Studies at BOKU - WS 2020/21

Students from abroad must follow the current governmental regulations (e.g. 14 days of quarantine, negative PCR-test, etc.) before they come to BOKU physically.

Studies at BOKU in winter semester 2020/21

In winter semester 2020/21 BOKU will offer regular teaching activities, in line with our normal academic calendar. Incoming exchange students are very welcome to arrive at our campuses in Vienna and Tulln!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemia and its physical distancing rules, we will only be able to switch back to classic on-campus education partly: courses will be offered as combination of on-site and online course units.  In case of deterioration of the pandemia situation, a switch to only online teaching is possible.
Our welcome activities are also adapted to the current situation as combination of online and on-site activities (detailed programme) to allow all of you a good start at BOKU!

We want you to experience a “real” exchange semester – student life in Vienna and Austrian culture. Therefore, exchange students are asked to come to Vienna in person. An exchange semester completely online is not possible. You have to register in our study services at the beginning of your studies to be able to register for courses.

Travel to Austria

Please regularly check the information on the current Entry Regulations for Austria at:
https://boku.ac.at/en/international/themen/international-students-coming-to-boku/current-information-for-exchange-students#c403478

Please also inform yourself on your home university's rules for exchange mobilities in times of the COVID-19 pandemia as well as on travel restrictions, border controls and security measures in your country of residence.

Key dates:

  • Official semester start: 1 October 2020
  • Welcome Days (combination on-campus and on-line): 24-29 September
  • Intensive German course: 7-18 September
  • Recommended period of arrival: beginning / mid of September

Please also check the information on BOKU's websites:

https://boku.ac.at/

www.boku.ac.at/int-in-e-en.html

https://boku.ac.at/en/news/newsitem/58535

https://boku.ac.at/en/universitaetsleitung/rectorate/staff-units/stabsstelle-oeffentlichkeitsarbeit/covid-19-general-code-of-conduct

Current Entry Regulations for Austria

Summarized information you find also on the corona-info-website of OeAD (Austrian Exchange Service).

(Update 07.09.2020:)

In case you want to or have to (due to official entry regulations) do a COVID-19 test (PCR test) upon arrival in Austria, you can take one directly at the Vienna international airport. Also many medical laboratories offer PCR-tests in Vienna (website in German only; select on "Testung für Privatpersonen" and sort at "Bundesland" for "Wien").

If you bring a PCR-test already with you, it must not be older than 72 hours.

Please also inform yourself on your home university's rules for exchange mobilities in times of the COVID-19 pandemia as well as on travel restrictions, border controls and security measures in your country of residence.

 

(Update 24.07.2020:)

Students from abroad must follow the current governmental regulations (e.g. 14 days of quarantine, negative PCR-test, etc.) before they come to BOKU physically.

(Update 02.07.2020:)

The special entry regulations to Austria due to Corona (see below) do not apply for many EU/EEA countries anymore (no quarantine/test required anymore!)

Please inform yourself at the Austrian Embassy and the authorities of your country about the current entry regulations to Austria.

A good overview can be also found on the official website of the EU: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/AUT
 

Detailed information is available in the decrees (=Verordnungen) of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protections (in German only):
https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Rechtliches.html


If you want to travel from Austria TO another country, please heck the regulations for your country!
Specific travel information of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (in German only)

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(As of 17.04.2020 -  subject to change according to new regulations of the government)

see  Information of  the Federal Ministry of the Interior  (in German only)

Entry by bus/train/car...:

  • Only with Medical Certificate (SARS-CoV-2) not older than 4 days
  • OR if registered in Austria with main or second residence -> 14 days quarantine at home

1. Persons, who want to enter Austria from a neighbouring country of Austria, will to have show a Medical Certificate stating that the molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 is negative. This certificate should not be older than 4 days at the moment of entering Austria. Otherwise the entry to Austria will be refused.

An exemption will be made to those, who are citizens of Austria or persons with a main or second domicile or habitual residence of Austria. Those will have to undertake immediately quarantine at home for 14 days.
 


Entry by plane:

  • 14 days of quarantine or Medical Certificate (SARS-CoV-2) not older than 4 days for
    o    all EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
    o    Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens with visa D or Austrian residence permit
    o    NonEU-/EEA/Swiss citizens arriving from within Schengen
  • Entry not allowed for NonEU-/EEA/Swiss citizens without visa D or Austrian residence permit arriving from outside Schengen

2. Persons, who are citizens of Austria, an EU-/EEA-member state or Switzerland as well as persons, who live together in a joint household with and are family members of the aforementioned nationals, and want to enter Austria by plane will have to undertake immediately quarantine at home for 14 days and sign the “Entry and Transit Declaration” [link] unless they can show a Medical Certificate not older than 4 days as stated above.

This rule applies to those holding a valid visa D or a valid residence title issued by Austrian authorities as well.

The entry to Austria is not permitted to any other national, who does not fall within the scope of the first paragraph of point 2) and wants to enter Austria by plane from the outside of the Schengen area.

Whereas nationals, who do not fall within the scope of the first paragraph of point 2) and want to enter Austria by plane from the inside of the Schengen area, will have to show a Medical Certificate not older than 4 days. Otherwise they will have to undertake a quarantine of 14 days in a suitable accommodation.

 

Coronavirus: Facts and security regulations in Austria

(22.09.2020)

New regulations since September 21:

Restaurants/Catering

  • Guests are required to wear a mask whenever they are not sitting at their table.
  • maximum number of people per table: 10
  • consumption only allowed at the table

Events (including private events)

  • without assigned seats: indoor max 10 persons, outdoor max. 100 persons
  • with assigned seats: indoor max. 1.500 persons, outdoor: max. 3.000 persons (exceptions: funerals, demonstrations & religious events)

General Curfew: 1 am

 

(14.09.2020)

By September 14, further restrictions came in place.

Wearing a mask covering nose & mouth is now mandatory in the following situations:

  • in public transport and taxis
  • at events in closed rooms (except for assigned seating)
  • in medical institutions (pharmacies, nursing homes, hospitals, sanatoriums and in places where health or care services are provided)
  • in all shops and services with customer contact (banks, public authorities, sports and sparetime facilities, hotels,...)
  • for services, when the one-meter (three feet) distance rule towards other people cannot be met or there are no protective measures such as plexiglass shield (e.g. hair dresser)
  • on demonstrations when the one-meter (three feet) distance rule towards other people cannot be met

At bars and restaurants food and drinks can only be served at assigned seats.
Staff in customer contact have to wear masks. Please wear masks until you have reached your table.

Detailed information to current restrictions and regulations are found on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (in German).

Additionally, the corona-traffic-light-system is now active. Colours are updated each Friday. In concerned regions (orange/red) further restrictions can be put in place.

 

(27.07.2020)

On July 24 tougher rules for wearing of masks covering nose & mouth were re-introduced. Wearing a mask covering nose & mouth is now mandatory in the following situations:

  • in public transport and taxis
  • at events in closed rooms (except for assigned seating)
  • in cable cars, tour buses and inside excursion ships
  • in pharmacies, nursing homes, hospitals, sanatoriums and in places where health or care services are provided
  • in food retailing markets and shops
  • in petrol stations selling food
  • in banks
  • in post offices
  • for services, when the one-meter (three feet) distance rule towards other people cannot be met or there are no protective measures such as plexiglass shield
  • on demonstrations when the one-meter (three feet) distance rule towards other people cannot be met

Detailed information to current restrictions and regulations are found on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (in German).

(16.06.2020)

On June 15, further easing of restrictions came into force, e.g.:

  • The one-meter (three feet) distance rule towards other people (who are not living together with you) still applies
  • Wearing of masks covering nose & mouth is not mandatory any longer in most areas (shops, museums, restaurants for clients,...) but still applies for

    • public transport and taxis as well as travel busses, excursion boats, etc.
    • medical institutions, including pharmacies
    • events and services where the one-meter-distance rule cannot be met (e.g. demonstrations, hairdressers, ...)

  • Closing time for bars and restaurants is extended to 1 o'clock; the 4-persons-per-table-rule does not apply any longer.
  • Events of up to 100 participants are allowed, further expansion is foreseen during summer.

Detailed information to current restrictions and regulations are found on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (in German).


(30.04.2020)

On May 1 updates concerning restrictions and measures come into force.

  • The stay-at-home order ends on May 1

    • The one-meter (three feet) distance rule towards other people (who are not living together with you) still applies
    • Rules for mandatory wearing of masks covering nose & mouth still apply (-> public transport/shops)
    • Meetings of up to 10 people are now allowed.

Find further information in 16 different languages here.
Find current information on Corona in Austria here.
Find current information on Corona in Vienna here.
Further corona updates and new delvelopments in English here.


(07.04.2020)

The Austrian federal government has placed restrictions on going outside for Austria There are currently only three reasons for leaving the house:

1. to go to work if necessary

  • Wherever possible, people should work from home by telework.
  • All those who work in areas that ensure supply in our country are excluded.

2. to run urgent errands (check out for mandatory wearing of masks covering nose & mouth)

  • This includes urgent errands, like grocery shopping or the way to the drug store. Also errands and shops, which are open and use of services, which are permitted, are allowed to visit. As of  April 6, the wearing of masks covering the nose and mouth is mandatory!
  • As of April 13: wearing masks covering nose & mouth is mandatory in public transport

3. to help other people

  • Due to health reasons many people in Austria are currently dependent on our help, for example they cannot buy groceries themselves.
  • Whoever leaves his house to help others, should be able to do this during the restriction period.

4. for outdoor sports and to get fresh air

  • Alone or with the persons living in the same houshold as well as with pets - remain at least one metre (three feet) distance towards other people.
     

The restrictions on going outside remain in force until the end of April and will be evaluated until then.

Find further information in 16 different languages here.
Find current information on Corona in Austria here.
Find current information on Corona in Vienna here.
Further corona updates and new delvelopments in English here.

What to do in case of illness?

(04.06.2020)

If you fear that your are infected with Covid19, if you show any symptoms or were in contact with potentially infected persons, please follow the official instructions for persons in Austria:  

If you require other medical consultancy or treatment, information on doctors and hospitals in Vienna can be found here.

BOKU-International Relations consulting hours

Online consulting hours:

The team of BOKU-International Relations is happy to answer your questions during online consulting hours via Zoom. Find dates, time and Weblink on the contact page/BOKUonline business cards of each staff member here.

On-site consulting hours:

On-site consulting hours in the BOKU-International Relations' office (Peter-Jordan-Strasse 82a, 1190 Vienna) are offered after pre-booking your appointment by e-mail. Find further information and dates on the contact page/BOKUonline business cards of each staff member here.

Information on Psychological Counseling

A new Corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) is concerning us all as it is globally prevalent. This completely unknown and new situation presents us with challenges, especially in the university and student life. The psychological counceling centers provide guidance for academic and personal challenges. 

Corona hardship fund of the ÖH BOKU

Apply now! This fund is intended to provide some support to all students at BOKU Vienna who have got into a social and financial distress due to the Corona crisis. Find further information & guidelines here.

Infomail for students of third countries at BOKU: Coronahelp/Portfolio

(15.04.2020)

Dear students from third countries at BOKU,
 
We hope that you are fine and healthy!
 
Students from third countries (=all students who do not have EU/EEA nationality) can extend their Austrian residence permit only if they prove the successful completion of at least 8 ECTS per semester (16 ECTS per academic year). The current situation poses difficulties for some students to reach this target. (Renewal of your residence permit: https://oead.at/en/to-austria/scholars/during-your-stay/residence-permit/renewal-of-your-residence-permit/)

  • Students of third countries may, as all other BOKU students, work as COVID helpers and take the free elective course 111001 “BOKU Coronahelp I” (4 ECTS) I respectively 111002 BOKU “BOKU Coronahelp II” (2 ECTS) (see the latest regulations made by the BOKU rectorate: boku.ac.at/en/news/newsitem/58532)   

The completed ECTS of these free electives are accounted for the extension of the residence permit.

If you are working as COVID helper, you have to comply with the regulations on working set down in the Austrian Act Governing the Employment of Foreign Nationals (Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz – AuslBG) depending on your visa/residence permit. Find more information here: https://oead.at/fileadmin/Dokumente/oead.at/KIM/Nach_Oesterreich/Einreise_und_Aufenthalt/Datenbank_Einreise_Aufenthalt/Infoblaetter/Englisch/Allgemeine_Info_-_Arbeiten_en.pdf

  1. If you are registered at BOKU for an exchange semester (and not for a complete study programme), you can apply for a visa D for interns (also possible from within Austria) and complete an internship (see last page of above-mentioned pdf-document).
  2. If you are registered at BOKU for a complete study programme and hold a residence permit „Student“, you may work for up to 20 hours/week besides studying, depending on your work contract and upon consultation with the Public Employment Service Austria (Arbeitsmarktservice/AMS) (see first and second page of above-mentioned pdf-document).

Some students from third countries cannot pursue these options. As an alternative to COVID help BOKU offers these students the following opportunity:

  • Writing a portfolio on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in their home country (e.g. consequences on the students or an economic sector in the home country)

For their portfolio, students will receive a certificate for the course 111001 „ BOKU Coronahelp I“. The portfolio has to amount to a workload of 4 ECTS (at least 20 pages for single person working) and has to be submitted until 30.09.2020 at the latest. The Study Services will issue a certificate “successfully completed”.

If you chose the option of writing a portfolio, please send it to this e-mail address portfolio(at)boku.ac.at until 30.09.2020 at the latest.
 
All the best and stay healthy!
 
The Team of BOKU-International Relations

Information regarding visa and residence permit applications for students who are currently residing in Austria with a visa only or under a visa-free regime (without having received the residence title up to now)

(16.04.2020) 

Currently, all Austrian representative authorities worldwide have stopped their office hours for visa and residence permit applications.

According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the following information applies to foreigners who cannot leave Austria in time and therefore have to stay in Austria beyond their permitted duration of stay, due to the current situation:

  • Persons who do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days as well as those who require a visa and held a valid visa at the beginning of the crisis and are currently residing in Austria, must either leave Austria or arrange their stay with the domestic authorities.

    If, however, it is currently not possible for factual reasons to comply with the departure obligations, and it is not possible to arrange a regulation with the domestic authorities due to the current suspension of office hours, criminal proceedings are waived. In this case a late departure will have no negative implications on the issuing of a new visa. As soon as the situation allows, the person has to leave the federal territory.
     
  • Persons who are citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein), Switzerland or the United Kingdom can remain in Austria in accordance with EU Regulation 2004/EG/38.
     
  • Persons whose residence permit expires and who cannot submit a new application, will find relevant information on the migration website soon and can consider this information:

If you have a Visa that expires after 6 months but you need to stay longer (July/September) in order to finish your courses/exams:

This is just an information.

Only the text published by the Austrian Ministry of Internal Affairs is legally binding.

 https://www.bmi.gv.at/202/Fremdenpolizei_und_Grenzkontrolle/Einreise/start.aspx (Section number 5: Erteilung von § 22a FPG (Fremdenpolizeigesetz) Visa aus besonders berücksichtigungswürdigen Gründen (Issu of § 22a FPG (Fremdenpolizeigesetz) visas for particularly noteworthy reasons.) )

You can apply for the extension of your visa at the national police headquarters (Landespolizeidirektion) under certain conditions (visa for reasons worthy of special consideration). (issue of § 22a FPG (Fremdenpolizeigesetz) visas for particularly noteworthy reasons)

>>Under clearly defined conditions, a visa pursuant to § 22a FPG may be issued at the locally competent national police headquarters (Landespolizeidirektion) for humanitarian reasons, on grounds of national interest or on the basis of international obligations, provided that departure from the Federal territory is not possible before expiry of the existing visa or before expiry of the visa-free stay and a long-term stay is to be recorded.

In any case, the granting of a visa pursuant to § 22a FPG is not permitted in those cases that fall within the scope of the Settlement and Residence Act (NAG), nor does it include the purpose of waiting for decisions by another authority. Personal reasons such as an extension of the tourist stay also do not justify the granting of a visa under § 22a FPG.

A visa may only be issued during the legal stay! A timely application before the expiry of the visa/visa-free stay is therefore absolutely necessary!

It is recommended that you contact the relevant national police headquaters (Landespolizeidirektion) as soon as possible. <<

The lecturers of the BOKU courses you will have to attend in July/September or your coordinator at BOKU-IR can issue a letter to confirm your urgent request.