Studying Abroad


Coming Soon: Slightly changed application procedure and new deadlines for Erasmus+ applications 2020/21!

From 2020/21 onwards, applications for Erasmus+ student mobility will be submitted via a new mobility online system. Please watch out for more details from December 2019 onwards.

Applications for Erasmus+ in 2020/21 will have to be submitted between 15 January and 5 March 2020. This Erasmus website will be adapted for the next round of Erasmus+ places until then.

UK places - Erasmus+ and Brexit:

As long as the UK remains in the European Union, and / or a deal between the UK and the EU can be concluded, Erasmus+ with UK universities will continue until 2020/21, when the current Erasmus+ frame programme comes to an end. In the case of a hard Brexit (no-deal), however, only a small number or no UK places may become available.

If you are a full-time student in our department and interested in spending up to two semesters abroad as part of your study programme, you can apply for the Erasmus+ programme (with partner universities in Europe, including UK and Ireland) or the Non-EU exchange programme (places in the USA, Canada, Australia, Asia, South America, Africa). 

For general information on both programmes click HERE. Please read the information (available in German and in English) about opportunities, prerequisites, procedure(s), deadlines, language requirements, recognition of courses, financial support etc. first. Then return to our website to learn more about the specific conditions which apply to the Erasmus programme and our partner universities at the Department of English. Erasmus applications have to be submitted to the departmental coordinator(s); in addition you need to sign up online in the Erasmus database from mid-January onwards.

Content of this website

  • Places
  • Requirements
  • Application Deadlines
  • Application Procedure
  • Course Selection, Recognition and Learning Agreement

1. Places

Student mobility programmes require a formal agreement between the two institutions and departments concerned. In languages (philologies), such agreements are often not strictly reciprocal (UK students will more often be students of German than students studying English language and literature, and vice versa). Incidentally, the current Erasmus+ Agreement will (only) expire in spring 2021, and we hope to keep all UK places until then despite possible Brexit implications.
In the UK and in Ireland, many English Departments cover only literature and cultural studies. Linguistics Departments tend to be separate departments, at times even part of a different School (~ Fakultät); see, for example, Edinburgh or Dublin.

Moreover, most Teacher Education programmes in the UK / Ireland are organised at graduate level, and UK universities have never concluded Erasmus agreements at that level. As a consequence, our department has no specific Erasmus agreements in Teacher Education.

Our places differ in terms of course access and course limitations. It is therefore important that you study the individual universities carefully to find out which of them suit your study programme and your academic interests best. For this, please refer to the PDF files below, which provide more information on our partners and links to our partners' websites.
For administrative reasons, our places are shared between two departmental coordinators, but the application / selection procedure is identical, and in your application you may mix places from both coordinators.
Please note that the number of places offered by the department may slightly differ from the number of places listed in the International Office's Erasmus database (usually the number of places we have is lower than in the Erasmus database). 

Places administrated by Mag. Sarolta VIOLA  (PDF)
Places administrated by Mag. Monika WITTMANN (PDF) not yet updated for 2019/20

2. Requirements

Generally speaking, the ERASMUS programme aims at regular students of the University of Vienna who have completed at least two semesters in the relevant field of study before the start of their ERASMUS stay. However, our partner universities expect advanced English language skills from our candidates, and therefore, we generally suggest the following semesters:

  • BA and BEd students: semester 4 or semester 5 (or slightly later (students need to have completed all language classes up to Language in Use 1 and PPOCS1 before starting their semester abroad)
  • MA and MEd students - from semester 1 onwards.

Language certificates

Currently, only a few of our partner universities ask for an official language test from our nominated students, and for this reason, no test results are required when applying for the programme. However, our partner universities (espec. our UK partners) may at any point during the application period or later request you to submit IELTS or other tests. Such provisions are sometimes introduced at very short notice. Please check the respective pages on the website of your favourite universities for their language requirements for Incoming Erasmus students. Generally speaking, our partner universities put great emphasis on advanced English language skills, and we take this into account in our own selection procedure.

3. Application deadlines

The Department of English assigns all places for the winter semester, for the summer semester and for the whole academic year during one main application phase (winter to early spring). There is no second phase in autumn.

Our deadline for 2019/20 is:
Applications will be accepted until Sunday, Februar 10th 2019. You may hand in the required documents personally, or send them by email or post to Monika Wittmann  (postal address: M.W., Inst. f. Anglistik, Univ. Wien, Spitalgasse 2/Hof 8.3, 1090 Wien). Applications for all places (Viola and Wittmann) should be sent to Monika Wittmann.

4. Application Procedure

There are several steps to be completed during the application. The International Office provides detailed information on their website and during information sessions.

Application to the departmental mobility coordinator

You need to submit your application to the departmental mobility coordinator by mid-February. This is followed by a short personal interview on March 5th. You will receive your invitation to this interview by the end of February / first days of March.

Your written application has to contain the following documents:

During the interview in March, the mobility coordinators will be joined by two or three departmental colleagues to guarantee objective and unbiased selection. During the interview, candidates are asked to present the main points and arguments of their motivation letter and answer individual questions from the selection committee. For more information see tips on motivation letter.

Our selection criteria include:

  1. Formal qualifications are fulfilled √
  2. Your grade average should be better than 3.0 √
  3. We will look at your academic progress and achievements in general, and evaluate the suitability of your study programme and places selected √
  4. Assessing the quality of your arguments in the motivation letter √
  5. More advanced students are usually preferred (but depends on place/university) √
  6. How you present yourself during the interview √

Nomination

Once your application has been accepted by the selection committee, the departmental coordinator will nominate you for an Erasmus stay in the Erasmus database. After the nomination, you will be contacted by the International Office via email and will be informed about the documents and forms that they will have to submit.

5. Course Selection, Recognition and Learning Agreement

Contact person

All students of English participating in one of the university's exchange programmes (Erasmus+ Anglistik, Erasmus+ with another department, Non-EU exchange, self-organised semester abroad) need to contact the SPL to clarify their course recognition. Your contact at the Department of English is Mag. Monika Wittmann - she was part of the SPL team for 6 years and continues to advise outgoing students on course selection and recognition on behalf of the current SPL team.

Learning Agreement (Before, During and After Studies)

The Learning Agreement informs your host university about the courses and the amount of ECTS credits you wish to take during your stay; at the same time it constitutes the final notice of course recognition (Anerkennungsbescheid). Detailed information on the Learning Agreement can be found here.

Please gather information on the course offer at your host university, compare their course lists to ours and talk to Monika Wittmann about the courses you will be taking. She will also arrange the SPL signature on your Learning Agreement.

You will have to find out when the Learning Agreement has to be submitted to your host university. It lies within your responsibility that the host university receives the Learning Agreement in time (most universities require the document as part of the application procedure). Should the host university not require the learning agreement for your application/registration, please take it with you and discuss the courses with the local International Office upon your arrival.

ETCS and courses

In general, students should complete 30 ECTS credits during an ERASMUS semester. In order to be eligible for the ERASMUS grant, a minimum of 3 recognised ECTS per month is required. Should these minimum requirements not be met, the grant has to be repaid. The 3-ECTS-per-month rule also applies to the Non-EU exchange programme.

Please find out which courses you will be allowed to take at your host university. In order to make the course choice easier, it is recommended to save ECTS usually reserved for optional courses (Alternative Erweiterungen, Wahlbereich, etc). Find below short overviews with information indicating which courses in our curricula can usually (easily) be replaced at a host university (following soon). 

Bachelor    •    Bachelor of Education (English)    •    MA Literature and Culture    •    MA Linguistics

(to follow)

Changes to the Learning Agreement

In most cases, course lists for your ERASMUS semester will be published after you have handed in your first Learning Agreement ('LA Before Mobility'); and you will need to modify your course programme later. In this case, please inform Monika Wittmann about changes to your Learning Agreement (e.g. by email). This is the only way to make sure that your choices will be recognised after your return. Once your course selection is final (usually a few weeks after the semester has started), send a Learning Agreement During Mobility to Monika Wittmann.

How you make changes to your Learning Agreement is explained here. Please also find out how the matter is addressed at your host university. Once the Learning Agreement is signed by all parties, please send a copy to the International Office via email.

After your ERASMUS stay you'll have to complete the form "Antrag auf Anerkennung" with your study programme director (i.e. again Monika Wittmann), so that the credits can be transferred to your study programme in Vienna. You will need a transcript of records from the host university to do this. Once your recognition has been completed, send a copy of the Learning Agreement After Mobility and the (original) transcript of records to the International Office.

Further advice on course recognition:

  • ALWAYS discuss the courses that you are doing abroad with your study programme director / = Monika Wittmann (including changes to the course programme).
  • Credit transfer/course recognition is usually easier for optional courses ("Alternative Erweiterungen" - BA; option module - BEd), than for compulsory courses. It is therefore advisable to save at least some of these courses / ECTS for your ERASMUS stay.