Studying and exams – Things worth knowing about studying

How to study at the University? What is different from studying at school? What is special about exams?

Here, you can get an overview of the culture of studying and holding exams at the University of Vienna.

Vortragender vor Studierenden im Seminarraum. / Teacher talking in front of students in a course.

© Universität Wien / Barbara Mair

Present. Since 1365.

The University is no campus university, where students and teachers study/teach, work and live on a central campus. With its many locations all over Vienna, the University of Vienna is a highly visible part of the city. This shapes both studying and teaching at the University, as well as the city life.

The University of Vienna is a university offering face-to-face teaching. This means that teaching and research are strongly based on personal exchange, especially direct contact. Digital opportunities support this exchange.

Especially during the period of the pandemic, the diversity of teaching and studying methods adopted at the University of Vienna is beneficial to continue your studies successfully.

Freedom to study.

Studying and completing achievements (exams) at the University means that you have a lot of freedom on the one hand, but also a lot of responsibility, on the other.

The biggest difference to student life at school, universities of applied sciences and some other universities is the organisation of studies, which is characterised by planning your schedule of classes relatively freely.

The courses and exams that you have to take are not specified entirely in a strict schedule. They are a combination of your degree programme’s curriculum and the range of courses offered in the current semester. This allows you to follow your individual path through your studies. In some semesters you have to follow a clearly defined path, while you have more freedom in other semesters.

Assistance in planning your schedule of classes

Studying. On site, digitally and in a hybrid form.

Courses can take many forms. First and foremost, they rely on exchange during on-site lessons. Digital courses are a supplement during which lessons take place entirely online via different tools, e.g. as videos or podcasts. Hybrid courses combine both on-site teaching and digital aspects.

Teachers use various digital learning platforms. Here, the learning platform Moodle is a crucial tool. You can find an overview of the different tools on the service pages of the Vienna University Computer Center (ZID).

Information about modes of teaching and assessment

Getting an insight

Studierende unterhalten sich / Students talk

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 Do you have any further questions?

If you have further questions about your degree programme, please contact the StudiesServiceCenter (SSC), StudiesServiceUnit (SSS) of your degree programme.