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University of Vienna

4.1 out of 5 (108 ratings / 79 reviews) Vienna, Austria
The Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights aims to providing international students the scientific knowledge and the practical skills to work as a human rights expert in different professional environments. A field trip to a post-conflict area, visits to international organisations as well as a mandatory internship/research semester give possibility to get to know human rights work in practice.

About

History

The University of Vienna is located in Vienna, Austria. It was founded in 1365 and is one of the oldest universities in the German-speaking world. With its long and rich history, the University of Vienna has developed into one of the largest universities in Europe.  

Education

The Vienna Master in Human Rights employs a rich variety of teaching staff with a widespread range of experience and expertise. The faculty is composed of university professors and academic lecturers from various disciplines as well as human rights practitioners working in international organisations, human rights institutes, the corporate sector, development agencies and civil society organisations. Each lecturer has a different teaching style however, as a rule, lectures student-centred where students play an equally active role in the learning process. The credits at the Vienna Master in Human rights must be achieved by active participation, thorough preparation for lectures, successful completion of written examinations, group work participation, a master thesis in the field of human rights and a defense.

Career

Students are trained for a career as a human rights expert to be employed by governments, international organisations, development agencies, business cooperations, research institutes and civil society organisations. Graduates might work as an election observer, human rights field officer, diplomat, trainer, mediator, consultant, etc. 

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
134 9
2019
143 22
2018
165
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
151
2018
151
2017
151
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
154 21
2019
175 -21
2018
154
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
200 -11
2019
189 -2
2018
187
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Services

Student services

The university offers an exclusive study room for the students, including free access to a printer/photocopy machine/scanner as well as coffee/tea and a small library with selected human rights literature.

Housing services

The University of Vienna does not run student halls of residence but there is a great number of student homes and private accommodation all around the city. For detailed information about housing options and platforms visit: www.studyinaustria.at 

Library services

The Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights offers a small library with selected human rights literature. During the opening hours, 40 libraries of the University of Vienna offer work spaces, free Wi-Fi, electronic and print literature.

ICT services

With “u:net” the University offers an extensive package of IT services, like access to Wi-Fi and public computer facilities at the university, e-mail service, u:space (access and download services for study related information) and printing services. Students of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights have exclusive access to a study room with computers including free access to a printer/photocopy machine and scanner. 

Student Life

Campus life

All lecture rooms and the programme management office are located in the city center of Vienna. Supermarkets, canteens, restaurants, hairdressers, print shops and doctors/health care facilities are in proximate distance to the lecture rooms and programme office.  

Sports facilities

The University Sports Institute (USI) offers a wide range of courses (from Aerobics to Zen Meditation) to active students at reasonable prices.

Accreditation

  • The Vienna Master of Arts is a fully accredited programme. The MA degree is fully recognized and compatible with any other academic degree conferred by other private and public universities. 
  • The programme comprises of 9 obligatory modules (95 ECTS), a Master thesis (20 ECTS) and a thesis defence (5 ECTS), adding up to 120 ECTS in total.

Student Reviews

Pressure to complete
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

Lectures were easy to follow and the scripts available online to revisit the topics. The structure of the course, the need to create one’s own schedule, and the scarcity of laboratory places makes it hard to complete the degree in the recommended time. During laboratory exercises the atmosphere was generally tense, there was little feedback yet a lot of pressure to...

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The uni looks very beatifull and is settled between the mountains, which I really like as dutchy. I love the experiences in business abroad and looking forward to it!

Youth needs contemporary learning methods
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It is the best university in the country with high competented proffesionals, but there are things that i wish were different. It is not in the flow with the tech and the new learning methods. Also there is not enough practical knowledge you can gain with the current study program. It does not offer any scolarships or internships for the best students, or support for...

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