Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar including exact dates can be found here

The University’s academic year consists of two semesters. The first semester, the winter semester, lasts from the beginning of October until the end of January. The second semester, the summer semester, lasts from the beginning of March until the end of June/first week of July. Please note that there are no classes in February although exams may be held.

The Erasmus Welcome is held on the first day of each semester at 5 p.m. in the Aula of the old University building. Information on Registration, German Language Courses and a get-together with local students, especially buddies for support are offered.


Most of the courses are held in German.
 A full list of studies at the University of Innsbruck can be found at:

The course catalogue with detailed information about all offered courses can be found on our university's website: Should the information you need not be available yet please use the information of the previous year as a general guideline and contact your Departmental Coordinator in Innsbruck for confirmation. At the University of Innsbruck the system is fairly flexible, but participation in courses might be, in some cases, subject to preconditions or restrictions.

Teaching System

The teaching system is defined by various courses: lectures (VO), practical exercises (UE),
a combination of lecture and practical exercise (VU), proseminars (PS) and seminars (SE) which last one semester. Most lectures are held in units of two hours a week (1 hour = 45 minutes). Registration is necessary for lectures although attendance may not be mandatory but advisable. Practical exercises vary depending on the subject. The emphasis is on active participation. Seminars are mainly group discussions on an advanced level. Students write and present papers, which serve as a basis for discussion.  In proseminars students acquire basic knowledge of work on academic/scientific papers by active participating.

The ECTS system has been introduced and is used by the University of Innsbruck.

Assessment is generally made by either passing an oral/written exam or submitting a paper. Assessments are graded from 1 to 5 /1 very good, 2 good, 3 satisfactory, 4 sufficient, 5 not sufficient/fail).

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