ABC of terminology

Here you can find study-related terms and abbreviations, currently especially on topics as courses and examinations.

 

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A

Academic degree

You receive an academic degree after you have successfully completed your higher education by means of a final examination and/or presentation (e.g. public defence). Subsequently, you will receive your graduation document.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Public defence

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Accessible studying

Team Barrierefrei offers support to people with psychological or physical impairments at the beginning of their studies and in their everyday university life. Students can reach the the team personally, by telephone or via e-mail.

Link:
Accessible studies

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Additional degree programme

If you are currently studying at the University of Vienna, you can apply for admission to an additional degree programme via u:space. Please note the respective application deadlines.

Links:
Information on additional degree programme

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Advancement scholarship

You can apply for an advancement scholarship for the writing of a scientific thesis (master's, diploma or doctoral thesis). If certain requirements are met, students can apply for this scholarship once per semester. The decision on the approval is made by the office of the Studienpräses.

Link:
Information on the advancement scholarship (in German)

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Office of the Studienpräses

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Allocation of places in courses and exams

After the registration deadline, you can see whether or not you have been allocated to a place on a course/exam in u:space in the section > Studies > Registration Overview.

Each directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) determines how places for courses with a limited number of participants and exams are distributed in its degree programmes. The allocation of places will take place either according to the point allocation system, the preference system or the study achievement system.

The status of your registration in u:space informs you whether you are “Registered” (Angemeldet), "On waiting list" (Auf Warteliste) or if there is an "Alternative place available" (Alternativplatz verfügbar). If students deregister from a course, you possibly move up the waiting list. If you are on the waiting list, please attend the first unit of the course as there may be free places. If an Alternative place is available, you can accept or reject it within a defined deadline.

Links:
Registration overview in u:space

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
course with continuous assessment, registration for courses and exams, registration system in u:space

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Alternative extensions (AE)

It is possible to complete alternative extensions comprising a maximum of 15 ECTS credits instead of an extension curriculum (EC). Contrary to an EC, which is predefined, alternative extensions allow you to choose freely which courses or exams you want to complete as part of your degree programme.

Example: Within his degree programme, Max has to complete extension curricula comprising 30 ECTS credits. He would like to take only one extension curriculum comprising 15 ECTS credits and alternative extensions comprising another 15 ECTS credits. He chooses one interesting course from his degree programme (5 ECTS credits), one course from another bachelor’s programme (5 ECTS credits) and two language courses at the Language Center of the University of Vienna (5 ECTS credits).

Links:
Senate Decree about Alternative Extensions (PDF)
StudiesServiceCenter/StudiesServiceUnit

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Alternative mode of assessment (due to impairment, disability or illness)

If you cannot take exams in the required form due to an impairment, a disability, illness or because it might be a disadvantage to you, you can use an alternative mode of assessment. The Team Barrierefrei (Accessible Studying Team) provides relevant general information and counselling. In some cases, it sets out the conditions together with the directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) and teaching staff/examiners, who are in charge of the actual implementation.

Links:
Accessible Studies

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Alumni Association

The Alumni Association of the University of Vienna is a network which provides exchange and networking opportunities to graduates, e.g. at alumni reunions. Several different programmes such as alma (a mentoring programme students in the final phase on their way to a professional career) or u:start (education programme for self-employed and start-ups) are offered to young professionals.

Link:
Alumni Association (in German)

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Application for admission to a degree programme

In order to be able to study at the University of Vienna, prospective students must apply for admission to a degree programme. The application is possible in u:space within specific application preiods. For the application for admission, certain documents are required, depending on the degree programme of their choice.

Links:
Admission procedure
u:space

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Attempts

Students have four attempts to successfully pass an exam. The fourth, and therefore last, attempt takes place before an examination committee. If the last attempt is negative, the student will be permanently excluded from all degree programmes in which this exam is compulsory according to the curriculum.

Links:
Office of the Studienpräses

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration for courses and exams, registration deadline for courses and exams, unauthorised absence from a course with continuous assessment/exam, negative assessment, re-sitting an exam

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Audimax

“Audimax” is the short form of “Auditorium maximum” and refers to the largest lecture hall of the University of Vienna. It is located in the main building and offers room for 750 people, which is why it is also used as an event location.

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Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH)

The Austrian National Union of Students is the official political advocacy group of students and provides information and advice on most aspects of everyday university life. By paying the Students’ Union fee each semester, students contribute to the work of their representatives. The Austrian National Union of Students is directly elected by students every two years.

Links:
Federal body of the Austrian National Union of Students
Students' Union of the University of Vienna (in German)

 

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B

Bachelor's programme

The bachelor's programmes offered at the University of Vienna comprise 180 ECTS and are designed for a standard duration of three years (exception: Teacher Education Programme of 240 ECTS with a standard duration of four years). The language of instruction of all bachelor's programmes is German, which is why German knowledge is required for the admission. Graduates of a bachelor's programme can apply for admission to a master's programme. It is recommended to select a subject-related master's programme. 

Link:
Range of studies: bachelor/diploma programmes

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Academic degree, curriculum, ECTS, Master Access Guide, master's programme

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Board examination

If you have not passed an exam three times, this exam must be taken orally before an examination committee for the fourth and last time. The registration is done at the StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) or the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS).

Links:
StudienServiceCenters (SSC)/StudienServiceUnits (SSS)
Büro Studienpräses: Types of exams (in German)

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Types of exams, re-sitting an exam, negative assessment, registration for courses and exams

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C

Campus

In 1988, the University of Vienna took over the grounds of the old Vienna General Hospital (AKH). Besides numerous institutions, a centre of lecture halls, shops and restaurants are located on the Campus.

Link:
Campus of the University of Vienna

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CEEPUS

CEEPUS is a Central European mobility programme and the abbreviation of Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies. The CEEPUS network enables students from certain European countries to study at the University of Vienna.

Link:
CEEPUS Student Mobility

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Center for Doctoral Studies

The Center for Doctoral Studies advises and supports people interested in studying a doctoral/PhD programme. It is also in charge of the admission procedure. The Center for Doctoral Studies also offers a wide range of workshops and trainings to doctoral candidates and postdocs.

Link:
Doctoral programmes

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Certificate

You can view all grades that you receive during your studies in u:space.

Your transcript of records includes all positive and negative grades. It serves as an official proof of your academic progress for external authorities.

Your record of examinations includes all exams passed and their allocation to the respective curriculum item of your degree programme. You can change their allocation yourself in u:space. Each exam can only be used for one curriculum item. The record of examinations serves as the basis for submitting your completed degree or stage of the degree programme.

After completing your degree programme or stage of the degree programme, you will receive your degree certificate/diploma. After graduation, you will additionally be awarded the academic degree.

You also receive your diploma supplement. The aim of the bilingual diploma supplement (in German/English) is to enhance the transparency and recognition of higher education degrees. Your diploma supplement contains information about the type and level of your degree, the degree programme you completed (requirements, course of studies, grading scale) as well as as standardised information about the higher education system.

Links:
u:space

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Change of degree programme

The change of a degree programme means to change from one degree programme at the University of Vienna to another degree programme at the University of Vienna. You can apply for admission to another degree programme via u:space. Please close the previous degree programme by sending a messasge via contact form to the Admission Office.

Links:
Information on the change of degree programme
Contact form

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Colloquium

A colloquium can be a presentation with follow-up discussion or a conversation or oral examination between a teacher and a student of a higher education institution.

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Completion of a degree programme

As soon as you have successfully passed all courses specified in your curriculum, you have completed your degree programme. The StudiesServiceCenter or your StudiesServiceUnit of your degree programme informs you about the administrative steps necessary for your graduation. After having completed your degree programme, you receive an academic degree.

Links:
StudiesServiceCenters (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnits (SSS)
Office of the Studienpräses (in German)

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Termination of a degree programme, public defence, curriculum, certificate, StudiesServiceCenter/StudiesServiceUnit, academic degree, graduation ceremony, alumni association

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Compulsory attendance

In courses with continuous assessment attendance is compulsory, which means that regular attendance and active participation in the course are required for a positive assessment.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Course with continuous assessment (pi LV)

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Confirmation of study periods

The confirmation of study periods contains information on the study periods at the University of Vienna. Students can find them in u:space in the section Personal Matters > My Documents. Former students whose u:account has become inactive can request their confirmation of study periods by e-mail.

Links:
u:space
confirmations for former students

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Course (LV)

To take exams, you have to attend courses ("Lehrveranstaltung", LV). There are courses with continuous assessment and courses with non-continuous assessment. In the first case, you have to deliver results already during the semester. Courses with non-continuous assessment end with an examination at the end of the semester resp. in the following semester. Examples of course types: lectures ("Vorlesungen", VO), seminars ("Seminare", SE) or exercises ("Übungen", UE).

Links:
u:find – Course directory

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Start of exams/courses

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Course directory

see u:find

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Course exam

A course exam is an exam on the contents of a specific course. Grading is based exclusively on the results of the exam. The attendance or active participation in the course will not be assessed. Course exams are offered mostly in lectures and can be in oral, written or combined form. Four exam dates are offered for each course.

Links:
u:find – Course directory
Study law

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Types of exams

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Course with continuous assessment (pi LV)

Courses with continuous assessment require a registration.

In courses with continuous assessment (e.g. seminars, exercises), you have to complete oral and/or written partial achievements. Your final grade is calculated on the basis of these partial achievements. Information about the partial achievements that will be assessed is provided on u:find and during the respective course.

Each directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) determines how places for courses with a limited number of participants and exams are distributed in its degree programmes. The allocation of places will take place either according to the point allocation system, the preference system or the study achievement system.

The status of your registration in u:space informs you whether you are “Registered” (Angemeldet), "On waiting list" (Auf Warteliste) or if there is an "Alternative place available" (Alternativplatz verfügbar). If an Alternative place is available, you can accept or reject it within a defined deadline.

If you are registered for a course with continuous assessment and are absent from the first unit without having a good reason, you will be deregistered. Students on the waiting list will be accepted if course places become available. In case you are on the waiting list, please attend the first unit of the course, as there may be free places.

Examples: Marion attends a seminar (SE) in History. Her presentation, seminar paper and contributions to the discussion of her colleagues’ presentations will be assessed.
Max attends an exercise (UE) in Biology. During the exercise, he has to carry out various tasks and laboratory experiments and present his results in short abstracts.

Links:
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Types of exams

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Course with non-continuous assessment (npi LV)

Courses with non-continuous assessment are, for example, lectures (in German: Vorlesung, VO). You can register for courses with non-continuous assessment via u:find.

After registering, you can find the course in the registration system in u:space. In addition, you are automatically registered for the respective Moodle course.

Registration for courses with non-continuous assessment is not subject to any conditions, such as attendance or participation.

Links:
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration deadline, course with continuous assessment, registration status in u:space

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c.t. (cum tempore)

If you find the indication "cum tempore" (c.t.) next to a course in the course directory, the course starts 15 minutes later than scheduled. These fifteen minutes are referred to as "academic quarter of an hour" or "academic quarter" (in German: „akademische Viertelstunde“ or „akademisches Viertel“).

Example:
Laura would like to attend the lecture „Höhere Analysis“. According to u:find, it starts at 10:00 c.t. In order to be punctual, Laura must arrive at the lecture hall no later than 10:15.

Link:
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
course (LV), s.t. (sine tempore), u:find

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Curriculum

A curriculum informs you about the content and structure of a degree programme. A degree programme is completed if all study achievements indicated in the corresponding curriculum have been completed successfully. Your degree programme's curriculum is available on the website of your “StudiesServiceCenter”.

Your record of examinations in u:space outlines the structure of your curriculum as well as the prerequisites and the status of your completed study achievements.

Curriculum item

Usually, degree programmes are divided into modules and further into curriculum items. One or several courses may be offered for one curriculum item. Some courses might also be assigned to several curriculum items.

In your record of examinations in u:space you can find the structure of your degree programme and the corresponding curriculum items. When registering for a course/exam, you have to specify the curriculum item for which you would like to use it.

Links:
Record of examinations in u:space
Registration overview in u:space

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Record of examinations

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D

Dean/Dean's Office

Together with the vice dean, the dean presides over a faculty or department. 
The dean’s office is the central contact point for all administrative and organisational issues of the respective faculty.  

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Faculty

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Decree of certain groups of persons

Non-EU/EEA citizens are exempted from the special university entrance qualification ("admission statement") if they belong to certain groups of persons. For example, the decree of certain groups of persons applies to non-EU/EEA citizens who have had their main place of residence in Austria during five consecutive years prior to their first application for admission. 

Link:
Decree of certain groups of persons

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Application (for admission), admission procedure, special university entrance qualification

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Degree programme code

Every degree programme has a degree programme code, which makes it clearly identifiable. Your degree programme code is specified in u:space in the section Studies > Study Overview, as well as on your student record sheet in the section Personal Matters > My Documents.

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Diploma programme

As a consequence of the Bologna process, the higher education sructure in Austria has changed. Diploma programmes have been replaced by bachelor and master programmes. At the University of Vienna, two diploma programmes remain: Law and Catholic Theology. These comprise between eight and ten semesters. Diploma programmes are divided into several sequential stages, which must be passed one after the other. The language of instruction of these degree programmes is German, which is why German knowledge is required for the admission. Graduates are awarded the academic degree "Mag.iur." or "Mag.theol.".

Link:
Range of studies: bachelor and diploma programmes

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Stage of the degree programme, bachelor programme, curriculum, master programme

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Diploma Supplement

Together with the degree certificate graduates receive a Diploma Supplement. The bilingual (German/English) Diploma Supplement aims at increasing the transparency and recognition of higher education programmes. It includes details on the kind and level of qualification as well as information about the completed degree programme (requirements, course of study, grading scale) and the higher education system in Austria.

Link:
Büro Studienpräses

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Completion of a degree programme, certificate

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Directorate of studies (SPL)

The directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) of your degree programme fulfils administrative and legal tasks. It is responsible for providing students with legal information and consultation and for organising the teaching programme.

Links:
Directorate of studies (SPL)

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Discontinuing an exam/course with continuous assessment

If you must prematurely discontinue an exam or a course with continuous assessment for a valid reason (e.g. sickness), please contact your examiner/course instructor immediately. If you have a valid reason, you will not be graded.

If your examiner/course instructor cannot accept your reason because your reason is not clear, you can apply for recognition of your reason at the Office of the Studienpräses within 14 days after discontinuing the exam/course with continuous assessment. You will receive an official notice, notifying you whether or not your application was successful.

Please note: If you prematurely discontinue an exam or course with continuous assessment (pi LV) without a valid reason, your study achievements up to the discontinuation will be graded.

Links:
Accessible Studies
Office of the Studienpräses
Study law

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Unauthorised absence from a course with continuous assessment/exam, use of unauthorised aids ("cheating"/plagiarism)

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Discussion Course (KO)

The discussion course ("Konversatorium", KO) belongs to the types of courses. It usually is a course with continuous assessment, which means that attendance is compulsory and the number of available places is limited. The charasteristic of a discussion course is that an intense exchange between students and course instructors shall be stimulated, for example by means of discussions.

Link:
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Course (LV), course with continuous assessment (pi LV), curriculum, course with non-continuous assessment (npi LV)

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Distribution of remaining places (courses)

See waiting list and allocation of remaining places (courses)

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E

ECTS credits

The "European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)" contributes to the mobility between degree programmes, universities and countries, as ECTS credits facilitate a comparison of academic achievements.

ECTS credits describe the average workload required to achieve the objectives of a course, module or degree programme. One ECTS credit corresponds to an average workload of 25 full hours. Course participation as well as the preparation and follow-up of a course, the duration of the exam and studying time are considered as part of the workload.

In u:find you can see how many ECTS credits you have to obtain to successfully complete a course.

Example: Max attends a seminar comprising 4 ECTS credits (= 100 hours). The seminar takes place ten times and takes 1.5 hours each time (= 15 hours). He has to prepare a presentation and a summary (which takes him 30 hours), a seminar paper (30 hours) and he has to read texts for every second session (5 hours each). Over the course of the semester, he will be working 100 hours for the seminar.

Links:
u:find

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Extension curricula (Erweiterungscurricula, EC)

The majority of bachelor’s programmes (and diploma programmes) require you to complete not only compulsory and elective courses within your own degree programme, but also extension curricula (EC). An extension curriculum is a predefined module group comprising up to 30 ECTS credits. The required number of ECTS credits for extension curricula is defined in your degree programme’s curriculum.

Almost all degree programmes offer extension curricula. Unless specified otherwise in your degree programme’s curriculum, you can, to a great extent, freely choose from the entire range of extension curricula.

Example: Max is studying on the bachelor’s programme in Sociology, for which he has to complete extension curricula comprising 30 ECTS credits. The curriculum does not specify which extension curricula he has to attend, but he can not choose EC from his degree programme.

Equivalent degree

The admission to a master's programme is only possible if you have previously completed a subject-related or equivalent degree programme. After having applied for admission to the degree programme, the Admission Office will evaluate the equivalence of your previous degree. If it is found to be equivalent, but some exams (of max. 30 ECTS) are missing, stipulations are prescribed in your admission letter. The Master Access Guide illustrates which degree programmes enable you to continue with a certain master programme.

Link:
Master Access Guide

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Master programme, curriculum, application for admission to a degree programme, stipulations (in an admission letter)

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Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is a mobility programme enabling students within Europe to complete a part of their degree programme abroad. The Service Unit International Office provides information on the possibilities and requirements for an Erasmus+ stay.

Links:
Service unit International Office

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Mobility programme

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Exam fee for entrance exam procedures

For the registration for entrance exam procedures of certain bachelor/diploma programmes, an exam fee of 50€ must be paid by credit card or eps online transfer. The registration is complete only after the payment of the exam fee. It is not possible to have your exam fee refunded, as the payment of the exam fee is a specific measure aiming at securing that only those with a real interest in studying the degree programme register for the entrance exam procedure.

Link:
FAQ for degree programmes with entrance exam procedure

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration period

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Exchange programme

see mobility programme

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F

Faculty

Scientific investigation and teaching activities are carried out at the different faculties and centres. Altogether, the University of Vienna is subdivided into 15 faculties with different locations. Each faculty is presided by a dean.

Link:
University of Vienna: Faculties and centres

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Field trip (course type)

Field trip are research-related courses with continuous assessment during which students go on a research excursion. Field trips serve the purpose of raising and enhancing subject-specific knowledge. Usually, participants have to write a field report afterwards.

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Free elective subjects

Some degree programmes allow for free elective subjects. These must present a meaningful complement to the degree programme. By completing free elective subjects, students can extend and/or deepen their existing knowledge. If your degree programmes allows for free elective subjects is specified in your curriculum.

Link:
StudiesServiceCenters (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnits (SSS)

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Curriculum

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Free Mover

The University of Vienna does not accept any Free Mover Programme students.

Link:
Admission procedure

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G

Graduation Ceremony

The successful completion of your bachelor, diploma, master or doctoral studies can be celebrated worthily during a ceremony in the Main Ceremonial Chamber of the University of Vienna. A registration is possible via u:space.

Links:
u:space
ceremonies and celebrations

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Completion of a degree programme, academic degree

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GRE test

For the admission to certain master's programmes, the so-called GRE revised general test is required. Applicants need at least 150 points in their overall result.

Links:
Master's programmes which require a GRE general test
GRE

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H

Habilitation

Habilitation is the authorisation to teach in a certain field of higher education (venia docendi). The positive completion of a doctoral/PhD programme in the relevant scientific discipline is one of the habilitation requirements. Several years of scientific teaching activity at higher education institutions as well as the writing of a habilitation thesis are preceded by the habilitation.

Link:
Statutes of the University of Vienna: habilitation

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Professor, statutes

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Hours per week per semester

The hours per week per semester ("Semesterwochenstunden", SWS) indicate the value of a course. One hour per week per semester equals 45 minutes.

Example: Maria attends a lecture in Law. This lecture takes place every week on Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:30 (2x45 minutes) during the entire semester. Therefore, the lecture corresponds to two hours per week per semester (2 SWS).

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I

Instructions on the right to appeal

Official notices of admission issued by the University of Vienna are provided with instructions on the right to appeal. The instructions on the right to appeal include information on the form and time period in which an appeal against the official notice may be submitted by the applicant.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
application for admission to a degree programme

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Insurance

A part of the Students' Union fee you pay covers your casualty and personal liability protection within the buildings/university grounds of the University of Vienna. The insurance enters into force as soon as the Students' Union fee is registered as paid. This insurance is no health insurance. Students must apply for health insurance at the health insurance fund of their choice.

Link:
Austrian National Union of Students - insurance

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Austrian National Union of Students

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Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP)

The Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) is a chance for students to get an insight into their degree programme in their first semester and find out whether or not it fulfils their personal expectations.

Links:
Detailed information on the STEOP

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J

Job Center

Information on the vacancies at the University of Vienna is provided by the Job Center, which handles the applications of those interested in a free position.

Link:
Human Resources and Gender Equality

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L

Leave of absence

You can apply for a leave of absence if one of the officially recognised reasons for a leave of absence apply. The leave of absence applies to all the degree programmes on which you are enrolled at the University of Vienna, not for an individual degree programme. Please note the negative consequences that a leave of absence can have.

Links:
Information on the leave of absence

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M

Master's programme

The University of Vienna offers master's programmes in various different thematic fields with a standard duration of four semesters. The completion of a subject-related degree of at least three years at an accredited university within Austria or aborad is an admission requirement.

Link:
Range of studies – master programmes

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Curriculum, bachelor's programme

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Mensa

Everyone, students and non-students, can get good food for a reasonable price at the “Mensa” cafeterias. These cafeterias do not belong to a certain university, but are part of an external enterprise.

Links:
Mensa (in German)

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Mobility programmes

The University of Vienna offers a range of mobility programmes. This means that students have the possibility to spend one or more semesters at a different university within Europe or beyond, gather experience living in another country and improve their foreign language skills. Students from abroad can also study at the University of Vienna by means of a mobility programme.

Link:
International Office

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Semester abroad, Erasmus+, CEEPUS

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Module

The curricula of bachelor’s and master’s programmes are divided into modules. Each module specifies the learning outcomes that students have to achieve.

You can view the structure of your degree programme and the corresponding modules in your record of examinations in u:space.

Links:
Record of examinations in u:space

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Module/subject exam, curriculum item

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Module/subject exam

A module exam (or subject exam) is an exam covering the contents of a module (which comprises the content of several courses). Grading is exclusively based on the results of the exam. Attendance or active participation in the courses will not be graded. Three module exam dates are offered per semester.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Curriculum, types of exams

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Moodle

Moodle is the e-learning platform of the University of Vienna. To access Moodle, you require an active u:account. In Moodle, teachers can provide learning materials, students of the same course can connect and exchange information with each other, and streamed content can be viewed.

It is specified in the course details in u:find if Moodle is used in a course.

Links:
Moodle – further information
Moodle – e-learning platform

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N

Negative assessment

Exam

In the event of a negative grade, you will be able to re-sit an exam three times, which means that you can take an exam four times in total. The fourth attempt takes place orally before an examination committee. Please register to an examination in front of an examination committee at the StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS).

If the fourth examination attempt was not successful, you will be permanently blocked from this degree programme and any other degree programmes at the University of Vienna, for which the same examination result is required. Admission to these degree programmes is not possible any more. Exceptions are the Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) exams, for which specific regulations apply.

Course with continuous assessment

In the event of a negative grade, you will have to repeat the entire course with continuous assessment. You can repeat a course offered by a different course instructor if it serves the same purpose with regard to your curriculum.

The course can be repeated three times (four attempts in total). If the fourth attempt was not successful, you will be deregistered from this degree programme at the University of Vienna (and any other degree programmes for which this course is required). A resumption of the study programme is not possible.

Appeal against a negative assessment

You can appeal against a negative grade if there were serious irregularities in the conduct of the exam (e.g. reduced time, noise, disturbance, change in mode of assessment that was not announced). You cannot appeal against the content-related assessment as this is at the examiner's discretion.

In the event of serious irregularities at the time of the exam, you can apply for a deletion of your grade/attempt in the Office of the Studienpräses within 14 days after grading. The plausibility of the serious irregularities has to be demonstrated. A proof is not necessary. You will receive an official notice, notifying you whether or not your application was successful.

Links:
Office of the Studienpräses
Study law

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Nostrification

Nostrification is the recognition of a foreign university degree as equivalent to an Austrian university degree. It also applies to the resulting rights and obligations (e.g. the right to use an academic title, the right to exercise a profession).

The official Austrian information centre for international nostrifications in the academic field is ENIC NARIC AUSTRIA.

At the University of Vienna, nostrification is possible for any degree programme offered by the University.
For further information, please contact the Office of the Studienpräses.

Links:
ENIC NARIC AUSTRIA – Recognition of university degrees
Closing of a degree programme/withdrawal from the University of Vienna
Office of the Studienpräses

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O

Office of the Studienpräses

The officer of the Studienpräses is in charge of decisions related to study law and and their correct implementation as well as for the awarding of scholarships and the nostrification of non-Austrian university degrees. Often, he/she is supported by the directorates of study (Studienprogrammleitung). 

Link:
Office of the Studienpräses (in German)

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Advancement scholarship

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P

Performance scholarship

Performance scholarships are granted by the office of the Studienpräses. Students who fulfil certain requirements can apply for this scholarship. Excellent academic achievements or a successful completion of a degree programme is, above all, among these requirements.

Link:
Information on the performance scholarship (in German)

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Office of the Studienpräses

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Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the theft of intellectual property, which occurs for example when a text written by somebody else is disguised as one’s own. In many cases, quotes are not correctly cited and thus plagiarised. Special software exists and is also used at the University of Vienna for the purpose of identifying plagiarised texts. If there is proof of plagiarism, the academic degree of the respective student may be revoked.

Link:
Office of the Studienpräses - plagiarism (in German)

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Point allocation system

Every directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) determines how places for courses with a limited number of participants and exams are distributed in its degree programmes.

With the point allocation system, you receive a certain number of points (= points account) every semester which you can use for the registration. You will have a points account for the registration for courses and another one for the registration for exams.

If you register for courses offered by different directorates of studies, you will have several points accounts. The points can be used for courses with a limited number of participants.

The more points you allocate to a course, the more likely it is that you are accepted.

The points account is created when you register for a course for the first time. If you cannot find any points in u:space, register for the course and you will see that a new points account has been created for the current semester.

The allocation of points can still be changed within the registration deadline. You cannot save points for the following semester, which means that you will lose points that you have not used.

The directorate of studies can add additional regulations to the point allocation system:
Bonus points: If certain criteria apply (e.g. academic progress or number of ECTS credits obtained in the previous semester), students automatically receive additional points. 
Points of the previous semester: If you are on the waiting list of a course, you will automatically be credited the allocated points for the same course in the following semester and these will be added to your newly allocated points. You can view these extra points in the section “points of previous semester”. This only applies to allocated points. Any points that you did not allocate are lost.

After the end of the registration period and the subsequent allocation of places, you will receive an e-mail to your u:account e-mail-address informing you about the status of your registration.

For further information on the registration procedure, please contact the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS) or StudiesServiceCenter of your degree programme.

Example: Max would like to attend a course with 25 available places. A total number of 30 students register for this course. Max allocates 200 points to this course. As 27 other students allocated between 210 and 500 points, he does not get a place. 70 students register for another course with 50 available places. Max allocates 100 points and gets a place, because several students allocated fewer points than he did.

Links:
StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/ StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Study achievement system, preference system

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Positive assessment

Your grade will be entered within four weeks after the exam/the completion of a course or final partial achievement. You can check your grade in the record of examinations in u:space as well as in your transcript of records.

You can re-sit a passed exam once within twelve months (provided that you have not yet completed your degree programme/stage of the degree programme/module). With your new attempt, the previous examination result becomes void and the new grade is entered, even if the second grade is lower than the first.

If no courses with continuous assessment are offered in the semester following your first attempt, you can only re-sit the exam in the semester after next at the latest, but not after you have completed the corresponding module, stage of the degree programme or degree programme.

You should announce that you would like to re-sit the exam within 6 months. If you do not use this opportunity, you will not be able to repeat the exam at a later point.

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Postgraduate Center

The University of Vienna's Postgraduate Center offers the possibility of continuing education and training by means of continuing education programmes and certificate courses. For the participation in a continuing education and training programmes, a tuition fee is charged.

Link:
Postgraduate Center

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Preference system

Every directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) determines for its degree programme how places for courses with a limited number of participants and exams are allocated in its degree programmes.

With the preference system, several courses are offered for the same curriculum items. Students rank their registrations for courses according to their personal preference (from top to bottom). The system intends to achieve the highest possible preference. The higher the preference, the more likely it is to get a place in the prefered option.

After the end of the registration deadline, the available places are allocated. On average, 98% of all students receive a suitable course place.

After the registration deadline you will receive an e-mail to your u:account e-mail-adress informing you about the outcome of the registration.

Example: According to his curriculum, Max has to complete an exercise. When registering for the exercise, different options (often called “groups”) appear. He ranks the courses according to his preferences.
Max gets a place on the course of his first preference. If the number of students who ranked this exercise as their first preference had exceeded the number of available places, Max would have got a place on the parallel course he ranked second.

For further information on the registration procedure of your directorate of studies, contact the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) of your degree programme.

Links:
StudiesServiceCenter/StudiesServiceUnit

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
study achievement system, point allocation system

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Printing service

Students of the University of Vienna can find their study documents in u:space > Personal Matters > My Documents and print them at home. 

Links:
u:space
u:print

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
u:print, transcript of records, confirmation of study periods

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Professor

Professors are persons carrying out teaching and research activities at higher education institutions. Besides the official title "Full Professor" or "Associate Professor", numerous other terms exist which refer to scholars within the higher education sector. These include for example ""Assistant Professor", "Private Lecturer", "Senior Lecturer", "Lecturer" and "Postdoc".

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"Promotion"

What is called "Promotion" in German refers to the conferring of an academic degree to graduates of a doctoral/PhD programme. When doctorates are coferred, the Rector or Vice-Rector, Dean and Professor conferring the degree are present. A "Promotion" can be celebrated by taking part in an academic graduation ceremony.

Link:
Graduation ceremonies

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Public defence, graduation ceremony, Alumni Association, academic degree, Dean/Dean's Office, Center for Doctoral Studies

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Proof of academic success

The transcript of records and the confirmation of courses passed serve as a proof of academic success. These documents are available in u:space in the section Personal Matters > My Documents. They can be printed and presented at authorities (i.e. tax office, Immigration Office MA 35), if necessary.

Links:
u:space

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Student documents, confirmation of courses passed, transcript of records, positive assessment

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Public defence

The public defence is the final exam in a master's or doctoral programme. It includes the defence of your academic thesis (master's or doctoral thesis) and an oral exam in front of an examination committee of at least three persons. The regulations are specified in the curriculum of your degree programme.

Immediately after you have successfully completed your public defence, you will get a confirmation of completion of the last exam required for your graduation. This confirmation is valid for six weeks and can be presented at public authorities until your degree is issued.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Types of exams

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R

Recognition of exams

You can apply for the recognition of exams that you have taken at the University of Vienna or at a different university, in your degree programme at the University of Vienna. This also applies to internships and academic activities outside the University. The directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) of your degree programme decides on the recognition of exams.

A study achievement can be recognised only once in your degree programme. It cannot be recognised more than once in the same degree programme.

Please note: Before applying for recognition of exams, please contact the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) of your degree programme.

Internal study achievements:
The application for recognition of exams taken at the University of Vienna is done via u:space. Exception: If you are enrolled on two (bachelor's) teacher education programmes at the same time or one after the other, you do not have to apply for recognition of exams. For this purpose please check your record of examinations in u:space on a regular basis.

External study achievements:
You have to apply for the recognition of external study achievements separately. For further information, please contact the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) of your degree programme.

Links:
Directorate of studies (SPL)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)
u:space

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Record of examinations

Your record of examinations is available in u:space. It presents the structure of your curriculum and your academic progress. You can search for study achievements and change their allocation, when applicable.

Links:
Record of examinations in u:space

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Module

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Rectorate

The rectorate consists of the Rector and Vice-Rectors and, together with the Senate and the University Board, forms the governing body of the University of Vienna.

Link:
Rectorate of the University of Vienna

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Reference number (GZ)

Each application for admission is assigned a reference number ("Geschäftszahl", GZ), which makes it clearly identifiable. The reference number consists of several digits and letters and is indicated in the top left of your amendment request, admission letter, letter of rejection or letter of refusal. When contacting the Admission Office, please provide your reference number.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Application for admission to a degree programme, admission procedure, Admission Office, amendment request, admission letter, letter of rejection, letter of refusal

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Registration deadline for courses and exams

The registration deadlines for courses and exams are announced on u:find, on the website of the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) or on the website of the department of your degree programme. Additionally, you receive information on the registration deadlines for exams during the corresponding course.

Links:
StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration for courses and exams, registration system

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Registration for courses and exams

You can register for courses and exams via u:find resp. the record of examinations in u:space.

In order to be able to attend courses with continuous assessment or exams, you have to register in due time. You can find the registration periods within the respective courses in u:find.

In order to register successfully, you have to fulfil the requirements according to the curriculum of your degree programme. This is being evaluated in the registration process. It is not possible to attend a course with continuous assesment if you have not registered in due time. The registration for courses with non-continuous assessment is not mandatory but recommended. You cannot be registered after the registration/late registration period has ended.

If you have registered correctly, you are entitled to attend the course/exam.

Links:
Registration overview in u:space
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration deadline for courses and exams, registration system

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Registration period

Prospective students of bachelor's and diploma programmes with entrance exam procedure must register for the entrance exam procedure within a certain registration period. Depending on the degree programme, the registration period either ends in spring or summer before the academic year for which the entrance exam procedure is carried out.

Link:
Degree programmes with entrance exam procedure

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
exam fee

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Registration status in u:space

In u:space, in the section > Studies > Registration Overview you can view the status of your registrations.

For courses with non-continuous assessment (e.g. lectures) the following status values may appear:

  • Registered (Angemeldet): You have registered for the course.
  • Deregistered (Abgemeldet): You have successfully deregistered from the course.


For courses with continuous assessment (e.g. seminars, exercises) the following status values may appear:

  • Prerequisite currently not met (Voraussetzung noch nicht erfüllt): You have started but not completed your registration or you do not meet the course prerequisites yet. If you meet the requirements by the end of the registration deadline, you will automatically be considered for the allocation.
  • Allocation by registration deadline (Zuteilung nach Anmeldefrist):If you have registered for a course with a limited number of participants, you are in consideration for the course first. Once the places have been allocated (after the end of the registration deadline), it will be decided whether you gain a place on the course.
  • Registered (Angemeldet): You have gained a place on the course. In case you do not want to attend, you have to deregister in due time.
  • On waiting list (Auf Warteliste): You have not been assigned a place on the course. If other students deregister, you might be able to move up the list and get a free place. If you are on the waiting list, please attend the first unit of the course as there may be free places.
  • Alternative place available (Alternativplatz verfügbar): You have not gained a place on the course of your interest, but will be able to attend another group (parallel course). You can accept or reject it within a defined deadline.
  • In process (In Bearbeitung): The registration period has expired and the allocation of places or your record is being processed. This can take several hours. In the meanwhile, you cannot make any changes.
  • Closed (geschlossen): At the end of the semester, all registrations are closed, which enables you to register for the same or a similar course or exam without any problems in the following semester.
  • No place received (Keinen Platz erhalten): You have been on the waiting list of a course/exam and did not receive a place. You can no longer move up the list. You can register for an equal course/exam in the following semester.

Links:
Registration overview in u:space
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration deadline for courses and exams, registration system, registration for courses and exams, allocation of places in courses and exams

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Registration system for courses and exams

For courses and exams, you have to register via u:find. The registration for courses with non-continuous assessment is not mandatory but recommended. You can find the registration deadlines in the respective courses in u:find.

During the registration period, you will be forwarded to the registration in u:space, by clicking on "Register/Deregister for this course". You need an active u:account and your admission must be valid to access the registration system.

The registration date within the registration period is not relevant to the allocation of places. Please note that your registration status should be “Registered” (Angemeldet) or “Allocation by registration deadline” (Zuteilung nach Anmeldefrist) for courses with continuous assessment. If your status is "Prerequisite currently not met" (Voraussetzung noch nicht erfüllt) you have to meet the requirements by the end of the registration deadline to get registered for the course.

For courses with continuous assessment the allocation process begins after the registration period has ended. Registrations are ranked according to the stipulations in the curricula (e.g. point system/preference system/study achievement system) and places allocated. Afterwards, you will be informed about whether you are “Registered” (Angemeldet), "On waiting list" (auf Warteliste) or if there is an "Alternative place available" (Alternativplatz verfügbar). If students deregister from a course, you possibly move up the waiting list. If you are on the waiting list, please attend the first unit of the course as there may be free places. If an Alternative place is available, you can accept or reject it within a defined deadline.

You can find detailed information about the registration procedure at the website of the course and exam registration system.

For further information about the registration for courses/exams, please contact the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) of your degree programme.

Links:
u:account
u:find
registration overview in u:space

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration for courses and exams, registration deadline for courses and exams, registration status in u:space

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Re-sitting an exam

It is possible to re-sit a STEOP exam three times. If your fourth attempt is not successful, your  admission to the associated degree programme expires on the day of the exam. Re-admission to the same degree programme is possible no earlier than the third semester after your admission expired.

You can take exams that are not part of the STEOP four times. The last attempt takes place before an examination committee. If the last attempt is not successful, your admission to the associated degree programme expires. At the University of Vienna, re-admission to the same degree programme and other degree programmes that require you to complete the exam that you failes four times is not possible.

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Replacement number

Students who do not have an Austrian social insurance number receive a replacement number by the University of Vienna. The replacement number is indicated on the student record sheet. 

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Resumption of studies

Resumption of studies means that you have already studied at the University of Vienna and would now like to study the degree programme you dropped out of, or a different degree programme.

If you have completed a degree programme at the University of Vienna and would like to start a master's or doctoral programme, you have to apply for admission to a degree programme in the regular way.

Links:
Information on resumption of studies

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S

Secondary-school leaving certificate

The secondary-school leaving certificate is a proof of general university entrance qualification and therefore a relevant requirement for admission to bachelor's or diploma programmes at the University of Vienna.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
application for admission to a degree programme

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Second degree programme

In addition to their selected degree programme at the University of Vienna, students may opt for a second degree programme at a different Austrian university. Students can decide for themselves how much effort and time they spend on each of their degree programmes.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
simultaneous admission, studying at several universities

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Semester abroad

As a degree student you can pass one or more semesters abroad at a different university (Outgoing Mobility). The University of Vienna cooperates with numerous partner universities abroad. There are also several mobility programmes offered for incoming students.

Link:
International Office

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Mobility programme, Free Mover, Visiting Master, CEEPUS, Erasmus+, recognition of exams

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Simultaneous admission

Students may simultaneously be admitted to two different degree programmes at the same university or at different universities. The tuition fee/Students' Union fee must only be paid once per semester, even if you are admitted to a second degree programme in Austria. The simultaneous admission to the same degree programme at two different Austrian universities, however, is not permitted.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
studying at several universities, additional degree programme, second degree programme

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s.t. (sine tempore)

The academic time indication „sine tempore“ (s.t.) specifies that the respective course starts on time. If you do not find any indication referring to the "academic quarter" in the course directory, the course begins on the mentioned time (unlike „cum tempore“, c.t.).

Links:
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Course (LV), u:find, c.t. (cum tempore)

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Special libraries

The special libraries belong to the University Library, however, they are located in the different institutes. There you can find literature related to the thematic areas of the respective institute. The University of Vienna has 38 special libraries.

Link:
University Library – University of Vienna

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"Sponsion"

The German term "Sponsion" refers to the conferment of an academic degree to graduates of a diploma, bachelor's or master's programme. The conferment may be celebrated in an academic graduation ceremony. 

Link:
Graduation ceremonies

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Graduation ceremony, academic degree, Alumni Association

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Sprachenzentrum

The Sprachenzentrum (Language Center of the University of Vienna) belongs to a subsidiary of the University of Vienna and offers a wide range of language courses on different levels.

Link:
Sprachenzentrum of the University of Vienna

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Stage of the degree programme

Diploma programmes are divided into two or three stages which build on one another and must be completed successively.

Each stage consists of modules comprising individual courses. Detailed information regarding the structure of a degree programme is outlined in its curriculum.

After having passed all exams of one stage of your degree programme, they must be "handed in" at the StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceunit (SSS) responsible for your degree programme. Information on the administrative steps is provided by the SSC/SSS in charge. For the completion of your degree programme, all stages must be passed successfully.

Link:
StudiesServiceCenters (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnits (SSS)

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Diploma programme, curriculum, module, record of examinations

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Standard duration of a degree programme

The standard duration of a degree programme is the time students at least need to complete their degree programme if they pass 30 ECTS per semester on average. The standard duration of bachelor programmes is usually six semesters, the one of master programmes is four semesters. During the standard duration and two tolerance semesters, EU/EEA/CH citizens and students with equal status are exempted from the tuition fee and must pay only the Students' Union fee.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
ECTS credits

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Start of exams/courses

You are obliged to identify yourself by providing a photo ID card (e.g. your student ID card) before the start of an exam or in the first unit of a course.

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Statutes

Together with the Universities Act 2002, the statutes represent the legal texts applying to the University of Vienna. They contain internal university regulations (guidelines for the conferment of honorary degrees and awards, appointment of professors, action plan for the advancement of women, etc.). The Statutes are adopted by the Senate upon proposal by the Rectorate.

Link:
Statutes of the University of Vienna

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Universities Act 2002, Rectorate

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Stipulations (specified in an admission letter)

The admission to a master's programme can be granted in connection with certain stipulations. If your post-secondary degree of at least three years is not equivalent or subject-related, sipulations of up to 30 ECTS are specified in your admission letter. These stipulations may include several courses, which must be additionally taken, at best in the beginning of your master's programme.

Example:
Laura has sucessfully completed the bachelor's programme Economics and would like to study the master's programme Statistics. She has received a letter of admission in which the following stipulations are prescribed:
VO and UE „Höhere Analysis“ of 10 ECTS
She can be admitted to the master's programme, but she must additionally complete the course and exercise "Höhere Analysis" during (at best in the beginning) of her studies. 

Links:
Master Access Guide
Masterstudien

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Application for admission to a degree programme, master's programme, equivalent degree, curriculum

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StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)

The StudiesServiceCenter (in German: StudienServiceCenter, SSC) and the StudiesServiceUnit (in German: StudienServiceStelle, SSS) are central points of contact for questions about your degree programme. Each degree programme has a StudiesServiceCenter; the majority of degree programmes also have a StudiesServiceUnit, which informs you about your degree programme and the administration of your studies.

On the websites of your SSC/SSS, you can find important information about your degree programme, relevant news and often forms to download.

Links:
StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) / StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)

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Study achievement system

Every directorate of studies (SPL) determines how places for courses with a limited number of participants and exams are allocated in its degree programmes.

If the study achievement system applies, you cannot directly influence the allocation of places when you register for a course. You register for the course of your choice, and once the registration deadline has ended, your academic progress (ECTS credits) will be compared to those of other students. Available course places will be allocated accordingly.

After the end of the registration period you will receive an e-mail to your u:account e-mail address informing you about the result of your registration.

For more information about the registration procedure of your SPL, contact the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) of your degree programme.

Links:
StudiesServiceCenter/StudiesServiceUnit

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Preference system, Point allocation system

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Studying at several universities

You can study at several Austrian universities at the same time. It is also possible to study at a university and a university of applied sciences or a university college of teacher education at the same time. However, you are not allowed to study the same degree programme at two different universities.

Example: Maria studies on the bachelor's programme in History at the University of Salzburg. Therefore, she cannot be admitted to the bachelor's programme History at the University of Vienna. However, she can be admitted, for example, to the bachelor's programme in Classical Archaeology.

Admissions at non-Austrian universities or universities of applied sciences do not affect your admission at the University of Vienna, even if you are admitted to the same degree programme.

A co-registration enables you to attend selected courses in your degree programme at another Austrian university.

Links:
Co-registration at the University of Vienna

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Study plan

former term for curriculum

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T

Teacher Education for General Secondary Education in Vienna and Lower Austria

The teacher education programme for general secondary education in Vienna and Lower Austria is jointly offered by several higher education institutions. This association of higher education institutions is comprised of the University of Vienna, the university colleges of teacher education in Vienna and Lower Austria, the University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy and the University College for Teacher Education of Christian Churches.

Links:
Teacher Education for General Secondary Education in Vienna and Lowe Austria (available in German)
Teacher Education Programme

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Teacher Education Programme

The University of Vienna offers the Teacher Education Programme within the association for general secondary education in Vienna and Lower Austria ("Verbund Nord-Ost"). This degree programme consists of two or more teaching subjects as well as general educational basics. The Teacher Education Programme is divided into a bachelor and master programme. The overall minimum duration is 12 semesters (Bachelor: 8 semesters, Master: 4 semesters).

Links:
Range of degree programmes - Teacher Education Programme 
Verbund Nord-Ost

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Termination of a degree programme

There are following options to finish a degree programme:

  • successful graduation → graduation documents
  • discontinuing your degree programme → confirmation of withdrawal from university

Links:
Closing degree programmes/withdrawal from University of Vienna
Graduations

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Transcript of records

Your transcript of records lists all grades, positive and negative ones. It is an official proof of your academic progress, which you need for public authorities such as tax offices or the Austrian Study Grant Authority. You can print your transcript of records via u:space (Personal Matters > My Documents) at any time.

Links:
u:space

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Transfer to a new curriculum

Transferring to a new curriculum means the change from one version of a curriculum to a newer version of the same curriculum, for example

  • changing from a bachelor's programme with the 2017 curriculum to a bachelor's programme with the 2020 curriculum or
  • changing from a diploma programme in Teacher Education to a bachelor's programme in Teacher Education.

According to study law, the transitional provisions as well as the regulations of the new curriculum version apply when you transfer to a new curriculum.

Automatic transfer: If a curriculum expires, a transition period is specified. This period usually equals the length of the standard period of the curriculum. The transfer to the new curriculum comes into effect automatically at the end of this period.

Information about the transfer is available in the record of examinations in u:space as well as in your student record sheet (u:space > Personal matters > My documents).

Application for transfer: You can also apply for transfer to a new curriculum at the StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS) of your degree programme, provided that the transition period has not ended yet and both curricula are offered simultaneously.

Recognition of exams: If your curriuclum does not provide any regulation on the recognition, your exams will be automatically recognised from the old curriculum to the new one after the admission . Otherwise, you must apply for the recognition of exams. For more information and advice, contact the StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS) in charge of your curriculum.

Please note: Previously, inform yourself about possible legal consequences at your StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS). It is not possible to reverse the transfer!

Links:
Study law
StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)

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Tutorial

Tutors are students of a higher semester and at the same time student assistants who support teachers. For some lectures a tutorial course is offered, which consists of additional sessions to explain relevant subject matters to students. In this case, however, no course instructor is present.

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Types of exams

In your curriculum, you may find the following types of exams:

Links:
Curricula

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U

u:account

After you have been admitted to your degree programme, the u:account for students authorises you to access the IT services of the Vienna University Computer Center (ZID).

Links:
u:account for students

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u:find

u:find is the course directory and staff/unit directory of the University of Vienna. In u:find you can find all courses offered (sorted by semesters including detailed information about the content and course instructor, place and time, registration deadlines etc.) as well as organisational units and staff of the University of Vienna.

You can

  • search for courses, exams, persons or organisational units
  • view course and exam dates
  • register for courses and exams during the registration period (forwarding to u:space)
  • export a calendar
  • view the area map of the University of Vienna via Google Maps

The course directory is being continuously updated at the beginning of the semester.

Links:
u:find - further informationen
u:find - Course and Staff/Unit Directory

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Unauthorised absence from a course with continuous assessment/exam

If you are registered for a course with continuous assessment or an exam, you can deregister from it within the deregistration period.

If you are registered for a course with continuous assessment, but do not participate in it or do not provide performances, you will be deregistered in most cases.

If you are registered for an exam and do not show up, you will not be graded and will potentially be blocked for the following exam date. To avoid this, make sure to deregister in due time!

If you could not deregister in due time due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. because you had an accident), you will have to provide evidence in the most credible way to be deregistered retrospectively.

Links:
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Discontinuing an exam/course with continuous assessment, registration for courses and exams

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unileben

Each year at the beginning of the winter semester, unileben - the "fair for university life" - takes place in the Main Building of the University of Vienna. Current and future students can collect information about their everyday student life. Apart from other activities, numerous workshopsand guided tours around the main building are offered.

Links:
unileben (available in German)

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uniorientiert – open days for those interested in studying

Uniorientiert is a university fair which takes place once a year. At this event, those interested in studying can get information about the range of degree programmes offered at the University of Vienna. By participating in info presentation and trial lectures they get a close idea about the degree programmes which helps them in their choice of career. Apart from this, they can get to know getter their future university or institute. 

Links:
uniorientiert

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uniport

Uniport, the career service of the University of Vienna, offers councelling and coaching to university students and graduates. It also organises numerous workshops and events, e.g. House of Jobs, as well as a career magazine. 

Links:
Uniport (available in German)

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Universities Act 2002

As the central body of legislation, the Universities Act 2002 regulates the Austrian law on higher education.

Links:
RIS – Universities Act 2002

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University continuing education and training programme

To participate in one of the university continuing education and training programmes, you must already have a subject-related educational background. The admission requirements differ from programme to programme. For the university continuing education and training programmes, fees are charged.

Links:
Postgraduate Center

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Postgraduate Center

University Gazette

According to § 20 Abs. 6 University Act 2002, the University of Vienna must publish news regarding its degree programmes (scholarships, guidelines and regulations, organisation and structures, university's intern elections, award of authorisations to teach, etc.) in its university gazettes ("Mitteilungsblätter") and make them available to the public.

Links:
Mitteilungsblätter – University of Vienna

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Universities Act 2002

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u:print

u:print is a service provided by the Vienna University Computer Center (ZID). u:print devices for economical printing and copying are available at several computer rooms, departments and libraries at the University of Vienna.

Links:
u:print

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Use of unauthorised aids (“cheating”/plagiarism)

If you use unauthorised aids during an exam (“cheating”), you will not be graded. Your examination attempt/the entire course with continuous assessment will be marked separately (with an “X”) in your transcript of records. This counts as one of your permissible attempts. You will have lost one examination attempt.

If you state an appropriate reason, you can apply for the deletion of your examination attempt in the Office of the Studienpräses within 14 days after your exam has been marked with an “X”. You will receive an official notice informing you about whether or not your application was successful.

Links:
Office of the Studienpräses

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u:space

u:space is the online portal and central access point to all services regarding organisation of studies and teaching. With their u:account, students and university staff can log in to u:space, where they can find all online services they need during their studies/teaching activities.

Links:
u:space - further information
u:space - the portal

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Visiting Master

The Visiting Master allows students of a master programme without entrance exam procedure to complete one semester at the University of Vienna. Applicants have to meet certain admission requirements, e.g. they must present a letter of recommendation from their home university.

Links:
Visiting Master

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Waiting list and allocation of remaining places (courses)

After the end of a registration deadline, you can check whether or not you gained a place on a lecture/an exam in u:space under Studies > Registration Overview. Furthermore, you receive an e-mail to your u:account e-mail address.

If you did not gain a place, you may be listed on the waiting list or be offered an alternative parallel course.

If students deregister from a course/exam and a waiting list exists, you can move up the waiting list. If you are on the waiting list, please attend the first unit of the course as there may be free places.

In case of long waiting lists, the directorate of studies (SPL) will probably offer additional parallel courses, for which you may register. In this case, you will be able to change the number of points you allocated before a second allocation may start.

If you gained an alternative place (remaining place) in a parallel course for which remaining places are available, you have to confirm or reject your place within the deadline defined by the directorate of studies (SPL). If you reject the place, you will be automatically deregistered from the course. The allocated points can not be transferred to the next semester. If you neither confirm nor reject the place, you remain on the waiting list.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
preference system, point allocation system

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Webmail - E-Mail service

The webmail service of the University of Vienna enables students to send, receive and manage their e-mails in a web browser from any location. This service is available for all those who have an active u:account with IMAP e-mail service. Exchange users are automatically forwarded to the Outlook Web App (OWA). Students without an active admission status cannot access their e-mail service.

Links:
Webmail - E-Mail service - further information
Webmail - E-Mail service

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Wiener Linien semester ticket

The semester ticket of Vienna's public transport operator (Wiener Linien) offers degree students the possibility to use public transport in Vienna for a moderate price. Degree students under 26 can make use of this service.

Links:
Wiener Linien - semester ticket

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