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 at the University

  • Please adhere to the COVID-19 hygiene rules and rules of conduct of the University of Vienna.
  • Wearing an FFP2 face mask is mandatory.
  • Always keep a distance of one metre from other persons.
  • Only use the labelled seats/workspaces in lecture halls/seminar rooms and in laboratories. Keep a seat number record for your courses and exams.

Access regulations

  • For participation in on-site courses/exams: Only participate if you are tested, vaccinated or have recovered from an infection (valid evidence),
  • We recommend only using reading areas, study spaces and Student Spaces for study groups, etc. if you have been tested, vaccinated or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection. You may have to book study places and register by scanning the QR codes on site.

Picture of a student in a lecture room.

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Checklist: Before the course/exam

  • Check the format of the course (digital, hybrid or on-site) on u:find.
  • Make sure that you have valid evidence of being tested, vaccinated or have recovered from an infection. (valid types of evidence)
  • 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 mask;
    • valid evidence of being tested, vaccinated or have recovered;
    • 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. 

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Studying at the hotel

Students of the University of Vienna can study at selected hotels of the Accor hotel chain free of charge and spend the night there at a reduced price. The offer is available from May to September 2021.

To be able to make use of this offer you have to present your u:card or confirmation of enrolment of the University of Vienna when checking in.

All hotels are accessible.

Seat number record for courses/exams (mandatory)

The seat number record allows you to reconstruct which seats you used in which lecture hall and when. It also applies to workplaces in the laboratory. Please maintain this list regularly and thoroughly. It serves to protect yourself as well as others.

The health authorities may ask you about your contacts. 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 you to assess whether or not you had direct contact with an infected person.

Vienna University Library (UB):

If you want to use the on-site services of the Vienna University Library, please consult the Vienna University Library to obtain information about the applicable rules.


In addition to the mandatory seat number record, the University of Vienna suggests using the STOPP CORONA-App provided by the Austrian Red Cross for contact tracing purposes.

FAQs Prospective Students

The FAQs on the entrance exam procedure of bachelor/diploma programmes for the academic year 2021/22 under COVID-19 conditions will be provided here as soon as the information is available.

FAQs Organisation of studies


Are university buildings open to the public?
"Tested, vaccinated, recovered" – what types of evidence are accepted?
As a student, 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, persons facing travel restrictions, persons who have to self-isolate, etc.?

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?