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Easing into the start of the semester

University – a whole new universe? In this blogpost, you will find tips, deadlines and services that will help you at the start of the semester. You can also win #univie water bottles and a language course. Don’t miss your chance!

Organisational aspects at the start of the semester

The semester and the lectures start on 1 October 2021 (overview of important dates). Information about the admission procedure and about the application and admission periods are available on the website “Studying at the University of Vienna”.

Pay the tuition fees/Students’ Union fee: In order to continue your studies in this semester, you have to pay your tuition fee/Students’ Union fee. There are several ways to pay. For information about continuing your studies if you have already paid your tuition fee/Students’ Union fee at another Austrian university, please visit the website Studying 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.

University operations under COVID-19 conditions Unibetrieb unter COVID-19


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

Get your Welcome Guide: The guide for new students offers a first insight into the most important topics and services for the start of the semester and also for continuing your studies. The guide provides an introduction to studying at the University of Vienna, from planning the first semester to questions on the nature of science to the range of services available for starting your career.

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, the entrance exam procedure/aptitude tests and general study matters via their website, information events or 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 (such as your student record sheet, transcript of records, confirmation of enrolment), etc. In the University’s course directory u:find, you can search for a course or exam, for which you would like to register. If you click “Register/Deregister for this course” you will be automatically forwarded to u:space where you can complete your registration.

The following video tutorials help you to plan the start of the semester. (© Barbara Mair)


Introductory and orientation period (STEOP) at the start of the semester

At the University of Vienna, there is an introductory and orientation period (STEOP) in the first semester for the majority of our bachelor’s and teacher education programmes as well as for 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 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.

In addition, orientation courses at the start of the semester help you plan your first semester and provide important information about your degree programme at the University of Vienna. The STEOP Mentoring gives you the opportunity to ask any other question related to the start of the semester and allows you to network with others. The semester starts and the University resembles a maze? The STEOP Mentoring team at the University of Vienna is ready to help. Can and Julian participated in the STEOP Mentoring in times of remote studying and explain what you can expect from it in their blog article.

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”
Therefore, it helps to know where to find the information you are looking for and who can provide assistance if you have problems. The Teaching Affairs and Student Services unit has compiled several tips for you. 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 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).

The faculty’s and students’ representatives at the University of Vienna regularly offer advisory sessions for new students on topics such as the selection of courses, curricula or required exams, 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. Especially 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? Professional tips for using u:find 🤓

  • In the overview of all courses in your degree programme, you can see the course details by clicking the green list icon “More details”.
  • If you sign in to your u:account, you can compile your personal watch list by clicking the star next to the course title.
  • In the course’s detail view, you can find an iCal link to import individual course dates into your private 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 to study between your bed and a pile of laundry

Here you get useful tips and tricks on how to create your optimal studying environment at home, enhance well-being and achieve a better study-life balance. You need more? More useful recommendations are available 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 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. All information about being admitted to a master’s programme is available on the Studying at the University of Vienna website.

👉 What am I doing here? Mastering the master’s degree. This MOOC (in German) helps you to plan your studies and prepare and write your master’s thesis by means of videos, texts and handouts. The objective is not to teach you how to complete the master’s programme in fast-track mode but to give you the tools 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: How to settle in at the University of Vienna digitally

Courses held in a digital format: This blog article tells you everything about Moodle and Co. to support you in settling in at the University. (©


Getting to know my university

Guided tours in the Main Building in German or English take place throughout the year. The dates and current information can be found here. Everyone who would like to find their way around their new place of study 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.

Prize draw
In cooperation with the Online Shop of the University of Vienna, the univie blog offers the chance to win three bottles of the University of Vienna at the start of the semester. Write an e-mail with the subject “Trinkflasche” to and keep your fingers crossed. The winners are drawn by lot and notified by e-mail. ALREADY DRAWN (© 24 bottles)

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 in the Main Building of the University on Universitätsring 1 (including a periodicals room on Teinfaltstraße 8) is an inter-faculty library covering various disciplines. It is also the central lending library of the Vienna University Library. It holds about 2.9 million volumes. The 36 special libraries stock 4.7 million books, journals, maps and other materials for teaching, research and studying.

Moreover, more than 900,000 e-books, 80,000 e-journals and more than 500 databases licensed by the Vienna University Library are available via the Library’s website. Students can access the Library’s electronic resources from anywhere in the world around the clock.

🔎 Please note: Please read the FAQ and current regulations on library operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chilling in the Arcaded Courtyard, studying with friends and doing sports together: In this video, you get to know to what we are looking forward if everybody is finally vaccinated. Get vaccinated now to study safely together at the University of Vienna!

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) can browse the course programme from A to Z.

 In the ACSL, the Austrian College Sports League, you can play basketball and American football – against teams of other universities, such as the Vienna University of Business and Economics, the Technical University and the Medical University. If you are a sports enthusiast, you should not miss the College Sport Game Days to experience the lively atmosphere, ACSL cheer dance, the ACSL marching band and different DJs.

Curious? In the blog article (in German) the Uni Wien Emperors, the official sports team of the University of Vienna, introduce themselves and explain how you can join them.

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. You can find detailed information on the website. Human of #univie Marlene describes her experiences with the Vienna University Philharmonic.

Our diverse community: 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, it also offers special courses (e.g. English for Art & Design or Cours de conversation en français ‘culture et société’), refresher courses, ERASMUS preparatory courses, exam preparation courses, one-to-one lessons and many more, either online or offline.

In cooperation with the Language Centre of the University of Vienna, the univie blog has a language course in the winter semester of 2021 to give away (to the value of EUR 395). Write an e-mail with the subject “Sprachkurs” to and keep your fingers crossed. The winners are drawn by lot and notified by e-mail. (© Klaus Ranger)


Up to speed in IT

So that you can 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 information about the ZID services and supports members of the University of Vienna in solving university-specific IT problems. More IT services for students: u:account (access to the IT services of the University of Vienna), online storage space, computer rooms, software for students, e-learning platform Moodle, video conferencing and team chat systems (in German).

u:book für Studierende 👉 TIP: u:book: high-quality laptops at attractive prices for students at the start of the semester. The u:book sale in the winter semester starts on 27 September and ends on 24 October 2021. (©




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: „Sought 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 position with iamstudent, at which Lukas Simbrunner was immediately convinced by her competence and openness. Together with her boss Lukas Simbrunner, Dewi Kostial talks about important skills, work-life balance and the values characterising 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. ABAk, targeted especially at students with disabilities, is a great opportunity to find placements or jobs directly after the completion of a degree programme.

The Erasmus+ programme makes traineeships abroad possible.

Studying as a parent

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

👉 Presenting… early stage researchers
From atoms to the self-perception of ravens: In this video series, doctoral candidates of the University of Vienna present their work and tell us about their everyday life in research. Information about the Vienna doctoral schools  of the University of Vienna.

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 BeeinträchtigungThe Accessible Studying Team is happy to help. For students with mental or physical impairments, everyday university life is often a special challenge. The Accessible Studying team advises and assists 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 semester 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+, Non-EU Student Exchange and many other mobility schemes.

💡 READING RECOMMENDATION: “Most of my colleagues already knew which career path to take after completing the degree programme in Pharmacy, which prepares students for the profession of the pharmacist. The study abroad mobility schemes Non-EU Student Exchange Program and ERASMUS allowed me to look beyond the horizon of the “usual” job description during my diploma programme at the University of Vienna,” explains Stefanie, Human of #univie. (©

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 analysed and forwarded to our teaching staff, the directorates of studies and the Rectorate (information video).

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. To the video about feedback

Up-to-date information everywhere

The University of Vienna’s events calendar provides an overview of university events. News about the University of Vienna and information about current developments in academia can be found on the University of Vienna’s website, in the uni:view magazine, on the univie blog, on the University of Vienna’s Facebook page as well as on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. (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 start of the semester under as well as on social media under #SEMESTERFRAGE. As part of a cooperation with the daily newspaper, experts respond to the readers’ questions and comments. The online discussion on the semester question on Earth can be seen in the picture. (©

Stay connected!

The Alumni Association has been founded by university graduates and gives you the opportunity to participate in different ways. You may also participate in other exciting initiatives and events – find out more.

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

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