Prospective students


Before enrolling on a degree programme students need to gather and understand plenty of information. The list below explains the most important terminology for new entrants.



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The AudiMax – Auditorium Maximum – is the largest lecture hall in the main building of the University of Vienna. Note that the Lecture Hall 1 of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics at Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 is also called Audimax.

Aufnahmeverfahren – Entrance examination

Three years ago, Austria introduced entrance examinations for the degree programmes in Business Administration, International Business Administration and Economics. The website of Student Point provides detailed information about the structure of the application procedure for the winter semester 2017.


Bachelorstudium – Bachelor’s programmes

Graduates of the bachelor’s programmes at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics are awarded the degree Bachelor of Science (abbreviated as BSc). Bachelor’s programmes typically take 6 semesters (i.e. 3 years) to complete and they comprise 180 ECTS credits.

Graduates of a bachelor’s programme have the opportunity to continue their studies and obtain a master’s degree.

Bibliothek – Library

The Business and Economics Library is located at Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 and provides literature on business and economics as well as study and reading spaces for students and teachers. For further information about the opening hours, please click here.



The curriculum informs about the essentials of a particular programme. Questions it answers are: What do I need to get in? What topics are on offer in that programme? What courses do I need to take, which course can I select? How long will it take?

Every study programme at the University of Vienna has a curriculum. You can find it at the detail page of the respective study.

Bachelor programmes

Master programmes

PhD programmes


DekanIn - Dean

The dean is the head of a Faculty and represents it externally. He/she is responsible for organisational management, coordinating research, the allocation of resources and for concluding legal transactions for the Faculty.

Every faculty is headed by a team of deans, comprising a dean and two vice-deans.

Download center

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics provides a download center for all students and employees, where all important documents and forms (sorted by categories) are available for download.


ECTS credits

The abbreviation "ECTS" stands for the European Credit Transfer System that allocates a certain amount of credit points to every course. These credit points enable students to roughly estimate the workload of a course. 

Credit points can vary greatly from course to course. For instance, some lectures are worth 3 ECTS credits while some seminars might equal 10 ECTS credits.
Approximately 1,000 universities all over the EU/EEA area use the ECTS system. The system facilitates the recognition of educational qualifications at other universities when studying abroad.

Einführender Universitätskurs (EK) – Introductory university course

Introductory university courses serve as an introduction to the contents, methods and possible applications of a new subject area. They do not require any previous subject-specific knowledge and enable students to understand the significance of a subject for their degree programme.

Erweiterungscurricula – Extension curricula

The term "extension curricula" is the plural form of the word "extension curriculum" and is abbreviated as "EC". Extension curricula are independent and self-contained curricula, comprising a maximum of 30 ECTS credits.

They consist of different courses from other degree programmes and provide students with additional expertise in the relevant field. Extension curricula give students the chance to personalise their studies to meet their personal needs.


Facultas shop

The Facultas shop is a book-store offering specialist literature to students. There are specialised Facultas shops for different disciplines. The Facultas shop for Business and Economics and Mathematics is located in the faculty building at Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1.

Fakultät – Faculty

Faculties are organisational units of the University that are responsible for certain academic disciplines, such as the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, the Faculty of Mathematics, etc.

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics of the University of Vienna is located at Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, within a 10-minutes walking distance of Schwedenplatz. About 5,000 students are enrolled on one of the degree programmes in business and economics and are supervised by 320 employees.

Fortführender Universitätskurs (FK) – Continuing university course

Continuing university courses enable students to specialise in specific subject areas. As a general rule, students may only register for continuing university courses after having successfully completed the corresponding introductory university course.


Haupthaus – Main Building

The Main Building is the University of Vienna’s central building on Ringstrasse street 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria.
Among others, Student Point and the Admission Office have their offices in the Main Building.


Institut – Department

A department is a sub-unit of a Faculty and is in charge of research and work on a specific subject area, such as the Department of Business Administration, the Department of Economics, etc. The Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics consists of 6 departments and 3 centers.

International Support

The employees of the International Support  office (previously: International Exchange Support) support exchange students in all administrative and organisational matters. Exchange students are students who would like to spend part of their studies at another university.


Kernfachkombination (KFK) – Specialisation

A specialisation is the combination of five modules focusing on a certain research area. It gives students the opportunity to specialise in a certain subject already during their studies.
Students can choose from a wide range of different specialisations which are outlined in the curriculum.

Konversatorien – Conversatories

Conversatories are courses that give students more time to ask questions and discuss course contents than in a lecture.


Lehrveranstaltung (LV) – Course

"Course" is the umbrella term used to describe lectures, university courses, seminars, practical courses, exercises, conversatories, etc. An overview of all courses offered by the University of Vienna is available at U:FIND.




Masterstudium – Master’s programmes

Master’s programmes at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics typically comprise about 4 semesters (i.e. 2 years). Graduates are awarded the academic degree Master of Science (abbreviated as MSc). Our master’s programmes comprise 120 ECTS credits and require students to write a master’s thesis and take an oral master’s examination.

Graduates of the master’s programmes have the opportunity to continue their studies in the form of a PhD or doctoral programme.


The Matrikelnummer is an eight-digit ID number a student receives when enrolling for the first time. The student keeps the number even when he or she enrolls in a different subject, is inactive for some years or switches to a different Austrian university.

Mensa – Cafeteria

Mensa (derived from Latin, meaning “table) is the term that is most commonly used in Austria to describe a university cafeteria. The University of Vienna has several cafeterias at different locations. The nearest cafeteria for students of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics is located in the faculty building at Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1.

Modul – Module

A module combines thematically related courses. Courses in a module can also comprise different course types. Students receive one single grade for the entire module after having completed all the necessary courses.


Österreichische HochschülerInnenschaft (ÖH) – Austrian National Union of Students

The Austrian National Union of Students is the legal representation of all students at Austrian universities and consists of the Federal Representation of the Austrian National Union of Students, individual university representatives, faculty representatives and students’ representatives.

ÖH-Beitrag – ÖH fee

All students enrolled at an Austrian university are automatically members of the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH) and therefore have to pay the ÖH fee of EUR 19.20.  If you would like to know what the ÖH contributions are used for, please refer to the website of the ÖH.

Students who are not exempt from paying tuition fees have to pay the ÖH fee together with the tuition fee. Additional information about tuition fees is available at the Student Point website.


Praktikum – Practical courses

Practical courses at the University of Vienna require students to fulfil small, applied tasks or conduct research tasks.

Students may also complete internships at companies outside the University. In some cases, these internships can be recognised as part of a student’s degree programme.

Prüfungen – Examinations

To successfully complete a degree programme, students have to take examinations. Examinations are usually held at the beginning and at the end of a semester. Students can register for examinations via U:SPACE.


RektorIn – Rector

The Rector is one of the highest-level organs of the University of Vienna and is responsible for strategic and representative tasks as well as for the orientation of teaching and research. The current Rector of the University of Vienna is Prof. Heinz Engl. The Office of the Rectorate supports the Rector in his responsibilities.


Sammelzeugnis – Transcript of records

The transcript of records lists all exams a student has passed. Some offices and authorities (e.g. the tax office) will ask students for a transcript of records to verify their academic performance. The transcript of records can be downloaded from U:SPACE.


A semester is one half of an academic year at a higher education institution. The academic year is divided into a summer semester and a winter semester. The summer semester starts at the beginning of March and ends at the end of June. The winter semester runs from the beginning of October until the end of January.

Semesteretikett – Semester sticker

The semester sticker is usually sent to students along with their student record sheet. The sticker has to be attached to the student ID card which is only then rendered valid.

Semesterstunde (SSt) – Semester hour

A semester hour describes the period of time of course work per week (for the course of the entire semester). "2 SSt." means that a course is held 2 hours (one academic hour lasting only 45 minutes) per week for the duration of one semester.

Seminar (SE)

Seminars provide an opportunity for academic discussions and allow students to deal intensively with specific subject areas. Students are usually required to make oral contributions and/or hand in written contributions.


The Skylounge is an event location of the University of Vienna and is located on the 12th floor of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics.

The students’ representatives of the Faculty frequently organise rooftop parties at the Skylounge.

Sommersemester – Summer semester

The summer semester is often abbreviated as "SoSe" (from the German term "Sommersemester") and runs from the beginning of March until the end of June.


Since the winter semester 2011/12, all bachelor-, teacher accreditation- and diploma programmes include a introductory and orientation period, the so called Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase (StEOP).

The introductory and orientation period provides you an insight into your study and helps you asses on the one hand, whether  the study programme content corresponds with your personal expectations and on the other hand, whether you can meet the requirements of the study.

Student Point

The Student Point is the University of Vienna’s service and information platform for national, international and prospective students. The Student Point employees offer advice on selecting a degree programme. They know everything there is to know about the different admission procedures and most important deadlines.

When you start studying, the Student Point is the most important service and information platform for you.

Studienblatt – Student record sheet

The student record sheet can be downloaded from U:SPACE. It lists the degree programmes a student is enrolled on as well as the student’s most important personal details.

Studienjahr – Academic year

The academic year is divided into the summer semester and the winter semester. For information about the most important deadlines, please refer to the Student Point.

Studienkennzahl – Degree programme code

Every degree programme offered in Austria has a unique degree programme code which usually takes the form of a three-digit or six-digit number. For instance, the bachelor’s programme in Business Administration has the degree programme code 033 515.

Studienplan – Curriculum

The curriculum outlines a certain degree programme. It defines, which contents will be imparted in the programme, how long the programme usually lasts or which courses have to be taken to successfully complete the programme, etc.

Studienprogrammleitung (SPL) – Directorate of Studies

The Directorate of Studies is often abbreviated as SPL and is – together with the team of deans – part of the faculty management.  The Directorate of Studies is responsible for planning and organising the curriculum, for informing and advising students and for quality assurance in teaching.

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics comprises the Directorate of Studies for bachelor’s and master’s programmes as well as the Directorate of Studies for PhD programmes.

Studienrichtungen – Degree programmes

At the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, students can choose between the degree programmes in Business Administration, International Business Administration, Statistics and Economics.

Starting in the winter semester of 2017, the Faculty also offers the master’s programme in Banking and Finance.

For all of these degree programmes, the Faculty offers a bachelor’s programme as well as a master’s programme. In addition, a wide range of PhD programmes is available for selection.

Prospective students who are still unsure which degree programme they should choose can turn to the Student Point for advice.

Studienvertretung – Students' representatives

The students’ representatives are often referred to as ÖH (German: Österreichische HochschülerInnenschaft) and support students in all kinds of issues. They have a wide range of responsibilities: among others, they advise students on study law and the organisation of studies, organise events and represent students in committees that develop new curricula.

StudienServiceCenter – StudiesServiceCenter

The StudiesServiceCenter (SSC) is the central service and information platform for students of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics. It provides competent support and advice on all matters related to study law and the organisation of studies. You can reach the StudiesServiceCenter via e-mail or telephone or visit their office during office hours.



Once you have registered for a degree programme at the Admission Office, you can activate your U:ACCOUNT. For this purpose, you will need your student ID number and the password you used for the online pre-registration. When activating the account, you will be asked to select a new password which will then serve as the password for your personal U:ACOUNT.

You also need your U:ACCOUNT in order to be able to use U:SPACE.

Übung (UE) – Exercise

An exercise is a course that includes active participation, group work, presentations, discussions, practical exercises and theoretical input. The actual mode very much depends on the lecturer and will be announced at the beginning of the semester (usually in the course of a preliminary meeting).


U:FIND is the online catalogue of courses, persons and organisations at the University of Vienna. U:FIND shows all courses of all studies offered in the respective semester. Besides information like the title, type and content of a course, you can also find information concerning the course lecturer, the place and the possibilities of registration there.

USI-Kurse – University sports courses

The University Sport Institute, also referred to as USI, provides sports courses for students at affordable prices. Students can register for the courses via the USI website. University sports courses are NOT part of a degree programme, but students have to take them in their spare time.


U:SPACE is the central access point for all services related to the organization of degree programmes and teaching. You can access the portal using your U:ACCOUNT.

The main services of U:SPACE are: applying for admission to a degree programme, paying your tuition fees/Students’ Union fee, registering for courses and examinations, viewing your grades and study progress in the record of examinations and downloading and printing of transcript of records, confirmation of enrolment, student record sheet.

Student Point provides further information.


Vertiefender Universitätskurs (VK) – Advanced university course

Advanced university courses enable students to acquire and broaden methodological and subject-related competences in a certain research area. Advanced university courses build upon the contents imparted in introductory university courses or continuing university courses and may only be taken by students who have already successfully completed these.

Vorlesung (VO) – Lecture

A lecture is a course imparting knowledge of a specific subject area and does not require registration or attendance in class. Most commonly, lectures last 45 minutes.

Vorlesungsverzeichnis – Course directory

The University of Vienna’s course directory is integrated in U:FIND and comprises the entire range of courses offered at the University of Vienna. All courses offered by the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics are listed under the item "Directorate of Studies 4 – Business, Economics and Statistics".


Wintersemester – Winter semester

A semester is one half of an academic year at a higher education institution. The academic year is divided into a summer semester and a winter semester. The summer semester starts at the beginning of March and ends at the end of June. The winter semester runs from the beginning of October until the end of January.


Zulassung – Admission

Before starting your studies, you have to apply for admission at the Admission Office. In order to apply for admission, you have to submit a variety of documents. For information about the admission requirements and the required documents, please refer to the Student Point.