Preparing for your start at VISESS

This guide aims to help especially international prospective VISESS PhD students to prepare their start at the University of Vienna. The information is split into three main sections – before leaving home, after arrival in Austria, and starting your PhD – each having several subsections. Each section ends with the most important information compressed into a checklist, and a collection of all links that were mentioned in the text as well as additional ones.


This information was created by VISESS PhD students focussing on the individual but recurring needs of VISESS PhD students. Note that we have taken great care to ensure that all information given is correct. However, we can take no responsibility or liability with regard to whether the content is correct, complete and up-to-date. In case there is information that you think is missing, or something that is not helpful, please let us know via so that we can improve the information for future PhD students.