Summer semester of 2019: Easing into the start of the semester

Studying at the University of Vienna

University - a whole new universe? Tips, important dates and services to help you have a successful start into the summer semester of 2019.

Administrative details

The semester and the lectures start on 1 March 2019 (overview of important dates). PLEASE NOTE: The general admission period for the summer semester of 2019 ends on 5 February 2019. The extended admission period lasts until 30 April 2019. (Information on the admission procedure)

Getting started step by step:
1. Get familiar with the range of degree programmes available at the University of Vienna
2. Select a programme :-)
3. Check which documents you need for the admission on the website of Teaching Affairs and Student Services.
4. Activate your u:account.
5. Apply for admission to your degree programme online by 5 February 2019.
6. Go to the Admission Office in the Main Building (1010 Vienna, Universitätsring 1) until 5 February 2019 and bring all required documents.
7. Create your timetable and register for courses.
8. Ready to study

Please note: If your school-leaving certificate or higher education degree was issued by a non-German-speaking EU/EEA country, please see the information about admission requirements and periods provided on the website of Teaching Affairs and Student Services.

In order to continue your studies in the summer semester, you have to pay your tuition fees/Students’ Union fee. There are several payment options. Did you already pay your tuition fees/Students' Union fee at another Austrian university? In this case, your are automatically re-enrolled on your degree programme at the University of Vienna.

Please note:
If you make a payment via online banking, credit card or payment form, it can take up to seven working days for the payment to show as paid in the account information in u:space under "Financial matters > Tuition fee/Students’ Union fee". As soon as we have received your payment, you can validate your u:card – the University of Vienna’s student ID card – for the current semester at one of the u:card terminals.

Students and employees of the University of Vienna can print, copy and scan at the u:print devices. The u:print devices are marked in white-and-blue with the label u:print or u:print staff (only for employees).

TIP: The University of Vienna on WhatsApp
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Important information for transfer students

Admission at the University of Vienna is also possible in the summer semester except for programmes with application and aptitude procedures. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places, an entrance examination and aptitude procedure takes place once a year prior to the respective winter semester, and it applies to the entire academic year.

Interesting reading: Starting my studies in the summer semester – is it possible?
Yes and no – is probably the right answer. Or in other words: Yes, but you have to consider a few things. Barbara Hamp from Teaching Affairs and Student Services explains what you need to keep in mind when starting your studies in the summer semester. (© Universität Wien/Barbara Mair)

In addition, the University of Vienna provides an introductory and orientation period (STEOP) in all bachelor's and diploma programmes (Law, Catholic Theology) in the first semester. The STEOP gives students an insight into their degree programme, so that they can make up their minds whether the subject will meet their expectations and whether they can meet the programme requirements. Completing the STEOP is a prerequisite for continuing with their studies. (Study Programmes at the University of Vienna)

The directorates of studies and the StudiesServiceCenters inform you whether it is possible to start your studies in the summer semester.

Interesting reading: The new registration system
As of now, there are changes in the registration system for examinations and courses. Marlene Brugger from Teaching Affairs and Student Services explains everything you need to know in a blog post. (© Universität Wien/Barbara Mair)

If I have questions about my degree programme, who can I ask?

The best contact points for particular questions during your studies are the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS) or the StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) as well as the students’ representatives of the relevant degree programme (e.g. for subject-related information on studies and the range of courses, the registration system, registration and de-registration deadlines, examinations, recognition of examinations and graduation).

The Teaching Affairs and Student Services team informs you about the admission to degree programmes, tuition fees, entrance examinations/aptitude procedures and general study matters via their website and information events, or by e-mail and phone.

PRIZE DRAW: Already drawn!
In cooperation with the Online Shop of the University of Vienna, uni:view offers you the chance to win 1 of 3 packages with two carry bags each as well as a glass of the University of Vienna’s honey.

Any questions left unanswered?

At the counselling centre of the Austrian National Union of Students at the University of Vienna you find the answers and/or the right contact details to help you with unusual queries. And: This is where you get your popular cafeteria sticker (Mensen-Pickerl, giving you a EUR 0.80 discount off every menu in the Mensa) as well as the copying sticker (reduced copy card of the Austrian National Union of Students with 220 copies for EUR 10).

At the beginning of each semester, the students’ representatives at the University of Vienna offer academic advising services for first-semester students, providing advice on the selection of courses, on the curriculum or the examinations that have to be taken, and much more. You can also receive support and advice at the Psychological Counselling Services: it is free, confidential and you can use it anonymously if you like.

Interesting reading: 10 things I wish I had known before starting university
Starting and continuing your studies is tricky. Therefore it helps to know the tricks of the trade where you can find the information you are looking for and who will support you in solving a certain problem. The Teaching Affairs and Student Services passes on some tips to you thanks to their student advisory service. Here is the best of "I wish I had known that earlier" by Barbara Hamp. (© Universität Wien/Barbara Mair)

How do I plan my semester?

u:find serves not only as the online course directory but also as the staff and unit directory of the University of Vienna. The course directory outlines all courses including information on the lecturers, registration procedures, e-learning and much more. Additional information on the topic of semester planning is available here.

What comes after the bachelor’s examination?

For admission to a master’s programme, you need to have completed a bachelor’s (or diploma) programme in the same or a related discipline. Therefore, it is important to consider which master’s programme you are interested in already at the beginning of your studies. The Master Access Guide outlines which degree programmes you have to complete for admission to a particular master’s programme.

The blog contribution "5 steps for admission to a master’s programme" explains the most important steps for admission to a master’s programme.

Interesting reading: Master’s programme after Bachelor: Why continue the relationship?
A master’s programme – yes? No? And, if yes: Which one? This decision shapes your life – like a partner in a relationship does. Barbara Hamp from Teaching Affairs and Student Services describes which master’s programme is comparable to which model of living together and, therefore, makes it easier to arrive at a (relationship) decision. (© Universität Wien/Barbara Mair)

Digital learning

Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is the University of Vienna’s e-learning platform. It is available to members of the University for studies and teaching. On Moodle, teachers can set up virtual courses to upload course material, communicate with students, give tests or provide u:stream recordings. Many lecture halls at the University of Vienna are already equipped with u:stream, offering the possibility to stream courses.

Getting to know my University                                                          

Every Thursday and Saturday there are tours of the Main Building of the University of Vienna. Tickets are available at the porter's desk in the Aula of the Main Building (discounts for students: EUR 3.50 per ticket). Everyone who would rather find their way around their new place of study by themselves can borrow an audio guide from the porter.

We also recommend the guided tours of the Campus of the University of Vienna, the guided tours of women’s history at the University of Vienna, the rainbow tours on the history of homosexuality at the University of Vienna, as well as other special guided tours (in German only) on a wide range of topics, such as different collections at the University of Vienna (available by prior arrangement).

TIP: Learning and chilling out
With the arrival of spring, the University of Vienna’s areas outside of lecture halls and libraries become popular meeting places. Some places that are especially popular among students are the shaded Arcaded Courtyard, offering deck chairs and a small café, the green courts of the Campus or the inner courtyard of the building on Währingerstrasse 29. A cool place to take a break during hot studying phases: the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna. (© Universität Wien/

Researching in the University Library

With a stock of over 7.4 million books, 513,000 e-books, 67,000 e-journals, 7,400 print journals, 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. The reading rooms and the reference library in the Main Library in the Main Building are open until 22:00 on weekdays and until 18:00 on Saturdays, including during the semester holidays in February 2019. (Detailed opening hours)

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

Interesting reading: FAQs: German language skills, VWU prep & supplementary exams for admission to the University of Vienna
Recent changes in the admission requirements of the University of Vienna have raised questions among students. Here are the most important FAQs to answer your questions. (© Universität Wien)

Recreation: Sport and Music

Anyone wanting to sign up for one of the many low-cost sport courses and dancing classes offered by the University Sport Institute (USI) should put 19 February 2019 in their diary, as this is the day that registration starts. You can also register for the courses online. But be quick: the courses are popular and places fill up very fast. The A to Z of courses is available as of February and the actual courses start in the first week of March.

PRIZE DRAW: Already drawn!
In cooperation with the University Sport Institute (USI) in Vienna, uni:view has 3 vouchers for USI courses for the summer semester of 2019 to give away (block courses not included). (Photo credits: USI Wien/Markus Frühmann)

The Vienna University Philharmonic is looking for new members as well. There are eight choirs and two symphony orchestras, comprising more than 1,000 musicians in total, of all levels and age groups. This makes the Vienna University Philharmonic one of the largest choral and orchestral communities worldwide. The repertoire ranges from classical music to pop, world music, musical and jazz. Vocal and instrumental auditions start in early March. Further details are available on the Choir and Orchestra website under the "Join us" tab.

Up to speed in languages .

The Language Centre of the University of Vienna offers courses for 30 different languages at different levels, language courses for ERASMUS students and courses in English for Specific Purposes. You have time until 18 February 2019 to register for standard semester courses (once a week, starting on 4 March 2019) (online course finder: "Which course suits me?"). The Language Blog features monthly contributions on the topic of language learning.

People who would like to offer lessons in their language in exchange for lessons in another language can sign up for the Language Swap Shop run by the Language Centre.

PRIZE DRAW: Already drawn! 
In cooperation with the Language Centre of the University of Vienna, uni:view has a language course in the summer semester of 2019 to give away (to the value of EUR 376). (Photo credits: University of Vienna)

Up to speed in IT

In order for you to stay up to date with the latest developments in picture editing, website design and word processing, the Vienna University Computer Center (ZID) offers IT courses every semester. The ZID Helpdesk provides support with university-specific IT services.
Other services for students offered by the University of Vienna include: the purchase of low-cost laptops (u:book sales promotion in the summer semester: from 25 February to 24 March 2019), u:account (e-mail address, web space, etc.) or using the computer rooms.

TIP: Low-cost laptops for students
The u:book sales promotion for the summer semester of 2019 runs from 25 February to 24 March 2019. (Photo credits: University of Vienna/Barbara Mair)

For those who work particularly hard    

Students can apply for a merit scholarship and check previous applications in u:space under "Financial matters". There are also other grants and project sponsorship opportunities. A large number of other sponsorship opportunities are listed in the Austrian Database for Scholarships and Research Grants maintained by the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD).

Gaining work experience

Gaining work experience is a valuable complement to your studies. UNIPORT, the University of Vienna's careers service, provides information about a range of jobs and placements as well as advice on job applications.

The Erasmus+ programme makes stays abroad possible.

Students with children

Students who are also parents can access the services provided by the University of Vienna's Children's Office. These services include counselling, child-minding or the Flying Nanny.

Studying with special needs

Students with physical or mental impairments can find important information on the "Accessible Studying" website. The Accessible Studying team is available to answer any queries about the accessibility of the university buildings or alternative examination methods (e-mail: barrierefrei(at) The Student Advisory Board "Accessible Studying" is dedicated to supporting disabled and chronically ill students (please also see the information clip for new students). The University of Vienna also offers a grant for the specific support of students with impairments.

Interesting reading: Students with impairments: the Accessible Studying Team offers support!
University life often becomes a challenge for students with physical or mental impairments. The Accessible Studying Team advises and assists students with impairments and tries to prevent unnecessary obstacles before they can even occur.

Studying further afield ...

Anyone who intends to study one or two semesters abroad as part of their degree programme will find the information they need at the University of Vienna's International Office. On their website, you will find information on application deadlines for ERASMUS+, Non-EU Student Exchange and many other mobility schemes.

Evaluating courses

The University of Vienna is very interested in feedback from its students and graduates. The results feed into the further development of teaching offers, the curriculum and services for students. Feedback is collected systematically via the Unit for Quality Assurance. Courses are methodically evaluated by students by means of degree programme-specific questionnaires. The feedback is analysed and forwarded to our teaching staff, the directorates of studies and the Rectorate (information video).

Up-to-date information everywhere  

The University of Vienna's events calendar provides an overview of university events. News from around the University of Vienna and information about current developments in academia can be found on the University of Vienna’s website, in the online magazine uni:view, on the univie Blog, on the University of Vienna's Facebook page as well as on the YouTube channel, Twitter and Instagram. (red)

TIP: Engage in social debates
Each semester the University of Vienna poses its academics a semester question that is of particular relevance for today’s society. The researchers’ answers are always made available from the beginning of the semester under as well as on social media under #SEMESTERFRAGE. As part of a cooperation with, experts respond to the readers’ comments. (© Universität Wien/

*Conditions of participation for the University of Vienna’s online prize draws