Is Danube University Krems a public or a private university?
Danube University Krems is a public (governmental) university. As a public university it is subject to the same accountability and examination duties towards the federal ministry as are all public universities in Austria. However, the university is run according to private-economy criteria. Danube University Krems finances more than 75 per cent of its budget from its own income.
What fields of study does Danube University Krems offer?
Danube University Krems offers more than 200 programs of study in the following areas:
What degree do I get when I complete a course at Danube University Krems?
University teaching at Danube University Krems is focused on programs which the student concludes with an internationally recognized Master’s degree. According to § 88 of the Austrian University Law of 2002, those with a Master's degree are entitled to mention the degree after their name and request its entry in abbreviated form on certificates.
Danube University Krems awards the following degrees:
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Science (MSc)
- Master of Arts (MA)
- Master of Laws (LL.M.)
- Master in European Studies (M.E.S.)
- Master of Legal Studies (MLS)
- Master of Public Administration (MPA)
- Master of Banking & Finance (MBF)
- Master of Corporate Finance (MCF)
- Master of Financial Planning (MFP)
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Furthermore, Danube University Krems offers academic programs and certification programs (brief programs).
How does one evaluate a Master's degree obtained at a university course?
Austrian Master's degrees in continuing education are issued after completion of university courses (in addition to other types of courses). These courses are comparable with foreign Master's courses in respect of entrance requirements, scope, and prerequisites.
Evaluation in Austria:
Master's degrees in continuing education are academic degrees based on a completed specialized training (continuing education) with strong emphasis on the respective profession, for which a qualified degree or an equivalent qualification is an admission requirement. University courses can be regarded as equivalent courses which may entitle a student to be admitted for a doctorate course; this equivalence will be reviewed by the concerned university in the individual case. In terms of professional law, a Master's degree obtained in the course of one's continuing education may be a prerequisite for being permitted to perform certain types of commercial work.
Master's degrees in continuing education are not identical with a Master's degree obtained after completion of one's regular studies.
Master's degrees in continuing education correspond to the specialization courses parallel to doctorate courses, which are offered in some countries (e.g. "Magistar" in Croatia; "Master Universitario" in Italy, etc.). A student with a Master's degree should not assume he will be automatically admitted to a doctorate course in a foreign country; however, this may occur in some cases.
What admission requirements must I fulfill in order to study at Danube University Krems?
Since Danube University Krems is a university for postgraduate education, the prerequisite is a completed university course (at least a Bachelor’s degree). However, we also offer the possibility of doing a University course for those with an equivalent professional degree. You will find the prerequisites for the courses in the course descriptions.
Are university courses on par with regular studies or should they be viewed as extraordinary courses?
Danube University Krems offers university-based continuing education in the form of university courses. All university courses are extraordinary courses (University Law, §51(20)). According to this law, attendees of university courses are extraordinary students.
Can students' achievements at university courses be recognized as a part of regular studies?
The students' achievements in university courses can be accredited for their regular studies. The ultimate authority for the decision always rests with the organisation or university providing the accreditation.
Does Danube University Krems also offer undergraduate studies?
No. Danube University Krems is a university for continuing education. It offers persons who already have a university degree or those with equivalent professional experience further courses which serve the purpose of specialization, deepening and updating their knowledge. The admission requirements vary, depending on the course. You will find details about the individual courses in the description of each course.
Does Danube University Krems also offer PhD programs?
In February 2014, the National Council and the Federal Council decided to assign the right to award doctorates for Danube University Krems, in May 2015 two programs have been accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria. These two PhD studies are in the fields of "Regenerative Medicine" and "Migration Studies". Both are intended to support the existing research at Danube University Krems. The studies will start from semester 2016, the duration will be 6 semesters. Students will be part of local research teams.
Will students with a Master's degree in continuing education be admitted to a doctorate course?
A student with an Austrian Master's degree in continuing education will not be automatically admitted to a doctorate course. University courses are equivalent courses which may entitle a student to be admitted for a doctorate course; this equivalence will be reviewed by the concerned university in the individual case.
Where can I get information about the offered courses and enroll for them?
You will find descriptions of all university courses on our website. The Academic Service Center is a competent office to be contacted for initial information. Moreover, the course coordinators will be glad to provide you with detailed information. The names of the coordinators are given in the course descriptions.
What do the courses cost? Is it possible to get scholarships?
You have to pay fees for any course that you do at Danube University Krems. Please refer to the course descriptions for the fees of the various University courses. For many courses, Danube University Krems offers study grants in two parts. These study grants are financed by the university’s own resources. The study grants are focused on applicants from eastern Europe and countries that will enter the European Union in the future. Apart from these, various courses offer additional scholarships.
Is Danube University Krems obliged to have its courses accredited?
According to Austrian law, public universities are not subject to any obligations concerning accreditation. Nevertheless, Danube University Krems requests accreditation for many of its courses by international agencies.
What are ECTS points?
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union. For successfully completed studies, ECTS credits are awarded. One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits in all countries irrespective of standard or qualification type and is used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the Union.