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First-time students

When you first enroll at the university, a lot of new and unknown things are expected from you, in addition to academic success:

  • To enjoy the freedom you have as a student, you need to be disciplined and able to organize your time and resources efficiently.
  • Some lectures can be demanding, which can translate into a rough start. 
  • You will have a considerable amount of coursework to handle over a long period of time without receiving much feedback from your professors. Efficient learning strategies will be key.
  • Teamwork with other students can be helpful, but you will also need organizational skills to make it happen. 


Starting university also comes with changes to your social environment:

  • Social contacts with other students usually don't happen naturally. You will have to be willing to approach others.
  • Living in a student residence or rooming with fellow students can make it easier to expand your social circle. 
  • Introductory classes offered at the beginning of the semester are great for meeting fellow students.


As a first-time student, you will have to take care of a lot of organizational matters:

  • You need to take into account deadlines and department-specific guidelines
  • You need to handle financial and social limitations 
  • You need to explore and learn to use the facilities available to you


You will be responsible for getting the information you need, including information from the Austrian Students’ Association, your university departments, from the university administration, and from the scholarship unit – that can be a lot to handle! At our Psychological Counseling Centers, we will be happy to assist you with any questions you might have regarding the start of your academic career. We can also help you settle in and adjust to your new environment.