Vienna, Austria

Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems

when 15 July 2024 - 2 August 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 1390

Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems is an interdisciplinary summer university program focusing on innovative approaches for a social-ecological transformation: International participants learn about limits to growth and the instabilities of our financial system. They get to know why a drastic system change is necessary to stabilize our world climate. And most importantly: they are introduced to an array of alternative approaches, such as sovereign money, the Economy for the Common Good, degrowth, working time reduction, ethical banking and more!
AEMS 2024 will take place 15 July to 2 August in Vienna.
WHY AEMS? There is overwhelming evidence, that the current economic model based on the idea of everlasting economic growth is destroying our planet and contributing to the global climate crisis. AEMS offers an overview on economic alternatives that considers ecology and society as equal parts of the equation.
You would like to discover innovative approaches for a more sustainable economy in a multicultural group of like-minded people?
Apply today, as spots are limited!

Course leader

Experts from various scientific disciplines, among them Helga Kromp-Kolb, Christian Felber and many others.

Target group

Applicants need to be at least 18 years old. Excellent English language skills are a prerequisite. The course is open to international students from all fields with an interest in economic reform.

Course aim

Participants gain knowledge to hold their own in discussions about economic reform and initiate projects of their own. The lectures, workshops and discussion panels cover a variety of topics: from the reform or re-definition of money, an overhaul of the aim of economic activity towards solidarity and cooperation, tax reform, a reform of financial markets, to a change in consumer culture and the reduction of resource consumption.

Credits info

5 EC
Credits are issued by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU University)

Fee info

EUR 1390: EUR 1.190 Early Bird – Deadline: 10 March 2024
EUR 1.390. Regular participation fee includes:

o Certificate of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU University) for 5 ECTS after successful completion
o All costs for lectures and lecture-related activities (workshops, excursions)
o All costs related to extra-curricular activities as shown in the program
o Public transport tickets for the duration of the summer university
o Catered evening events as shown in the program (Opening event, dinner at a typical Austrian restaurant)
o Some light refreshments during the lectures
o Dedicated staff to support and answer your queries
Accommodation in fully furnished student guesthouse with the option to extend the stay for one additional week (3+1) at no extra cost is available for a fee of EUR 200,-
More information on course website.


We collaborate with several organizations to provide student grants for outstanding applicants in need of financial aid. Reduced fee for scholarship holders: EUR 590,-

Application deadline for scholarships: 1 April 2024
More information on course webs