Studying on site

In the winter semester of 2020/2021, teaching will take place digitally, on site and as a combination of both (hybrid teaching). Different regulations pertaining to courses, exams and stays at university buildings aim at minimising the risk of further spreading COVID-19.

This website provides information, tips and tricks as well as the most important FAQs on studying on site for students. The information on this website is updated continuously.

  • If you experience symptoms or have had contact with infection, call 1450.
  • Report to the university if you are a confirmed suspected case of infection and have attended lectures and exams on site: Service desk  

Picture of a course at the lecture hall 1 at Währinger Starße 29.

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Summary of the applicable regulations for studying on site:

  • Register for all courses and exams via u:space.
  • Adhere to the general hygiene rules and rules of conduct.
  • Only use labelled seats.
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory
    • if the minimum distance of 1 metre from other persons cannot be maintained,
    • in service areas (e.g. in the library, in reading rooms, the SSC)
    • when waiting in front of course rooms, when entering and leaving course rooms, as well as at bottlenecks
    • during courses
      • for the entire duration of the course
      • Except for presentations in the front section of the course room or for brief questions/oral contributions at your seat for which you can remove the face mask
    • during exams
      • if the minimum distance of 1 metre from other persons cannot be maintained (when waiting for the exam, when documents are handed out or collected or if an invigilator comes to you)
      • in lecture halls with fixed seats (seats cannot be moved and there is only one unoccupied seat between you and your immediate neighbours)
      • Except for all other course rooms (with long benches or flexible seating), where you may remove the face mask at the labelled seat during an exam.


The University of Vienna highiy recommends to keep a seat number record and suggests using the STOPP CORONA-App of the Austrian Red Cross fo facilitate contact tracing.

Before attending the course

  • Check the format of the course (digital, hybrid or on-site lesson) on u:find.
  • 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 with a large number of participants, students may have to announce via Moodle that they really wish to attend the course on site (and not online).
  • Bring a face mask and disinfectant/sanitiser (in small quantities) for your hands and work surfaces.
  • Charge the battery of your laptop and mobile phone so that you can use it during the course/exam and in the case of an emergency, if necessary.
  • Please also bring your headphones, in case you need them.

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. a cough, a sore throat, high temperature) on the day of the course unit/exam, stay at home and call the hotline of the public health service 1450.

On site at the University

Always adhere to the COVID-19 hygiene rules and rules of conduct:

  • Keep a distance: Keep a distance of at least 1 metre from others.
  • Respiratory hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crook of your arm when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands: Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water or with alcohol hand sanitiser.
  • Disinfectant: Bring small amounts of disinfectant as well as disposable tissues to clean your hands and work surfaces.
  • Face maskAlways keep your face mask within reach.
  • Avoid using the lifts: Do not use lifts, if possible.
  • In the event of a suspected COVID-19 infection: Call the hotline 1450, go home and/or stay at home. Please contact us if you have a confirmed COVID-19 infection so that we can take the necessary steps. To do so, please use our contact form.

In the lecture room

  • Always keep a distance of 1 metre from other persons. 
  • Wear a face mask inside the buildings also during courses. Thereby, you protect yourself and others. You can remove the face mask for short oral contributions and presentations. Keep a minimum distance of at least 2 metres during presentations. 
  • You do not have to wear a face mask during exams. However, also keep a minimum distance to other persons. If you cannot keep the minimum distance (e.g. when exam papers are handed out or collected), please wear a face mask. 
  • Seats in course rooms are labelled due to the minimum distance rules. You may only use labelled seats. If you cannot find a seat in a course without attendance requirement, please use the available study spaces at your department while keeping the minimum distance to participate in hybrid courses. From 5 October onwards, also the Votivkirche church can be used as study space offering Wi-Fi access. 
  • To be on the safe side, sanitise the workspace when taking a seat or a lab space. 
  • Document your attendance in courses in a seat number record to be able to determine if you are considered a contact in case of a confirmed infection. In addition, the Corona app of the Austrian Red Cross is a useful tool.
  • If you cannot find a free labelled seat, you have to leave the lecture hall. Use one of the nearby study spaces to attend the course online.
  • Course units and exams must not start before it can be ensured that only labelled seats are occupied. For reasons of fire safety and security, standing in the aisles and sitting on the floor is prohibited.
  • If you refuse to leave the lecture hall, the course unit has to be cancelled. Therefore, please be cooperative and considerate towards your fellow students.

Seat number record

The University of Vienna recommends keeping a seat number record. It allows you to easily and quickly reconstruct which seats you used in which lecture hall and when. 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.

 Seat Number Record Template (Word-Document)

Places for studying

Outside the course rooms, students can choose their preferred place for studying according to their own preferences. The available options are as diverse as the students of the University, ranging from your home and cafés to student spaces and reading rooms at the University.

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The Votivkirche church as a student space

In the winter semester of 2020/2021, students of the University of Vienna can use the Votivkirche (Rooseveltplatz, 1090 Vienna) from 5 October onwards as a place for studying and recreation in breaks between courses (with WiFi; radiant heaters; toilet possitilities in the vicinity). Thesapce privides a quiet study and work zone.

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FAQs Prospective students


What do I have to consider during admission to a degree programme in the winter semester of 2020/2021?

FAQs Organisation of studies


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?
How will courses take place in the winter semester of 2020/2021?
Do graduation ceremonies take place?
Do I have to pay for a graduation ceremony that has been cancelled?
Can I currently use the services provided by the Language Centre, Uniport or USI?
Where can I find the opening hours of the Vienna University Library and what rules apply regarding the lending service?

FAQs courses, exams and submissions


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?