Guide for new students
This guide is intended to serve as an initial orientation aid for students at TU Wien.
Special attention is paid to those students who are starting a degree programme at TU Wien for the first time. Therefore, all relevant information is summarised here to make the start as effortless as possible.
Explanation of terms
To begin with, we would like to explain some of the terms that new students at TU Wien come into contact with:
The curriculum is divided into courses (LVA) that you must attend and for which you must provide proof of performance in order to pass. A distinction is made between courses with and without examinations.
n the case of LVAs that are immanent to the examination, partial performances must be completed in the course of the semester, which then result in an overall assessment. Non-examination-based courses conclude with an examination at the end of the semester or in the following semester.
There are different types of LVA, e.g. lectures (VO), lectures with tutorials (VU), seminars (SE), tutorials (UE).
For the positive completion of a non-immanent course, an examination must be passed. These serve as the basis for the assessment of participation in a course.
Examinations can be written, oral or written and oral.
ECTS is the abbreviation for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - the European system for recording student achievements. The aim is to make them internationally legible and comparable and thus facilitate recognition.
The work completed as part of a course is quantified by the number of ECTS credits.
One ECTS point represents 25 real hours of 60 minutes of actual work on the part of the student.
There is an introductory and orientation phase (STEOP) for all first-year students. The STEOP lasts one semester and comprises courses totalling 8 to 20 ECTS credits. Students should complete the STEOP examinations in the first semester.
Completion of the STEOP is a prerequisite for attending further courses. The exact regulations can be found in the respective curriculum.
A study plan or curriculum provides information about the content and structure of a degree programme. A degree programme is completed when all the coursework required in the respective curriculum has been successfully completed.
A summary of the TUW's study plans can be found here.
From 1 October 2022, the recognition of academic achievements that were completed BEFORE admission at a post-secondary educational institution, BHS or as academic activities must be applied for by the end of the second semester. This applies to compulsory and (free) elective subjects! If recognition is not applied for by the deadline, recognition can no longer be granted.
Genaueres können Sie den Seiten zur Anerkennung von Prüfungsleistungen zu finden.
You can find more detailed information on the pages on the recognition of examination results.
The minimum study performance of 16 ECTS must be completed within four semesters for each Bachelor's and Diploma degree programme to which admission was first granted from the winter semester 2022/23 or which is resumed at this time. Otherwise admission to the degree programme will expire. Re-admission is only possible after two academic years (= four semesters).
Students with mental/physical disabilities are exempt and do not have to fulfil a minimum study requirement.
Lectures are courses in which attendance is not compulsory and in which what has been learnt is tested in an examination. The content is "read out" by the lecturer during regulated lecture times.
Exercises are courses with compulsory attendance that take place in connection with a lecture but are graded separately. Students are expected to work on examples with the support of the lecturer. Group work is often expressly encouraged, as this is intended to improve understanding of the course content.
Lectures with exercises (VU)
Lectures with tutorials combine the courses VO and UE in a single course. Attendance is usually compulsory on individual dates, while others are not. This is different for each VU and is usually clarified in the first unit.
Seminars are courses in which students deal with a given topic or project and work on it using scientific methods. This usually results in a seminar paper, which often must be presented. It is also often possible to attend research presentations by the individual research groups.
Projects are courses in which the understanding of sub-areas of a subject is deepened and supplemented by solving specific experimental, numerical, theoretical, or artistic tasks. Projects are oriented towards the practical-professional or scientific objectives of the degree and complement the professional training or scientific education.
Laboratory exercise (LU)
Laboratory exercises are courses in which students solve experimental tasks in groups under the guidance of supervisors to learn how to use equipment and materials as well as the experimental methodology of the subject. Experimental equipment and workstations are made available.
Excursions are courses that take place outside the place of study. They serve to deepen teaching content in the respective local context.
TISS and TUWEL are two of the most important platforms at TUW. During your studies, TUWEL and TISS are used for registration, provision of learning materials, communication and much more.
TU Wien's central platform for semester planning and information on courses
TISS is the central campus software of TU Wien, in which all basic digital processes and relevant information for study programmes are made available. Organisational points (e.g. the TU Wien address book), study-related information (study plans, course announcements and registrations, certificates) as well as research-relevant data are stored here.
Students can register for courses via TISS as well as register for examinations and retrieve transcripts. Further information on TISS can be found on the help page: TISS Help for Students.
Overview of courses in TISS
An overview of all courses at TU Wien can be found in TISS. The format of the course (online/hybrid/presence) can be found directly in the course description. An icon in the curriculum overview shows whether a course is held entirely online (distance learning).
Study programmes in TISS
An overview of the current degree programmes offered at TU Wien can be found in TISS.
Timetable view in TISS
A timetable can be called up in TISS for each semester of a degree programme, which contains all time-bound dates for courses in the selected semester. This view makes it easier for students to select their courses without overlaps.
All dates planned for a course that are time-bound in any way - regardless of whether they take place in person or online - can be seen in the timetable view in TISS.
The timetable view in TISS is activated by selecting the relevant degree programme in TISS to display the curriculum. There you can switch to a semester view.
The central tool for digital teaching at TU Wien
TU Wien uses TUWEL, the learning management system based on the open source software Moodle, as a central tool for organising courses. With this platform, it is possible to carry out a wide range of tasks in the areas of classroom, online and hybrid teaching. The following activities, among others, can be realised very well with TUWEL:
- Communication with students
- Provision of learning materials (course recordings, scripts, supporting learning resources, ...)
- Checking learning progress (e.g. with the help of online/offline tests, feedback, ...)
- Organisation of the course with the help of activities such as group management, etc.
- Central point for linking other tools that complement teaching
Further information can be found on the corresponding TUWEL coLAB page or in the TUWEL Tutorials course for students.
Other frequently used tools
It is important for students to be informed not only about the respective courses, but also about current events, regulations and general happenings at TUW.
There are a number of information sources available to students for this purpose.
Students can find out about general information and current events at TUW from various sources:
- TU News
- Here you will find an overview of current news
- Legal changes can be found here
- Press release
- E-mail releases
After selecting the desired course, all relevant information can be found in the course description in TISS. This includes information on the format of the lecture as well as the specified communication channel for each course.
These communication channels are essential in order to always receive the latest news from the respective lecturers or to be able to contact them. This usually involves one of the following variants:
- Forums in TUWEL
- Messages via TISS
- E-mails (only via the TU Wien address)
- Web conferences (e.g. Zoom)
Recognition of achievements
From 1 October 2022, the recognition of academic achievements that were completed BEFORE admission to a BHS, post-secondary educational institution or as an academic activity must be applied for by the end of the second semester. This applies to compulsory and (free) elective subjects! If recognition is not applied for by the deadline, recognition can no longer be granted.
More details can be found on the TUW website.
Support and feedback services
Please write to us with praise, suggestions, wishes, criticism or complaints so that we can get an idea of what is going well in teaching at TU Wien and where we can make improvements.
TUW offers its students the opportunity to use certain rooms as study rooms. Students who wish to use the infrastructure in the form of a neutral room, stable WLAN and quiet space can do so in certain teaching rooms, subject to availability.
Student representatives and support
What is the HTU? The Students' Union at TU Wien - HTU for short - is the legal representation of students' interests at TU Wien.
Below you will find a link to the various student councils at TU Wien, as well as the Student Support website.