Linz CampusMedical Engineering & Applied Social Sciences

Organisational Issues

1. When is the beginning of studies?

It is only possible to start your studies in fall term.

General Dates:
The academic year consists of two semesters - fall term and spring term. Lectures are held from Monday until Friday, in some cases on Saturday. 

Fall Term • mid-September - 31 January
Spring Term • end-February/1 March - 30 June

Fall term/Spring term • during the semester 

Christmas break
24 December - 6 January

Easter break
week before Easter including Easter Monday

Public Holidays
26 October - Public Holiday • 1 November - All Saint's Day • 8 December - Immaculate Conception • 1 January - New Year's Day • 6 January - Epiphany
1 May - National Holiday • 15 August - Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Other public holidays can be found here: Austria Info
Lecture dates and exam periods may differ each calendar year.


2. What are ECTS credits?

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits are a numerical value allocated to course units to denote the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the quantity of work required by each course in relation to the total quantity of work necessary to complete a full year of academic study at the institution including lectures, practical work, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork and private study as well as assessment activities. Thus, ECTS is based on a full student workload and not limited to contact hours only. The basic allocation of academic credits in ECTS is 60 credits for a full year of study; 30 credits per semester.

Credits are awarded only when the course has been completed and all required examinations have been passed. In other words, students do not get ECTS credits simply for attending classes. They must complete all requirements for each course to satisfy the specific learning objectives.


3. Which academic degree will be awarded?

Students of our master’s degree programme will be awarded the academic degree Dipl.-Ing.
The academic degree "Dipl.-Ing." corresponds to the international degree "Master of Science in Engineering".