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Studying Abroad

This website contains all information about the ERASMUS programme at the Department of Communication. Please read the information carefully. If you have any further questions, please contact our team.

Please make sure you also read the International Office's checklist and information sheet carefully. They provide important general information for you.

Apart from Erasmus, there are plenty of ways to go abroad in order to study or do research for an academic thesis. You can find out more about the different opportunities here.



News for Outgoing Students

1. Places

The basic foundation for an Erasmus stay are contracts the University of Vienna holds with other Erasmus-Universities abroad. Because those contracts are made between certain departments of the universities, the range of offered places varies between the different degree programmes. In this list you can check all the available places of our university and also sort them by department and availability. 

An exchange in a degree programme that is not registered as a full studies programme is not possible. Student exchange via Extension Curricula (EC) has expired in 2016.

Associate universities of our department

2. Requirements

The ERASMUS Outgoing programme is aimed at regular students of the University of Vienna who have completed at least two semesters in the relevant degree programme by the start of their ERASMUS stay. In our degree programme the following requirements apply as well: 

  1. STEP and 2nd semester and 50 ECTS (including elective courses) in Communication Studies are finished (BA), in any case one semester of Communication studies has to be finished (BA or MA)
  2. GPA 2,2 or better (weighted for Communication)
  3. Applications at otherdepartments at teh same time have to be reportet to us

Language certificate

For all non-German-speaking partner universities a language certificate which is not older than four years is required for an application.

The required language proficiency is prescribed by the host university (at least B1). The specific requirements for each place can be found here. In case an university changes the required language-level, this list will be updated imidiately. Best doublecheck the list in time before you take a test to be sure the requirement did not change. 

Please  contact your favored university in order to find out the detailed language requirements and whether any additional language certificate (like TOEFL, IELTS etc) might be needed. 

Take into account that a language certificate in the respective national language is required for francophone universities in Belgium and Switzerland and all partner universities in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Universities outside anglophone or Romance-speaking countries (e.g. Scandinavian or Eastern European countries) usually demand Englisch language certificates. In such cases it is important to check, if the host university offers a sufficient amount of suitable courses in Englisch.

The proof of an adequate language level has to be provided by the time of your application. If you're applying for several countries with different language requirements, several certificates may be required.

Students of philological degrees as well as Translation Studies (Translationswissenschaft) do not have to provide a certificate if applying for a place within one of afore mentioned degrees. If, however, the host university demands a language certificate for the application, it has to be provided even by students of philological degrees and students of Translation Studies.

Further information on this topic can be found here.

3. Application Deadlines

The following deadlines apply to our department: 

Main phase: March, 5

Remaining places: October, 5

The available places will be announced here (in German) mid/end of January and mid-September each.

At the main phase, all places are available for the following winter semester, summer semester and for the whole academic year. All remaining places that are still accessable for the comming summer semester (host universities insciption deadline) can be applied for during a second phase in autumn (summer semester only).

An extention of your stay is possible only from a winter semester to summer semester. Stays at different universities in winter semester and summer semester of the same academic year are not possible.

  • There are no earlier deadlines for the application at our department.
  • If the application deadline ends on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be no extention of time (until it is announced otherwise under News).
  • Please ignore the deadline at the International Office's website! This is absolutely irrelevant for your application at our department.
    Every department defines its own deadline leading to differeces! Please ask at all departments of your interest to not miss any important dates!
4. Application Procedure

There are several steps to be completed during the application. The International Office provides detailed information about the whole procedure as well as information sessions (winter semester only).

Our department provides support only for your self-iniciated application to the coordinator. At the dates given, the coordinator(s) will examine the appliccations and report qualivied candidates to the International Office. Our colleagues then will support you further on.

Application to the departmental coordinator

The application for your requested place or two different places at a max is submitted in writing to the departmental coordinator (responsible by country): 

Homero Gil de Zúñiga: Northern-/Eastern Europe, Great Britain and Germany

Jürgen Grimm: West-, South- and Southeastern Europe and Mainz

The following documents are required:

  1. Letter of motivation
  2. CV
  3. Course list for the duration of your stay
  4. Transcript of records
  5. Language certificate(s)
  • If you apply for two universities, the letters of motivation and course lists have to be submitted seperately.
  • If your universities have not the same coordinator, please submit two completely seperated applications.
  • Please mark the univerisy that is of more interest to you ("first choice")!
  • Please do not add any third or fourth choice. If you cannot get one of your universities, we are very willing to check the remaining places for you!

The documents have to be in Englisch generally. Coordinator Jürgen Grimm allows also applications in German - the documents however may have to be translated later on request of your host university.

Please submit the application documents on time to Jenifer Krawarik, either by mail or in person. Please do NOT adress your application directly to the coordinator! The date of the post mark is valid.

  • Applications by email can not be accepted.
  • Incomplete Applications can not be accepted. If your language certificate still takes some time, please contact us in time before the deadline. We will try to find a solution.
  • Latecomers will not be accepted.
  • Later given transcripts of record ("new added grades") can not be accepted. If there is an important grade missing at the time of your application (STEP), please let us know in time!
  • Misrouted documents can not be acceped if they reappear after the deadline. Please adress everything carefully and don't place your documents in front of a closed door!

Selection Criteria

  1. Formal qualifications are fulfilled
  2. Academic achievements and progress
  3. Contents and argumentation in your letter of motivation
  4. Reasonable study programme

We reserve the right to prefere students farer in the progress of their studies in order to give as many students as possible the opportunity to go abroad. 

Nomminations

In the next step, the departmental coordinator will recommend you for the stay abroad. Normally we will contact you in the first week of March resp. October.

The choosen students will then receive an informational email from the International Office. This email contains all further information needed concerning the documents for your host university and the deadlines to come.

Please be patient in both cases! The desicion at the department can be delayed for different reasons. The International Office's information email might also take a week or two.

After you handed in the documents at the International Office, you will be nominated officially at the OEAD.

5. Course Choice and Learning Agreement

Learning Agreement

Detailed information on the Learning Agreement, in which the courses and the amount of ECTS credits you are going to take during your stay are declared can be found here.

Inform yourself about the courses offered at your host university in time! Compare the study programme abroad to ours and discuss any unclear points with your departmental coordinator. The filled in agreement is signed by the departmental coordinator by the director of studies, Klaus Lojka.

You'll have to find out when the Learning Agreement has to be submitted to your host university. It lies within your responsibility that the host university receives the Learning Agreement in time (most universities require the document as part of the application procedure). Should the host university not require the learning agreement for your application/registration, please take it with you and discuss the courses with the local International Office upon your arrival.

ETCS, Courses and Writing a Thesis

In general, students should obtain 30 ECTS credits during an ERASMUS semester. In order to be eligible for the ERASMUS grant, a minimum of 3 ECTS per month recognised at the University of Vienna is required. Should these minimum requirements not be met, students have to repay the grant.

Please find out which courses incoming students are allowed to take at your host university. In order to make the course choice easier, it is recommended saving optional courses (freie Wahlfächer/Wahlfächer) for the ERASMUS stay.

Should you do research for your Master Thesis or PhD Thesis during your ERASMUS stay, this is stated in the Learning Agreement by the title of the thesis and the signature of your supervisor. Please agree on the progress you are expected to show after your return as well as the maybe need of an additional supervisor at your host university with your supervisor. You shouldn't have to take any classes in this case. However, please keep in mind that your host university has the right to demand the participation at chosen courses and may do so.
This settlement does not apply for any Bachelor Thesis!
Further it is not allowed to take the BAKK2-Seminar abroad!

Changes to the Learning Agreement

In most cases, the course catalogue for your ERASMUS semester will not be published before a few weeks before the semester starts. Since you have to submit your ERASMUS application a lot earlier than that, it is likely that you'll need to make some changes to your course programme later on. Please inform the director of studies (Klaus Lojka) about any changes to your Learning Agreement to make sure that your choices will be recognised after your return. Please announce any changes as soon as possible but not before the changes are final. Due to our administrative capacity it is not possible for us to provide you with a new agreement every now and then! 

How you make changes to your Learning Agreement is explained here. Please also find out how the matter is handled at your host university. Once the Learning Agreement is signed by all parties, please send a copy to the International Office via email.

6. Course Recognition

After your ERASMUS stay you'll have to complete the form "After the Mobility" with  study programme director Klaus Lojka. Please bring the following documents to Studient Service Unit B, so that the credits can be transferred to your study programme in Vienna:

  1. Complete Learning Agreement (please write down your student ID on the front page)
  2. Signed document "After Mobility" (if not included to the Agreement anyways)
  3. Transcript of records

Please hand in a copy of the signed form, the signed Learning Agreement and the transcript of records at the International Office.

Further advice on course recognition:

  • Please ALWAYS discuss the courses that you are doing abroad with study programme director Klaus Lojka or your departmental coordinator (including changes to the course programme).
  • Credit transfer/course recognition is usually easier for optional courses ("Wahlfächer" - diploma study programme or "Alternative Extensions" - BA/MA), than for compulsory courses. It is therefore advisable to save at least some of these courses for your ERASMUS stay.
  • If you have been nominated for an ERASMUS stay via a complementary study programme ("Extension Curricula"), you need to contact the respective study programme director regarding credit transfer.
  • There is no deadline for course recognition at our department. However, there might be trouble with the course registration for the following semeser if certain courses do not show in your account.
  • If you miss your transcript of records, pleasse ask Ms. Krawarik. Sometimes the host universities send the transcript directly to us.
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