University of Vienna – the heart of the beautiful Austria

The University of Vienna is a public university situated in Vienna, Austria. It was established in 1365 by Duke Rudolph IV and is the oldest German-speaking university. The University of Vienna, with its long and rich history, has become one of the largest universities in Europe, and also one of the most renowned, particularly in the humanities. It is related to 21 Nobel prize winners and has been the intellectual home of many scholars of both historical and academic significance.


There is no single campus at the University of Vienna. Historically, the university began functioning in the First District of the Jesuit Church. Academic facilities currently occupy more than 60 locations in Vienna. The historic main building on the Ringstraße is the nucleus of the university and is commonly referred to as the “die Uni”. 

Some of the other larger university buildings and lecture halls are clustered in Vienna’s First and Ninth Districts: the so-called modern Lecture Hall Complex (Neues Institutgebäude, NIG), the Althanstraße (UZA) lecture hall complex, the Vienna Historical General Hospital campus, the Law School (Juridicum) and others. The Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna is situated in the Third District, as are the Department of Biochemistry and associated research centres.

The Vienna Observatory, which belongs to the university, and the University Sports Institute (USI), which provides fitness and leisure facilities to all students of the university.

In addition, the University of Vienna operates facilities outside Vienna in the Austrian provinces of Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Carinthia. They are primarily research and laboratory departments for astronomy, astrophysics and sports.


Students at the university can choose from 181 degree programs: 55 bachelor programs, 110 master programs, 3 diploma programs and 13 doctoral programmes. 

The university offers a variety of Master’s programs in English:

  • Science-Technology-Society
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Middle European interdisciplinary Master Program in Cognitive Science
  • European Master in Health and Physical Activity
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Anglophone Literatures and Cultures
  • East Asian Economy and Society
  • Economics
  • Botany
  • Ecology and Ecosystems
  • Molecular Microbiology, Microbial Ecology and Immunobiology
  • European Master in Urban Studies
  • Masters in European and International Business Law
  • Mathematics

Nobel prize laureates affiliated to the University of Vienna

Studying here is already a very good choice, but studying in the place where numerous renowned personalities did is even more magical.

Robert Bárány

Physiology or Medicine
Richard Adolf Zsigmondy

Julius Wagner-JaureggPhysiology or Medicine1927
Hans FischerChemistry1930
Karl LandsteinerPhysiology or Medicine1930
Erwin SchrödingerPhysics1933
Otto LoewiPhysiology or Medicine1936
Victor Francis HessPhysics1936
Richard Kuhn

Max PerutzChemistry1962
Karl von Frisch

Physiology or Medicine
Konrad LorenzPhysiology or Medicine1973
Friedrich HayekEconomics1974
Elias CanettiLiterature1981
Elfriede JelinekLiterature2004
Source: Wikipedia

Tuition fees

The amount of the school fee depends based on your ethnicity. You have to pay your fee per semester in due time to continue your degree program.

As an EU/EEA/CH resident, you do not have to pay a school fee for the regular length of your degree program plus two tolerance semesters. You only have to pay the student union tax (20.20 Euro). When your period of study exceeds two extra semesters, you will have to pay a charge of 363.36 Euro in comparison to the student union fee (total sum of 383.56 Euro)

Students who are residents of a non-EU/EEA country shall pay a fee of EUR 726.72 plus a Student Union fee of EUR 20.20 per semester (total value of EUR 746.92). There are also some exceptions:

Students from certain developing countries;

Students with the nationality of one of the following countries:

  • Angola
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comores
  • Congo – Democratic Republic
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Kiribati
  • Lao – People’s Democratic Republic
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mazambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Rwanda
  • Sâo Tomé and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone Solomon Islands Somalia South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen
  • Zambia

are excluded from paying the school tax. The payments are charged during their whole degree programme, but they have to pay the Students’ Union charge for each course.

Equal status for EU/EEA residents

Individuals to whom the decree on those classes of persons applies or who have a residency permit other than ‘Resident’ can qualify for equal status with EU/EEA residents.

The same guidelines on school fees as for EU/EEA residents apply. You must apply an equal status application accurately and on time. Both applications are processed.

United Kingdom citizenship and acceptance to a degree program before the summer semester of 2021

UK students who have been accepted to the Graduate Program up to and including the Winter Semester 2020/21 and who do not disrupt their studies will incur the same EU/EEA student fees as EU/EEA residents.

If the above applies to you and you interrupt your studies for one or two semesters, you will have to pay for non-EU/EEA residents after you resume your studies.

Source: Amount non-EU/EEA citizens

Are there German language requirements?

The short answers is yes.

When applying for entry to the Bachelor/Diploma Course, evidence of German language proficiency at level A2 is required.

You must have an advanced degree (at least B2) of German language proficiency in order to enroll in the entrance test, since the entrance exam is held in German.

You must have evidence of German language proficiency at level C1 no later than at the time of entry to the degree programme (or higher). You don’t need this evidence on the day of the test.

Accepted certificates

  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom – ÖSD Zertifikat C1 (formerly called: C1 Oberstufe Deutsch)
  • Goethe Institut – Goethe Zertifikat C1
  • telc Deutsch „C1 Hochschule“
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer StudienwerberInnen DSH2
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz DSD II
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test DaF), at least level 4 in all parts
  • Language Center of the University of Vienna – course and successfully passed exam of level C1/2

VERY IMPORTANT! These credentials are valid for just 3 years, otherwise a placement examination must be carried out.

Proofs of German Language Proficiency

  • High school leaving certificate from a school where the language of instruction is German and all examinations are conducted in German, e.g. Austrian or German foreign schools
  • Graduation from a degree program lasting at least three years at a university where the teaching language is German.
  • Complementary review in German (Ergänzungsprüfung Deutsch) at the Academic Training Program of the Austrian University

The above-mentioned proofs are valid for an infinite amount of time.

Ranking in Austria

University of Vienna proudly takes first place when it comes to ranking in its country!


Should you study in Austria at the University of Vienna? Taking into consideration the excellence regarding education and the high quality of life that comes with the city it should be a no-brainer if you want to study in Vienna for your MBA or PhD!

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