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

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

News for Incoming Students

1. Contact Persons

Departmental Coordinators

The departmental coordinators are the persons who help you with questions concerning your studies at our department. They provide information regarding specific courses, course registration and exams, the Learning Agreement, courses offered in English etc.

The name of the person responsible for you is stated in the first information email (that also contains your Letter of Acceptance), which you received from the International Office after your nomination. If you haven’t received this email, please contact the International Office directly.
In case you will be doing research in Vienna (for example for your master thesis) and require additional supervision, please discuss this with your departmental coordinator as soon as possible.

If you have already arrived in Vienna and need advice or signatures for documents such as the Learning Agreement, we kindly ask you to consult the coordinators during their office hours.

International Office

For general information concerning your ERASMUS stay, please visit the website of the International Office.
The International Office receives your nomination from your home university and sends you the Letter of Acceptance. They can answer questions regarding your admission and student ID card, accommodation, living in Vienna etc.
If you want/have to visit courses at different departmnets/degree programmes the International Office can also help you with difficulties regarding the Learning Agreement.

2. Course Offer and Course Choice

Course Directory

The courses offered by our department can be found in the course directory (at directorate of study 22). Detailed course information, such as the language of instruction, first course sessions, lessons per week and ECTS credits are stated in the respective course descriptions. Please keep in mind that the "Master Communication Science (550)" is not part of our course programme and therefore courses from this Master cannot be taken. Should you need even more detailed information about a certain course, please contact the course instructor directly.

The course directory for the upcoming semester is published on Juliy 1st (for the winter semester) or January 15 (for the summer semester). If you need an overview of the offered courses earlier, please refer to the course catalogue of the relevant preceding semester. The courses are more or less repeating on a yearly basis. Please note, however, that not all courses are held each semester and changes to the course offer are possible. Our courses are usually held in the seminar rooms of our departments building (Währingerstrasse 29).

Language requirements and courses taught in Englisch

In order to take up your studies in our degree programme you are required to speak and write German at a level of B2 with regard to the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). ERASMUS students do not need to complete any official language test; however, your home university must confirm the required level during your online nomination.

If you are able to find a sufficient amount of courses taught in Englisch in our degree programme, you may also take up your studies without any knowledge of German. Please note that we only offer a very limited number of courses taught in Englisch and the courses from our "Communication Science Master" cannot be taken. Knowledge of the german language is strongly recommended especially for students of the Bachelor degree in order to achieve the demanded amount of ECTS credits! However, basic language skills in German are strongly recommended in order to be able to find your way around in Vienna.

The courses taught in Englisch in our degree programme can be found in in the course directory U:FIND entering the following command (without brackets, with blank characters):

For courses during the winter semester: lang:en SPL [22] [year]W
For courses during the summer semester: lang:eng SPL [22] [year]S

Courses offered at the Sprachenzentrum (Language Center) are not courses of the university! They will not show on your transcript of records and due to technical reasons cannot be added to the transcript by our staff. You are very welcome to take German classes and will be given a certificate that also includes ECTS credits, but please check with your home-university if those courses can be recognized later on!

ECTS and course types

Please note that the number of courses resp. amount of ECTS credits you need to obtain during your stay depends on your home university’s requirements.

There are basically two different course types at the University of Vienna which sometimes come withdifferent names and slightly different requirements:

  • Lecutres (Vorlesungen, VO) and lectures with discussion (Vorlesungen mit Konversatorium, VK) are courses where regular attendance is not mandatory. There usually is a written or an oral exam at the end of the semester in order to obtain a grade. 
  • Training courses (Übungen, UE), proseminars (Proseminare, PS) and seminars (SE) are courses with compulsory and regular attendance. Assessment criteria are active course participation, presentations, midterm-tests, papers and written and/or oral end-term tests.

Please take in mind that a VU (lecture with integrated tutorial) requires participation in both courses (lecture+tutorial) in order to be graded! 

Detailed information about the courses can be found in U:FIND (detail view).

Grades are awarded within a five-digit grading system ranging from 1 (excellent) to 5 (unsatisfactory). 1-4 hereby stand for a positive completion.

As an exchange student you do not have to take courses from the STEOP module, if you have the required prior knowledge. For courses with required regular attendance this has to be settled with the course instructor beforehand.

If you have been nominated for our degree programme, you can in general follow all courses conducted by our department that suit your study cycle (BA, MA, PhD) or are lower then yours.
Because of the high number of students, places in courses with a limited number of participants such as training courses (‘Übung’, ‘UE’) or seminars (‘Seminar’, ‘SE’) cannot be guaranteed because the registration procedure is evaluated automatically. However normally it is not a problem to get a place in the prefered courses if prior knowlegde and language skills are sufficient.

If you are not sure with your courses we recommend concentrating rather on lectures. Those are particularly suitable for Incoming students as you can switch between them very easily since no attendance is required and the workload is rather low. 

Courses for external students in our degree programme

Exchange students who have not been nominated for our field of study but still want to take courses in Communication Science can participate in our Extension Curriculum (EC) Grundlagen öffentlicher Kommunikation. You do not have to discuss your participation with our departmental coordinator beforehand. If you want these lectures confirmed on your Learning Agreement, however, please contact our coordinators for the required signature. 

Participation in other types of courses generally is not possible. If you want to take a course at all means, please contaact the course instructor. If he/she grants permission at the beginning of the semester, you can take their course. (This is mostly a matter of language skills and academic prior knowledge for advanced courses.) However, permission to participate in our courses cannot be guaranteed beforehand.

Students who are nominated für Communication science are free to also choose courses from other degree programmes. However please check on the possibilities yourself! Every department/degree programme has its own rules about the participation of extrernal students. 



3. Learning Agreement and Confirmations

On our part it is sufficient if you provide your Learning Agreement after your arrival in Vienna at the beginning of your ERASMUS stay. Please see the departmental coordinator during the office hours to discuss the details of your course choice directly.

If you have to collect the signature earlier for your home university, you can of course send the Agreement by email (or mail, in case you need the signature in original). Best contact Jenifer Krawarik in this matter.

Please note that our departmental coordinators can only confirm courses from our degree programme (course numbers 22XXXX). If you wish to attend courses outside our degree programme, please use an extra Learning Agreement which lists these courses or get a signature from each department seperately. If you wish to attend courses outside our programme, please find out how the matter of external ERASMUS students is handled in the degree programmes involved.
In case they offer courses that can be taken up by external Erasmus students without prior permission of their departmental coordinator, you can have these signed on your Learning Agreement by our departmental coordinator. We kindly ask you to print the website (or any other confirmation) stating that it is possible to participate in the course in question without prior permission and show it together with the Agreement. Further details on this matter can be found here.

Confirmations for your regular attendance in a course can only be issued by the course instructor resp. with his/her permission. A confirmation that a course has been concluded positively cannot be issued. In this case the transcript od records is valid.

In case you need particular documents signed for your home university that include course-specific information such as language of instruction etc, please see your departmental coordinators during the office hours.
For any documents that should indicate the dates of your registration or de-registration, please bring the Certificate of Arrival and/or Certificate of Attendance handed to you by the International Office at all means.
Dates concerning your studies (f.ex.: date of your last exam) may take a day to be confirmed!

Participation in Language Courses offered by the Sprachenzentrum and courses relating to Austria (list provided by the International Office) can also be confirmed by our departmental coordinators, since these courses are offered for all exchange students regardless of their nominated field of study. Please bring along a copy of the course list and the registration/certificate for Language Courses when getting the signature.

4. Course Registration

Registration Deadlines

The course registration at our department usually takes place in September for the winter semester and February for the summer semester. The explecite dates are announced at the website of our directorate of studies (german only). The course registration periode differs at each department.

During these registration periods the "first come, first served" principle does not apply. Please note that it is mandatory to register for a course, even if you are just interested in taking it. It is not possible to attend any course without prior registration.

The course registration is done via U:SPACE. You do not have to be in Vienna in order to register for courses. The International Office will send you an email with your student ID number and the instructions on how to activate your u:account well before the start of the registration period. 

Registration process

In order to register for a course, please follow the registration link in the course catalogue. It is provided in each course's detailed course description in the section "An/Abmeldung". Please note that this link is only active during the registration period.

Please choose [“Erasmus-Modul”] when asked for the module during registration. Further information can be found here. Since you have to discuss your participation with the course instructor for courses with regular attendance required, you can only register yourself for lecures (Vorlesungen (VO)) with the "Erasmus-Modul".
After this registration wirte an email to Manuela Hochschwendner which contains the following informations complete:

  1. Your name and student ID number (Matrikelnummer)
  2. List of ALL Communication-courses you want to take, including
    • the number of the course (22xxxx) and
    • the number of the group you want to register for
    • the name of the course instructor
    • You registered for this course yourself: Yes/No.
  3. Confirmation from the course instructor that you are allowed to take the course

Please be patient. Your request will be worked in time and Manuela Hochschwendner will get back to you within the next days.

The registration is handled via U:SPACE.

Once your status in U:SPACE has changed to “angemeldet” (“registered”) after the end of the registration period, the registration is successfully completed. If this is not the case, please turn to the course instructor or Manuela Hochschwendner to find a situation.
If your status is listed as “vorgemerkt” (pre-registered) during the registration period, you can ignore this; your status will automatically be changed to “angemeldet” ("registered") or "Warteliste" ("waiting list") after the registration has been closed.

Please note that attendance during the first course session is obligatory. If you don't show up in the first session without an excuse, you might lose your place in the course.

If your status is “Warteliste” (waiting list), you were put on the course's waiting list. In this case please do go to the first course session at all means in order to see whether you can obtain a place.

General information on course registration at the University of Vienna can be found here, at the International Offices website.


Should you decide to not to take part in a course after all, please deregister from the course via U:SPACE as soon as possible so that we can offer the place to another student.This shall also apply in case you switch a course!
Deregistration is possible until October 31st (winter semester) or April 30th (summer semester). Please also tell your course instructor about your deregistration.

If you haven't deregistered, you might get a negative grade for the course in your transcript of records.

5. Exams and Transcript of Records

In order to take exams it is required to register for them via U:SPACE. Registration for exams usually starts 1-3 weeks before the day of the exam. Deregistration is only possible until 48 hours before the exam takes place! An de/reistration afterwards is unexeptionally not possible.

The exam dates are usually announced during the first course session at the beginning of the semester. Exams are usually held at the end of the semester or up to one week after that.

All dates are announced at the website of our directorate of studies (german only).

Transcript of Records / Confirmation of Attendance

Grades and ECTS credits are usually registered in U:SPACE within one month after the exam. The system allows you to print your transcript of records with a digital signature at least until the end of April (stay in the preceding winter semester) or until the end of November (stay in the preceding summer semester).

In case you do not need a grade or ECTS credits but just a confirmation of attendance for a course, please mention this to the respective course instructor right at the beginning of the semester and get the confirmation from them directly.
The successful completion of a course cannot be confirmed. In this case the transcript of records is valid.

Please let your confirmation of attenance at our university be signed at the International Office!

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