week we went to the farmer's market where we bought some typical food and afterwards we ate it.

Noelia Rodríguez Escobar from Spain

TimeProgrammeMeeting point
09.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.Students connect through intercultural activitiesU204, U205 (classrooms)
01.00 p.m. - 05.00 p.m.Excursion to Karren mountain area
(alternative date in case of bad weather on 28.08.2018)
Hochschulstrasse (foyer)

orientation hunt


The orientation week, with no doubt, never ceased to amaze me. We've got team buildings, party nights, Austrian breakfast and hiking trip. I can't even tell which was my favorite because I enjoyed every one of them.

Kate Ma from China

TimeProgrammeMeeting point
09.00 a.m. - 09.45 a.m.Free welcome Austrian style breakfastU226 (classroom)
09.45 a.m. - 10.45 a.m.Getting to know VorarlbergW206 (classroom)
10.45 a.m - 11.30 a.m.PhotoshootHochschulstrasse (foyer)
09.00 p.m.Party of the Nations: International students welcome partyAnziehbar



austrian style breakfast


The orientation week was something INCREDIBLE. There I learned a little bit of German, met my classmates, had a lot of fun and an unforgettable experience.

Bozena Tiutceva from Lithuania

Persons in charge of the welcome week

Karin Wüstner-Dobler

Karin Wüstner-Dobler, MSc
Head International Office
Institutional ECTS Coordinator

Carla Herrmann

Carla Herrmann, BA
Student Exchange Coordinator

Daniela Kalb

Daniela Kalb
Student Exchange Coordinator

Katja Riedmann

Katja Riedmann, BBA
Student Exchange Assistant

Mag. (FH) Sandra Baier
Teambuilding and intercultural activities

Mag. Natasha Doshi
Teambuilding and intercultural activities

Lisa Lorenzi

Dr. Lisa Lorenzi
Teambuilding and intercultural activities

Dr. Roland Peterstorfer
German Language Lecturer

Study related information for guest students


International Office

+43 5572 792 1201

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.