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Learning Agreement

The Learning Agreement has been introduced by the European Commission as a core document in the Erasmus exchange in order to ensure a transparent and efficient preparation of the studies abroad. Furthermore it should guarantee the recognition of courses back at the home university. This document serves also to inform the host university about the courses the students are planning to take. The first part of this document needs to be sent already together with the nomination and should be confirmed before the beginning of the exchange period.

In the learning agreement you have to fill in the courses you would like to attend at the University of Vienna. Please only choose courses in your Learning Agreement within your nominated and accepted field of study. 

The Learning Agreement needs to be signed by the responsible person at your home university and has to be sent to the International Office of the University of Vienna together with the other application documents. Once the courses have been approved, it will be signed from the responsible person of the University of Vienna as well and send back to your home university.

In case the courses offered during your stay in Vienna do not match with the ones you have mentioned in your Learning Agreement, you can modify it later by using the form 'Changes to the Original Learning Agreement'.

Grading system and ECTS

The Austrian grading system ranges from 1 to 5:

1 = excellent
      (outstanding performance)

2 = good
      (generally good, but with some errors)

3 = satisfactory
      (generally sound work with a number of substantial errors)

4 = sufficient
      (performance meets the minimum criteria)

5 = failed
      (< 50%; substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work)


At the University of Vienna, the workload of an individual course is measured in ECTS credits. The use of ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) at European universities should ensure the possibility to transfer credits from one university to another (also across borders) and enhance the level of transparency.

In Austria the full workload for students comprises 30 ECTS per semester.

It depends on your home university how many ECTS credits exchange students have to obtain per semester, since the sending institution is in charge of the approval of the courses. Please contact your home university if you have questions regarding the amount of ECTS credits you need to obtain.

Course catalogue and course choice

Austrian students are given a relatively high amount of freedom in planning their studies. They create their own timetables for each semester and are accustomed to working independently.

Please note that you have to select courses in the field of study you have been nominated (in accordance with the existing bilateral agreements) and accepted for.

Course Catalogue

The course catalogue (or course directory) of the University of Vienna contains all courses and is only available online. You can find courses uses the application U:FIND, which also offers an export via iCal or can show where the courses take place in Google Maps. Moreover you can search for staff and organisation units such as departments or faculties.

The course catalogue lists details for each course such as units per week, beginning and end dates, amount of ECTS, language of instruction etc in the respective course descriptions. Should you require even more detailed information on a certain course, please contact your departmental coordinator.

The course catalogue for the upcoming semester will be available online approximately in August and January. It will, however still be updated until the beginning of the semester, and new courses can still be added. If you need to know what kind of courses are offered in your field of study in order to fill your Learning Agreement before the new course catalogue is published, please use the one of the previus winter or summer semester, which will give you an idea of the course offer. Please keep in mind, however, that not all courses are offered every year/semester.

Some departments use an annotated course catalogue (Kommentiertes Vorlesungsverzeichnis - KoVo) that contains more detailed information regarding the field of study in general and the individual courses. The annotated course catalogues (KoVo) will be available shortly before the start of the semester in question at the secretary's offices of the respective departments, from the student's representations of the Student's Union (Studienrichtungsvertretungen der ÖH) or on the deparments'/faculties' websites.

How to find courses from your field of study

Under browse chose the course directory on the U:FIND home page. The following page will list all the directorates of study (Studienprogrammleitungen, SPL), where you can find your field of study. (Sometimes one Directorate of Studies (SPL) lists several fields of study, like for example SPL 4 Business, Economics and Statistics, which lists Business Administration, International Business Administration, Statistics and Economics as fields of study).

Once you have chosen your field of study, all the courses are listed structured by study cycle and modules. If you click on a certain course you will be directed to the detailed course description with information on the course's programme as well as the link to the course registration (in case of courses where registration is compulsory).

ECTS and Courses

Please note that the number of courses and the amount of ECTS credits you need to obtain at the University of Vienna depends on your home university’s requirements. 

There are different course types: Lectures (Vorlesungen, VO) and lectures with discussion (Vorlesungen mit Konversatorium, VK) are courses where regular attendance is not mandatory. There usually is a written or an oral exam at the end of the semester in order to obtain a grade. Training courses (Übungen, UE), proseminars (Proseminare, PS) and seminars (SE) are courses with compulsory and regular attendance. Assessment criteria are active course participation, presentations, midterm-tests, papers and written and/or oral end-term tests.
are awarded within a five-digit grading system ranging from 1 (excellent) to 5 (unsatisfactory).

As an exchange student you do not have to take courses from the STEOP module (“Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase“ i.e. “Introduction and Orientation Phase”); you are even recommended to not taking any of these courses. 

Please contact your departmental coordinator for any further questions regarding the course offer.

Courses not taught in German

Courses taught in other languages than German are marked with a blue button and an ISO-shortcut for the respective language in the course directory u:find. The ISO-shortcut for courses taught in English for example is "en". List of ISO-shortcuts of other languages.

You can also find courses not taught in German by entering the following command in u:find  (without brackets, with blank characters):

  • "lang:[ISO-Code of the language] SPL [XX] [year][W or S]"
    ("SPL no.": can be found by clicking on "Browse - Course Directory" in u:find)
    Example for courses held in English from Social and Cultural Anthropology in the winter semester 2016:
    lang:en SPL 24 2016 W

Sometimes one Directorate of Studies (SPL) lists several fields of study. In this case, you can filter courses taught e.g. in English of your field of study by entering the following command: 

  • „[year] [W or S] lang:en +sge:[field of study]“
    Example for courses from Statistics taught in English in the winter semester 2016:
    2016 W lang:en +sge:Statistik

This command is only available searching for "courses" and the field of study must be entered in German (no English terms available).

Course registrations and exams

Please see here for information on course registrations and exams.

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