Studying on site

Courses and exams are currently held in a digital format as far as possible. They only take place on site if absolutely necessary due to justified reasons. This website provides students with up-to-date information, tips and tricks as well as with the most important FAQs on studying on site.

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Regulations for your stay on site

Mandatory negative COVID-19 test result

  • To participate in on-site courses and exams, you have to present a negative COVID-19 test result. Accepted tests and confirmations are:
    • Antigen test by a recognised test centre: Sample taken no more than 48 hours before the course unit/exam,
    • PCR test by a recognised test centre, including “Alles gurgelt” (everybody gargle): Sample taken no more than 72 hours before the course unit/exam,
    • PCR test for employees at the University of Vienna: Sample taken no more than 72 hours before the course unit/exam,
    • laboratory test for neutralising antibodies against COVID-19: valid for three months from the date of the test
    • Medical certificate of recovery from a COVID-19 infection within the past six months before the course unit/exam or
    • Official order ("Absonderungsbescheid") after the period of quarantaine within the past six months before the course unit/exam
  • Please have your confirmation/test result ready during your stay at the University. You may be asked to present it. The document remains with you.
  • If you cannot present a valid confirmation/test result, you are not allowed to participate in on-site courses/exams.
  • You can find recognised test centres under Österreich testet
  • Make use of the “Alles gurgelt” (everybody gargle) campaign.

You can participate in on-site exams and courses ...

  • if you are duly registered;
  • if you can present a negative COVID-19 test result;
  • if you declare that:
    • you have not experienced COVID-19 symptoms within the last 48 hours before the course unit or exam;
    • you confirm that you have a valid negative COVID-19 test result;
    • you are not affected by relevant COVID-19 travel restrictions or have not been ordered to self-isolate by the health authorities;
    • you are not considered a contact of an infected person by the health authority.

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Checklist: Before the course/exam

  • Check the format of the course (digital, hybrid or on-site) on u:find.
  • Schedule your COVID-19 test.
  • Go to u:space and check whether you are duly registered for the course/exam.
  • Check your Webmail account as well as Moodle to see if there are any short-term changes regarding the relevant course/exam.
  • For courses that take place on site, students may have to announce via Moodle that they really wish to attend the course on site (and not online).
  • Do not forget to bring
    • your FFP2 face masks;
    • your COVID-19 test result;
    • a valid official photo identification card (e.g. u:card) and
    • hand sanitiser.
  • Charge the battery of your laptop and mobile phone so that you can use them during the course/exam and in the case of an emergency.
  • Please also bring your headphones and a replacement battery, in case you need them.

Places for Studying on site

Certain rooms at the University of Vienna can currently be used to a limited extent, subject to the applicable COVID-19 hygiene rules and rules of conduct. Due to the minimum distance requirement, the number of available study places is limited. You may have to register in advance or reserve a seat. The University strongly recommends taking a rapid test (e.g. offered by the City of Vienna) before coming to the University.

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Seat number record (mandatory)

Keep a seat number record. It allows you to easily and quickly reconstruct which seats you used in which lecture hall and when. This also applies to other working stations like in laboratories. Please maintain this list regularly and thoroughly. It serves to protect yourself as well as others.

The health authorities may want to know with whom you had contact. In this case, please tell them that you are a student of the University of Vienna and provide them with your seat number record.

You will be contacted if a person was present in the same course as you has a confirmed COVID-19 infection. The seat number record allows the authorities to assess whether or not you had direct contact with an infected person.

University Library (UB): There is a separate system if you use the currently offered on-site services of the University Library. For information, please contact the University Library.


Keep your seat number record (mandatory). The University of Vienna also suggests using the STOPP CORONA-App of the Austrian Red Cross fo facilitate contact tracing.

FAQs Prospective students


What do I have to consider during admission to a degree programme in the summer semester of 2021?

FAQs Organisation of studies


Are university buildings open to the public?
Do I have to wear a face mask in the university buildings?
I cannot wear a face mask for health reasons. What should I do?
What should I do if I am suspected to have contracted COVID-19?
How do courses/exams currently take place?
Can I currently use the services provided by the Language Centre, Uniport or USI?
Where can I get vaccinated?
How and where can I find reliable information about COVID-19?
Where can I find the opening hours of the Vienna University Library and what rules apply regarding the lending service?
What information and guidance are available about studying for persons with impairments?

FAQs courses, exams and submissions


My course/exam takes place on site. Do I get a confirmation that I can present if I am checked by the police due to the lockdown?
I have an impairment and have to bring one or two assistants to the course with me. Is this possible?
I cannot come to the University to attend a course/sit an exam (risk groups, quarantine, entry restriction). What should I do?
I have a problem with a course or exam date. What can I do?

FAQs International


As an exchange student, what do I have to consider?