For students studying at the University of Vienna

The University of Vienna supports you in continuing your studies despite the war situation. We are aware that you are currently facing existential questions. We understand that your thoughts and attention are with your families and friends. We know that many students are currently not able to travel to Vienna from Ukraine and that the technical possibilities (participating online) are limited.

We would like to offer some support in this difficult situation.

Remission of the tuition fee for Ukrainian citizens

The University of Vienna remittes the tuition fee for winter semester 2022. The remission is automatic. In order to continue your studies, you must pay the Students' Union fee until 31 October 2022.

Ernst Mach Scholarship – Ukraine

This scholarship helps Ukrainian students who are already enrolled at an Austrian higher education institution to continue their studies. The scholarship sum is 715 euro per month with a duration of nine months (an extension up to 21 months is possible). Please find all information on the website of the OeAD.

Courses and exams

Write an e-mail from your u:account e-mail address to your teachers and describe your situation. You do not have to provide any evidence if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You cannot participate in an on-site exam or course due to travel restrictions: It will be assessed whether we can provide an alternative digital offer (e.g. exams in a digital format, substitute achievements, postponement of dates, different submission deadlines). We will jointly try to find a solution for you.
  • You are not able to focus on your studies during the semester: You may de-register from courses for an important reason at any time until the course is assessed. You may de-register from an exam until shortly before the exam date. In this case, you will not receive a grade.

Write an e-mail from your u:account e-mail address to your SSC if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You have to de-register from courses/exercises that must take place on site (e.g. laboratory exercises) and want to participate in a replacement course (in a digital/mixed format).
  • You require help rescheduling your plan for the semester.

The directorates of studies, SSCs and your teachers have already been informed about this procedure and will support you.

University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universitites (VWU)

Students attending the University Preparation Programme have to contact the VWU directly.

Leave of absence

You are not able to study due to the situation (strain, family situation, etc.):  You can apply for a leave of absence until 30 September 2022.

You will also receive a letter from the University of Vienna, which you can present to the Magistratsabteilung 35 (MA 35) for your residence permit/proof of academic success.

Psychological assistance in crisis situations

Students who seek psychological assistance due to the situation in Ukraine can make use of the following offers free of charge and in a non-bureaucratic way:

Psychosocial assistance for students from Ukraine

  • Psychological Counselling Services (Vienna, with online appointment reservation)
    Lederergasse 35/4, 1080 Vienna
    You can make initial psychological counselling appointments online.
    Persons affected can contact the Psychological Counselling Services and receive individual counselling and psychological assistance.
    Online at: www.studierendenberatung.at/en 
  • Crisis Intervention Center Vienna
    Phone: +43-1-4069595, Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 17:00
    Crisis Intervention Center providing support and counselling for people in acute crises, Vienna. Counselling in person, via telephone or via e-mail.
    Online at: www.kriseninterventionszentrum.at/en/
  • Social psychiatric emergency services (PSD) in Vienna
    Phone: +43-1 31330, every day from 00:00 to 24:00
    Immediate psychiatric assistance for people in acute crises: By calling this number, you will receive qualified and immediate assistance around the clock.
    Online at: www.psd-wien.at/
  • ESRA Vienna
    Provides psychosocial counselling and support in Russian for Jewish people living in Vienna.
    Online at: www.esra.at/en/about-esra
  • Wiener Couch (Vienna couch)
    private association of psychotherapists and coaches, also provides counselling in Russian
    Online at: www.wienercouch.at/russisch/
  • Association Fibel :Counselling for bicultural marriages and partnerships, Vienna
    Online at: www.verein-fibel.at/
  • HEMAYAT – Betreuungszentrum für Folter- und Kriegsüberlebende, Vienna 
    Centre providing counselling and support for survivors of war and torture
    Online at: www.hemayat.org/informationen/english

Psychosocial assistance in German

Offers for psychosocial assistance for students from Russia

  • Psychological Counselling Services (Vienna, with online appointment reservation)
    Online at: www.studierendenberatung.at/en
  • Crisis Intervention Center Vienna
    Phone: +43-1-4069595, Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 17:00
    Crisis Intervention Center providing support and counselling for people in acute crises, Vienna.
    Counselling in person, via telephone or via e-mail. 
    Online at: www.kriseninterventionszentrum.at/en
  • Social psychiatric emergency services (PSD) in Vienna
    Phone: +43-1 31330, every day from 0:00 to 24:00
    Immediate psychiatric assistance for people in acute crises: By calling this number, you will receive qualified and immediate assistance around the clock.
    Online at: www.psd-wien.at
  • Esra Wien
    Provides psychosocial counselling and support in Russian for Jewish people living in Vienna. 
    Online at: www.esra.at/de/ueber-esra
  • Wiener Couch (Vienna couch), Vienna
    Private association of psychotherapists and coaches, also provides counselling in Russian
    Online at: www.wienercouch.at/russisch 
  • Association Fibel: Counselling for bicultural marriages and partnerships, Vienna
    Online at: www.verein-fibel.at  
  • HEMAYAT – Betreuungszentrum für Folter- und Kriegsüberlebende, Vienna 
    Centre providing counselling and support for survivors of war and torture
    Online at: www.hemayat.org/informationen/english

Offers for refugees

CARITAS Austria offers psychotherapeutic and psychological counselling for people with a refugee background. It also has a mobile intervention team offering psychological assistance to refugees receiving basic services in Vienna.

→ for example, you can find information in the FAQs regarding the legal situation if persons would like to bring their family to Austria.

Children and adolescents

Further information for students from Ukraine

Overview of donation opportunities and organisations that provide assistance: