Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology International Outreach Office at Our Partner Universities PAFIAST offers its students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of
its numerous partner universities, to acquire joint or double degrees
and/or carry out an internship in an international organization.

Welcome to the International Office at Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (PAF-IAST)! Join us at our beautiful and green campus alongside next generation leaders and thinkers in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship – from around the globe. As you excel on this academic journey, the International Office is here to provide you with essential information and support to life at PAF-IAST.

Pre-Arrival Checklist for International Students

Visa and Documentation

Apply for Visa:

  • Visit NADRA’s official e-visa website at https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/e-visa/. To initiate your visa application process. Follow the step-by-step instructions to obtain your visa and ensure that all necessary documentation is in order.
  • Ensure you have all required documents, such as acceptance letters/invitation letter, and a valid passport.
  • You may be asked for additional documents based upon your nationality, please visit embassy/consulate in your home country for further information and visa applications. In addition, you can also lodge application at the embassy or consulate.

Verify Travel Documents:

  • Confirm that your passport is valid for the duration of your studies.
  • Make photocopies of important documents (passport, visa, acceptance letter, etc.) and keep them in a secure location.

Travel Arrangements

  • Book Flights:

Plan your travel well in advance and book your flights to arrive on campus by the recommended date. The nearest airport is Islamabad International Airport (ISB).

  • Airport Transportation:

Familiarize yourself with the transportation options from the airport to the university campus. Please, consider informing the university of your arrival details as university also offer transportation from Airport at very nominal charges.

Financial Preparation

  • Banking and Currency:

Open a local bank account, if necessary and familiarize yourself with the local currency and banking facilities.

  • Budget Planning:

Plan your budget for the initial weeks, including accommodation, food, and any unforeseen expenses. The average per meal cost at the campus is approximately 2500 PKR.

Health and Insurance

  • Health Insurance:

Confirm your health insurance coverage and understand the healthcare system in the host country.

  • Medical Check-up:

Schedule a pre-departure medical check-up and vaccinations, if required.

Academic Preparation

Nomination

We accept nominations via our online nomination platform. For questions, please contact admissions@paf-iast.edu.pk

Required Documents for Application:

  • Transcript of records of current studies
  • Photo
  • Signed learning agreement.
  • Passport Copy

Verify Enrolment:

Confirm your enrolment status and ensure all required documents have been submitted to the university.

Course Registration:

  • PAF-IAST uses CMS for the course registration process. The self-service enrollment design integrates the various enrollment functions and enables students to select courses from their schedules. Specifically, it guides students through selecting courses, selecting course advisors, and reviewing the status of enrolled courses. The details of all the courses are available on the website and can be accessed through the links given below. The following links can be used for registration of courses.
  • For courses offered in different programs: https://paf-iast.edu.pk/course-catalogue/
  • For self-registration process: https://paf-iast.edu.pk/selfenrollmentsystem/
  • For the registration process: https://enrollement.paf-iast.edu.pk/
  • For further details of course registration rules, refer to the Bachelor Academic Rule Book, Article 4. Registration, pp. 09-13.

Identity Card

Student Identity Card will be issued once the student reaches the campus. Whilst on the Institute’s premises, members of PAF-IAST Community should always carry PAF-IAST Identity Card.

Cultural and Social

Learn About Local Culture:

  • Familiarize yourself with the local customs, traditions, and etiquette.
  • Learn basic phrases in the local language for effective communication.

Connect with Current Students:

  • Join PAF-IAST’s social media groups or forums to connect with current students and seek advice.

Miscellaneous

  • Electronics and Adapters:

Check the compatibility of your electronic devices and bring necessary adapters.

  • Emergency Contacts:

Save important local and university contacts in your phone for emergencies.

  • Pack Essentials:

Pack essential items, including clothing appropriate for the local climate, personal hygiene products, and important documents.

Life at PAF-IAST

A Comprehensive Guide
  • On-Campus HousingDiscover the convenience of residing on campus, fostering a close-knit community and easy access to academic resources.
  • Off-Campus HostelsExplore nearby housing alternatives, managed by the university, offering flexibility and varied amenities to suit individual preferences.
  • Hostel accommodation chargesCategory: Single Student (Triple occupancy with community bath), Rent: $ 17.45/month, Duration: 06 Months , Security: Security (refundable): $ 17.45

To apply for hostel accommodation, follow these steps:

  • Download and submit the hostel accommodation form to the office of the Provost (Link) send the filled form at email address admission@paf-iast.edu.pk
  • The application may require personal information and emergency contact numbers. 

Please note the following information:

  • Security Fee (refundable) will be charged at the time of allotment. 
  • Hostel Rent fee include accommodation charges, free internet access and utility services.
  • All fees and other charges are subject to revision from time to time.

Facilities and amenitie

International students will be provided the following facilities and amenities at the PAF-IAST hostel:
  • Essential furniture such as beds, study tables, chairs, and wardrobes.
  • Shared bathrooms.
  • Common areas including lounges, kitchens, laundry facilities, and recreational spaces.
  • Internet connectivity
  • Security

Meal options at accommodation

  • The Institute hostel has its own dining hall that provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a monthly charge basis. Additionally, students can also choose to have meals from the cafeteria located within the Institute, near the hostel.
  • Please note that this information is specific to PAF-IAST and may not apply to other universities or institutions. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it is recommended to consult the PAF-IAST Provost office or international student services.

Cultural Aspects

Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural tapestry that defines life at PAF-IAST:
  • Cultural Exchange ProgramsEngage in enriching programs that promote cultural exchange, fostering understanding and appreciation among students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Events and CelebrationsParticipate in a multitude of events, from traditional celebrations to cultural festivals, creating an inclusive environment that celebrates the richness of global diversity.
  • Inclusive CommunityExperience a dynamic campus atmosphere that embraces various cultures, providing opportunities to connect and forge friendships across borders.

Events/Programs

  • Seminars and Expert LecturesKeep abreast of cutting-edge developments in your field through regular academic seminars featuring prominent speakers and researchers from the industry.
  • Cultural FestivalsYou can immerse yourself in the festivities of cultural events, showcasing the talents and traditions of our diverse student body.
  • Student Clubs and OrganizationsJoin or start a club aligned with your interests, fostering personal growth and connections with like-minded individuals. Currently there more than 20 societies clubs working at PAF-IAST.

Medical Centre

Prioritize your well-being with access to comprehensive healthcare services:
  • Well-Equipped Medical CentreBenefit from a state-of-the-art medical facility equipped to address your health needs promptly and effectively.
  • Health Services OverviewLearn about the range of healthcare services available, including routine check-ups, emergency care, and counselling.

Career Counselling

Prepare for a successful future with personalized career counselling services:
  • Internship OpportunitiesExplore hands-on experiences through internship programs, gaining practical skills in your field of study.
  • Career FairsAttend career fairs to connect with potential employers, expanding your network and exploring diverse career paths.
  • Professional GuidanceReceive guidance on your career trajectory from our dedicated career counselling team, helping you make informed decisions about your professional journey.

At PAF-IAST, life extends beyond the classrooms. Whether you’re seeking a secure and comfortable living space, aiming to celebrate cultural diversity, or planning for a successful career, we are committed to enriching every aspect of your university experience. For more detailed information, please refer to our website or contact the relevant departments.

Your Academic Journey Begins

  • Wishing You SuccessWe eagerly anticipate your arrival on campus and wish you a successful academic journey at PAF-IAST.
  • At PAF-IASTour commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment begins with our orientation program. It's not just an introduction to campus life; it's the starting point for a transformative academic journey. We look forward to seeing you on campus and are here to support you every step of the way. Welcome to PAF-IAST!

Grading system

PAF-IAST follows the Relative Grading System in its scheme of studies. Two types of averages are computed for the grades obtained by a student: The semester grade point average (SGPA) and cumulative grade point average (CGPA). SGPA indicates the GPA of a course completed in a semester; whereas CGPA reflects the GPA of all courses completed by a certain date by a student.

Grade Letter

Grade Point

Interpretation

 A

4

Exceptional

A-

3.67

Outstanding

B+

3.33

Excellent

B

3

Very Good

B-

2.67

Good

C+

2.33

Average

C

2

Satisfactory

C-

1.67

Low Pass

D+

1.33

Marginal Pass

D

1

Unsatisfactory

F

0

Fail

Q

Qualified

W

Withdrawn

I

Incomplete

IP

In Progress

Orientation at PAF-IAST

Your Gateway to a Successful Academic Journey

Orientation Program Highlights

  • Campus Life OverviewGain insights into the vibrant campus life, including key facilities, study areas, recreational spaces, and cultural hubs.
  • Academic ExpectationsUnderstand the academic rigors and expectations specific to PAF-IAST. Learn about course structures, grading systems, and academic support services.
  • Available ResourcesExplore the myriad of resources at your disposal, including libraries, laboratories, research centres, and extracurricular opportunities.
  • Introduction to Support ServicesGet acquainted with essential support services such as the International Office, academic advising, counselling, and health services.

Orientation Schedule

  • Detailed AgendaStay tuned for updates on our website regarding the detailed orientation schedule. The agenda will cover sessions on academic programs, campus facilities, cultural integration, and more.
  • Interactive WorkshopsEngage in interactive workshops led by faculty members and staff, fostering a participative learning environment and providing a platform for any questions you may have.
  • Campus ToursEmbark on guided campus tours to familiarize yourself with key locations and facilities, ensuring you feel at home from day one.

Welcoming and Inclusive Environment

  • Diversity CelebrationExperience the diversity that defines PAF-IAST. Our inclusive environment welcomes students from around the globe, fostering a rich cultural exchange and global perspective.
  • Supportive CommunityConnect with fellow students, faculty, and staff who are dedicated to making your university experience memorable and supportive.

Advising for Students : Faculty Mentor/Buddy System

At PAF-IAST, we recognize the significance of a supportive community in ensuring a fulfilling academic experience. Our Faculty Mentor/Buddy System has been designed with your success and well-being in mind. Here's a comprehensive overview of this valuable support system:
  • Purpose of the Faculty Mentor/Buddy SystemOur mentorship program is designed to create a seamless transition for new students by providing them with a seasoned mentor and/or buddy. This connection goes beyond academic assistance; it aims to foster a sense of belonging, helping you navigate both academic and personal aspects of university life.
  • Experienced Mentors Experienced faculty members are assigned as mentors to guide you through your academic journey. They are experts in their respective fields and are committed to helping you succeed.
  • BuddiesIn addition to faculty mentors, each student is paired with a buddy, typically an experienced student who can share insights, tips, and advice based on their own university experience.
  • Role of Faculty MentorsYour faculty mentor is there to:
    Provide academic guidance and support in understanding course requirements.
    Assist in goal setting and career planning.
    Offer advice on research opportunities and projects.
    Address any academic challenges or concerns.
  • Role of BuddiesYour buddy plays a crucial role in your social integration and overall well-being:
    Share personal experiences and tips for academic success.
    Introduce you to campus facilities, clubs, societies and extracurricular activities.
    Provide insights into navigating the university's cultural and social landscape.
  • Integration into University Culture
    Engage in regular one-on-one or group sessions with your mentor or buddy.
    Attend orientation events and workshops facilitated by the mentor/buddy system.
    Participate in social activities organized by mentors and buddies to connect with peers.
  • How to Connect with Your Mentor/Buddy
    Contact information for your mentor or buddy will be provided at the beginning of the academic term.
    Regularly attend scheduled meetings or reach out for additional support as needed.
  • Feedback MechanismWe value continuous improvement. Provide feedback on your mentor/buddy experience to help us enhance the program. You will be provided with feedback form at the end of your semester.
  • Benefits of the Mentor/Buddy SystemFaster integration into academic and social life.
    Personalized support for academic and personal challenges.
    Networking opportunities within the university community.

Inclusion of Participants with Fewer Opportunities

The inclusion of participants with fewer opportunities is a crucial aspect of ensuring equal access to the facilities available on campus. PAF-IAST has these accommodations in the campus in the following ways:
  • Accessibility Features in Recorded LecturesThe lectures are recorded with subtitles which play a pivotal role in facilitating access for participants with hearing impairments or language barriers. The provision of subtitles ensures that the content is comprehensible to a wider audience.
  • Physical AccessibilityWheelchair Accessibility:
    Ramps or alternative pathways are available in every block to ensure easy movement between different areas. This allows participants with mobility impairments to navigate the campus without obstacles.
    Elevators:
    The building has fully functional lifts in all blocks for accessibility. It allows individuals with mobility challenges to access different floors without depending on stairs, promoting inclusivity across all parts of the campus.
  • Inclusive PoliciesPAF-IAST encourages an inclusive environment through policies that support diversity and inclusivity. Sensitivity training and awareness programs are also arranged for a more inclusive campus culture.
  • Support ServicesPAF-IAST offers support services that cater to the needs of students or participants with diverse abilities. The provost office caters to the needs of the students and takes quick initiatives to solve the issues. This includes accessibility support, counselling, or guidance specifically tailored to their requirements.

Contacting the International Office

Assistance at Your Fingertips: If you have any questions or need assistance before or during the orientation, feel free to contact our International Office. Our team is here to address your concerns and guide you through the process.

+92-995-634147 /  
International@paf-iast.edu.pk

    Student testimonials

    • As an exchange student from Sri Lanka, the support and assistance I have been receiving from my lecturers, colleagues, and my university as a whole is essential, as I never would have imagined being a homeboy here at my university and in Pakistan. PAF-IAST coursework must always be acknowledged, and the university’s extracurricular, laboratories, infrastructure, entrepreneurial acumen, and summer internship programs are undoubtedly helping me, and many others prepare for a prosperous future.

      Shamikh Ul Haq
      Sri Lanka
    • PAF-IAST is impressive. It is a wonderful experience for me as an exchange student from Austria at the department of Chemical and Energy Engineering. The faculty members are professional, and campus life offers a bunch of activities apart from studies. On weekends, you can travel from Haripur to northern areas and the landscapes are just mind-blowing! I must say, wow, Pakistan is quite an intriguing country! Before I came here, I didn’t have a lot of expectations about Pakistan, but my experience has been entirely different since I arrived here in terms of hospitality, environment, and culture.  

      Ramon Lanbach
      Austria
    • I love the family like atmosphere of PAFISAT with so many caring friends and well-wishers around. It is a place of creativity and hands on experience.

      Obaidullah Miakhil
      Afghanistan