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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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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.

 
International evaluation:
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Does Danube University Krems also offer PhD programs?
Currently, Danube University Krems offers only university-based continuing education in the form of university courses, but it is planning to establish PhD programs by 2015.
In February 2014, the National Council and the Federal Council decided to assign the right to award doctorates for Danube University Krems. As a first step, three PhD programs are planned in the fields "Regenerative Medicine", "Migration Studies" and "Space and Social Inclusion".

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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. 

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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.


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