University of Vienna

Studying at the University of Vienna means being part of a large and diverse community. About 92,000 students are currently pursuing a degree at the University of Vienna. About 27,000 of them are foreign students and come from 140 different countries.

Master's Programmes

Humanities (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Law (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



On 12 March 1365 Duke Rudolph IV (the “Founder”) founded the University of Vienna, "Alma Mater Rudolphina Vindobonensis" as it has been called by literary sources, along the lines of the Sorbonne in Paris. The members of this "universitas magistrorum et scholarium" (the community of teachers and learners) were even initially exempt from taxes and military service.


With more than 180 degree programmes,including 3 diploma, 57 bachelor's, 112 master's, doctoral and PhD programmes in 8 fields of doctoral research, 40 university continuing education and training programmes and about 93,000 students, the University of Vienna is the largest and most diverse educational institution in Austria.


The University of Vienna was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365. 650 years later, 6,800 researchers conduct basic and applied research at the 15 faculties and 4 centres of the University of Vienna, thus tackling present and future challenges.

The vast array of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research at the University of Vienna includes theology, law, business, economics and statistics, computer science, historical and philological studies, social sciences, psychology, life sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, sport science and teacher education.The University of Vienna's vision is to become one of the leading research universities in Europe.


Since November 2008 the University of Vienna has presented a new service offering for applicants, employees and organisational units - the so called Job Center.The Job Center is divided into two areas:

  • Applications (Initiative applications, applications for jobs posting at the University of Vienna)
  • Advertisements (put in an advertisement - for advertising organisations units)
Within 1st March 2009 prospective positions have to be advertised via Job Centre. To inform yourself about position for Professorships and for Tenure Tracks follow the link. All other positions for the following units, departments, etc. can be searched via Job Center:

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

  • Student Point: Information and Service
  • Study programmes with special entrance exams
  • Application/Admission
  • Planning the semester
  • Complementary study programmes & Alternative Erweiterungen
  • Changing, adding, renewing studies and leaving of the university
  • Choice of degree programmes
  • Students with disabilities

Housing services

  • Halls/dormitories
Non-Austrian students can choose among the whole range of dormitories in Vienna. As the admission modalities differ from dormitory to dormitory you should ask directly at the dormitory of your choice about the formalities about six month before you start to study.
  • Flat/apartment sharing
A very common alternative to living in a dormitory is sharing a flat/apartment with other students.
  • Renting a flat/apartment
Before signing a rent contract it is advisable to gather information about your rights and duties and to have the rental contract checked by an expert.

Library services

During your studies at Vienna University, VU Library will most likely be your primary source for research tools and academic texts. We offer print books, e-books, e-journals, print journals as well as access to thousands of databases and online sources from all subjects taught at Vienna University.

Medical services

The Disability Officer of the University of Vienna helps students with physical impairement(s) or mental health difficulites in questions regarding the organization of their studies.

Student Life

Campus life

Everybody can access the cafeterias, no ID is needed. In order to make use of the offer even more reasonably, you can obtain the so called "Mensenpickerl" of the students' union. You will receive the Mensenpickerl at the student's union with your student ID. With it, you benefit form a € 0,50 reduction on each Mensen-menu.Apart from the cafeterias (Mensen), you will find many cafés and restaurants next to the main building of the University of Vienna , which are popular with students and which also offer low priced lunch menus and snacks. In the main building of the University of Vienna you can find the Audimax-Buffet and the Cafeteria.

Sports facilities

Passion for sports? The so called Universitätssportinstitut (USI) offers students, graduates and members of staff of the University inexspensive courses for various sports, ranging from A like aerobics to Z like zen meditation.Unisport, which is organised by students, also offers many sportcamps, courses and discounted memberships for fitness centres.The Österreichische Behindertensportverband (ÖBSV) informs about offers for the disabled and also about education and training in this area.