Your Student Representatives Wish You A Pleasant Semester Break! (VELT info inside)

It’s been a hard winter semester for all of us, so enjoy your semester break, guys! We’re sure you’ve earned it! But before you rush off, here’s some info for you to keep at the back of your head while you’re skiing or just hanging out with the family:

The summer term starts March 1, so we hope to see you then!

The general admission period for the summer term 2016 is from 7 January – 5 February 2016. Please note the different deadlines for EU and non-EU students.

The new course directory should be up by mid February.

For those who missed an exam or two this semester, you can find the dates of the next sittings in the exam calender.

Keep in mind that the next VELT test will take place on Feb 24, 2016, at Audimax lecture hall. Registration will start approximately three weeks before the date. You have to be registered in order to take the test! Find more information here. The VELT test is a language test that all BA students have to take (even native speakers!) in order to register for the course Integrated Language and Study Skills 1 after you’ve passed the StEOP exams. You can repeat the test as often as necessary, however, it is held only once a semester. For study resources, try the VELT Support Group on Facebook.

Please note that we can offer no office hours during the semester break, i.e. we will not be personally available. However, you can reach us via e-mail or Facebook any time and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

In case of pressing matters concerning your studies, recognition of exams, problems with registration for classes, and the like, please contact the Studien-Service-Stelle.

That’s all, folks! Have a good one!

Some New Infos about BEd/BA and 4th Exam Attempts

Recently, there have been some changes concerning the allowability (Anrechenbarkeit) of exams from the BA to the BEd (teaching program), as well as a change about the 4th try of a lecture exam.

  1. When you take a lecture exam for the 4th time, you will have to register for this by writing to Monica Dirnberger. The exam will be a regular lecture exam. However, you will be graded by a committee consisting of three lecturers.

2. Can you have exams from the BA program StEOP approved for the BEd StEOP? More or less. If you did VO Introduction to the Study of Language 1, VO Language Analysis, Introduction to the Study of Literature, VO Introduction to the Study of Anglophone Cultures and Societies, AND VO Introduction to the Study of Language 2, then you can have all of those lectures approved for the BEd StEOP. However, this is a package deal, meaning you can’t get individual lectures approved. So if you are planning to register for the BEd program, please reconsider taking the BA StEOP exams unless you plan to switch programs, or you can pass the entire StEOP in one go!

An official Mitteilungsblatt/statement will be published on the department homepage shortly.

Coming Up: Last Breakfast of the Semester, Jan 14, 9am – noon!

The semester is drawing to a close! Escape the winter and join us for a tropical day in the midst of January! Take a well-earned break between those final essays and tests and and have a bite! Our monthly feast offers you a pause from studying in order to socialize and mingle with your fellow students over a tasty bite or sip.


When: January 14, 9 a.m. – noon

Where: Student Lounge, 1st floor

Hope to see you there!

Coming Up: Christmas Brunch, Dec 14, 9:00 – 12:00

Santa Claus is coming to town while we’re still busy meeting our deadlines. Feel like you need a breather? Then join us in celebrating the long awaited winter break! Between your classes and your papers, why don’t you drop in for a cup of coffee or some gingerbread? Of course there’ll also be our regular breakfast items, but c’mon… gingerbread!


When: Dec 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Student Lounge (first floor, on the right after the stairs)

Why: ’cause it’s December which means it’s Christmas.

Important note concerning StEOP

As you probably know already, StEOP will undergo a significant change: As of Jan 1, 2016, it will be possible to repeat StEOP exams three times instead of two, meaning you get four tries all in all, just as in all other lecture exams.

However, before you rejoice in reckless abandon: If you fail a StEOP exam on the fourth try, you will be barred permanently from studying at the English department. So if in December 2015 this is your third time trying to pass the exams, please reconsider and wait until January or next semester to try! We’re not trying to discourage you here, mind. If you were to go to this (your third) sitting now in December and you receive a negative grade again, you will be barred from continuing your studies. If you wait for the next sitting (end of January), and you receive a negative grade then, you still get another try, so please keep that in mind.

There are two possible dates offered each semester for StEOP exams: December and January for each winter semester, and May and June for the summer term.

There might still be an addendum or two added to this change, so as soon as we know more details, we’ll let you know.

Coming Up: Thanksgiving Brunch, Nov 26!

On the fourth Thursday of November, all of the United States will sit down with their loved ones and stuff their faces. And because the latter is also a proud Austrian tradition, we’re going to participate in the food fun! What are YOU thankful for this year?

While we can’t offer any real turkey (the oven in the department tea kitchen is just a teensy tiny bit too small, mainly because it’s a microwave), you might still be regaled with coffee, cakes, coffee, fruit, coffee, rolls, coffee, spreads, coffee, cheesecake if you come early, coffee, various types of sweets, tea, and coffee. Did we mention there’s coffee?

thanksgiving brunch flyer

When: Nov 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Student Lounge (English department, 1st floor, to your right when you come up the staircase)

Why: We’re thankful for caffeine.

See you there!

Info Session for MA students

From our Student Advisor to you:


Especially for those new to our department and the University of Vienna

Monday, November 9, 12 a.m.-1 p.m.

Department of English, Seminarraum 5 (1st floor)

We’d like to welcome you and give you important information on

  • the curriculum
  • course recommendations
  • the library
  • exchange programmes

There will be room for questions (don’t be shy ; )

This is your chance to meet other postgraduate students, the directors of studies, the head of department, the student reps and advisors.

At the end there will be an informal get-together with refreshments provided by us.

Please reply by November 4 to whether you will attend the welcome session or not

Looking forward to seeing you!