Facts and figures - information about presentation and calculation

You will find a "Facts & Figures" info box on all degree programme profiles in the range of degree programmes. This info box contains the following data:

Facts and figures

  • Students: XX
  • Graduates in the last academic year: XX
  • Number of semesters needed for graduation (median): XX

Data as at XX Month XXXX

These data are from the date specified under ‘Date as at’.

The following section explains the presentation and calculation of the data.

Legal information

All information has been carefully researched, however the University of Vienna assumes no liability for its accuracy. Reports of the University of Vienna in the context of university statistics can be accessed free of charge via the Datawarehouse Hochschulbereich (link in German). The data available there from all universities is standardized, quality-assured and comparable between universities in accordance with the Intellectual Capital Statement Ordinance (Wissensbilanz-Verordnung) and the University and Higher Education Statistics and Educational Documentation Ordinance (UHSBV) and can be evaluated by you.

Students can view personal information on the course of studies and study progress as well as confirmations (collective certificates, study sheets, etc.) directly in u:space. Questions regarding personal information can be answered by the responsible StudiesServiceCenter or the responsible StudiesServiceUnit. Please use your u:account e-mail address for this purpose (data protection).

No personal information about students is provided to private individuals or their representatives. Authorities and public institutions can contact the responsible StudiesServiceCenter or the responsible StudiesServiceUnit or statistik.slw@univie.ac.at for administrative assistance requests.

Students: XX

Calculation of the admitted students in the current semester

This number includes students currently (on the date of the update = “Data as at”) admitted to the programme and (re-)enrolled. Excluded are co-registrations, leaves of absence and short degree programmes, i.e. degree programmes that were started and terminated again within a single admission period. The source of the data is the data management system of the University of Vienna.

This figure refers to all possible versions of a degree programme (all curricula that can currently be studied) and not only to the most recent curriculum.

Graduates in the past academic year: XX

Calculation of graduates in the past academic year

This number shows the graduates who completed their degree programme in the past, already fully completed academic year within the exact semester limits of 1 October until 30 September. 

This means, for example, that on 1 August of a year, graduates who completed their degree programmes from 1 October to 30 September of the previous academic year are displayed. This means that in this example, graduations in the range of 22 to 11 months before the date of the update are used for the calculation. An update on 1 October would include the data of exactly the last 12 months (last, completely past academic year).

Number of semesters needed until graduation (median): XX

Calculation of the number of semesters needed until graduation (median):

Excluded from the calculation of the median are those graduations in less than 75 % of the stipulated degree programme duration (cf. UHSBV guidelines; by default: median). These particularly fast degrees are not included in the statistics because they mostly result from the recognition of achievements. This is the case, for example, when students are transferring from an old curriculum to the latest curriculum and when the achievements, which make a fast graduation after a very short period of time possible.

  1. The median indicates the duration of the fastest 50 % graduations in the last 3 academic years; the mean value (arithmetic mean) includes all graduations of this period (including those with a very long degree programme duration).
  2. The degree programme duration in the diploma programme is included in the subsequently studied bachelor's programme in the same subject.
  3. The average degree programme duration also depends on how long the programme has already been in place, i.e. on the duration of a degree programme’s establishment. This means that the figures from degree programmes that have only been in place for a few years are less meaningful than figures from degree programmes that have existed for many years.

Data protection

For data protection reasons, no information is provided for less than 10 graduations relevant to the calculation. Even if the number of admitted students in the current semester is less than five, the exact figure is not displayed.

A calculation of the number of graduates and the required semesters until graduation is not possible for new degree programmes whose curricula have not yet been in place for at least 6 semesters for bachelor's programmes and 4 semesters for master's programmes.

In all these cases, the information "kA" (= "not specified") is given in the info box instead of a figure.