Studying at the University of Vienna

On this page you will find information about studying as an exchange student at the University of Vienna:


Semester dates

Winter semester 2019/20

Start of semester

01.10.2019

Lecture period
(normally exams take place max. two weeks after the lecture period)

01.10.2019-31.01.2020


Public holidays

26.10.2019
01.11.2019

No lectures

02.11.2019

Public holiday 08.12.2019

Christmas break

17.12.2019-06.01.2020

Lecture-free period (semester break)

01.02.2020-29.02.2020

End of semester

29.02.2020

Deadline for paying the fee for the Austrian Students' Union: 30.11.2019

Summer semester 2020

Start of semester

01.03.2020

Lecture period
(normally exams take place max. two weeks after the lecture period)

01.03.2020-30.06.2020


"Rector's day" (no lectures)

12.03.2020

Easter break

06.04.2020-19.04.2020

Public holidays 01.05.2020
21.05.2020

Whitsun break

30.05.2020-02.06.2020

Public holiday

11.06.2020

Lecture-free period (summer break)

01.07.2020-30.09.2020

End of semester

30.09.2020

Deadline for paying the fee for the Austrian Students' Union: 30.04.2020

Winter semester 2020/21

Start of semester

01.10.2020

Lecture period
(normally exams take place max. two weeks after the lecture period)

01.10.2020-31.01.2021


Public holidays 26.10.2020
01.11.2020

No lectures

02.11.2020

Public holiday 08.12.2020

Christmas break

21.12.2020-06.01.2021

Lecture-free period (semester break)

01.02.2021-28.02.2021

End of semester

28.02.2021

Deadline for paying the fee for the Austrian Students' Union: 30.11.2020

Summer semester 2021

Start of semester

01.03.2021

Lecture period
(normally exams take place max. two weeks after the lecture period)

01.03.2021-30.06.2021


"Rector's day" (no lectures)

12.03.2021

Easter break

29.03.2021-11.04.2021

Public holidays 01.05.2021
13.05.2021

Whitsun break

22.05.2021-25.05.2021

Public holiday

03.06.2021

Lecture-free period (summer break)

01.07.2021-30.09.2021

End of semester

30.09.2021

Deadline for paying the fee for the Austrian Students' Union: 30.04.2021


Registration

Once we have received your nomination from your home university, you need to register online as an exchange student at the University of Vienna:

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Registration
Order your u:card
Student ID number and Payment of the Students' Union fee
Validate your u:card

Orientation

At the beginning of each semester, the International Office organises information meetings (“orientation sessions”)  for Non-EU Exchange students. Incoming exchange students need to register for an orientation session in order to complete their enrolment at the University of Vienna.

During the orientation you will receive your student ID card and complete your enrolment at the University.  If required, it is possible to confirm a date of arrival in Vienna provided it is not more than five days prior to the orientation. We therefore recommend that you choose an orientation session as close as possible to your date of arrival. You will also receive important information about living and studying in Vienna during the orientation (for example, course registration, public transport, contact persons, etc.). 

In order to confirm your registration at the University of Vienna and to issue your student ID card, personal participation in the orientation session is compulsory.

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Dates and registration
Required documents

Course Selection / Exams

Students at the University of Vienna create their own timetables for each semester and are accustomed to working independently.

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Course types
Course catalogue (u:find) – How to find courses in a field of study

Registration and De-Registration from courses

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Course registration
Mandatory attendance at the first course session
De-registration from courses

Exams

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Online registration for lecture exams
De-registration from exams
Grading system and ECTS

German Course

Please note that there are no German language courses offered at the department of German Philology.

If you wish to improve your German language skills in preparation for your stay or during the semester, you can register for a German language course at the Language Center of the University of Vienna (“Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien”) and obtain ECTS credits if you complete it successfully. They regularly offer the following Courses:

  • Preparatory intensive courses in September and February
  • Trimester Courses
  • Semester Courses

Information regarding the range of language courses on offer, assessment for placement on courses and how to register is available on the Language Center of the University of Vienna’s Homepage.

German courses are not listed in your transcript of records, but you will receive a certificate from the Language Center upon successfully completing a course. Please check with your home university whether a standard version of the Language Center certificate in German will suffice. If this version is not acceptable, you can present your German certificate to the Language Center Office to obtain a version in English.

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Discounts for incoming students

Mobility Coordinators

At the University of Vienna, the departments have their own mobility coordinators, who are responsible for all subject-specific matters. Please refer to your mobility coordinator for questions regarding:

  • Courses
  • Course Registration
  • Learning Agreement
  • Courses taught in English
  • Information on exams for the particular Department

Mobility coordinators also sign confirmations of attendance which contain subject-specific details (e.g. the language of instruction, the last exam date) and your Learning Agreement as the "Responsible Person".

Information about your mobility coordinator  you receive on request in the International Office.