Welcome to the New EcoS Students 2020/21

Most EcoS courses will start from the first week in October. Please make sure to finalise the entire registration and enrolment process before the start of the respective semester. Both the EcoS Staff as well as the elected student representatives are happy to help you whenever you have questions on registration, classes or anything else concerning your studies.

Important Information for the Winter Semester 2020/21

Please visit the University's website to familiarize yourself with the current COVID-19 measures in place (link). If you are a student of EcoS, also make sure to read our Department's regulations for its students in the following link.

Please note that, in an attempt to support the measures against the spreading of COVID-19, the Department of East Asian Studies (incl. the secretariat) currently has no office opening hours for students. Only in urgent cases (collection of documents) appointments are made. Please note, however, that appointments are only possible on the following days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. For an appointment request, please send an email with a detailed description of your inquiry to sinologie.ostasien[at]univie.ac.at Please note: an appointment is not possible without prior notification.

 Steps to Start your First Semester

Since March 2020, teaching has been possible only remotely, and direct contact between our students and the EcoS staff has only been possible via video. These are not perfect conditions for effective communication, to say the least. We thus think it might be useful to remind you of some basic administrative features of “how to study EcoS”. To see the details, please click the following announcement.


The amount of work involved in the EcoS MA amounts to 120 ECTS credits. This corresponds to an expected period of 4 semesters, with the possibility to extend your studies for 2 more regular semesters.

  • The 120 ECTS are distributed in 5 Modules that you can review here.
  • The current courses available for SS 2021 are here.

You would typically start with language classes. These are very intensive and it is strongly recommended to enrol for only one seminar in the first semester.


Once you have selected the courses you wish to register, make sure to keep in mind:

  • Language courses for level 1 begin during WS the academic year. The work load is heavy, so it is strongly advised to take only one core seminar (M2 / M3) per semester.
  • The amount of ECTS points recommended per semester is 30 (totalling 4 semesters)

Important! If, due to Covid-19, you are not in Vienna for your first semester, reschedule the language classes to a later semester when you are actually here. See the respective information letter.

You can see the following link for instructions on how to register for each course.