Writing your master's, diploma or PhD thesis (until 2020/21)

This information is valid up to the academic year 20/21. From the academic year 2021/22 onwards, it is not possible to write on your thesis during your Erasmus+ or SEMP student exchange. Master's, diploma or PhD theses can be written as part of an Erasmus+ internship or the Short-term grants abroad (KWA) program.

Instead of attending courses, you can work on your thesis during your Erasmus+ stay up to and including the academic year 2020/21. The subject and thesis supervisor (at the University of Vienna) must have already been approved at the time of applying.

At your host university you will then have to do some research or write part of your thesis – the details of your tasks should be agreed upon with your supervisor in Vienna. If you want to be supervised as an incoming student at the host university, this is handled differently from university to university – please contact the International Office of the host university for further information.

A written confirmation from your supervisor (at the University of Vienna) after the stay suffices as proof of academic achievement. You are also entitled to complete courses at your host university, but it is not a requirement for receiving the Erasmus+ grant and is not regarded as a proof of academic achievement if you stipulated that your stay was in connection with your thesis.

Erasmus+ stays in connection with thesis work are only possible for one semester. However, if you want to apply for a spot for an academic year instead, you have to complete courses for the other semester. In short:

  • Thesis work during a semester stay abroad: additional courses are possible, but not required. Check requirements of host university!
  • Thesis work during a full year stay abroad: additional courses of at least 3 recognised ECTS credits per study month abroad are required for one of the semesters



Students with special needs

Erasmus+ takes inclusion very seriously. Students with a disability or chronic illness can apply for additional financial aid to cover any additional costs that might arise due to their stay abroad (e.g. medical attendance, transportation of equipment).



Helpful links for outgoing students with physical, mental or health-related impairments

  • University of Vienna– Team Barrierefrei Studieren (team for accessible studying)
  • Austrian Students‘ Union (ÖH) – Referat für Barrierefreiheit (department for accessibility)
  • MappED is an online tool mapping the accessibility of higher education institutions and their services
  • Student toolkit has been designed by students for students, and contains tips and advice to support your preparation for your Erasmus+ stay

Data protection

Personal data are confidential and will only be processed in accordance with the applicable national laws insofar as this is necessary with regard to your application and participation in the Erasmus+ programme.