Ties in the fields of education, university studies as well as science & technology have always played an important role in the bilateral relations between Canada and Austria. This is reflected in numerous university partnerships and joint-study-programs (in German only), which allow for the exchange of students, faculty members and researchers, the reciprocal recognition of courses, joint research and publication projects, and the organization of conferences and seminars.
In addition, there exists a Memorandum of Understanding on Scientific Cooperation concluded in 1985 between the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research, currently the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and a Cooperation Agreement between the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada, signed in September 1994. Canada also has a number of relevant agreements with the European Union which help foster academic ties with member states.
The Universities of Innsbruck, Vienna and Graz all have Canadian Studies Centres (CSCs) which are active in the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries (GKS).
A Canadian Centre for Austrian and Central European Studies (renamed into Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies in October 2003) was established at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in September 1998.
Youth Exchange Programs between Austria and Canada
Visit the International Experience Canada page and find out about Canada's programs with Austria for young people interested in travelling and working in each other’s country. Based on a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding, Young Professionals have a chance to spend up to twelve months working in the other country under the “intra-and partner-company training program”, and young people interested in internships in the sectors of forestry, agriculture and tourism can benefit from the “young worker exchange program” for up to six months.
In addition, there are some other programs facilitated by organizations recognized by International Experience Canada, such as the Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP) for Canadian students wishing to come to Austria and for Austrian students who wish to spend up to a year in Canada as well as a number of multilateral programs such as AIESEC and others.
Study in Austria
For information on primary and secondary education in Austria, please visit the site of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs, for post-secondary education at universities and colleges please visit the site of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. You may also wish to consult the Researcher’s Mobility Portal Austria.
There are more than 24 national and multinational Canadian Studies associations around the world. The Central European Association for Canadian Studies has been founded in 2003.
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