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Studying at TU Wien - INCOMING

These pages only apply to students and researchers from Japanese partner universities. Applicants from institutions outside of Japan can apply at the International Office of TU Wien.

About this program

Under the Joint Study program, TU Wien waives application, admission and tuition fees for students and researchers of Japanese partner-institutions. The program is open to master and PhD students who primarily aim to conduct research under the supervision of TU Wien. The communication with the academic advisors will be in English, therefore sufficient language skills are necessary. Applicants have to prepare a description of the research topic which explains the intended investigations and the aim of the project in Vienna. The topic has to match the general goals of the research activities at TU Wien. The acceptance of an academic advisor of TU Wien is necessary as she or he has to examine the qualification of the applicant beforehand.

JASEC (Japan Austria Science Exchange Center) at TU Wien will carry out the preliminary selection of applicants and will assist in the search of an academic advisor if necessary.

Special benefits for students from Japanese Partner Institutions include JASEC’s assistance with the application process and during the research stay. If the supervising department is not able to provide a work place at the respective institute/lab, JASEC can provide shared work places exclusively to Japanese students with IT-equipment.

Please refer to the application form for further details and requirements for this program.

Duration

Research students are accepted for a period of 3 months to 1 year depending on the individual agreement with the home university.

Research plan

The research plan has to provide sufficient information on the research topic and has to include clear goals which can be achieved during the period of stay. It is strongly recommended to set certain milestones with the academic advisor of the home university. 

TU Wien’s research focus points are listed at the end of this document. Researchers are certainly encouraged to match their research plan with these core competences of TU Wien which makes it also easier to find a suitable academic advisor. 

Regular courses

With the status of a research student it may be possible to enrol in regular courses. However, the language of regular tuition at TU Wien is German and only a limited number of English courses are available. Within the European Union the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) system is the standard for awarding credits for each course. Students need to enquire at the home university if and how credits can be converted.

Academic Advisory

With 28.000 students TU Wien is the largest and leading technical university in Austria. Probably one of the biggest differences to Japanese universities is the required self-reliance of each student. TU Wien is organized in faculties, institutes and departments – smaller units like the labs in Japanese universities are not very common. 

Depending on the research topic and the desired faculty the intensity of supervision may vary. Although an academic advisor will be appointed for each research student, a self-reliant conduct of research is expected to a certain amount. 

In search for an academic advisor you may use this website which lists faculties, institutes, departments and staff.

Application Deadlines and Academic Year

Schedule of the academic year

At Austrian Universities the academic year starts at the beginning of October and finishes at the end of September. It is divided into two semesters:

The winter semester starts at beginning of October and finishes at the end of January.

The summer semester starts at the beginning of March and finishes at the end of June.

The exact schedule including holidays can be found on the website of the Department for Studies

As the Austrian and the Japanese academic schedules don’t exactly match it is possible for research students to arrive also after the official beginning of the semester (e.g. in April instead of March).

The university is generally open also during holiday periods and research can be continued. However, it cannot be guaranteed that all facilities remain operational and the entire staff is available during holiday periods. Studying abroad also means experiencing foreign culture, language and gaining self-reliance. Therefore we encourage exchange students to use the holidays to broaden their horizon by travelling and enjoying Europe’s rich culture.

Application Deadlines

The preparation for a research stay needs some time and we recommend to apply way earlier than the given deadlines.  

Entry winter semester (from October) - Application Deadline is 15th of March

Entry summer semester (from March) - Application Deadline is 15th of October

Application Procedure

  • Interested candidates have to contact the coordinator or international office at the home university first to get informed about the possibility of a research stay at TU Wien as most agreements limit the amount of exchange students and include specific details on the ex-change (e.g. scholarships).
  • The coordinator/international office at the Japanese home university will contact JASEC at TU Wien to nominate the applicant for the exchange program.
  • The applicant or his/her academic advisor at the home university may already contact possible academic advisors at TU Wien and get his/her approval for supervision. However, this is not a requirement and JASEC can assist in finding possible academic advisors at TU Wien departments.
  • After the nomination by the home university, candidates will send their application documents to JASEC ( jasec@tuwien.ac.at ).
  • Applicants will receive instructions by the International Office of TU Wien to register online at our “Mobility Services”.  
  • JASEC will carry out the selection of candidates in cooperation with the International Office and the respective academic advisors and inform the applicants if they have been accepted after the official application deadline.
  • In case of a successful application the candidates will receive further instruction via email on how to proceed with the enrolment, visa application and finding accommodation.
  • Student dormitories are provided by the OEAD housing office (Austrian Exchange Service) in Vienna. After registration, students will be contacted by e-mail with instructions about the next steps. Note that a reservation is only valid after paying the deposit (€ 950,-). The deposit will be refunded after having moved out of the student residence (minus charges of € 18.- per month of residence). The price of a room in a student residence ranges between € 340.- and € 620.- per month.
  • Check out the annex on the application form on additional information on the visa procedures.

 

 

Japanese Partner Universities

 The University of Tokyo

Research students from The School of Engineering, The Graduate School of Frontier Sciences and The Graduate School of Information Science and Technology may apply for a scholarship in the framework of the "Joint Study Program".

Available scholarship in total:
30 months per year which can be distributed to three or more applicants 
(12+9+9 months or 12+12+6 months, etc.). 

  • A scholarship can be granted, if the student is preparing his/her Master or Doctor Degree and can easily be engaged in joint research projects.
  • This scholarship has been granted in connection with the bilateral agreement on scientific cooperation between TU Wien and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tokyo and will be exclusively awarded to students from that faculty. However, within the available contingent, also students from The Graduate School of Frontier Sciences and The Graduate School of Information Science and Technology may apply for this scholarship.
  • The tenure of the scholarship is 6 or 9 or 12 months (altogether max. 30 months for all candidates per year).
  • New application forms can be required from JASEC from May and December every year.

    -> Please request detailed information via 
    email

 Aoyama Gakuin University

Financial support for travel, accommodation and administration involved in the exchange of faculty members, students and staff members have to be negotiated before the application.

-> Please request detailed information via email

 Kyoto Institute of Technology

Research students from The Kyoto Institute of Technology may apply for the exemption of tuition fees.

  • The number of exchange students is limited to 2 degree students per year.
  • The status of exchange students will be that of an “Visiting Overseas Student” (non-degree student).
  • The maximum period of stay at TU Wien is limited to 1 year.
  • The minimum stay is one semester.  
  • New application forms can be required from JASEC from May and December every year.

    -> Please request detailed information via 
    email

 Nagoya Institute of Technology

Research students from The Nagoya Institute of Technology may apply for the exemption of tuition fees.

  • The number of exchange students is limited to 24 person-month per year.
  • The maximum period of stay at TU Wien is limited to 1 year.  
  • New application forms can be required from JASEC from May and December every year.

    -> Please request detailed information via 
    email

 Ochanomizu University

Research students from The Ochanomizu University may apply for the exemption of tuition fees.

  • The number of exchange students is limited to 2 degree students per year.
  • The status of exchange students will be that of an “exchange student” and enrolled as a non-degree student.
  • The maximum period of stay at TU Wien is limited to 1 year.
  • The minimum stay is one semester.
  • New application forms can be required from JASEC from May and December every year.

-> Please request detailed information via email

 Osaka Institute of Technology

Research students from The Osaka Institute of Technology may apply for the exemption of tuition fees.

-> Please request detailed information via email

 Shibaura Institute of Technology

Research students from The Shibaura Institute of Technology may apply for the exemption of tuition fees.

-> Please request detailed information via email

 Tokyo Institute of Technology

Research students from Tokyo Tech may apply for the exemption of tuition fees.

-> Please request detailed information via email

 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

Faculty Agreement between the Faculty of Architecture and Regional Planning of TU Wien and the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
Students may apply for the exemption of tuition fees. 

-> Please request detailed information via email


 
Tokyo University of Science

Research students from the Tokyo University of Science may apply for the exemption of tuition fees.

-> Please request detailed information via email

 Waseda University

Our agreement focusses on research cooperation and includes the possibility for 3 months short-term research stays for PhD students with the exemption of tuition fees

-> Please request detailed information via email 

  National Institute of Informatics

Research students from The NII may apply for the exemption of tuition fees.

-> Please request detailed information via email