Studying remotely

The Teaching Affairs and Student Services unit has compiled some information about remote studying. Please note that the Service Center of the Postgraduate Center and the program management of your university continuing education and training program or certificate course remain your first points of contact throughout your studies.


u:card

The u:card is the student ID card of the University of Vienna and also serves as the library card. Order your u:card on the u:space website under “Personal matters”: My u:card.

The u:card becomes valid as soon as you validate it at one of the u:card terminals. The u:card will be delivered by mail to the address you provided in the order (this only applies to EU/EEA countries and Switzerland). Please note that printing and delivering the u:card may take up to two weeks.

You can find further information about the u:card here. Do you have further questions? Read the FAQ about the u:card for students. Do you still have questions after reading the FAQ? Please contact the u:card service team using the contact form.

 


Master’s thesis

In many university continuing education and training programs, participants have to write a master’s thesis to successfully complete the program. Scope and content of the master’s thesis may differ between continuing education and training programs and are specified in the curriculum of the relevant program.

Your program management supports you in administrative matters regarding your master’s thesis (announcement of your topic and supervisor, submission, forwarding of the review). You will receive information about the detailed procedure of writing and submitting your thesis and the assessment of your thesis over the course of your university continuing education and training program.

If you have questions about the submission of your master’s thesis to HOPLA (thesis server and plagiarism check), the submission of the hardbound copy of the thesis, the publication in the Vienna University Library and the restriction of usage rights for your thesis (if applicable), please contact abschluss.pgc@univie.ac.at.

Please note the format requirements of the University of Vienna regarding print versions:

  • DIN A4 upright format
  • double page printing
  • hard cover binding

Sample pictures are available through the Service Center as well as further information on submission of your thesis: abschluss.pgc@univie.ac.at


Information material

Our brochures and information booklets are available as print versions or for download as PDF files:

>> Brochures for download

 


Funding and financing

There are different funding bodies in Austria that help you finance your studies on a continuing education and training program. Our website provides an overview of different funding opportunities and scholarships. As the funding possibilities differ greatly, we recommend contacting the responsible bodies personally.

>> Funding and financing

 

 


Confirmations

You can download your student record sheet, confirmation of enrolment, confirmation of periods of study and transcript of records via u:space (Personal matters, My documents.)

If you require any special confirmations (for example, to submit them to funding bodies), please contact the responsible program management directly.

 


Changing personal data

During your studies, some of your personal data might change (e.g. your address or academic degree). It may also happen that some of your personal data in our system are incorrect (e.g. date of birth, spelling of your name).

You can change certain data yourself via u:space, while other changes require you to provide documentation. You can change the following data yourself on u:space under “Personal matters” > “Personal data”:

  • Forwarding e-mail address
  • Phone number
  • Home and different delivery address
  • Bank account details

Please note that some of these fields are required fields. Bear in mind to keep your data up to date.
Only students currently enrolled at the University and persons who are currently applying for admission can change their personal data.

Change of name
Your name has changed (e.g. because you married). Send the relevant proof (e.g. marriage certificate) and a scan of your photo identity card to info@postgraduatecenter.at.. As soon as your name has been changed in the system, you can order a new u:card via u:space > Personal matters > My u:card.

Entering an academic degree
If you want your documents to contain your academic degrees, send the relevant proof (official notice of degree award, Verleihungsbescheid) to info@postgraduatecenter.at.. You can only enter degrees awarded by academic institutions within the EU/EEA or degrees recognized through a nostrification procedure.

Change of citizenship
Send the proof of your change of citizenship (proof of citizenship and passport or identity card) to info@postgraduatecenter.at..

Change of gender
If you entered the wrong gender by accident when registering on u:space, please send the relevant proof (passport or identity card) to zulassung.pgc@univie.ac.at.  

>> Information about change of name and gender for transgender persons (in German)

Correcting your date of birth or the spelling of your name
If your date of birth or the spelling of your name are incorrect, please send a proof of the correct date of birth or spelling (passport or identity card) to zulassung.pgc@univie.ac.at.

 


Tolerance semesters

If you intend to study for a longer period (in addition to the standard duration of the program), this is subject to a university regulation. If students do not complete a university continuing education and training program within the standard duration specified in the curriculum, they may be granted additional semesters (tolerance semesters) free of charge.

Students participating in university continuing education and training programs comprising 60 ECTS credits may be granted one tolerance semester free of charge. Students enrolled in university continuing education and training programs comprising between 90 and 120 ECTS credits may be granted up to two free tolerance semesters. For each additional semester after that, students have to pay an additional program fee (including the ÖH fee) of currently EUR 380.00. If you do not pay the fees within the relevant period, your re-enrollment becomes ineffective according to section 62 of the Universities Act as amended.

 


Academic calendar

The academic year is divided into winter semester and summer semester. Each semester consists of a period during which courses are held and a period during which no courses are held.

Summer semester of 2021

Beginning of semester and classes 1 March 2021
Rektorstag (Rector’s day, no classes) 12 March 2021
Easter break 29 March to 11 April 2021
Whitsun break 22 to 25 May 2021
End of classes 30 June 2021
Period when there are no classes (summer break) 1 July to 30 September 2021
End of semester 30 September 2021


Winter semester 2021/22

Beginning of semester and classes 1 October 2021
No classes 2 November 2021
Christmas break 20 December 2021 to 6 January 2022
End of classes 31 January 2022
Period when there are no classes (semester break) 1 to 28 February 2022
End of semester 28 February 2022

Studying and living

Student counseling
Some units closely affiliated with the University of Vienna provide advice for students regarding their studies (such as for the planning of the semester) and regarding study law.

Working
There is a wide range of opportunities for students to receive financial support. Many students also have a job besides studies. Please note that your income can, for example, have an effect on some scholarships.

Accessibility
The Accessible Studying team provides advice and information about studying for students with disabilities/impairment(s) or illness(es).

Funding and financing
There are different funding bodies in Austria that help you finance your continuing education and training program. Our website provides an overview of different funding opportunities and scholarships. As the funding possibilities differ greatly, we recommend contacting the responsible bodies personally.

Insurance and discounts
Under certain conditions, students have the opportunity to obtain, for example, health insurance for students or an exemption from paying public broadcasting service fees. In addition, theaters, museums and cinemas often offer student discounts.

Please note that many discounts are subject to the Austrian student support act (Studienförderungsgesetz, StudFG). Therefore, non-degree program students are not given many discounts.

Mobility
Under certain conditions, students can get a discount for public transportation and other services allowing you to travel from A to B.

Please note that many discounts are subject to the Austrian student support act (Studienförderungsgesetz, StudFG). Therefore, non-degree program students are not given many discounts.

Social institutions
Students are sometimes faced with problems and challenges in their everyday life. A range of institutions provide advice and support to students in different situations.

Sexual Harassment and Bullying Counselling Office
The Counselling Office serves as a contact point offering advice to persons experiencing sexual harassment and bullying at the University of Vienna. Sexual Harassment and Bullying Counselling Office

Psychological Counselling Services for students
The Psychological Counselling Services provide psychological and psychotherapeutic assistance to students and prospective students: Psychological Counselling Services for students

Languages
Do you want to learn a language or expand your language skills? The Language Centre offers (prospective) students from any discipline, university employees and alumni/alumnae a wide range of general and subject-specific language courses at different levels in more than 30 languages. Language Centre of the University of Vienna

Sports
Do you like to exercise? The University Sport Institute (USI) offers affordable sport courses for students, academics and employees from universities, ranging from A as in aerobics to Z as in Zen meditation.
Unisport, which is organized by students, also offers a range of sport camps, courses and reduced admission at fitness centers.

The Austrian sport association for persons with disabilities (Österreichischer Behindertensportverband, ÖBSV) provides information about offers for persons with disabilities as well as about continuing education and training in this field.

Living
The University of Vienna does not have its own university dormitory. The buildings of the University of Vienna are located all over Vienna. Therefore, there is not THE perfect area for student housing. As apartments are rather expensive in Vienna, student residences or shared apartments are affordable alternatives. We have compiled a range of links for you. You can find even more offers online.


Libraries and research

The Vienna University Library is Austria's largest library. At the same time, it is also the oldest university library in the German-speaking area, dating from 1365. It collects media in all academic disciplines taught at the University of Vienna.

The Main Library, located in the Main Building of the University on Universitätsring 1, is an inter-faculty and interdisciplinary library and, at the same time, also the central lending library of the Vienna University Library, holding approximately 2.7 million volumes.

The 38 special libraries stock 4.6 million books, journals, maps and other materials for teaching, research and studying.

>> Further information about the Vienna University Library

The services of the libraries include e-books on demand, a virtual helpdesk, guided tours and training courses as well as the lending and inter-library loan services.

>> Information about the services of the Vienna University Library

 

 


Legal foundations

Important legal foundations include the 2002 Universities Act as well as the Statutes of the University of Vienna and the individual curricula for university continuing education and training programs.

The curricula for continuing education and training programs provide information about the learning outcomes and the qualification profile, the duration of the program, the entry requirements, the selection procedure, the available study places and the structure, scope and content of the modules and courses.

>> Consolidated version of the 2002 Universities Act in the Rechtsinformationssystem des Bundes (RIS, the legal information system of the Republic of Austria)
>> Statutes of the University of Vienna
>> You can find our curricula in the University Gazette of the University of Vienna as well as on the relevant websites of our continuing education and training programs, from where you can also download them.