Promenade in Innsbruck. Source: Wikipedia. By Ikiwaner, (GNU Free Documentation License 1.2).

Hello, everybody!

Welcome to the website  of Innsbruck Goes International, the organisation of an psychology exchange.

To all IGI Guests, Hosts & IGI Enthusiasts,

the international restrictions to slow down the distribution of COVID-19 challenge the whole world. Because of the uncertain time of the lock-down here in Austria we sadly decided to call off the event this May 15th to 21st  2020.

For us – the IGI Team – this decision was really hard not only because we like to organize the event but also  because we would love to spend this wonderful week with every single one of you.

We are now looking forward to  IGI week 2021! 

We wish you just the best & stay healthy!

Your Innsbruck goes International-Team


We are a group of students from the Department of Psychology in Innsbruck who are organizing an Exchange Week.
Our idea is to invite psychology students from different countries. In total there will be around 30 international guests who will be staying with other psychology students in Innsbruck.
Based on our experience, we will offer you a program wich will contain different activities such as guest lectures, city tours, hiking trips or other day trips. The social and interactive aspects of our program are the welcome dinner, the personal exchange with local students, the development of a social network, and further great activities.


The international exchange week of psychology at the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck will take place from May 15th to May 21st, 2020 for the 13th time. Within this project psychology students from different universities will be invited to Innsbruck to get to know the Tyrolean culture, the city of Innsbruck and our academic life. The aim is to create an intercultural, social and professional exchange between psychology students. The exchange program is organized by students of the University of Innsbruck in cooperation with the Council of Psychology. In the past aprox. 30 students from several universities took part in this project and this year we would like to invite the same number of students to come to Innsbruck. Our international guests will be hosted free of charge by psychology students, who will also be invited to take part in the programme. The participation fee for each student is 95 euros.
It is very important to us to enable students without the financial means to enjoy this week-long trip to Innsbruck, too.


Innsbruck, also known as the capital of the Alps, is located directly at the foot of the mountains. With its 30.000 students, who come here from all over Europe and make a fifth of the town’s population, Innsbruck is a young city shaped by university, mountain sports, art, and nightlife. Discover the unique combination of a historic old town, modern architecture, mountains, and nature. The city and its mountains invite you to an unforgettable stay and offer endless activities such as rock climbing, hiking, rafting, workshops, a first-hand experience of the Tyrolean culture, and much more.
The thriving student life can be found everywhere around town: Next to the various faculties, which are spread over the whole city, Innsbruck has many student initiatives, locations for performing arts, pubs, and clubs. Many of these are located in the legendary ‚Bögen‘, a railroad viaduct where each arch is occupied by a club, a bar, or a gallery. Directly in the heart of the city, reached by foot in only five minutes, there is a cable car that takes you up to the top of the Nordkette – to 2250m.
Innsbruck is waiting for you!



Age: 24

Studies: Master’s degree program (3th Term)

„I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” – Susan Sonntag


Age: 23

Studies: Master’s degree program (1st Term)

„If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway.’“ – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Age: 24

Studies: Master’s degree program (3rd Term)

“I’m glad we’re having a rehearsal dinner. I rarely practice my meals before I eat.” – Chandler Bing


Age: 20

Studies: Bachelor’s degree program (1st Term)

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai


Age: 24

Studies: Master’s degree program (1st Term)

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” – Dalai Lama


Age: 23

Studies: Master’s degree program (1st Term)

“Did you just fall? No, I was just checking if gravity still works.”


Age: 21

Studies: Bachelor’s degree program (4th Term)

“Study tip: Stand up. Stretch. Take a walk. Go to the airport.Get on a plane. Never return.”


Age: 25

Studies: Master’s degree program (6th Term)

“It’ll all be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”


Age: 24

Studies: Master’s degree program (1st Term)

“You might think I’m small but I have a whole universe in my mind” – Yoko Ono


Age: 22

Studies: Bachelor’s degree program (4th Term)

“Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama


Age: 23

Studies: Master’s degree program (1st Term)

“When nothing goes right, go left.”


Age: 23

Studies: Masters’s degree program (1st Term)

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling” – Margaret Lee Runbeck


Age: 24

Studies: Master’s degree program (3rd Term)

“Saying it ain’t fair, over and over again while you stand in front of a wrecking ball is kinda senseless, I think.”

Program of 2019

May 10, 2019
  • 7:30 pm — 11:00 pm

    Welcome Dinner [Uni, tba]

May 11, 2019
  • 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

    Lectures [Uni, lecture hall]

  • 6:30 pm — 2:00 am

    Running Dinner – You are going to eat 3 differten courses at 3 different places [Maria-Theresien-Straße, Rathausgalerien]

May 12, 2019
  • 11:00 am — 2:00 pm

    Quality white sausage Breakfast from a local butcher [Spielraum, Franz-Fischer-Straße 12]

  • 2:30 pm — 6:00 pm

    City Rallye [University]

May 13, 2019
  • 9:00 am — 4:00 pm

    Action Day – Climbing high rope course [Bus station near SoWi]

  • 7:30 pm — 4:00 am

    Pub Quiz [Café Weli,Bögen]

May 14, 2019
  • 9:45 am — 3:00 pm

    Hiking [Hungerburg – viewing platform]in case of bad weather–> check facebook

  • 7:00 pm — 10:00 pm

    Psychlogy meets Cinema [Uni, Hörsaal]

May 15, 2019
  • 10:45 am — 4:00 pm

    Psychology and Beyond – Workshops [SOWI, Main entrance]

  • 10:00 pm — 4:00 am

    Exchange Party [PMK, on the dancefloor]

May 16, 2019
  • 11:45 am — 2:00 pm

    Hangover Brunch [Mehrzweckraum, Uni]]

  • 5:25 pm — 2:00 am

    Farewell Dinner [Train station, Innsbruck]

May 17, 2019
  • Departure

Lectures of 2019

Well-being of Children in the long-term aftermath of a Traumatic Event: A Cross-Cultural Comparison (India/Europe)

by Dr. Silvia Exenberger-Vanham

Dr. Exenberger-Vanham is a clinical and health psychologist working at the department of psychotraumatology and traumatherapy at the Medical University of Innsbruck. She is researching on resilience and trauma with a special focus on culture sensitivity.

Being Human. Bridging the Gap between the Sciences of Body and Mind (exact title to be announced)

by Dr. Gerhard Medicus

Medicus is an evolutionary thinking psychiatrist and human ethologist, who is teaching at the Leopold-Franzens University and Medical University Innsbruck. Since the 90s he was researching and living among several aboriginal peoples in Oceania and Africa. His lecture textbook: Being Human – Bridging the Gap between the Sciences of Body and Mind.


Psycho-Social Support and Psychological First Aid: Support during and after severe Incidents and Disasters

by Michael Lindenthal

Mr. Lindenthal is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Innsbruck. He is researching and working on several projects on crisis intervention and psychological first aid together with Barbara Juen and the Austrian Red Cross.

Mission Order: Emergency!

by Raimund Alber

Mr. Alber is a clinical psychologist from Tyrol, working for Doctors Without Borders since 2015. He participated in several missions in Jordan, Bangladesh, South Sudan and Cameroon.

Workshops 2019

11:00 – 13:00

Music and Emotion

by Hannah Strauß


by Daniel Spitzenstätter

Improvisation theather

by Lilian Tseng

14:00 – 16:00

Environmental Psychology

by Max Specht

Five-phases dance

by Lucia Winkelmann

Improvisation theater

by Lilian Tseng

Take part!

Become a guest

We invite all foreign psychology students to be our guest & spend a fabulous week in Innsbruck with us! So if we have sparked your interest to be a part of Innsbruck Goes International , apply to our exchange program by filling in this guest participation form. Afterwards we will send you an Email with all related information.

Become a host

We are also looking for ambitious psychology students in Innsbruck who are passionate about introducing our guests to the culture & student life of Innsbruck and are willing to host one (or more) guests during the period of the exchange week. Of course you are also invited to take part in all the activities of our program.


What is included in the 95€?

Included are a welcome dinner, psychological lectures and workshops, cultural activities such as city-tours and hiking, high rope garden, exchange party, white sausage breakfast, big farewell dinner, and many other activities.

What is not included in the 95€?

Not included is the transport from your hometown to Innsbruck. It would be too complicated for us to organize and book the flights of each exchange student, so everyone has to take care of this part themselves.

How much money do I have to bring?

You have to bring enough money for food, nightlife in Innsbruck, and public transfer.

How can I pay the 95€?

After you applied, you can transfer the money to a bank account we send you via mail. You also have the possibility to send us the money via PayPal. Please note that this option requests an extra fee of 3.15 Euro (total: 98.15 Euro):

If I pay via PayPal, why do I have to pay 98.15€?

Because the services of PayPal requires a fee of 3.15€

Refund Policy

If you cancel your trip until six weeks (29th of March) before the IGI week, we can give you a full refund. If you cancel two weeks (26th of April) before the IGI week, we can only give you 50% refund. After that, we cannot pay you back any refund.

Where will I stay in Innsbruck?

Part of the program and the exchange is that you will stay with a host. That means, that local psychology students will offer you a place to sleep for free during the week. In exchange, they can take part in the whole program as well. It would be nice if you brought a little present for your host.

When will I know where exactly I will be staying?

We will tell you the details after the deadline; and after we’ve got the same amount of participants and hosts, we will match you with your perfect host. Then you will get an email with your host’s contact information, so that you can get in contact with your host.

What happens after I’ve got the contact information of my host?

You will start getting in touch with each other. Your host will give you his/her address and you can arrange how you get to his/her place.

What clothes do I need to bring to Innsbruck?

It would be smart to check the weather forecast before you come to Innsbruck, but it should be warm during that part oft he year. Since we go hiking and to a high rope garden, also bring sport clothes and strong boots. It would be nice if you could bring traditional liveries for the white sausage breakfast. In Innsbruck you can enter clubs in almost every outfit.

What do I have to bring besides clothes?

Bring, if possible, some traditional food from your Country for the Welcome Dinner. Every guest and host will prepare something for the buffet.

What is important to know before coming to Innsbruck?

You have to be aware of the fact, that in austria you have to carry your ID with you by law. A good Idea although would be to prepare a health insurance document for abroad.

Warsaw Goes International

We would love you to check out our polish friends program Warsaw Goes International as well. Please visit their website at


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