Welcome to the homepage of the student representatives of the English department at the University of Vienna!
We are a group of students here to make your life at the English department just a little easier. We offer advice, in person, per mail or per e-mail on all aspects of your studies at the English department, and once in a while we invite you to take a break from your studies and join us for an on-campus event! A lot of our work is also done ‘behind the scenes’, as it were, for example attending the regular appointments committee (to help pick a new lecturer we think will be just the right fit for our colleagues), representing your interests during study conferences, and keeping the staff updated on problems which may arise during the course of the semester. We are also actively involved in the CAG (Curricularen Arbeitsgruppen), the working committee responsible for the development of new curricula (e.g. the new BEd or MEd programmes).
We’re happy to answer all your questions regarding the English department itself, the curricula, deadlines, holidays, and whatever other questions may arise, so don’t hesitate to ask!
For some more information about us and our function as student representatives, please see here (only in German).
Meet the student representatives
Sarah, studying MA (Anglophone Literatures and Cultures)
I am currently in the Literature and Cultures MA programme and I also study Applied Linguistics. What is majorly important to me – both when doing STV work and otherwise – is that everyone, staff and students, encounter each other with mutual respect and fairness.
Sabrina, studying BA English and American studies & Comparative Literature
My name is Sabrina and I’m double majoring in English & American Studies and Comparative Literature. I attended high school in the Detroit area (for a year) when i was 17 and last semester (W 2014/15) I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of South Carolina – Go Cocks! – don’t look so shocked cause that’s exactly what people are saying there. After all “It’s great to be a Gamecock”. So if you want to know more about the Non-EU-Student Exchange program offered by the University or if you need some tips on how to apply – stop by or send us an email 🙂
Alex K., studying MA (Anglophone Literatures and Cultures)
I’m Alex, I’m a graduate student (MA Anglophone Literatures and Cultures), and while you won’t believe me when you meet me for the first time because of the accent, I truly am Vienna born and bred. I’m currently working on my master’s thesis which deals with two of my favourite things in the world, death and science fiction. According to one colleague my middle name is “efficiency” and I’m trying to live up to it. My goal as a student representative is to bring some semblance of order to this department, because I believe that organisation, time management, and efficiency are possible. As of late I am also responsible for website administration of our homepage.
DanieI P., studying UF Englisch/Psychologie+Philosophie
I believe that a university is a place where we should be able to learn, share, and connect with each other on a professional level. Therefore, I am especially committed to support students who wish to break out of menial university life and want to accomplish more than just obtaining a degree by going to classes every day. This is why I like to promote easy access to international conferences, fairs, and other academic events or projects that enable students to work on their professional development and gain hands-on experience.
Alexandra W., finished UF Englisch/GSPB, MA (English Language and Linguistics)
I believe that as students we should attempt to gain as much as possible from our studies, both on a personal and on a professional level. In order to accomplish that, I feel that it is necessary to create an environment that enables us grow as individuals and as a group. I am, therefore, particularly committed to those aspects of our work that aim to support students in their development into professional researchers and teachers, such as the ISL2 study group. Based on my exchange experience in the UK I feel that there is the need to establish societies or clubs dealing with various topics in order to have a great time with people who share the same interests. In addition, I think that we should not ignore what happens around us and raise our voice when it comes to decide about the future, especially about the curricula of our studies and our professors, since they define not only our own path more than we are aware of.
Melanie, studying BA English and American studies
I joined the student representatives because I would like to not only keep up the quality of the English Department, but also help to make improvements, when necessary. Additionally, I want to lend a helping hand to any student who struggles with their studies.
Clemens, studying MA (English Language and Linguistics)
Hi there! My name is Clemens and I’m currently doing my Master’s in English Language and Linguistics here at the University of Vienna. To me, university is about so much more than just attending lectures and classes; it’s about the appreciation of knowledge as well as personal development. Yet when it comes to entering this new world it is normal to encounter various obstacles. So did I, and therefore, when I started my studies I really appreciated the help I got from the student representatives. Accordingly, I would now like to return this favor and give others advice, so feel free to contact me anytime.
Leonie, studying MA (Anglophone Literatures and Cultures)
Hi! My name is Leonie. I am currently in the MA program ‘Anglophone Literatures and Cultures’ and BA program ‘Theater-, Film-, and Media Studies’. The lovely community here at the English department makes me feel very comfortable and provides a good learning environment. Not only do I feel like I have been taught a lot since I’ve started studying here but I have also met many talented people and found incredible friends. For me, the student representatives are here to facilitate student’s organizational matters and make it possible for you to have great experiences, academically and socially (come to our department breakfasts :D), as best we can. So don’t be shy and come to our office when you’re looking for some help and information.
Tamara, studying BA English and American studies
Hi, there My name is Tamara and I’m studying English and American Studies at the University of Vienna. I come from Serbia, so I can also offer you information in Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian. Since I’m half way through my BA degree, I would like to offer my support and advice to all of you who are considering studying at our department or have already started. If you don’t feel informed enough and need explaining or organizing your schedule, feel free to ask!
Stefanie, studying BA English and American studies
Hi, my name is Stefani. I moved to Vienna several years ago and started my studies at the English and American Studies department shortly after. However, I sure know that getting the hang of things can be rather tricky sometimes (been there done that). Plus, finding yourself in a new place does not make it any easier: questions about your studies, how to meet fellow colleagues and basic know-hows are a daily struggle. I am very happy that now, few years later, I am able to “give back to the community” and work with a team of dedicated fellow colleagues towards making your experience at our department the best possible. See you around!
Cristina, studying BA English and American studies & UF Englisch/Geschichte
Hey there! My name is Cristina and I am currently studying BA English and American Studies as well as Diplom English and History in the teachers program. To me the English department has always been a place to fully engage in the world of linguistics, literature and culture. What’s more, it is a place to meet new people, read a book, or simply go to the library and relax on their couch. My goal is to help creating a place with an open and friendly atmosphere, where people like to spend time (even though technically they have to anyway. ha ha.) If you have any questions about your studies or our department, feel free to stop by or send us an e-mail!