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FAQs incoming students winter semester 21/22

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Which risks should I be aware of if I decide to pursue my exchange semester?

With the global COVID-19 pandemic, there are several points that you should consider when you plan your exchange in winter semester 2021/2022. If you wish to pursue your exchange, you are welcome to do so and WU’s International Office will happily support you, but you should be aware of the risks involved.

The list below is not exhaustive but can give you assistance:

  • Keep in mind that travel restrictions can affect your plans. Further, it is possible that mandatory quarantines and/or airline route cancelations may be implemented.

  • Make yourself familiar with cancelation terms when booking flights and accommodation. Some policies may not cover cancelations due to COVID-19. If possible, we advise to complete such bookings on a short notice and not in advance.

  • Visa: if you need a visa for travelling to your host university, kindly note that currently many consulates do not handle visa applications and/or delays might occur in handling visa applications. Please monitor the travel/entry information published by your home and host country (typically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

  • In case of a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases, be prepared that appropriate measures will be taken in your host country / at your host university (temporary lockdowns and reduction of social/cultural activities, transition of lectures to online/distance learning formats, and similar).

  • Discuss your exchange plans with your family and friends. If you feel unsafe, talk with the exchange coordinator at your home university to find alternative solutions.

I am planning to spend my exchange semester at WU. Where can I obtain pre-arrival information?

  • On May 4, 2021, we will send out our Welcome E-mail containing the Welcome Guide with information for your upcoming exchange semester. In the meantime, you may also find information to read upon on our website.

My home university canceled physical exchange. Does WU offer online courses?

  • For the winter semester 2021/22, WU plans to offer the majority of courses in a hybrid mode. This means that students should be prepared for courses with attendance units and therefore should be on site in Vienna. For those who cannot travel to Vienna, there will be a small offering of distance-learning courses.

Does WU offer the pre-semester German language course in winter semester?

  • Yes, WU will offer the pre-semester German language courses. For the winter semester 2021/22, the courses will take place between September 13 and September 24, 2021.

Does WU offer the pre-semester Orientation and Cultural Program in winter semester?

  • The current COVID-situation and its uncertainties does not allow for reliable planning. Therefore, we cannot offer the pre-semester Orientation and Cultural Program in winter semester 2021/22.

Where can I find information on the visa application process?

  • You can find general information on the visa and residence permit application process on our website. For information and updates concerning the current situation with visa applications, please consult the website of Austria's Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. Note that residents from selected countries can enter and stay in Austria for a limited time without a visa.

Where can I obtain information about entry regulations?

  • To inform yourself about entry regulations, please check the updates on this FAQ webpage and on our webpage News and Updates: COVID-19. Be aware that entry regulations can change, so make sure that you keep yourself up-to-date.

Where can I obtain information about the current COVID-19 situation?

  • For general information about the COVID-19 situation in Austria and Vienna, we recommend the webpage austria.info. It frequently provides updates in English language.

  • The city of Vienna compiled a helpful FAQ section on their website, which also gives information on “how” and “where” to get tested free of cost.

Is Covid-19 covered by medical insurance? Will I be able to receive medical treatment even though I’m a foreigner?

  • You can either purchase the Austrian National Health Insurance (ÖGK) or private health insurance for the duration of your stay in Austria. ÖGK covers medical treatments including COVID-​19. If you purchase a private health insurance, please get in touch with the insurance provider to make sure it also covers COVID-​19 related treatments.