Update: September 30, 2020
Heinz Faßmann, Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research, and Adrijana Novakovic, chairwoman of the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH), have written a joint letter on the occasion of the start of the new winter semester at Austrian universities against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are pleased to forward this letter (in German) to you:
FHWien der WKW
Update: September 14, 2020
One week ago, the academic year at our university of applied sciences started for more than 2,800 students.
FHWien der WKW has decided to conduct this semester in a hybrid version with around 30% classroom teaching and 70% online teaching. In this way, we want to enable you to have a personal exchange with each other and with your lecturers.
Since we share responsibility for protecting the health of all students, lecturers and staff on our campus, we have established hygiene and conduct rules and communicated them to you. The following rules are central:
- Always wear mouth and nose protection – the only exception is your place in the classroom (unless the minimum distance cannot be maintained).
- Keep the minimum distance.
- Do not come to the FHWien der WKW campus if you feel ill or show Covid-19 symptoms.
- Do not come to the FHWien der WKW campus as long as you are considered a Covid-19 suspected or confirmed case.
- If you are a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 case, please inform us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, we observe time and again that the hygiene and conduct rules are not being observed. At the same time, several students have already reported to us in the first week of the semester that they tested positive for Covid-19.
Against this background, I would like to show you the concrete consequences that disregarding the hygiene and conduct rules can have:
- Failure to comply with the hygiene and conduct rules may lead to exclusion from the study program.
- Furthermore, non-compliance can lead to criminal prosecution if careless behavior leads to the infection of other persons.
- If the management of our university of applied sciences should come to the conclusion that the risk for those present on campus has become too high due to the careless behavior of some people with regard to the hygiene and conduct rules, attendance classes will be discontinued. That would be a great pity.
If a certificate attests that wearing a mouth and nose protection is not possible because of an intolerance, those affected are not allowed to enter the campus – the protection of those present has priority in this case.
I urge you to comply with the hygiene and conduct rules without exception. Only in this way can we maintain our teaching operations with attendance classes.
I wish you much success in your studies.
Ing. Mag. (FH) Michael Heritsch, MSc
FHWien der WKW
Update: September 3, 2020
Dear students and lecturers
The protection of the health of all students, lecturers and employees is a particular concern of ours. Below you will find the hygiene and conduct rules to protect against COVID-19 infections that apply on the campus of FHWien der WKW as well as other important information.
We count on your help and ask you to observe the hygiene and conduct rules so that we all remain healthy.
FHWien der WKW
PS: The obligation to attend the courses is suspended until this provision is revoked.
Update: September 2, 2020
Update: August 18, 2020
Dear students and lecturers,
As announced at the beginning of July, FHWien der WKW will conduct the winter semester 2020/21 in a combination of on-campus classes and online teaching. We are currently adapting the timetables already prepared accordingly.
Please expect a high proportion of online teaching, as the hygiene and safety regulations allow only a few students per classroom.
You will receive your updated timetable before the start of the semester on September 7, 2020.
In addition, we are planning comprehensive hygiene measures and rules of conduct to prevent infections with Covid-19 at our University of Applied Sciences.
Your behavior is decisive for the protection of students, lecturers and staff at FHWien der WKW. We count on your help and ask you to observe the hygiene regulations and rules of conduct so that we all remain healthy.
We continuously adapt our plans to developments and official regulations and will keep you informed.
FHWien der WKW
Update: July 8, 2020
Dear students and lecturers,
COVID-19 presented an extraordinary challenge for all participants in the summer semester 2020. I would like to thank you for the fact that the necessary transition to pure distance learning worked out so well. This required a lot of flexibility and commitment from your side!
We have learned two lessons from this semester:
- Distance Learning can be used in many more courses than we were aware of before.
- Classroom teaching is a valuable asset and an essential part of practice-oriented teaching. The personal exchange between teachers and students is an essential part of the learning process and in many cases cannot be completely replaced by online formats.
Based on these findings, we have prepared the timetable for the winter semester 2020/21. The plan was that teaching would continue to take place primarily on campus as before, with an increased proportion of teaching units in distance learning.
Lecturers have already received the timetables. Students will receive their timetable this week.
However, as the developments of the last two weeks have shown us, we cannot assume that the classrooms can be used in the winter semester 2020/21 as usual. We currently assume that it will be possible for students to attend our university, but that the 1-meter distance in the classrooms must be maintained. This drastically reduces the maximum number of people allowed in the rooms and “normal” attendance teaching is not possible. At the same time, we do not want to conduct purely online teaching as in the summer semester 2020.
Therefore, in the winter semester 2020/21, it is necessary to conduct teaching in a hybrid form of very much distance learning combined with on-campus teaching.
We have therefore decided to revise the timetable once again and adapt it to the circumstances. The dates of the courses will remain the same, but rooms will be changed and many dates will be changed to distance learning. This process of changeover and optimization under the given spatial conditions can take some time. We will inform you during August as soon as a final version is available.
Please also bear in mind that due to official requirements, a complete changeover to online teaching may become necessary again in the course of the winter semester.
I ask for your understanding that a great deal of flexibility and commitment will be required from all those involved in the next semester.
We will do our best to offer you optimal conditions for teaching and learning at FHWien der WKW.
With kind regards,
FH-Prof.in Dr.in Beate Huber
Chair of the Academic Board
Head of Academic Affairs
Head of Department of Management
Please note our information leaflet on hygiene conduct at FHWien der WKW.
The corona crisis affects university operations in many ways. The admissions procedure at FHWien der WKW cannot take place as planned. We would like to inform you about the following changes:
- All admissions tests will take place in June 2020. Once we have received and reviewed your application, you can choose a test date from April 23 onwards.
- The admissions test will be carried out online and not on site at FHWien der WKW.
- Applicants who have already chosen a test date in April will receive a cancellation for this date in the middle of next week by e-mail and can choose a new date in June.
- The admissions procedure specific to the study program will be dropped this year.
- The application deadline will be extended to June 4, 2020. For applicants with final documents from third countries, the new deadline is May 5. Details about the application deadlines can be found here:
All information about the changes to the admissions procedure can be found on our website:
The entire summer semester 2020 will be conducted in the form of distance learning. The only exceptions to this are courses where attendance is indispensable, such as excursions or the use of the TV studio.
The current situation requires deviating regulations and additions to the study and examination regulations. The Academic Board, in cooperation with ÖH FHWien as the students’ representative body, has formulated these special regulations and added them to the respective paragraphs.
You can access the study and examination regulations (in German) with the special provisions by clicking the following button:
Please read the study and examination regulations carefully. Here is an overview of the changes:
- The amendments to the study and examination regulations are in effect until further notice.
- The grading deadline for the winter semester 2019/2020 will be postponed from April 14, 2020, to November 14, 2020.
- Adaptation of teaching and examination modalities with specifications on how changes are to be coordinated and documented
- For civilian service and militia members, justified failure to appear for examination as a reason for excuse
- The same applies to persons with other demonstrably justified excuses (e.g. shift work in infrastructure-related industries)
- Inspection of examination documents currently not possible, will be made up for as soon as possible
- Cancellation of the compulsory course attendance for the entire summer semester 2020
- Regulation of oral examinations that are held online
- Additional deadlines for the submission of Bachelor’s and Master’s theses
- Additional dates for Bachelor’s and Master’s examinations
- Additional interruption possibility for those doing alternative civilian service and for militia members
- Cancellation of the compulsory semester abroad in the summer semester 2020
- Regulation of the integration of students who were or are in a semester abroad in the summer semester 2020
- Abolition of the obligation for students of the Bachelor’s program in Tourism Management to complete a work placement abroad in the summer semester 2020
- Extension of the deadlines for the work placement for all
The English translation of the study and examination regulations with the special provisions will be available on our website from March 24, 2020.
Information for applicants
The crisis triggered by the coronavirus affects university operations in many ways.
At present, however, we assume that all deadlines will be met and that the computer-based admission tests will take place as planned.
Should this change due to new developments, we will inform you as soon as possible.
Support for students on semester abroad
FHWien der WKW is in constant contact with all its students who are currently spending a semester abroad and passes on to them recommendations from the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA) and the Erasmus National Agency.
We support all our students who – for reasons of health or safety – decide not to begin or to discontinue their semester abroad, in starting their semester at FHWien der WKW. Wherever possible, individual solutions will also be provided to enable our students to successfully complete the 2020 summer semester.
Please note the following information in connection with the Corona crisis:
- The wko campus at Währinger Gürtel 97 will be closed from Monday noon (March 16, 2020) until April 6, 2020, or until further notice.
- The library of FHWien der WKW is also closed from Monday noon (16 March 2020) until further notice.
- Important: The online resources are of course still available. For further information and updates, please go to Moodle.
If you have any questions regarding the above mentioned points, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Due to the decision of the Austrian Federal Government of March 10, 2020 to switch teaching at universities to distance learning from Monday March 16, 2020 at the latest, we at FHWien der WKW are working at full speed to enable orderly teaching.
Teaching will be carried out in Distance Learning from March 10, 2020 until probably April 6, 2020.
All further details on Distance Learning as well as on exams, final grades, examination mode and the courses can be found at the following link:
As announced today at the press conference of the Austrian Federal Government, attendance at all universities and universities of applied sciences is to be suspended from Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.
FHWien der WKW has therefore decided to convert all courses to distance learning with immediate effect (March 10, 2020) and not to hold any attendance courses or events such as the open house day, until April 6, 2020. Information sessions will take place online.
We will provide you with detailed information on the changeover to distance learning and its organizational procedures (attendance, internships, travel etc.).
We ask you to be patient. Further information will follow as soon as possible.
The health of our students, teachers and staff is very important to us. This is currently particularly true with regard to the spread of the Coronavirus and the associated risks. We are therefore in close contact with the health authorities and coordinate our measures with them.
At present, teaching at FHWien der WKW is taking place as planned.
In order to contain the spread of the Coronavirus and prevent further diseases, we ask you not to come to the FHWien der WKW for 14 days in the following cases:
- You have recently stayed in an area with high incidence of illness; see the travel warnings of the Foreign Ministry (in German).
- You have been in contact with people suffering from Coronavirus.
We recommend the following measures for protection against the Coronavirus and follow the advice of the authorities:
- Wash your hands several times a day with soap and water and/or an alcohol-based disinfectant.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not with your hands) if you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid direct contact with sick people if possible.
For more information, visit the websites of the following public bodies and authorities:
- Website of AGES (in German)
- Website of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (in German)
We keep all students, lecturers and staff members informed about the developments in connection with the Coronavirus.