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Education Abroad Office

University of Vienna

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Vienna
Country: Austria
Term: Spring, Academic Year

The UofSC exchange program in Austria is designed to expose students to the life and culture of the Austrian people. Despite the fact the majority of the population (92%) is German-speaking, Austria is culturally and ethnically diverse, including six officially recognized ethnic groups: Croats, Czechs, Hungarians, Roma/Sinti, Slovaks and Slovenes. Students will attend the University of Vienna, located in the capital city of Vienna. The university was founded in 1365 by Duke Rudolf IV. It is the oldest and largest university in today's German-speaking world and one of the largest universities in Central Europe. Approximately 88,000 students are currently enrolled at the University of Vienna; the university offers more than 180 different fields of study. 

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA, undergraduate students

On average, exchange students should prepare for the following approximate living cost in Vienna per month: €980-1030. This cost includes accommodation, food, study materials, books, entertainment and public transportation. 

The University of Vienna is the largest teaching and research institution in Austria. Students attend classes with Austrian and other international students. Students with advanced level German may also enroll in standard university courses with local and other international students which are taught exclusively in German. Students who wish to can enroll in intensive German language courses at the Innovationszentrum Universität Wien. Exchange students receive a 20% reduction on the course fees. The "Sprachenzentrum" (Language Centre) of the University of Vienna will provide information about fee-paying language courses at university level, as well as about "Language Swap" (Tandem), which is provided free of charge to students wishing to improve their language skills. 

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

While the university does not offer organized excursions, the city itself offers a broad range of cultural activities, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, opera houses, museums, castles, and churches. Students often receive discounts for participating in cultural activities.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

The University of Vienna does not have its own student halls of residence. Students are responsible for organizing their own accommodation in Vienna. It is strongly recommended that students begin the search early. There are two options for housing: halls of residence and private accommodation.

The fall semester runs from the beginning of October to the beginning of February and the spring semester goes from the beginning of March to the end of June. Students can attend Vienna for the spring semester or academic year.

At the start of each semester, the university offers special orientation sessions intended to help students get settled in Vienna. Orientation sessions last 1-1.5 hours and are held between mid-February and the beginning of March. Exchange students also have the option of signing up to be paired with a local student through the Buddy System.

Students that plan to attend the University of Vienna for a semester or academic year are required to apply in person for a student visa through the Austrian embassy in Washington, D.C. 

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