We, the Sustainabiltiy and International Office of the Austrian Students Union of the University of Vienna (ÖH Uni Wien) are dedicated to a sustainable environment and a good life for all within the planetary boundaries. We consider climate change as well as environmental pollution as a threat for all inhabitants of the earth. Like all other crises of our time, the climate crisis cannot be thought without social power structures. A social, anti-racist, decolonial, feminist, emancipatory and class-sensitive response to the climate crisis is needed.
For our work, this approach means that events which we organize or support must be thought intersectionally. Furthermore, it is our concern to keep the University of Vienna aware of its responsibility in the climate crisis and to integrate an intersectional understanding of sustainability in the university.
Sustainability Advisory Board University of Vienna
As the largest German-speaking university, the University of Vienna has the responsibility to use its economically and socially privileged position for a sustainable transformation. In addition to intensifying the topic of sustainability in research and teaching, the university is striving to make its own operations more climate-friendly. To this end, the Sustainability Advisory Board has drawn up a Roadmap outlining the climate neutrality targeted by 2030.
As representatives of the Austrian Student Union of the University of Vienna and thus representing all students, we bring student perspectives to the Sustainability Advisory Board. We are a team of two representatives of the Department for Sustainability and International Affairs and one representative of the Department for the Planning of Socio-Political Projects.
Working Groups: Teaching, Food & Catering, Biodiversity, Sustainable Labs (SaiL)
Initiative ÖkoCampusWien - for more biodiversity on campus
The initiative ÖkoCampusWien was founded under the auspices of the Department for Sustainability and International Affairs of the ÖH Uni Wien and is an association of students interested in biodiversity promotion and research. It goes back to the project "Wild Bee Protection at the Alsergrund", which received the climate protection award Klip 9 in 2020. The initiative deals with the campus of the Old General Hospital of the University of Vienna as an urban habitat that is home to many native species (plants and animals) and is part of the Wiener Arten- und Lebensraumschutzprogramm as part of Netzwerk Natur. The initiative ÖkoCampusWien is dedicated to research projects at the nature-oriented campus, develops species protection measures and aims to impart knowledge about biodiversity.
One project that has already been implemented is a citizen science-based species survey at the campus via the research platform inaturalist. There, all (free) registered users can share their observations of nature at the Old AKH and thus become researchers themselves. Currently, the project ÖkoCampusWien already includes 292 observations and 141 species (as of 19.1.2022).
Another project is the construction of nesting boxes for wild birds. For this purpose, the permission of the University of Vienna has already been obtained and a prototype has been built. The nesting boxes are to be hung at the end of February 2022.
Further plans are e.g. biodiversity surveys (mainly birds, wild bees, bats, plants), biodiversity measures, wild bee protection and sponsorships for the nesting boxes.
As the Department of International Affairs, we consider student exchange in general, and Erasmus+ in particular, to be important tools for promoting global openness. We provide guidance to outgoing students (Outgoings) on exchange programs, scholarships, and information resources, and we offer assistance with issues before, during, and after their time abroad. For incoming students (Incomings), we aim to support them with information regarding life and studies in Vienna.
We are happy to provide guidance to outgoing students ('Outgoings') on various exchange programs, scholarships, and information resources. We are also here to assist you if you encounter any issues before, during, or after your stay abroad, such as with registration or discussions with officials at the University of Vienna.
For incoming students ('Incomings'), we aim to support them with information regarding life and studies in Vienna. We provide insights into structural matters such as housing and university conditions at the University of Vienna. Additionally, we seek to convey a deeper understanding and a critical perspective on university and societal policies. Since many incoming students may not be familiar with advocacy organizations like the ÖH, it is important for us to show them that we can all contribute to improving the often challenging study conditions, etc., at our university if we work together.
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You can contact us anytime via email!
Please note that matters related to visas, residence permits, and recognition of foreign qualifications should be directed to the Department for Anti-Racist Work of ÖH Uni Wien at: email@example.com
We have gathered links to pages that can be helpful if you plan to study abroad or come to Vienna
- International Office at the University of Vienna
- Here, you can find information about study abroad opportunities such as ERASMUS+, NON-EU-Exchange, and other programs, as well as information for incoming students at the University of Vienna.
- Feel Safe
- Ensuring the safety of internationals - easily, quickly, securely and simply!
- Residenc Permit for Students
- Everything you need to know about applying for a residence permit, including a checklist.
- Here, you can find information about study grants, including those related to your international experience.
- Here, you can find information about language assistance, a great way to spend time abroad.
- Austrian Database for Scholarships & Research Grants
- Open Hotels
- Here, you can find a list of open hotels in case your accommodation does not allow for quarantine stays
- Schwarzes Brett
- Here, you can find apartments, jobs, internships, and childcare in Austria
- OeAD grants
Erasmus Application Deadline
Don't forget to apply for Erasmus! The application deadline is in mid-March, and in some departments, it may be earlier. You can find more information on the website of your study program management or at the International Office. If you have any questions or problems, feel free to reach out to us.