ABC of terminology

Here you can find study-related terms and abbreviations, currently especially on topics as courses and examinations.

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A

Additional degree programme

If you are currently studying at the University of Vienna, you can apply for admission to an additional degree programme via u:space. Please note the respective application deadlines.

Links:
Information on additional degree programme

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Allocation of places in courses and exams

After the registration deadline, you can see whether or not you have been allocated to a place on a course/exam in u:space in the section > Studies > Registration Overview. You will also receive an e-mail to your u:account e-mail address.

You will be informed about whether you are “registered”, “on the waiting list”, “registered for a different course” or not registered at all. It is possible to move up the waiting list, in case other students deregister. You will be notified by e-mail if you move up.

Links:
Registration overview in u:space

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
study achievement system, preference system, point allocation system

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Alternative extensions (AE)

It is possible to complete alternative extensions comprising a maximum of 15 ECTS credits instead of an extension curriculum (EC). Contrary to an EC, which is predefined, alternative extensions allow you to choose freely which courses or exams you want to complete as part of your degree programme.

Example: Within his degree programme, Max has to complete extension curricula comprising 30 ECTS credits. He would like to take only one extension curriculum comprising 15 ECTS credits and alternative extensions comprising another 15 ECTS credits. He chooses one interesting course from his degree programme (5 ECTS credits), one course from another bachelor’s programme (5 ECTS credits) and two language courses at the Language Center of the University of Vienna (5 ECTS credits).

Links:
Senate Decree about Alternative Extensions (PDF)
StudiesServiceCenter/StudiesServiceUnit

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Alternative mode of assessment (due to impairment, disability or illness)

If you cannot take exams in the required form due to an impairment, a disability, illness or because it might be a disadvantage to you, you can use an alternative mode of assessment. The Team Barrierefrei (Accessible Studying Team) provides relevant general information and counselling. In some cases, it sets out the conditions together with the directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) and teaching staff/examiners, who are in charge of the actual implementation.

Links:
Team Barrierefrei – alternative mode of assessment

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C

Certificate

You can view all grades that you receive during your studies in u:space.

Your transcript of records includes all positive and negative grades. It serves as an official proof of your academic progress for external authorities.

Your record of examinations includes all exams passed and their allocation to the respective curriculum item of your degree programme. You can change their allocation yourself in u:space. Each exam can only be used for one curriculum item. The record of examinations serves as the basis for submitting your completed degree or stage of the degree programme.

After completing your degree programme or stage of the degree programme, you will receive your degree certificate/diploma. After graduation, you will additionally be awarded the academic degree.

You also receive your diploma supplement. The aim of the bilingual diploma supplement (in German/English) is to enhance the transparency and recognition of higher education degrees. Your diploma supplement contains information about the type and level of your degree, the degree programme you completed (requirements, course of studies, grading scale) as well as as standardised information about the higher education system.

Links:
u:space

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Change of degree programme

The change of a degree programme means to change from one degree programme at the University of Vienna to another degree programme at the University of Vienna. You can apply for admission to another degree programme via u:space. Please close the previous degree programme by sending an e-mail to the Admission Office.

Links:
Information on the change of a degree programme and the relevant e-mail addresses

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Course (LV)

To take exams, you have to attend courses (in German: Lehrveranstaltung, LV). There are courses with continuous assessment and courses with non-continuous assessment. In the first case, you have to deliver results already during the semester. Courses with non-continuous assessment end with an examination at the end of the semester resp. in the following semester. Examples of course types: lectures (Vorlesungen, VO), seminars (Seminare, SE) or exercises (Übungen, UE).

Links:
u:find – Course directory

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Start of exams/courses

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Course exam

A course exam is an exam on the contents of a specific course. Grading is based exclusively on the results of the exam. The attendance or active participation in the course will not be assessed. Course exams are offered mostly in lectures and can be in oral, written or combined form. Four exam dates are offered for each course.

Links:
u:find – Course directory
Study law

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Types of exams

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Course with continuous assessment (pi LV)

Courses with continuous assessment require a registration.

In courses with continuous assessment (e.g. seminars, exercises), you have to complete oral and/or written partial achievements. Your final grade is calculated on the basis of these partial achievements. Information about the partial achievements that will be assessed is provided on u:find and during the respective course.

If you are registered for a course with continuous assessment and are absent from the first unit without having a good reason, you will be deregistered. Students on the waiting list will be accepted if course places become available. In case you are on the waiting list, please attend the first unit of the course, as there may be free places.

Examples: Marion attends a seminar (SE) in History. Her presentation, seminar paper and contributions to the discussion of her colleagues’ presentations will be assessed.
Max attends an exercise (UE) in Biology. During the exercise, he has to carry out various tasks and laboratory experiments and present his results in short abstracts.

Links:
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Types of exams

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Course with non-continuous assessment (npi LV)

Courses with non-continuous assessment are, for example, lectures (in German: Vorlesung, VO). You can register for courses with non-continuous assessment via u:find.

After registering, you can find the course in the registration system in u:space. In addition, you are automatically registered for the respective Moodle course.

Registration for courses with non-continuous assessment is not subject to any conditions, such as attendance or participation.

Links:
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration deadline, course with continuous assessment, registration status in u:space

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Curriculum

A curriculum informs you about the content and structure of a degree programme. A degree programme is completed if all study achievements indicated in the corresponding curriculum have been completed successfully. Your degree programme's curriculum is available on the website of your “StudiesServiceCenter”.

Your record of examinations in u:space outlines the structure of your curriculum as well as the prerequisites and the status of your completed study achievements.

Curriculum item

Usually, degree programmes are divided into modules and further into curriculum items. One or several courses may be offered for one curriculum item. Some courses might also be assigned to several curriculum items.

In your record of examinations in u:space you can find the structure of your degree programme and the corresponding curriculum items. When registering for a course/exam, you have to specify the curriculum item for which you would like to use it.

Links:
Record of examinations in u:space
Registration overview in u:space

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Record of examinations

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D

Degree programme code

Every degree programme has a degree programme code, which makes it clearly identifiable. Your degree programme code is specified in u:space in the section Studies > Study Overview, as well as on your student record sheet in the section Personal Matters > My Documents.

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Directorate of studies (SPL)

The directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) of your degree programme fulfils administrative and legal tasks. It is responsible for providing students with legal information and consultation and for organising the teaching programme.

Links:
Directorate of studies (SPL)

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Discontinuing an exam/course with continuous assessment

If you must prematurely discontinue an exam or a course with continuous assessment for a valid reason (e.g. sickness), please contact your examiner/course instructor immediately. If you have a valid reason, you will not be graded.

If your examiner/course instructor cannot accept your reason because your reason is not clear, you can apply for recognition of your reason at the Office of the Studienpräses within 14 days after discontinuing the exam/course with continuous assessment. You will receive an official notice, notifying you whether or not your application was successful.

Please note: If you prematurely discontinue an exam or course with continuous assessment (pi LV) without a valid reason, your study achievements up to the discontinuation will be graded.

Links:
Office of the Studienpräses
Study law

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Unauthorised absence from a course with continuous assessment/exam, use of unauthorised aids ("cheating"/plagiarism)

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Distribution of remaining places (courses)

See waiting list and allocation of remaining places (courses)

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E

ECTS credits

The "European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)" contributes to the mobility between degree programmes, universities and countries, as ECTS credits facilitate a comparison of academic achievements.

ECTS credits describe the average workload required to achieve the objectives of a course, module or degree programme. One ECTS credit corresponds to an average workload of 25 full hours. Course participation as well as the preparation and follow-up of a course, the duration of the exam and studying time are considered as part of the workload.

In u:find you can see how many ECTS credits you have to obtain to successfully complete a course.

Example: Max attends a seminar comprising 4 ECTS credits (= 100 hours). The seminar takes place ten times and takes 1.5 hours each time (= 15 hours). He has to prepare a presentation and a summary (which takes him 30 hours), a seminar paper (30 hours) and he has to read texts for every second session (5 hours each). Over the course of the semester, he will be working 100 hours for the seminar.

Links:
u:find

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Extension curricula (Erweiterungscurricula, EC)

The majority of bachelor’s programmes (and diploma programmes) require you to complete not only compulsory and elective courses within your own degree programme, but also extension curricula (EC). An extension curriculum is a predefined module group comprising up to 30 ECTS credits. The required number of ECTS credits for extension curricula is defined in your degree programme’s curriculum.

Almost all degree programmes offer extension curricula. Unless specified otherwise in your degree programme’s curriculum, you can, to a great extent, freely choose from the entire range of extension curricula.

Example: Max is studying on the bachelor’s programme in Sociology, for which he has to complete extension curricula comprising 30 ECTS credits. The curriculum does not specify which extension curricula he has to attend, but he can not choose EC from his degree programme.

H

Hours per week per semester

The hours per week per semester (in German: Semesterwochenstunde, SWS) indicate the value of a course. One hour per week per semester equals 45 minutes.

Example: Maria attends a lecture in Law. This lecture takes place every week on Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:30 (2x45 minutes) during the entire semester. Therefore, the lecture corresponds to two hours per week per semester (2 SWS).

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I

Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP)

The Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) is a chance for students to get an insight into their degree programme in their first semester and find out whether or not it fulfils their personal expectations.

Links:
Detailed information on the STEOP

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L

Leave of absence

You can apply for a leave of absence if one of the officially recognised reasons for a leave of absence apply. The leave of absence applies to all the degree programmes on which you are enrolled at the University of Vienna, not for an individual degree programme. Please note the negative consequences that a leave of absence can have.

Links:
Information on the leave of absence

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M

Module

The curricula of bachelor’s and master’s programmes are divided into modules. Each module specifies the learning outcomes that students have to achieve.

You can view the structure of your degree programme and the corresponding modules in your record of examinations in u:space.

Links:
Record of examinations in u:space

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Module/subject exam, curriculum item

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Module/subject exam

A module exam (or subject exam) is an exam covering the contents of a module (which comprises the content of several courses). Grading is exclusively based on the results of the exam. Attendance or active participation in the courses will not be graded. Three module exam dates are offered per semester.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Curriculum, types of exams

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Moodle

Moodle is the e-learning platform of the University of Vienna. To access Moodle, you require an active u:account. In Moodle, teachers can provide learning materials, students of the same course can connect and exchange information with each other, and streamed content can be viewed.

It is specified in the course details in u:find if Moodle is used in a course.

Links:
Moodle – further information
Moodle – e-learning platform

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N

Negative assessment

Exam

In the event of a negative grade, you will be able to re-sit an exam three times, which means that you can take an exam four times in total. The fourth attempt takes place orally before an examination committee. Please register to an examination in front of an examination committee at the StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS).

If the fourth examination attempt was not successful, you will be permanently blocked from this degree programme and any other degree programmes at the University of Vienna, for which the same examination result is required. Admission to these degree programmes is not possible any more. Exceptions are the Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) exams, for which specific regulations apply.

Course with continuous assessment

In the event of a negative grade, you will have to repeat the entire course with continuous assessment. You can repeat a course offered by a different course instructor if it serves the same purpose with regard to your curriculum.

The course can be repeated three times (four attempts in total). If the fourth attempt was not successful, you will be deregistered from this degree programme at the University of Vienna (and any other degree programmes for which this course is required). A resumption of the study programme is not possible.

Appeal against a negative assessment

You can appeal against a negative grade if there were serious irregularities in the conduct of the exam (e.g. reduced time, noise, disturbance, change in mode of assessment that was not announced). You cannot appeal against the content-related assessment as this is at the examiner's discretion.

In the event of serious irregularities at the time of the exam, you can apply for a deletion of your grade/attempt in the Office of the Studienpräses within 14 days after grading. The plausibility of the serious irregularities has to be demonstrated. A proof is not necessary. You will receive an official notice, notifying you whether or not your application was successful.

Links:
Office of the Studienpräses
Study law

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Nostrification

Nostrification is the recognition of a foreign university degree as equivalent to an Austrian university degree. It also applies to the resulting rights and obligations (e.g. the right to use an academic title, the right to exercise a profession).

The official Austrian information centre for international nostrifications in the academic field is ENIC NARIC AUSTRIA.

At the University of Vienna, nostrification is possible for any degree programme offered by the University.
For further information, please contact the Office of the Studienpräses.

Links:
ENIC NARIC AUSTRIA – Recognition of university degrees
Closing of a degree programme/withdrawal from the University of Vienna
Office of the Studienpräses

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P

Point allocation system

Every directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) determines how places for courses with a limited number of participants and exams are distributed in its degree programmes.

With the point allocation system, you receive a certain number of points (= points account) every semester which you can use for the registration. You will have a points account for the registration for courses and another one for the registration for exams.

If you register for courses offered by different directorates of studies, you will have several points accounts. The points can be used for courses with a limited number of participants.

The more points you allocate to a course, the more likely it is that you are accepted.

The points account is created when you register for a course for the first time. If you cannot find any points in u:space, register for the course and you will see that a new points account has been created for the current semester.

The allocation of points can still be changed within the registration deadline. You cannot save points for the following semester, which means that you will lose points that you have not used.

The directorate of studies can add additional regulations to the point allocation system:
Bonus points: If certain criteria apply (e.g. academic progress or number of ECTS credits obtained in the previous semester), students automatically receive additional points. 
Points of the previous semester: If you are on the waiting list of a course, you will automatically be credited the allocated points for the same course in the following semester and these will be added to your newly allocated points. You can view these extra points in the section “points of previous semester”. This only applies to allocated points. Any points that you did not allocate are lost.

After the end of the registration period and the subsequent allocation of places, you will receive an e-mail to your u:account e-mail-address informing you about the status of your registration.

For further information on the registration procedure, please contact the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS) or StudiesServiceCenter of your degree programme.

Example: Max would like to attend a course with 25 available places. A total number of 30 students register for this course. Max allocates 200 points to this course. As 27 other students allocated between 210 and 500 points, he does not get a place. 70 students register for another course with 50 available places. Max allocates 100 points and gets a place, because several students allocated fewer points than he did.

Links:
StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/ StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Study achievement system, preference system

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Positive assessment

Your grade will be entered within four weeks after the exam/the completion of a course or final partial achievement. You can check your grade in the record of examinations in u:space as well as in your transcript of records.

You can re-sit a passed exam once within twelve months (provided that you have not yet completed your degree programme/stage of the degree programme/module). With your new attempt, the previous examination result becomes void and the new grade is entered, even if the second grade is lower than the first.

If no courses with continuous assessment are offered in the semester following your first attempt, you can only re-sit the exam in the semester after next at the latest, but not after you have completed the corresponding module, stage of the degree programme or degree programme.

You should announce that you would like to re-sit the exam within 6 months. If you do not use this opportunity, you will not be able to repeat the exam at a later point.

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Preference system

Every directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) determines for its degree programme how places for courses with a limited number of participants and exams are allocated in its degree programmes.

With the preference system, several courses are offered for the same curriculum items. Students rank their registrations for courses according to their personal preference (from top to bottom). The system intends to achieve the highest possible preference. The higher the preference, the more likely it is to get a place in the prefered option.

After the end of the registration deadline, the available places are allocated. On average, 98% of all students receive a suitable course place.

After the registration deadline you will receive an e-mail to your u:account e-mail-adress informing you about the outcome of the registration.

Example: According to his curriculum, Max has to complete an exercise. When registering for the exercise, different options (often called “groups”) appear. He ranks the courses according to his preferences.
Max gets a place on the course of his first preference. If the number of students who ranked this exercise as their first preference had exceeded the number of available places, Max would have got a place on the parallel course he ranked second.

For further information on the registration procedure of your directorate of studies, contact the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) of your degree programme.

Links:
StudiesServiceCenter/StudiesServiceUnit

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
study achievement system, point allocation system

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Public defence

The public defence is the final exam in a master's or doctoral programme. It includes the defence of your academic thesis (master's or doctoral thesis) and an oral exam in front of an examination committee of at least three persons. The regulations are specified in the curriculum of your degree programme.

Immediately after you have successfully completed your public defence, you will get a confirmation of completion of the last exam required for your graduation. This confirmation is valid for six weeks and can be presented at public authorities until your degree is issued.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Types of exams

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R

Resumption of studies

Resumption of studies means that you have already studied at the University of Vienna and would now like to study the degree programme you dropped out of, or a different degree programme.

If you have completed a degree programme at the University of Vienna and would like to start a master's or doctoral programme, you have to apply for admission to a degree programme in the regular way.

Links:
Information on resumption of studies

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Recognition of exams

You can apply for the recognition of exams that you have taken at the University of Vienna or at a different university, in your degree programme at the University of Vienna. This also applies to internships and academic activities outside the University. The directorate of studies (in German: Studienprogrammleitung, SPL) of your degree programme decides on the recognition of exams.

A study achievement can be recognised only once in your degree programme. It cannot be recognised more than once in the same degree programme.

The application for recognition of exams taken at the University of Vienna is done via u:space. Exception: If you are enrolled on two (bachelor's) teacher education programmes at the same time or one after the other, you do not have to apply for recognition of exams. For this purpose please check your record of examinations in u:space on a regular basis.

You have to apply for the recognition of external study achievements separately. For further information, please contact the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) of your degree programme.

Links:
Directorate of studies (SPL)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)
u:space

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Record of examinations

Your record of examinations is available in u:space. It presents the structure of your curriculum and your academic progress. You can search for study achievements and change their allocation, when applicable.

Links:
Record of examinations in u:space

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Module

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Registration for courses and exams

You can register for courses and exams via u:find resp. the record of examinations in u:space.

In order to be able to attend courses or exams, you have to register in due time. You can find the registration periods within the respective courses in u:find.

In order to register successfully, you have to fulfil the requirements according to the curriculum of your degree programme. This is being evaluated in the registration process. It is not possible to attend a course if you have not registered in due time. You cannot be registered after the registration/late registration period has ended.

If you have registered correctly, you are entitled to attend the course/exam.

Links:
Registration overview in u:space
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration deadline for courses and exams, registration system

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Registration deadline for courses and exams

The registration deadlines for courses and exams are announced on u:find, on the website of the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) or on the website of the department of your degree programme. Additionally, you receive information on the registration deadlines for exams during the corresponding course.

Links:
StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration for courses and exams, registration system

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Registration status in u:space

In u:space, in the section > Studies > Registration Overview you can view the status of your registrations.

For courses with non-continuous assessment (e.g. lectures) the following status values may appear:

  • registered (registriert): You are successfully registered for the course.
  • deregistered (abgemeldet): You have successfully deregistered from the course.


For courses with continuous assessment (e.g. seminars, exercises) the following status values may appear:

  • pre-registered (angelegt): You have started but not completed your registration or you do not meet the course requirements. Please note: Records with this status will not be considered and you will not be registered for the course.
  • in consideration (vorgemerkt): If you have registered for a course with a limited number of participants, you are in consideration for the course first. Once the places have been allocated (after the end of the registration period), it will be decided whether you gain a place on the course.
  • registered (binding) (angemeldet): You have gained a place on the course. In case you do not want to attend, you have to deregister in due time.
  • on the waiting list (auf der Warteliste): You have not been assigned a place on the course. If other students deregister, you might be able to move up the list and get a free place. If you are on the waiting list, please attend the first unit of the course as there may be free places.
  • received alternative (Alternative erhalten): You have not gained a place on the course of your interest, but will be able to attend a parallel course.
  • in process (in Bearbeitung): The registration period has expired and the allocation of places or your record is being processed. This can take several hours. In the meanwhile, you cannot make any changes.
  • completed (abgeschlossen): At the end of the semester, all registrations are completed, which enables you to register for the same or a similar course or exam without any problems in the following semester.
  • waiting list expired (Warteliste abgelaufen): You have been on the waiting list of a course/exam. You can no longer move up the list. You can register for an equal course/exam in the following semester.

Links:
Registration overview in u:space
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration deadline for courses and exams, registration system, registration for courses and exams, allocation of places in courses and exams

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Registration system for courses and exams

For courses and exams, you have to register via u:find. You can find the registration deadlines in the respective courses in u:find.

During the registration period, you will be forwarded to the registration in u:space, by clicking on "register/deregister for this course". You need an active u:account and your admission must be valid to access the registration system.

The registration date within the registration period is not relevant to the allocation of places. Please note that your registration status should be “registriert” (registered), “angemeldet” (registered (binding)) or “vorgemerkt” (in consideration, for courses with continuous assessment).

For courses with continuous assessment the allocation process begins after the registration period has ended. Registrations are ranked according to the stipulations in the curricula (e.g. point system/preference system/study achievement system) and places allocated. Afterwards, you will be informed about whether you are “angemeldet” (registered), "auf der Warteliste" (on the waiting list) or “in einer anderen Lehrveranstaltung angemeldet” (registered for a different course). If students deregister from a course, you possibly move up the waiting list. If you are on the waiting list, please attend the first unit of the course as there may be free places.

You can find detailed information about the registration procedure at the website of the course and exam registration system.

For further information about the registration for courses/exams, please contact the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) of your degree programme.

Links:
u:account
u:find
registration overview in u:space

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Registration for courses and exams, registration deadline for courses and exams, registration status in u:space

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Re-sitting an exam

It is possible to re-sit a STEOP exam three times. If your fourth attempt is not successful, your  admission to the associated degree programme expires on the day of the exam. Re-admission to the same degree programme is possible no earlier than the third semester after your admission expired.

You can take exams that are not part of the STEOP four times. The last attempt takes place before an examination committee. If the last attempt is not successful, your admission to the associated degree programme expires. At the University of Vienna, re-admission to the same degree programme and other degree programmes that require you to complete the exam that you failes four times is not possible.

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S

Start of exams/courses

You are obliged to identify yourself by providing a photo ID card (e.g. your student ID card) before the start of an exam or in the first unit of a course.

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StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudienServiceUnit (SSS)

The StudiesServiceCenter (in German: StudienServiceCenter, SSC) and the StudiesServiceUnit (in German: StudienServiceStelle, SSS) are central points of contact for questions about your degree programme. Each degree programme has a StudiesServiceCenter; the majority of degree programmes also have a StudiesServiceUnit, which informs you about your degree programme and the administration of your studies.

On the websites of your SSC/SSS, you can find important information about your degree programme, relevant news and often forms to download.

Links:
StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) / StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)

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Study achievement system

Every directorate of studies (SPL) determines how places for courses with a limited number of participants and exams are allocated in its degree programmes.

If the study achievement system applies, you cannot directly influence the allocation of places when you register for a course. You register for the course of your choice, and once the registration deadline has ended, your academic progress (ECTS credits) will be compared to those of other students. Available course places will be allocated accordingly.

After the end of the registration period you will receive an e-mail to your u:account e-mail address informing you about the result of your registration.

For more information about the registration procedure of your SPL, contact the StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)/StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) of your degree programme.

Links:
StudiesServiceCenter/StudiesServiceUnit

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Preference system, Point allocation system

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Studying at several universities

You can study at several Austrian universities at the same time. It is also possible to study at a university and a university of applied sciences or a university college of teacher education at the same time. However, you are not allowed to study the same degree programme at two different universities.

Example: Maria studies on the bachelor's programme in History at the University of Salzburg. Therefore, she cannot be admitted to the bachelor's programme History at the University of Vienna. However, she can be admitted, for example, to the bachelor's programme in Classical Archaeology.

Admissions at non-Austrian universities or universities of applied sciences do not affect your admission at the University of Vienna, even if you are admitted to the same degree programme.

A co-registration enables you to attend selected courses in your degree programme at another Austrian university.

Links:
Co-registration at the University of Vienna

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Study plan

former term for curriculum

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T

Transcript of records

Your transcript of records lists all grades, positive and negative ones. It is an official proof of your academic progress, which you need for public authorities such as tax offices or the Austrian Study Grant Authority. You can print your transcript of records via u:space (Personal Matters > My Documents) at any time.

Links:
u:space

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Transfer to a new curriculum

Transferring to a new curriculum means the change from one version of a curriculum to a newer version of the same curriculum, for example

  • changing from a bachelor's programme with the 2011 curriculum to a bachelor's programme with the 2017 curriculum or
  • changing from a diploma programme in teacher education to a bachelor's programme in teacher education.

According to study law, the transitional provisions as well as the regulations of the new curriculum version apply when you transfer to a new curriculum.

 

Automatic transfer
If a curriculum expires, a transition period is specified. This period usually equals the length of the standard period of the curriculum. The transfer to the new curriculum comes into efffect automatically at the end of this period.

You can find more information about the transfer in the record of examinations in u:space as well as in your student record sheet (u:space > Personal Matters > My Documents).

Please note: After the transfer, you have to arrange for the recognition of exams passed in the old curriculum in the new version of the curriculum. For this purpose, please contact the StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS) of your degree programme.

 

Application for transfer to a new curriculum
You can also apply for transfer to a new curriculum at the StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS) of your degree programme, provided that the transition period has not ended yet and both curricula are offered simultaneously.

You can download the form for transferring to a new curriculum here. Submit it to your SSS/SSC.

When you apply for transfer to a new curriculum before the end of the transition period, you automatically apply for recognition of exams passed in the old curriculum in the new curriculum version.

Please note: Inform yourself about possible legal consequences (at your SSC/SSS). It is not possible to reverse the transfer to a new curriculum.

Links:
Study law
StudiesServiceCenter (SSC)/StudiesServiceUnit (SSS)

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Types of exams

In your curriculum, you may find the following types of exams:

Links:
Curricula

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U

u:account

After you have been admitted to your degree programme, the u:account for students authorises you to access the IT services of the Vienna University Computer Center (ZID).

Links:
u:account for students

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u:find

u:find is the course directory and staff/unit directory of the University of Vienna. In u:find you can find all courses offered (sorted by semesters including detailed information about the content and course instructor, place and time, registration deadlines etc.) as well as organisational units and staff of the University of Vienna.

You can

  • search for courses, exams, persons or organisational units
  • view course and exam dates
  • register for courses and exams during the registration period (forwarding to u:space)
  • export a calendar
  • view the area map of the University of Vienna via Google Maps

The course directory is being continuously updated at the beginning of the semester.

Links:
u:find - further informationen
u:find - Course and Staff/Unit Directory

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u:space

u:space is the online portal and central access point to all services regarding organisation of studies and teaching. With their u:account, students and university staff can log in to u:space, where they can find all online services they need during their studies/teaching activities.

Links:
u:space - further information
u:space - the portal

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Unauthorised absence from a course with continuous assessment/exam

If you are registered for a course with continuous assessment or an exam, you can deregister from it within the deregistration period.

If you are registered for a course with continuous assessment, but do not participate in it or do not provide performances, you will be deregistered in most cases.

If you are registered for an exam and do not show up, you will not be graded and will potentially be blocked for the following exam date. To avoid this, make sure to deregister in due time!

If you could not deregister in due time due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. because you had an accident), you will have to provide evidence in the most credible way to be deregistered retrospectively.

Links:
u:find

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
Discontinuing an exam/course with continuous assessment, registration for courses and exams

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Use of unauthorised aids (“cheating”/plagiarism)

If you use unauthorised aids during an exam (“cheating”), you will not be graded. Your examination attempt/the entire course with continuous assessment will be marked separately (with an “X”) in your transcript of records. This counts as one of your permissible attempts. You will have lost one examination attempt.

If you state an appropriate reason, you can apply for the deletion of your examination attempt in the Office of the Studienpräses within 14 days after your exam has been marked with an “X”. You will receive an official notice informing you about whether or not your application was successful.

Links:
Office of the Studienpräses

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W

Waiting list and allocation of remaining places (courses)

After the end of a registration deadline, you can check whether or not you gain a place on a lecture/an exam in u:space under Studies > Registration Overview. Furthermore, you receive an e-mail to your u:account e-mail address.

If you did not gain a place, you may be listed on the waiting list or be offered an alternative parallel course.

If students deregister from a course/exam and a waiting list exists, you can move up the waiting list. If you are on the waiting list, please attend the first unit of the course as there may be free places.

In case of long waiting lists, the directorate of studies (SPL) will probably offer additional parallel courses, for which you may register. In this case, you will be able to change the number of points you allocated before a second allocation may start.

If you gain an alternative place (remaining place) in a parallel course for which remaining places are available, you have to confirm or reject your place within two days. If you reject the place, you will be automatically deregistered from the course. The allocated points can not be transferred to the next semester. If you neither confirm nor reject the place, you remain on the waiting list.

Further terms in the ABC of terminology:
preference system, point allocation system

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