Important Information for prospecitve students and students in times of COVID19


General Information

Opening times of the administrative facilities (Administration Department, Examination Offices)

Access to buildings

The premises of the university are open to the public.

Until further notice, the office won’t be open to students!

The University Administration Department and the Exams Offices are available by e-mail, phone or schedule appointments online.


University Administration Department

Secure your appointments

» (University Administration Department) or +43/512 507 32602

Examination Offices

Bookings are only possible for the locations Innrain and Universitätsstraße.
Please select the respective location. 

» (Examination Offices) or  +43/512 507 96002


First-time admission to 5 February 2021 (SS 2021)

Compulsory online application

Select your study programme from the study programmes and start your online application.

Dates for admission:

Registration for your study programme

We continuously process online applications. If your uploaded documents are complete, in selected cases you can be admitted to the chosen programme in absentia. We will send you your e-mail user name for your student account and your admission record by e-mail. You will receive your studentcard by mail.



Admission to an additional study programme

The admission to an additional study programme during the period of grace (February 6 to 30 April 2021) is only possible in justified exceptional cases. In case of further questions, please contact us by e-mail:

Admission to a continuing Master’s programme

If you have already completed a pertinent Bachelor’s programme at the University of Innsbruck for your admission to the Master’s programme, you can apply for admission via the student portal LFU:online in the “My study applications” section till April 30 2021.

Admission to a continuing Doctoral or PhD programme

If you have already completed a pertinent Master’s programme at the University of Innsbruck for your admission to the Doctoral or PhD programme, you can apply for admission via the student portal LFU:online in the “My study applications” section.

Leave of absence – civilian service

Students who volunteer for civilian service can take leave of absence for the current semester. Exams may not be taken during the leave of absence. Activities that are carried out in the interest of public safety and health care in connection to COVID-19 can be credited with 4 ECTS-Credits. For this purpose, please contact the Dean of Studies.
For questions relating to leave of absence, please mail to
For questions relating to the recognition of activities, please mail to

New Deadlines

Prolongation of the winter semester 2019/2020

Due to the limited possibilities, the Rectorate decided to grant an additional semester to students who had not been able to obtain an ordinary degree by 30 April 2020.

Prolongation of the grace period in summer winter semester 2020 (grace period – 30 June 2020)

The Federal Ministry extended the grace period for the summer semester 2020 to 30 June 2020.

Study programmes to be discontinued (end date: 30 June 2020)

Because of the currently limited options for completing the study programme by the stipulated end date (30 June 2020), the Rectorate of the University of Innsbruck has decided to grant an additional semester for its completion. The deadline now extends to 30 November 2020.


Course Organisation

Tuition fees

Students, who due to the currently limited possibilities, cannot complete their studies by 30 June 2020 as may be intended, have the option to have their tuition fee refunded if they successfully finish their studies by 30 November 2020 at the latest.

Teaching and exams 

Courses in Winter Semester 2020/2021

As already announced by the Austrian Federal Government (4 April 2020) for all universities, we would therefore like to inform you that teaching at the University of Innsbruck will remain switched to distance learning until the end of the semester ( at the end of June 2020).

Courses Summer Semester 2021

For the summer semester we intend to offer a certain contingent of in-classroom teaching in compliance with the necessary safety and hygiene measures and in analogy to the start of the winter semester of 2020/21.       

It is planned to offer in particular in-classroom settings for courses for which a personal exchange between lecturers and students is essential. If possible, we will in addition pay particular attention to offer in-classroom courses for students, who have had a low share of in-classroom courses in their previous course of studies (e.g. 1st – 4th semester students).

Moreover, as in the current semester, we will offer mixed course types as well as purely virtual offers.

Students should continue not suffer any disadvantages due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Therefore, alternative offers (e.g. virtual offers, blocked courses at a later time) will be provided for students who cannot attend in-classroom courses actively due to the COVID-19 measures. In case of another lockdown, the university is prepared for an immediate switch of (almost) all courses to distance learning.

Virtual Examinations

Oral (individual) exams
For information on oral (individual) exams see „ Passing of the final examination before an examination board or the Defense (Defensio) resp.“

Group exams
With the end of the previously valid regulations (lockdown to 6 Dec. 2020), face-to-face examinations in groups are possible again by application via the faculties to the Rectorate. 

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage

The studies induction and orientation stage for students who have begun their studies in the summer semester 2020 will take place in the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/21.

Students who have not completed their studies induction and orientation stage by the time the C-UHV comes into force, can pass continuing courses exceeding the number of ECTS-Credits stipulated by the curricula if they would otherwise experience a delay in their study progress.  The decision is made by the responsible Dean of Studies for the  Director of Studies.



Excursions cannot be conducted at the moment.


Cancellation of all excursions

The following has therefore been decided:

  • Cancellation of all excursions that would take place until June 27, 2020 (end of semester). Any costs incurred will be borne by the institutes, faculties or the Rectorate. 
  • Excursion as an optional subject:
    Students do not have to make an excursion, but can choose from an alternative course offered (upon consultation with the deans of studies) or the teachers can interpret the definition of excursion more broadly. 
  • Excursion as a compulsory subject:   
    a) The course is planned as an EX in the curriculum - the offer must be carried out as an excursion at a later date. Please note the following point ("day excursions")
    b) The course is planned as EX/AG in the curriculum - the course can be carried out as an AG.
  • Excursions can also be arranged as day excursions at a later date (summer/autumn). If this is not possible, a solution should be worked out with the Dean of Studies. Please ensure that the overall workload is not reduced.

Application for the completion of the studies

Submission of the examination records

Please send us the completed examination records, which you can find at the respective study programme, per e-mail to


Collection of the final documents

As soon as your documents that finalise your studies have been issued, you will be contacted by a staff member of the Exams Office by e-mail.

Electronic submission of the Diploma/Master’s Thesis

Registration of the Diploma/Master’s Thesis

The registration of the Diploma or Master’s Thesis must be filled in by the student and signed (by the proposed supervisor) and submitted to the Exams Office including the synopsis (if requiredich) before commencing the work on it.


Submission of the Diploma/Master’s Thesis

As soon as the offices will be open to the public again as usual, a single copy of the case-bound thesis must be submitted. The assessments/reports must reach the Exams Office at least one month before the Defense (Defensio).

Required documents for the submission of the Diploma/Master’s Thesis

  • Form “Submission of the Diploma/Master’s Thesis” 
    (Specify current e-mail addresses of the evaluators.))
  • A physical copy of the scientific paper (hard-bound). This copy is either to be sent by mail or to be handed in at a later date.
  • Submission of the electronic version
    Students submit it to
    Analogous to the PlagScan and ULB confirmations, students receive an acknowledgement of receipt, which must be presented when the printed copies are submitted.
    If the student cannot send the file as attachment, it can be sent via the file hosting service
  • Confirmation of entry of scientific work

Legal basis: Pursuant of §86 par. 1 of the Universities Act 2002, one copy of the Dissertation must be sent to the University Library and the Austrian National Library.



Electronic submission of the Dissertation

Registration of the Dissertation

The form “Registration of the Dissertation” must be filled in by the student and signed (by the proposed supervisor) and submitted to the Exams Office including the synopsis (if required) before commencing the work on it.


Submission of the Dissertation

Two copies of the case-bound Dissertation must be submitted. The two evaluations/expert opinions must reach the Exams Office one month before the doctoral examination (Rigorosum) at the latest.


Required documents for submitting the Dissertation

Legal basis: Pursuant of §86 par. 1 and par. 2 of the Universities Act 2002, one copy of the Dissertation must be sent to the University Library and the Austrian National Library.


Passing of the final examination before an examination board or the Defense (Defensio) resp.


  • Candidates who do not wish to pass the examination online, will get an exam date shortly after the “reopening” of the university.
  • The candidates will be informed by the examiner per e-mail that the oral examination may be held online if requested.
  • Candidates who agree to an online examination, will submit a scan of an ID to the examiner.
  • An examination date will be agreed on with the candidates as well as the used medium (Skype, BigBlueButton).
  • The functionality of the used medium is (ideally) tested one day ahead of the examination.



The examination agreed on in time and form is carried out in compliance with the following guidelines:

  • Establishment of connection
  • Checking of the room of the candidate (e.g. pan shots).
  • Candidates sit (if possible) at a table that is empty – with the exception of elements approved for the examination (e.g. books, calculators).
  • The candidate’s camera setting allows the examiner permanent eye contact and a view of the named table.
  • Before the examination begins, the candidate will be informed about which documents may be used. The candidate has to declare on oath that he/she will only use the permitted an no other aids.
  • A short report must be written on the examination.
  • At the end of the examination, the candidate must be informed of the grade and the grade must be briefly substantiated.

SOWI exam weeks

Exam week 20 April 2002 – 24 April 2020

The exam week from 20 April 2020 to 24 April 2020 will be postponed, because we are unlikely to return to the attendance phase at this point in time and a change to an electronic exam format will take a little more preparation time.


Exam week 25 May 2020 – 29 May 2020

On 6 May 2020 the students were informed by e-mail about the exam week.
Information on the attendance examinations » 

REWI diploma exams

The written diploma exams planned for 20 – 24 April 2020 are postponed to the dates for June (8 – 12 June 2020). Registrations remain valid, the allocated examiners are the same and a new registration is not required.

The oral exams at the beginning of May 2020 will take place on the scheduled dates. They will be carried out online or – if possible  – in presence form with a safety distance. The candidates will be informed of the type of the exam soon.

The pending oral (partial) exams from early March 2020 will be  rescheduled shortly before or after Easter 2020. The candidates will be informed about the exact date and form of the oral exam in good time.

Hopefully, the exams in June 2020 can take place in the usual way. Should this not be possible, we will offer “alternative solutions” and communicate them in time.

This year there will be an additional exam date at the end of August/beginning of September. The exam date in October remains unaffected.

Financial Aid for Students in Austria

Advancement of studies: summer semester 2020 as “neutral semester” (Federal Ministry, status: 31 March 2020)

In the summer semester 2020, the course of studies is affected by the “COVID 19 crisis”, students may not be able, without their fault, to earn all required study achievements. In order to protect recipients of study grants from negative consequences, this “semester does not count” for the duration of the funding period for study grants – this does not only apply to study grants, but also mobility grants and graduation scholarships.

Recipients of study grants should not be at disadvantage. We will therefore rate the current semester as “neutral semester”. This means:

  • Payment: Of course, the grants will be paid in the summer semester 2020. Requirements for proof for examinations passed for the last winter semester will be reduced, since there were only limited options for examinations during the post-admission period.
  • Duration of entitlement: The entitlement period is extended by one semester for all students who were within the entitlement period in the winter semester 2019/2020 or the summer semester 2020. They will get the grant for a further semester if needed.
  • Academic success: Exceptionally, academic success must not be proven for the summer semester 2020. Requirements for proof of academic success that is to be presented in the winter semester 2020/21 or the summer semester 2021 are reduced accordingly.
  • Period of entitlement: Any other deadlines, e.g. for the admission to a subsequent Master’s programme, for compliance with the age limit or completing the final  degree with a degree scholarship are also extended by six months in the winter semester 2020/2021.
  • Application deadlines: Application deadlines are not affected thereof.
  • Implementation: Details will be regulated by an accordant law and decree. Once they are enacted, the new regulations will be published on the website of the study grant authority.

Another important note on the study grant authority:
In the six study grant offices, they work non-stop to process your applications, but in  shifts and with less staff. Of course there will be delays due to the safety-related reduction of the staff. To intensify the processing to the maximum, currently no phone-calls are taken by the authority. If students still want to leave a message for the authority, they should without fail use the contact forms provided to send the message by mail. They will get an electronic response as soon as possible.

Austrian study grant authority

Here you will find information about austrian study grant authority »

Accident insurance for pupils and students

Students are also covered in the context of university activities that are currently taking place at home. If these activities take place at all, there is of course still insurance cover in connection to school events, school-related events, vocational (educational) orientation and the usual practical activities prescribed by the curricula. Also during the (partial) closure of schools and universities, accidents and suspected occupational diseases (also infections in relation to SARS-CoV-2) related to the school and university education are to be reported.
Information of the Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt from 4 May 2020


Information for participants

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In case of further questions, please contact us by e-mail:

Digital Teaching - Distance Learning

Here you will find collected information on questions concerning

University Library

Substitute digitisation

From Monday 27 April 2020 onwards so-called “substitute digitisation” will be enabled for all students at the LFUI (max. delivery period for a digitisation order: 1 week) at the main library as well as all other university libraries


Information on the legal basis can be found here

Last modification: 2020-12-09

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