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FAQs incoming students winter semester 22/23

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Last update: September 01, 2022, 2:00pm

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What should I be aware of when planning my exchange semester at WU?

With the global COVID-19 pandemic, there are several points that you should consider when you plan your exchange in winter semester 2022/23. We are looking forward to your exchange stay at our university and will happily support you.

Please be aware of the following aspects related to COVID-19:

  • When travelling to Vienna, make sure that your immunization status (vaccination and/or recovery) is valid for entry and accepted in Austria.

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

  • Visa: if you need a visa for travelling, note that delays can occur in handling visa applications. Therefore, please monitor the travel and 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 safety measures will be taken (reduction of social and cultural activities, transition of lectures to online and distance learning formats, etc.).

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.

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.

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