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 What is Circle U.?

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Circle U. is a network of research-intensive universities from across Europe which embraces the European identity in all its diversity and its openness to the world. Circle U.'s members are the University of Vienna, Aarhus University, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Université Paris Cité, University of Belgrade, UCLouvain, University of Oslo, King’s College London and the University of Pisa. The University of Vienna shares a relationship of trust and a commitment to a common vision for Circle U.’s future with these universities, which makes an excellent foundation for future collaboration. The University of Vienna already has many cooperation activities with these universities, which will now be expanded significantly within the framework of Circle U. Circle U. is one of around 50 university alliances which were founded in recent years as part of the European Union’s "European Universities Initiative", which was initiated by President Macron.

 What does Circle U. mean for the University of Vienna?

Membership of a European University Alliance opens up new horizons for study, research and international cooperation.


  • Climate change, democracy and global health

    Circle U. currently has three thematic priorities which are central to the prosperity and sustainability of today’s society: climate change, democracy and global health. Students, academic staff, administrative staff and external stakeholders work together in "Knowledge Hubs" on teaching, research and innovation in these areas. The Circle U. universities are developing new joint research-based courses, seminars and summer schools on these three topics, which will be implemented using innovative pedagogical approaches. 

  • Academic Chairs

    A network of Academic Chairs at all Circle U. universities has a leading role in Circle U. Academic Chairs are responsible for developing the thematic priorities and driving them forward by means of innovative courses, seminars and summer schools. 

    The Circle U. Academic Chair Programme

    Academic Chairs at the University of Vienna 

  • Student Representatives

    Since October 2020, Elena Furthmayr has been a student at the University of Vienna, studying law at the Juridicum in Vienna. She is now in the second of three sections of law school. She became a member of the VSStÖ (Socialist Student Association in Austria) and started working at the Students Union at the University of Vienna in January 2022. As part of the Office for Sustainability and International Affairs, Elena is responsible for the international part of this office. She works with requests from students, especially regarding Erasmus+ (Incoming and Outgoing) and other opportunities for students to study abroad or for foreign students to study in Austria. Furthermore, she now especially works with and for the Circle U. Alliance and the Circle U. Student Union (CUSU).


    Florian Tschebul studies communication sciences. He is a student representative in the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) since 2020 and in the University Students’ Union since 2021. He is a member of the Green and Alternative Students (GRAS). On the national level he is the Chairperson of the International affairs committee. Since 2023 he is a student representative in the Circle U. Student Union (CUSU). 

    Elena Furthmayr © Furthmayr/private
    Florian Tschebul © Tschebul/private
  • Mobility

    Circle U. aims to create an inclusive European campus that facilitates and promotes the mobility of students, academic staff and administrative staff, whether physically, virtually or through "blended learning". Students, academic staff and administrative staff will have more opportunities to gain international experience at other Circle U. universities and also to network virtually with members of other Circle U. universities.