STUDYING AT THE MDW
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO BEFORE ARRIVING IN VIENNA?
Pre-registration starts in August! Fill in your data in MDWonline and upload a photo. Further instructions can be found in the Orientation Guide or Folder "Welcome at the mdw".
Please take note of all the important deadlines.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO AFTER ARRIVING IN VIENNA?
Visit the StudiesCenter (entry “Erstzulassung”) and please refer to Ms. Christine Würtz. You have to bring the “Anmeldung zum zentralen künstlerischen Fach”, “Meldungsblatt, a passport photograph, passport or personal ID, ID-number (from pre-registration at MDWonline). You will have to pay € 20,20 which covers the obligatory membership to the Austrian Students Union (“ÖH-Beitrag”) and for a basic insurance package (not health insurance). You will receive the payment information in the StudiesCenter. Please pay it as soon as possible. As soon as the University receives your deposit (usually takes up to one week after your payment), you can return to the StudiesCenter and pick up your personalized documents as follows: “Studienblatt”, “Fortsetzungsbestätigung”, “Semesteretikett” (for your student’s identity card) and a PIN-Code to log in into your MDWonline.
Frau Christine Würtz
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna
Telephone: +43-1-711 55-6922
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR COURSES?
Generally, students can register online as soon as the enrolment process has been completed (2-3 days after the payment for the students' union has been made). However, you can also send a list with your courses to the following:
Birgit Buxbaum (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, L 0111, 1030 Wien
T: +43 1 71155–2023
Otto Grubauer (email@example.com)
Rennweg 8, A 0122, 1030 Wien
T: +43 1 71155–2032
ALL OTHER FIELDS OF STUDIES
Please contact the secretariat of the specific department!
This registration is obligatory, even if the desired courses have already been confirmed on your Learning Agreement.
You cannot participate in courses that are not registered at MDWonline and they will not appear on the Transcript of Records!
WHAT COURSES CAN I TAKE AS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT?
European universities have introduced a great variety of modules leading to a Bachelor degree, a Master degree or a Diploma. This makes it a challenge to offer modules for exchange students that cater to all needs. mdw therefore offers you a selection of courses which you can choose from.
Please check out the course list.
Courses not displayed in these lists might not be open for exchange students.
WHAT LANGUAGE SKILLS DO I NEED?
All classes at the mdw are taught in German. A language certificate is not required. However, for the attendance of all scientific/theory classes, B2 level is advised.
The mdw offers a German language competence course. Places can't be guaranteed in advance and all students have to attend a placement test in advance.
HOW DO I GET MY VISA?
Students have to make their own visa arrangements. An application for a visa can takeup to 6 months. For further information checkout the webiste of the
HOW CAN I FIND MY WAY AROUND THE MDW AND WHAT DOES THE MDW HAVE TO OFFER?
For applicants, students, and visitors who seek information on the mdw of any kind, the Info-Point is an ideal first stop. And whenever you’re unsure to whom you should be turning on a specific matter, you can always ask at the Info-Point. They’ll help point you in the right direction! More information can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVING IN VIENNA
HOW CAN I FIND AN ACCOMMODATION?
The mdw does not offer accommodation. Usually students in Vienna live in shared flats or in student residences.
Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD)
T +43 1 53408 800
Ebendorferstraße 7, 1010 Wien
The OeAD Housing Office provides places in student halls of residence and small flats for recipients of OeAD grants, Erasmus students, in general exchange students and visiting professors. Please read the conditions and the FAQs carefully and apply online as soon as possible! Without immediate transfer of the deposit your application is invalid!
You can also check out the various dedicated Facebook pages.
AM I INSURED DURING MY STAY ABROAD?
The European Health Insurance Card is recognised in all of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and also Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.
If your country is not listed above: Note that you will be required to purchase health insurance in your home country for the duration of your stay in Austria.
CAN I GO TO ANY DOCTOR OF MY CHOICE?
You can only make use of the European health insurance card if you go to a public health care provider. If you go to a private doctor or establishment, you will not be able to use your European health insurance card.
Wienerbergstraße 15-19, 1100 Wien
T +43 5 0766-11
HOW DO I MEET NEW PEOPLE?
A big challenge at the beginning of your stay abroad can be meeting new people. To make this easier, there is a Welcome Meeting for exchange students, as well as events organized by the hmdw and a Facebook group where Incoming students can interact with each other.
There are also so-called language cafes (Sprachencafe), where locals meet with strangers to improve their German or foreign language skills and get to know each other.
HOW DO I GET AROUND IN VIENNA?
Vienna has a very good public transport network. Students under the age of 27 are eligible for a semester student ticket that is valid for the duration of one semester (5 months from 1 September to 31 January or 1 February to 30 June). The ticket is valid on all lines within Vienna (core zone of Vienna) on the underground, trams, busses, trains operated by ÖBB (e.g. suburban trains) and on services operated by Wiener Lokalbahnen.
The semester ticket can be bought using the WienMobil app or the Wiener Linien ticket app, in the Wiener Linien online ticket shop as well as at ticket offices. In order to buy the ticket, you need a valid enrolment confirmation for the respective semester. Students with their principle place of residence in Vienna require a valid confirmation of residence (Meldezettel) or an extract from the residence register with the same date as the ticket purchase date. When travelling you always have to carry a valid student ID as well as the semester ticket. For students with their principal residence in Vienna it costs € 75, for students without principal residence in Vienna it costs € 150 per semester.
CYCLING IN VIENNA
Cycling is healthy, good for the environment and you can always discover new places while riding! The cycling infrastructure in Vienna has been continuously expanded in recent years and currently the total length of Vienna's cycling network is 1,431 km.
There are many apps around cycling that include route planning, real-time navigation and bike computer functions. More information cen be found at Fahrrad Wien.
At one of the more than 120 stations throughout Vienna, you can rent a City Bike all year round, around the clock. The first hour of each ride is free! Prerequisite is a one-time registration (fee: € 1,-) at any CityBike terminal or online.
You can find the stations on the website as well as in various bike maps and apps. There is a large CityBike station directly in front of the main entrance of the mdw (Anton-von-Webern Platz). Other nearby stations can be found at Wien Mitte and Rochusmarkt.
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