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Registering at the University of Vienna - first steps

Once we have received your nomination (by your home university's International Office), please complete the following steps to register at the University of Vienna:

(1) Complete the "online pre-registration (Erstanmeldung Online)"

First of all, please complete our "online pre-registration (Erstanmeldung Online)" so that we can prepare your enrolment. The completion takes only 10 minutes.

For this please use this guide as there are some details that have to be considered as they are only relevant for exchange students.

Important: Please inform us in case you use a different e-mail address at the
preregistration than was used for your nomination.

Deadline: May 1 for the winter semester / October 1 for the summer

(2) Get a student ID number ("Matrikelnummer")

After the succesful online preregistration ("Erstanmeldung Online") you will receive an e-mail with your student ID number and the data to activate your u:account and u:space.

You should get this e-mail by the beginning of August (for the winter semester) or by the beginning of February (for the summer semester).

(In case you have not received it, please send a message to: non-eu-exchange@univie.ac.at)

(3) Activate your u:account/u:space - order your u:card

You can activate your u:account here with the activation data you received in the information e-mail. Please only use the activation link you received by e-mail!

The password for the u:account activation is the one you chose during your 'online pre-registration'.

During your u:account activation process you will also be asked to choose a u:account password which will then also be your u:space password.

To prepare your u:card (the new student ID card of the University of Vienna) it is also necessary that you upload a scan of your travel document (passport or identity card - where also your citizenship is mentioned) as well as a photo directly on your u:space account and to accept the library regulations. You will get detailed information regarding the topic of ordering the u:card when receiving your student ID number.

For your preparation here already details concerning the photo for your u:card:

  • The head must fill about 2/3 of the picture.
  • The background has to be single-coloured and provide sufficient contrast to the face.

The photograph

  • shall be no older than six months
  • must allow recognition of the person beyond doubt
  • must be uploaded as JPEG or PNG file, max. 5MB
  • has to be in colour
  • must show nothing but the person to be photographed

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(4) Pay the fee for the Austrian National Union of Students

All exchange students are exempt from paying a tuition fee at the University of Vienna.
Nevertheless, every student has to pay the fee for the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH = Österreichische HochschülerInnenschaft) of currently € 19,70 per semester (2018/19) in order to be enrolled at the University of Vienna.

The payment is compulsory to complete your enrolment and to finalize your student ID card.
It is not necessary to pay the fee prior to your arrival in Vienna. It is perfectly sufficient to get the payment slip at the orientation session.

We would like to point out that the payment of this fee is not a prerequisite to register for courses. In order to register for courses you just have to activate your u:net-Account.

Please note that if the payment is not received within the deadline (winter semester 2017/2018: November 30, 2017; summer semester 2018: April 30, 2018!), your admission will become void. That means your enrolment will not be finalised successfully, and your U:SPACE-Account will be deactivated by the end of the admission period.

You can find useful information concerning payment possibilities in your U:SPACE-account or on this website:

How can I pay the student union fee?

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Was the payment succesful? --> You can always check your current balance in your U:SPACE-Account under “tuition fee/students’ union fee” (Balance 0.00 means that we have received your payment).

(5) Validate your u:card

You can order your student ID card (u:card) after receiving your student ID number (see section 2). For further information regarding the order, please also see section 2.

Exchange students receive their u:card at the orientation session, regardless of whether they have paid the students’ union fee or not. However, you cannot validate the u:card until the Austrian Students' Union fee has been registered in the system of the University of Vienna.
You will be able to purchase the semester ticket for public transport and you may register for courses (you just have to activate your u:account, see section 3) without a valid u:card. However, you will not be able to use the library for free nor get any student discounts (for example for theatre tickets).

The u:card has to be validated at one of the u:card terminals. You can validate your u:card only after you have paid the students' union fee and the payment has been registered in the university system.
Click here for all locations of the u:card terminals.

It is possible to get discounted copy cards and discounts for Mensa menus (canteen) through the Austrian Students' Union (ÖH). Please contact the Austrian Students' Union directly for further details on how you can claim these discounts with the u:card.

Further information and FAQs regarding the u:card

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