Technische Universität Wien (Vienna) - Science Only

Since its founding in 1815, TU Wien has been a strong supporter of research-based education, highlighting the importance of student involvement in research programmes.

This high level of student engagement and the encouragement of new generations of scientists has led to its history of cutting-edge contributions to research and education. TU Wien's prestigious alumni range from Christian Doppler to Otto Wagner, Alexander Meissner to Ingeborg Hochmair-Desoyer. The 28,000 students it hosts presently are not only given excellent scientific opportunities, but also engage in a sophisticated culture scene with TU's two orchestras, the TU-Forum public debate series, and the elegant TU-Ball, the oldest ball in Vienna that is hosted annually by the university.

Key information


Vienna, Austria


English, German


Fall, Winter, Full year

Program type


Application information

Application status



20/21 deadline

First come, first considered for remaining spaces until full or:

Mar. 15 (Fall, full year)

Oct. 15 (Winter)

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

21/22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

Programs Offered: TU Vienna offers a wide variety of programs, including the following science programs: Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics & Statistics.

Courses at TU Vienna are called "Lehrveranstaltungen" and can be searched for online.

For courses in English, please click here.

Full workload for TUW students is 30 ECTS. Exchange students are recommended to register for 18-24 credits (3-4 half course equivalent credits), as time clashes could be a problem and studying in German may be challenging. 1 UofC Half Course Equivalent = 6 ECTS credits.

The exchange agreement with TU Vienna falls under TASSEP. TASSEP is the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program, a consortium designed specifically with the curricular needs of science students in mind. Canadian students have access to European Partners in the consortium.

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters. The Winter semester runs from early October to late January and the Summer semester runs from early March to late June. It is not possible for students to complete the Winter semester in December.

Please Note: Austrian visa applications may require travel to the Ottawa embassy to submit documentation and take biometrics as needed - please speak with the exchange advisor as soon as possible about whether this will be required for you.

  1. Costs

    It is recommended that students budget around €720-€920 per month to pay for accommodation and living expenses.

    Please Note: Austrian visa applications may require travel to the Ottawa embassy to submit documentation and take biometrics as needed - please speak with the exchange advisor as soon as possible about whether this will be required for you.

    Vienna cost comparison vs Calgary: Click Here

    Student Tips: "Generally the cost of living, compared to Calgary, was MUCH cheaper, especially rent." 

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? 
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any 
    awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Exchange students to TU Vienna are not guaranteed housing, but are given multiple options. They may stay in off-campus dormitories (single or double occupancy), in flats shared with other students, or in private apartments. Due to the variety of housing options, prices vary greatly and can range from €270-€470 per month. Student housing is coordinated by the housing office OeAD.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in the Faculty of Science, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

Students must have a command of German at the B1/B2 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language) at a minimum, or have completed at least two 300-level or above courses in German. 

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Do I have to speak another language?

Academic instruction at TU Vienna is available in both English and German. No prior knowledge of German is required for courses in English. Students who wish to attend German-taught classes must have completed a minimum of German 333 (4 semesters of German) or the equivalent in order to participate on this exchange. Students can also choose to register for intensive German language courses offered before each semester or for continuing German language classes during the semester - cost is approximately €320 - see online for details. 

What's so special about Vienna?

Located on the large Danube river, Austria's capital city Vienna provides an engaging culture environment. It is nicknamed the "City of Music", having been the birthplace of some of Europe's most famous composers (Haydn, Brahms, Beethoven, and Mozart, to name a few), and still today it is possible to attend numerous concerts throughout the seasons, be it an informal session at one of the cozy dual-floor restaurants, a performance at the city opera house, or an extravagant ball.

Student Tips: "For Vienna, the film the 3rd Man was a good way to see a portion of important Viennese history before arriving."

What resources are available for new students?

TU Vienna publishes online a thorough Welcome Guide for international students, which may be downloaded from their incoming students page. They also offer a 2 week orientation program for €160 (see exchange homepage for details).

What accessibility resources are available?

TU Vienna's centre "Barrierefrei Studieren" (webpage available in German only) offers comprehensive support for students with disabilities. For information on accessibility of campuses across Europe, ESN has created "MappEd!" which allows you to check the accessibility of universities and cities across Europe. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Saskia Schaelicke

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.