Benefits of joining the VDSP

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What are the advantages of joining the VDS Physics?
Can I attend international conferences?
What connects me to the other VDSP students?

Entrance into the VDSP

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Do I have to be a PhD student at the University of Vienna to join the Vienna Doctoral School in Physics (VDSP)?
Is being a member of VDSP a prerequisite for becoming a PhD student at the University of Vienna?
Will I be eligible for VDSP?
Which deadlines do I need to respect?
Can I apply by emailing my application documents to the VDSP office?
My academic advisors have already written recommendation letters for me. Can I upload scanned copies of these letters instead of asking them to submit the letters via email?
What is the working language? Do I need any language certificate?
How much German will I need, and how will VDSP support me in learning it?

The PhD studies in general

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How long does the doctoral studies at the Faculty of Physics take?
How is the doctoral studies graded?
Which steps do I have to complete to obtain my degree?
How many courses do I have to attend?
What is the supervision like?
What should I know about tuition fees?

Job conditions and practicalities

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What would my salary be?
How many days of paid vacation will I get?
Can my contract be prolonged if I do not finish on time?
Do I have to teach, and if so, how much?
How much German will I need, and how will the University of Vienna support me in learning it?
What happens when I quit my PhD?
Which services are available to reconcile work and family life?

Living in Vienna

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What are the most important facts about Vienna, the University of Vienna and its Faculty of Physics?
What does Vienna offer?
Is it expensive to live in Vienna?
What do I have to consider before travelling or moving to Vienna?

Additional links that might be of interest for you

  • Guide in English for international PhD's
  • Guide in German for PhD's
  • Info on Grading: §73/3

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to our office via vds-physics@univie.ac.at.