Writing your master's, diploma or PhD thesis

Instead of attending courses, you can work on your thesis during your Erasmus+ stay. 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 several degree programmes

If you have been admitted to several degree programmes, you can apply separately in each degree programme for an Erasmus+ spot. You have to create an online application for each degree programme. Please inform each mobility coordinator at the time of applying that you have also applied in other degree programmes. You can only be nominated for one spot i.e. for one degree programme.
If you would like to take additional courses in a degree programme other than the one you were nominated for, please discuss with your host university, whether such courses are available and whether as a student on degree programme X you can take courses from degree programme Y. Please contact the corresponding directorate of studies regarding recognition at the University of Vienna. Only ECTS credits earned in the degree programme you were nominated for count as evidence of academic achievement. (Exception: students of Teacher Education)

It is not possible to take a leave of absence from your second degree programme at the University of Vienna while abroad. For further information, please see the Teaching Affairs and Student Services website. If you are also enrolled in another degree programme at another Austrian University you may be able to take a leave of absence from this degree programme for the duration of your Erasmus+ stay. Please contact the respective university for further information.

Students admitted to study at several universities must notify each university of their planned stay, if they wish to remain enrolled.

Teacher Candidates

Teacher Education European University Foundation (EUF) is an exclusive exchange programme for Teacher Candidates at the University of Vienna managed within the Erasmus+ programme.

Education Science is the main focus of this programme. Students can take additional classes in their subjects if these are available at the host university.
The available spots are published on https://erasmus.univie.ac.at/site/plaetze (degree programme: "Lehramt EUF").

Several degree programmes

Same as for students with several degree programmes, the following applies: Teacher Candidates can apply separately in each subject area and also for the Teacher Education EUF programme. You have to create an online application for each degree programme.
The following applies for Teacher Candidates: ECTS credits in all of your subjects count as proof of academic achievement.

Swiss-European Mobility Program

Switzerland is not participating in the Erasmus+ programme. Nevertheless, it is possible to undertake a study visit to Switzerland as part of the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP).

Stays in Switzerland are managed in the same way as Erasmus+ stays by the Erasmus+ Outgoing Team of the International Office. However, in contrast to Erasmus+ stays, financial support is not provided through the Erasmus+ programme. Consequently, Swiss universities provide their inbound exchange students with a grant. For further information, please contact the respective Swiss university.

Students on exchange in Switzerland are exempt from paying tuition fees at the University of Vienna during the SEMP stay abroad. A stay in Switzerland will not be deducted from your Erasmus+ quota of 12 months per study cycle.