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Which universities are in demand?

This varies with each application phase. In general scandinavian countries as well as the UK were in great demand over the last years. Especially Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Rotterdam are quite popular. We also recorded a strong growth for Germany especially over the last two years. 

Category: Application, Erasmus Outgoing
Expert: Jenifer Krawarik EXT49383
Question asked by: Outgoing-Student
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Do I have a chance to get a place at university XY?

Questions how reasonable an application for a place on high demand may be or what chances you stand are irrelevant.

We cannot predict your personal chances since we do not know either your or your colleagues profiles before the application deadline ends.
Of course your theoretical chances are lower the more students apply. Wheather or not your efford with the application might pay of or if you should make a compromise in your favoured place is up to you.

We ask for understanding that an exchange palce cannot be guaranteed for the efford and money your application might take.

Category: Application, Erasmus Outgoing
Expert: Jenifer Krawarik EXT49383
Question asked by: Outgoing-Student
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Which documents do I need for my application?

The list of documents needed for your application at the degree programme of Mass Media and Communication Science can be found here or in the Outgoing-section. Those documents have to be submitted complete until the specific deadline each

The documents needed for the International Office after your departmental nomination are stated in the International Offices nomination-email. 

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Until when do I have to show the required language certificate?

The Language Certificate has to be shown together with the the other documents at the point of your application at the department.

If for any reason this certificate could not be acomplished by that point of time (certificate was not issued, test was canceled/skipped), please contact us. We might be able to accept the certificate a bit later in exceptional cases.
This is unexeptional poosible only in direct agreement with the Departmental Coordinators and Ms. Krawarik made in time before the deadline and only if at least the (new) date of your test has been arranged by that time.
We strongly recommend to take care of your documents in time, especially of the language certificate! Please do not speculate with any excepional cases. We are not able to give you more time most likely due to the following deadlines which have to be met.

Category: Application, Erasmus Outgoing, Language Requirement
Expert: Jenifer Krawarik DW49383
Question asked by: Outgoing-Student
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Which term was I nominated for?

If you were not nomineted for a whole year (beginning in winter term only), you can choose in your Erasmus-account if you prefere winter or summer term.

Nominations are always made for the succeeding academic year. (Application in February 2020 = Nomination for winter term 2020/21 or summer term 2021.)

Category: After the nomination, Erasmus Outgoing
Expert: Arne Sytelä EXT18207
Question asked by: Outgoing-Student
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Which documents does the International Office need?

You will receive an email from the International Office after the departmental nomination. This email contains all information needed including the documents needed for the next deadline. Please be ptient and contact the International Office in case you did not receive an email in time.

Category: After the nomination, Erasmus Outgoing
Expert: Arne Sytelä EXT18207
Question asked by: Outgoing-Student
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Can I get a Summer School nomination with Erasmus?

Theoretically, you can get a nomination/support for a Summer School with Erasmus. Due to the fact that normally such a nomination consumes a regular Erasmus place, the International Office cannot perform this task (Erasmus places are bound to apllication deadlines).  At the University of Vienna this possibility therefore can not be made use of.

 

 

Category: Application, Erasmus Outgoing
Expert: Arne Sytelä EXT18207
Question asked by: Outgoing-Student
FAQ for Incoming Students

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Who confirms the duration of my stay?

Once you've arrived in Vienna you should go to he International Office imidiately/take part at the Welcome-meeting. There you will be given a Certificate of Arrival. This certificate counts as a confirmation of your date of arrival.
At the end of your stay you deregister also at the International Office (within 5 days before departure) and receive a Certificate of Attendance, a confirmation for both Arrival and Departure. The official dates of the semester are also included there.

If your home-University wants you to get their own form signed that includes other dates (like the date of your last exam), our coordinators will sign them. Please bring your Certificate of Arrival/Attendance or at least a flight ticket for the confirmation at all means. Our coordinators have no other way to check the dates. The check of studyrelated dates might need one working day. Please keep this in mind or contact Ms. Krawarik beforehand to make an appointment.

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What is the Erasmuscode of the University of Vienna?

A Wien01

Category: Learning Agreement, Erasmus Incoming
Expert: Roman Schett EXT18202
Question asked by: Incoming-Student
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What's the name of your Department/Faculty/Study Cycle?

Department/Subject Area: Communication
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Study Cycle: 1=Bachelor, 2=Master, 3=PhD
Program Code: Bachelor: 033 641, Master: 066 841, Master CS: 066 550

Category: Learning Agreement, Erasmus Incoming
Expert: Jenifer Krawarik EXT49383
Question asked by: Incoming Student
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What langage skills do I need to study Communication at the University of Vienna?


Bachelor Students should have knowledge of the German language at at least B2 level. Students on master level can choose either German or English B2 (or both).

We are careful to point out, that our department offers only a very limited number of courses taught in foreign languages, especially for bachelor level. Incoming students are solely responsible to find enough courses to gather their ECTS in case of insufficient German language skills.

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How far does the entrance test of the University of Vienna concern me?

Not at all.

To explain this matter: There is an entrane test for freshmen in our Bachelor degree programme. We often lack the capacity to admit all the applicants so we had to take this measure. Erasmus-Students however are not affected by this test anyhow. Unfortunately the information-email is sent automatically to all new registered persons. Please just ignor it. If you got your nomination for our department, this is absolutely sufficient to start your stay in Vienna. 

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Which courses am I allowed to take?

At our department/study programme you're allowed to take any course of the type VO (Vorlesung/lecture). For other types of courses, we kindly ask you to contact the course instructor of the specific course to claify the requirements you have to meet.

Basically you're allowed to take either courses from Bachelor- OR Masterprogram, but not to mix them! Course instructors may make exceptions for Masterstudents to take Bachelor-courses, but not otherwise.

The Masterprogram Communication Science is not part of our departments regular study programme. If you are interested you can contact Vice SPL Sophie Lecheler (please switch to German to find her website) but participation is in most cases not possible. BA-students are at any means not allowed to take part in this study programme.

Students with a nomination outside our degree programme can freely choose any course from EC Basics of Public Communication. For any other course the course instructor might make an exeption. 

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Which courses are provided in Englisch?

Most of the courses in our degree programme are taught in German. Information on the courses available in Englisch can be found in the Incoming section under "Qick Info" (if available).

The language of each course is declared in our course catalogue. For example: Course 220040 KFOR. As you can see, for group 13 taught by Trevor Diehl the language setting says "Englisch".

You can screen the course catalogue for courses in englisch language using the command lang:en.

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What is a "VU"

 

A VU (Lecture and Exercise) is a certain type of course that consists of a Lecure (most likely also streamed) and an exercise part. In our BA-study this exercise part comes as a tutorial that has to be attended together with the lecture. In U:find you can see a BA-study VU course like this. Group 1 is the lecture, whlie the other groups are the tutorials offered. For course registration please register to the VO as well as one Tutorial which can be freely picked. 

Please be aware that in order to get graded you have to complete and pass both courses, the lecture AND the tutorial. Otherwise no grade will be added to the transcript of records.

 

Category: Course Registration
Expert: Jenifer Krawarik EXT49383
Question asked by: Incoming-Student
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Am I allowed to take classes from other study programmes then Communication?

Yes and no.

Basically you get nominated for the study programme your home-department has made the exchange-contract with.

Our department is happy to permit our incoming students to choose courses from other study programmes. However, you as student will have to get the permission to do so yourself from each departent that is involved. This is because all departments at the University of Vienna manage their study programmes themselves and not all of them can handle any occupancy outside of the students nominated degree programme

Please also check with your home university in which form they accept the Learning Agreement! Each department can only sign the Agreement for its own study programme/courses offered. If you want to take courses f.ex. from four different departments, you will have to get four signatures on your Agreement. You can do this on one single Learning Agreement or fill in one for each department.

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How do I know which degree programme a course belogs to?

Every course has an identification number. The first two numbers show the directorate of study/degree programme. In case of Mass Media and Communication Science this number is 22. Following this, all of our courses have an ID starting with 22 followed by 4 digits squence number. (f.ex.:220001)

Further if you look at the courses single view in u:find the directorate of study/degree programme is shown directly under the title.

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How and when do I apply for courses?

There is always a time period of a few days at the end of semester- and summer-break in which students have to register for the courses, they want to take in the upcoming semester. The exact dates differ and are published on the website of our study programme (available only in German). Those dates differ at all departments - please be carful to not miss it if you plan to mix courses from different study programmes!

The registration itself works with U:SPACE.

Registration for Erasmus students is a bit complicated since our students are only allowed to follow most courses chronologically. You should be able to register for any course of the type VO (Vorlesung/lecture). For any other type of course that requires a certain academic knowledge, we kindly ask you to proceed as followed:

1. Write an email to the person in charge of the course to make sure that you meet the courses requirements (academic progress and language skill). (The names of the course instructors are always included in the course cathalogue. If you come across "N.N." as a name, this means that the course instructor has not been chosen yet. Information is updated frequently and until registration starts, all names are displayed.)

2. Write an email to Manuela Hochschwendner that contains ALL of the following information:

  • Your name and student ID number (Matrikelnummer)
  • List of ALL Communication-courses you want to take at our study programme, including the number of the course (22xxxx) and number of the group you want to register for. Please also add the courses you already registered for and that registration worked for those courses.
  • Any email you may have from course instructors that confirm your participation. This is essential especially for higher courses like seminars!

3. Be patient. Ms. Hochschwendner will get back to you within a few days and will handle the mitter within time. 

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I missed the deadline for course registration! What now?

If you somehow miss the deadline for course registration or want to switch courses after the registration ended, you need a wirtten statement of the course instructor (a note or email) in order to get registered! This is mandatory for all students! Ms. Hochschwender then can wait-list you. The course-instructer only can register you after you are wait-listed! Registration at this point of time has to be done by the course instructor him/herself.

If you need any access to moodle, you have to be registered for the course. If you got registered after the regular deadline and can't access the documents, the course instructor must register you manually for moodle!

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Until when am I allowed to change my courses?

In our study programme most courses require regular attendance. This means that you will have to be present for at least 75% of the total time that course takes. In such cases changes or later registration are only possible if you haven't passed that limit already (for the new course).

This does not apply for Lectures (VO). Those can be switched or attended at any time. 

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Why don't I get a Transcript of Record after my stay?

Every student of the University of Vienna can print a trancript of record anytime via univis him/herself. This document is signed electronically and therefore as valid as a hand-signed transcript. An additional signaure of your Erasmus-Coordinator is not needed. If your home-university does not accept this elecronic signature, please contact us! 

Category: After the stay, Learning Agreement, Erasmus Incoming
Expert: Jenifer Krawarik EXT49383
Question asked by: Incoming Student
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