University of Vienna

Vienna
Austria

Language of instruction

English
German

The University of Vienna (German: Universität Wien) is a public university located in Vienna, Austria. It was founded in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world. With its long and rich history, the University of Vienna has developed into one of the biggest universities in Europe and also one of the most renowned, especially in the Humanities.

With its more than 70 locations, the University of Vienna has shaped Vienna’s cityscape. For many years, Austria’s capital has been the world’s most liveable city and has been ranked among the most popular student cities in the world.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Summer Semester March–June
Semester 2 Winter Semester October–January

View the University of Vienna's academic calendar.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at the University of Vienna is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at the University of Vienna.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the University's course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Courses open for exchange students:
STEOP = Introductory course (beginner/first semester students only)
PS  = Introductory seminar (Bachelor level only)
VO or VU = Lecture (open to all students)
KU = Course (open to all students)
KO or UE = Tutorial (open to all students)
SE = Seminar (Master level or 3rd/4th year Bachelor only)

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Business administration
Economics
Finance
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Marketing
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art history
English
English literature
History and ancient history
Sociology
Computer science
Law
Modern languages and linguistics
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Linguistics
Spanish
Psychology
Animal studies
Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Physics
Postgraduate
Business administration
Finance
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Marketing
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art history
Communication, digital media and PR
Development
English
English literature
History and ancient history
Journalism
Political science
Sociology
Computer science
Law
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Linguistics
Russian
Spanish
Psychology
Animal studies
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology
Physics

Additional academic information

The University of Vienna has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

German Language courses (both pre-semester and semester-long) are offered by the Language Center. Tuition fees apply to all students, however exchange students are granted a reduction in fees for certain courses.
Language Center courses receive a separate Transcript, including a grade, ECTS and information on the course level (Transcript in German, but an English version is available upon request).

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

The University of Vienna does not run any student residence halls, however, are affiliated with external residence halls in Vienna. Students are responsible for organising their own the accommodation for their stay in Vienna.

It is strongly recommended you start to search for accommodation, especially if you are going to stay in a hall of residence, as soon as possible. The University provides housing information to help you find suitable accommodation.

Cost of living

The University of Vienna provides an estimate of monthly living costs in Vienna. Exchange students are also required to pay a Student Union fee to complete their enrolment.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Students who do not have public health insurance are advised to obtain a student self-insurance policy with the Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse, if they have taken up residence in Austria.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

The University of Vienna provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Austrian Embassy for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.