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Easing into the start of the semester

University – a whole new universe? Here, you can find tips, important dates and services to ease into the start of the semester at the University of Vienna.

Organisational aspects

The semester and the lectures start on 1 March 2022 (overview of important dates in the academic year). Information about the admission procedure and the application and admission periods are available on the website Studying at the University of Vienna.

Paying the tuition fees/Students’ Union (ÖH) fee: In order to continue your studies in the current semester, you have to pay your tuition fees/Students’ Union fee. There are several ways to pay. If you have already paid your fees at another Austrian university, please see the information about the re-enrolment on the degree programme at the University of Vienna.

👉 Please note:If you make a payment via online banking 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.

Studying during COVID-19Unibetrieb unter COVID-19

Find the most important information about COVID-19 and the current regulations here.



Studying safely

The University is a large community. Students, academics and administrative staff meet on site and digitally. The following website provides tips and information and the most important contact points for working and studying together successfully.

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

Get your Welcome Guide: The Welcome Guide for first-semester students provides a compact overview of the most important topics and services for starting and continuing your studies. From tips on planning the first semester to information on the nature of academia and an overview of service offers for starting a career: The Welcome Guide provides an introduction to studying at the University of Vienna.

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, exams, recognition of exams and graduation).

The Teaching Affairs and Student Services service unit informs you about the admission to degree programmes, tuition fees/ÖH fee, the entrance exam procedure/aptitude tests and general study matters via their website, in lectures or via contact form, or by e-mail and phone.

Studierender am BildschirmThe u:space portal offers you all services for organising your university life. You can pay your Students’ Union fee online, register for courses and exams on u:find and download your documents. If you click “Register/Deregister for this course” in the University’s course directory u:find, you will be automatically forwarded to u:space where you can complete your registration. These video tutorials guide you through the organisation of your studies. (© Barbara Mair)

Introductory and orientation period (STEOP)

At the University of Vienna, there is an introductory and orientation period (STEOP) in the first semester of the majority of bachelor’s and teacher education programmes as well as the two remaining diploma programmes (Law, Catholic Theology). The STEOP gives students an insight into their degree programme, so that they can make up their mind whether the subject will meet their expectations and whether they can meet the programme requirements. Completing the STEOP is a prerequisite for continuing with your studies.

In addition, orientation courses at the beginning of the semester help you plan your semester and provide important information about your degree programme at the University of Vienna. Moreover, during the STEOP mentoring (in German) you can ask further questions regarding the beginning of the semester and you can seize the opportunity for networking.

Der Weg ins und durchs Studium ist kompliziert. Da hilft es, wenn man weiß, wo man welche Infos findet und wer einem bei welchen Problemen weiterhelfen kann.

💡 READING RECOMMENDATION: “10 things I wish I had known before starting university”
At the beginning of your studies, it helps to know where to find the information you are looking for and who can provide assistance if you have problems. Here are the 10 best ofs: “I wish I had known that earlier”. (© Barbara Mair)

Any questions left unanswered?

At the counselling centre of the Austrian National Union of Students at the University of Vienna, you will find the answers and/or 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).

The faculty’s and students’ representatives at the University of Vienna regularly offer advisory sessions for new students at the beginning of the semester on topics such as the selection of courses, curricula or required examinations, etc.

You can also receive support and advice via the Psychological Counselling Services: it is free, confidential, and you can access it anonymously if you wish.

Studierende erzählen ihre Geschichte Students tell their stories
You can go through your studies in one way or another. At the University of Vienna, there are many ways through your degree programme. As part of the Humans of the University of Vienna initiative, students explain how they spend their everyday lives, what the gist of university life is and what incites them to study. (©

How do I plan my semester?

u:find serves not only as the online course directory, but also as the online staff and unit directory of the University of Vienna. The course directory provides an overview of all courses, also including information on the lecturers, registration procedures, e-learning, etc.

Did you already know these features? Expert hints for using u:find 🤓

  • In the overview of all courses in your degree programme, you can display the course details by clicking the green “more details” icon.
  • If you sign in with your u:account, you can create a personal preferences list by clicking the star next to the course title.
  • Next to the dates in the detailed course view, you can find an iCal link to import all course dates into your personal calendar.

You will also find useful information on the topic of semester planning on the “Studying at the University of Vienna” website.

Zuhause Studieren: Arbeitsumgebung gestalten

💡 READING RECOMMENDATION: How can I avoid planning mistakes and procrastination?

Here you can find tips and hints on how to stick to schedules, avoid postponing tasks and use your time efficiently. You can find further useful recommendations on the #univie blog. (©

What comes after the bachelor’s programme?

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 in which master’s programme you are interested in 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. Detailed information about admission to a master’s programme can be found on the website of Studying at the University of Vienna.

👉 What am I doing here? Mastering the master’s (in German) This MOOC supports you in planning your studies and in preparing and writing your master’s thesis by means of videos, texts and hand-outs. Here, the aim is not completing your master’s programme at lightning speed, but to provide you with the tools necessary to succeed in your master’s programme.

Digital learning

The e-learning platform of the University of Vienna is called Moodle: On Moodle, virtual courses are set up to upload course material, allow communication between teachers and students 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.

Digitales Ankommen an der Uni 💡 READING RECOMMENDATION: Settling in at University

Courses in the digital realm: In this blog article, you learn everything about Moodle and Co. so that your start at the University runs smoothly. (©


Getting to know my university

Guided tours of the Main Building are held in German and English and take place throughout the year. Here, dates and current information can be found. Everyone who would like to find the way around the place by themselves can borrow an audio guide from the porter.

You can also explore the origins of the University of Vienna and its 650-year-long history online.

Researching in the University Library

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 (and a periodicals reading room at Teinfaltstrasse 8), is an inter-faculty and interdisciplinary library and, at the same time, also the central lending library of the Vienna University Library, holding approximately 2.9 million volumes. The 36 special libraries stock 4.7 million books, journals, maps and other materials for teaching, research and studying.

Moreover, students at the University of Vienna can access more than 900,000 licenced e-books, 80,000 licenced e-journals and more than 500 licenced databases from anywhere at any time.

🔎 Please read and adhere to the current regulations on library operations and the FAQs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recreation: sports and music

Anyone wanting to sign up for one of the many low-cost sports courses and dancing classes offered by the University Sports Institute (USI) can browse the course programme from A to Z.

 In the ACSL, the Austrian College Sports League, university members play basketball and American football, also against teams from other universities, such as WU, TU, BOKU and the Medical University of Vienna. If you are a sports enthusiast, the College Sport Gamedays are a must, including a unique atmosphere, ACSL cheer dance, the ACSL marching band and DJs. Curious? In this blog article, the Uni Wien Emperors (in German), the official sports team of the University of Vienna, are presenting themselves and explain how you can contribute.

The Vienna University Philharmonic consists of nine choirs and two symphony orchestras with more than 800 musicians and singers 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. Human of #univie Marlene talks about her experience as a member of the Vienna University Philharmonic.

Our community is diverse: Studying at the University of Vienna means being part of a large and diverse community. About 89,000 students are currently pursuing a degree at the University of Vienna. About 27,000 of them are foreign students and come from 140 different countries.

Up to speed in languages

Arabic, English, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish are only 6 out of 38 languages that you can study at the ‘Language Centre’ of the University of Vienna. In addition to general language courses on different levels, also special courses, e.g. ‘English for art and design’ or ‘Cours de conversation en français ‘culture et société’’ are offered in addition to refresher courses, Erasmus+ preparatory courses, examination preparation, individual sessions, and many more: both offline and online.

Up to speed in IT

To help you stay up to date with the latest developments in image editing, website design and word processing, the Vienna University Computer Center (ZID) offers IT courses every semester.

The ZID Helpdesk provides information about the ZID services and supports members of the University of Vienna in solving university-specific IT problems. Further IT services for students include:

u:book für Studierende 👉 TIP: u:book: High-quality laptops at low cost for students
The u:book sales promotion for the summer semester of 2022 runs from 22 February to 21 March 2022. (©




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 sponsorships. 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).

💡 READING RECOMMENDATION: „Searched and found“ (in German)
Dewi Kostial studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. After being coached by Uniport, she applied for a job at iamstudent, who she convinced with her competence and open demeanour immediately. Together with her boss Lukas Simbrunner, she talks about important skills, work-life balance and values that characterise good employers.

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.

Life as a student mum or dad

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

Insights into research

In our new research magazine ‘Rudolphina’, we present first-hand knowledge. You can look over the shoulder of researchers from the University of Vienna, either in the laboratory or in a think tank.

From atoms to the self-perception of ravens: In the ‘Presenting…’ video series, doctoral candidates of the University of Vienna present their work and tell us about their everyday life in research.

The Vienna Doctoral Schools at the University of Vienna provide prospective doctoral candidates with an attractive research environment and professional networking opportunities.

Studying with special needs

Information for students with physical or mental impairments can be found on the ‘Accessible Studying’ website. The Accessible Studying team is available to answer any queries about the accessibility of the university buildings or access arrangements for exams (e-mail:

The University of Vienna also offers a grant for the specific support of students with impairments.

💡 READING RECOMMENDATION: ‘Studying with impairments’Studieren mit Beeinträchtigung (in German): University life often becomes a particular challenge for students with physical or mental impairments. The Accessible Studying team advises students with impairments and tries to prevent unnecessary obstacles before they can even occur. (© Barbara Mair)


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 about application deadlines for ERASMUS+, the Non-EU Student Exchange Program and many other mobility programmes.

💡 READING RECOMMENDATION: “‘Why should I stay abroad for a semester? Isn’t it too much of a hassle? Where should I go in the first place and how does it work?’ I asked myself these and many more questions when I first looked into Erasmus.“, says Anna Luise about staying abroad as part of her studies in the blog article. (©

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 study programme-specific questionnaires. The feedback is analyzed and forwarded to our teaching staff, the directorates of studies and the Rectorate (information video: Quality assurance in degree programmes).

Why is feedback important?

In research, feedback is self-evident and taken for granted. By promoting an active feedback culture, the University of Vienna aims at introducing students to academic practice. Feedback from teachers given to students provides information about the current level of knowledge and, therefore, serves as targeted learning support. Feedback from students given to teachers, in turn, can help teachers improve their teaching (information video: Why is feedback important?).

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 University of Vienna’s research magazine ‘Rudolphina‘, on the #univie Blog, on the University of Vienna’s Facebook page as well as on the YouTube channel, Twitter and Instagram and last but not least on LinkedIn and Xing. (red)

👉 TIP: Engage in social debates
Each semester, the University of Vienna poses its academics a question that is of particular relevance for today’s society. The current semester question and the researchers’ answers are always made available from the beginning of the semester in the ‘Rudolphina’ magazine as well as on social media with #SEMESTERFRAGE. As part of a cooperation with the daily newspaper, experts respond to readers’ questions and comments. The picture above shows the online discussion to the semester question ‘How do we humans impact the planet?’. (©

Stay connected!

The Alumni Association was founded by university graduates and offers many opportunities to participate, including a wide range of initiatives and events.

Summer school during the COVID pandemic

Sommerhochschule. A word I repeated incessantly in the weeks leading up to my flight to Austria. To some of my American friends, it was merely some gibberish that meant I would be unavailable for over a month. To my American professors, the word meant widening horizons, a great deal of learning, and elicited a hint … Continued

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