University of Vienna

University of Vienna (Universität Wien) was founded in 1365, making it the oldest university in the German-speaking world. It is also the largest and highest rated university in Austria and has about 91,000 students enrolled in more than 180 degree programs.

Academic highlights

University of Vienna is renowned for its excellence in the humanities but it also rates well for Catholic and Protestant theory, law, economics, computer science and sports science. There have been 15 alumni who have gone on to become Nobel Laureates in physics, chemistry, physiology, economics and literature.


Though it is located in central Vienna, the University of Vienna doesn’t have a campus as such. It is located in more than 60 buildings spread across the beautiful and artistic “city of dreams”.

Did you know?

The University of Vienna maintains an 18th century botanical garden that’s known as the ‘green lung of the university’. It has 12,000 plant types from six continents and is a place for scientific research, species protection, an urban habitat for indigenous animals and as a green oasis in the heart of the city.

Language requirements

You need to be able to understand, speak and write German at an adequate level if you want to study at the University of Vienna. Most units at Vienna are taught in German. For units taught at the Centre of Translation Studies, you will need to have your German language skills confirmed by your German language coordinator that you are up to a level of B2 (Bachelor) or C1 (Master). "

More information on the University of Vienna's language requirements can be found here.

The following departments usually also offer some units in English: Business, Law, English and American Studies, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Philosophy.

Disciplines available


Ancient cultures


Banking and finance

Biological sciences

Business law and taxation


Chinese languages & culture studies

Communications and media studies


Earth, atmosphere and environmental sciences

Econometrics and business statistics


Education - early childhood

Education - primary schooling

Education - secondary schooling

English as an international language

Film and screen studies

French languages & culture studies

German languages & culture studies


Human geography

Information technology

Italian languages & culture studies

Japanese languages & culture studies

Jewish languages & culture studies

Korean languages & culture studies



Literary studies



Mathematical sciences

Music performance and composition


Physics and astronomy

Politics and international relations

Psychological sciences

Religious studies


Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies


Theatre and performance

Translation studies

  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See the University of Vienna unit catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard 22.5 ECTS 30 ECTS 45 ECTS 60 ECTS
Law units





*Please note: if you wish to study both law and non-law units during your time at Vienna, you will then be subject to the standard study load requirements (e.g. 30 ECTS = 24 Monash credits)

Exchange program terms

Vienna Summer semester (Monash Semester 1): Early March to late June
Vienna Winter semester (Monash Semester 2): Early October to late January

See University of Vienna's Academic Calendar here.


University of Vienna does not own any halls of residence. Therefore, you will be responsible for organising accommodation during your stay in Vienna.

The University of Vienna does, however, have associations with some student residence providers. For more advice on accommodation, please see here.


You may require a visa for study in Austria, even if you have a residence permit from another European country. There are different regulations depending on how long you wish to stay in Austria. Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant consular/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the Embassy of Austria in Australia

The University of Vienna also provide some advice on visas, which can be found here.

Health and insurance

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

You are required to register for an orientation session at the International Office in order to complete your enrolment and receive important information on living in Vienna.

If you wish to improve your German language skills in preparation of your stay or during the semester, you can register for a German language unit at the Language Centre of the University of Vienna.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards. Find out more here.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

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University of Vienna

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location: Vienna
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

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