Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently asked questions by first-semester students
Teachers' duty of assessment
Teachers must assess the performance without delay, but no later than 4 weeks after it has been provided.
Is it possible to start studying in the summer semester?
Yes, it is possible to start studying in the summer semester. However, please note that not all STEOP courses are held in the summer semester. However, there are at least 2 examination dates per semester for these STEOP courses.
You can find the general admission deadlines on the page of the Department of Academic Affairs.
Are there tutorials that can be attended in support of courses? Do I have to attend tutorials that appear in my schedule?
Tutorials are only offered in the winter semester for the VU Integral and Differential Calculus for ESS.
Since WS17/18, tutorials can be recognised with 1 ECTS as part of the Free Electives if the students can show at least 80% attendance. For this, registration for the tutorial (TU) in UGO is required.
For all those who waive the 1 ECTS, the tutorial is open as usual without attendance check. However, registration in UGO is recommended so that the dates of the tutorials appear in the calendar.
What is the study guide and where can I get it?
The study guide is a free brochure written by the student representation ESS. The guide gives a compact overview of study-relevant regulations such as the curriculum, prerequisite chains or STEOP subjects. It also explains the first important steps at the university (library card, tutorials,...) and tells you where you can get information about other activities of the ESS community. The guides can be found here for all subject areas.
Printed copies are available at the ÖH in front of the URBI room (Schubertstraße 6a, basement), at the ÖH counselling for first-year students and graduates and at the ESS Coordination Office. Especially at the beginning of your studies and during your studies, it is always worth taking a look!
Are the studies of Environmental Systems Sciences restricted in terms of admission? Is there an admission procedure?
As of winter semester 2023/24, all ESS Bachelor's degree programme no longer have admission procedures through entrance examinations!
For the Master's degree programmes, there are content-related admission requirements which are specified in the curriculum (except for graduates of the respective preceding ESS Bachelor's degree programme). There are no admission examinations here either.
Is it possible to create an individual curriculum for ESS?
Who should I contact if I want to enrol in a ESS Master's programme but have not completed a ESS Bachelor's programme?
To the Department of Academic Affairs. Detailed information can be found on the homepage of the Department of Academic Affairs. Binding information on admission can only be obtained through the official "Application for Admission to the Master's Programme". The application can only be submitted with a completed Bachelor's degree - the courses completed in a Bachelor's degree programme as well as optional supplementary additional qualifications (conditions: tertiary educational institutions, proven ECTS as well as positive assessment) are used to check the requirements. The Department of Academic Affairs forwards this to the Curricula Commission and the student subsequently receives a decision as to whether one is admitted to the Master's programme and which requirements, if any, must be fulfilled. The exact admission requirements for the Master's programmes can be found in the respective Master's curricula.
If a positive decision with conditions is issued, the conditions must be completed in the course of the first two semesters of the Master's programme.
Allowances and others
If you need information on allowances (e.g. family allowance, scholarship, housing allowance, canteen stamp, etc.), please always contact the relevant offices (tax office, scholarship office, etc.) or the Social Department of the ÖH (Schubertstraße 6).
Further general FAQs and instructions can be found on the homepage of the University of Graz
General questions about the ESS degree programme
Environmental Oriented Elective Subject
The Environmental Oriented Elective Subject is an individually compiled subject bundle and an opportunity to set a special content-related focus in the degree programme. The chosen subject bundle should be approved before graduation.
The form requires the names of the courses, a title for the subject bundle (will be shown on the transcript) and a description of the contents (objectives and competences to be acquired). As soon as it has been approved, the form is sent to the students by the ESS Coordination Office by e-mail. For the degree, the completed subjects must be recognised via recognition in the UGO. Please note that recognition is issued by means of a notice and can therefore no longer be reversed. We therefore recommend that you carry out the recognition towards the end of your studies. Recognitions and also degrees can take up to 2 months. So please submit everything in good time at the end of your studies.
When choosing the host university for the semester abroad, care should be taken to ensure that either courses are offered that coincide with courses of the respective curriculum, or those that appear to be useful for the (not yet completed) environmentally-oriented or free elective subject. Before completing the semester abroad, you must apply for an advance notification in which the choice of subjects is checked.
Attention: We strongly recommend that you contact the coordinating person at the host university after the nomination has been confirmed in order to informally clarify in advance whether the intended courses may be attended at the host university at all! Often you are bound to a faculty or a degree programme, or you are not allowed to attend Master's courses if you come to the host university as a Bachelor's student.
What is an Interdisciplinary Internship?
The Interdisciplinary Internship (IP) is a special feature within ESS studies, as it offers the opportunity to work on current topics in interdisciplinary small groups. The IP can be organised jointly by individual or several students, which enables a further specialisation option within the degree programme.
All information is contained in the IP guidelines.
On the part of the Student Council, IP organisation meetings are held regularly, where interested students can get tips and tricks on how to organise their own IP. The dates are regularly announced via the ESS distribution list (please observe the rules of use) and on the homepage.
According to the respective curricula, a Bachelor's thesis must be written in certain subjects. However, it is also possible to write the thesis in another subject, provided a supervisor can be found and the supervisor agrees. In addition, this must be approved by the chairperson of the Curricula Commission (send the form for writing a BA including the completed exemption to the KoBü). If the thesis is written at another university (e.g. in the course of a semester abroad), a main supervisor must be found at the University of Graz. The supervision at the host university is listed as secondary supervision. Exception: ESS / NAWI-Tech students who write their thesis in the course of a course at Graz University of Technology.
Bachelor thesis do not have to be bound, a plagiarism check is obligatory. Since the structure, citation and formatting requirements differ from institute to institute, these requirements must be obtained from the supervisor. For orientation, please refer to the guidelines for scientific work at the Institute of Environmental Systems Sciences.
Is a plagiarism check obligatory for the Bachelor thesis?
Yes, since 01.03.2022 every Bachelor thesis must be subjected to a plagiarism check. For this purpose, the bachelor thesis has to be uploaded in the UGO in PDF/A format after completion. Detailed instructions on how to upload the thesis can be found on the website of the University of Graz.
When can I submit my Bachelor's degree (do I have to have everything already or is it also possible if the Bachelor's thesis/a course is still missing)? Where do I have to go?
All completed and confirmed forms can be handed in early to the examination office of the URBI Deanery (MGT, Geo, VWL) or NAWI Deanery (NAWI-Tech) with a note of the outstanding subjects. Please note the corresponding procedure of the respective deanery!
Can I bring Master's courses forward? What is the 90/10 rule?
If 90% of the compulsory and elective subjects of the Bachelor's degree programme have already been completed, a maximum of 10% of the Master's degree programme can be brought forward. Whereby the additional registration requirements of the curriculum must be taken into account.
In order to write a Master's thesis, the consent of a professor with a habilitation is required - the corresponding forms can be found on the website of the URBI Dean's Office for the specialisations MGT, Geo and VWL as well as on the website of the NAWI Dean's Office for NAWI-Tech. The Master's thesis itself is not linked to the content of a course, but within the framework of the Master's examination two courses must be chosen which are relevant to the examination in addition to the typical defensive course. Since the procedure differs from institute to institute, Master's students must inform themselves locally about the procedure.
In order to be able to take the Master's examination, all courses as well as the Master's thesis must be passed. In order to be able to fix the date for the Master's examination, the transcript of records for the completion of studies must also have been submitted to the examination office of the responsible Dean's office.
Furthermore, a Master's thesis cannot be written for more than one Master's degree programme, even if it exceeds the extent of a Master's thesis.
Further general FAQs and instructions can be found on the homepage of the University of Graz
Questions about recognitions
Recognition of benefits
In order to recognise achievements that have been completed in other fields of study or at another educational institution, please contact the relevant Examination Office.
For the specialisations ESS / MGT, ESS / Geography and ESS / VWL, the Examination Office of the URBI faculty is responsible, for the specialisation ESS / NAWI-Tech, the Examination Office of the NAWI faculty is responsible.
ATTENTION NAWI-Tech: For NAWI-Tech students who are enrolled at Graz University of Technology, the TCVB Dean's Office (Petersgasse 10-12/II) is responsible.
It is advised not to submit credits for Uni Graz courses for the Free Elective or Environment Oriented Elective Subject prematurely, but to wait until the end of the degree programme. After the issuance of a certificate of recognition, a change is no longer possible.
Rebooking of credited courses in the Free Elective Subject in the Environmental Oriented Elective Subject
If courses have already been credited for the Free Elective Subject and it turns out at the end of the degree programme that the corresponding courses are declared as compulsory or compulsory Elective Subjects in the curriculum, an already positively issued notice of recognition can be changed retroactively. However, this is a "can" and not a "must" provision of the Dean of Studies and will only be realised as a special exceptional case with a clearly comprehensible argumentation!
The crediting process
How examinations taken at the University of Graz, at another domestic tertiary educational institution as well as at a foreign tertiary educational institution (university, university of applied sciences, university of teacher education,...) are to be entered in UGO is dealt with in the guidelines of the URBI Examination Office.
For an advance notification for a semester abroad, the NAWI Examination Office offers a corresponding guide.
Which deanery is responsible for a board examination?
The dean's office of the faculty in which the examination subject is offered is always responsible for the organisation and implementation. This means that the form "Anmeldung zur kommissionellen LV-Prüfung" of the conducting faculty must also be used!
Example: A ESS / NAWI-Tech student needs a board examination in VO Computational Basics. Formally, the NAWI Dean's Office (KFU enrolled) or TCVB Dean's Office (TU enrolled) is responsible for credits etc. for ESS / NAWI-Tech. However, USW Computational Basics is offered at the Institute of Environmental Systems Sciences, which is part of the URBI faculty. In this case, the ESS / NAWI-Tech student would have to use the URBI form and hand it in there.
Can I get credit for an internship as an Environmental Elective Subject ?
No. Internships can only be credited as part of the Free Elective subject. A 4-week full-time position is equivalent to 6 ECTS credits, and other periods are calculated on a pro rata basis.
Which subjects can I credit as a Free Elective Subject?
In general, any subject that is not shown as a PF (in German: Pflichtfach) in the curriculum can be credited as a Free Elective. However, it is important to note that if master's courses are taken during the bachelor's programme, and the examination is credited as an elective subject, then the corresponding master's programme can no longer be taken because this compulsory course would then be missing. The course is considered as "used up" so to speak.
Frequently asked questions for new curriculum
Where is the course 404.497 "Environmental Innovation and Technology Management", which always took place in the winter semester?
Due to the change in the curriculum, this course is now offered in the summer semester under the name "404.497 - Sustainability-oriented Innovation Management". It is the replacement for the course of the old curriculum.
Do I have to change?
No, students who follow a previous ('old') curriculum have until Sep. 30, 2021, (i.e. 4 years) to complete their studies with the previous curriculum.
Should I change?
Whether or not it is advisable to change depends on your individual progress in your studies. Therefore, it is best to discuss your current progress in your programme (referring to documentation) with colleagues at the Student Representation office.
When can I switch to the new curriculum?
It is always possible to switch to the new curriculum, i.e. even during the current semester.
How can I change?
Please let the Office of Academic Affairs and the respective examination office know of your intention / decision.
Discuss this intention / decision beforehand with your departmental academic affairs representative.
New STEOP? What applies to me if I change?
The new STEOP applies to students who change their curriculum.
May I change if I was excluded from the previous study plan due to a negative assessment repeated by the commission?
If the course no longer appears in the new curriculum, the block for this curriculum is lifted. A block is linked to the respective course and not to the study code!
Which courses do I actually have to complete?
You have to complete the courses that are listed in the currently selected curriculum (Uni Graz Online Business Card).
If you continue to follow the previous curriculum: You have to complete the courses listed in this previous curriculum.
All those who choose to follow the new curriculum: You have to complete the courses listed in the new curriculum. Everyone who starts their studies in autumn starts with the new curriculum.
If the courses listed in the "old" curriculum are no longer offered, the "new" curriculum will contain a list of equivalent courses and shows how they can be credited in either direction.
I have finished courses that no longer appear in the new curriculum - do I lose these ECTSs when I change?
No, for every course finished in the old curriculum, a credit is assigned to one course in the new curriculum.
A list of these credits can be found in the new curriculum in the chapter entitled 'Äquivalenzliste'.
Do I have to catch up on courses listed in the new curriculum?
No, so long as you continue to follow the old curriculum.
If you change to the new curriculum, which new courses have to be completed depends on your progress in your studies.
All of the new courses for which the equivalent course has already been completed in the old curriculum are automatically credited.
Which course in the old curriculum is recognized for which course in the new curriculum is shown in the equivalence list in the new curriculum.
There will be new courses / previous courses will disappear - did I finish the course for nothing?
The accredited ECTS will remain in any case. No course is completed for nothing: The equivalence list in the new curriculum lists which of the 'old' courses will be recognised for which new courses.
If you want to complete your course by following the old curriculum, you will also find all of the courses that are no longer offered in the new curriculum.
The equivalence list applies automatically, but is not compulsory: Any other course that corresponds in terms of the content can be submitted to the governing body responsible for study law for recognition as an 'old' or a 'new' course. (This often happens during stays abroad.) However, please clarify beforehand whether such recognition can be expected.