Structure & Application
How shall/can I structure my program proposal?
The composition of your individual Bachelor with Honors study program is primarily a matter of your personal interests. Essentially, you can choose between a program that either complements your regular Bachelor program in an interdisciplinary way, or one that broadens or deepens some areas of your regular Bachelor program. Try to assemble courses matching your interests that are coherent topic-wise and, if possible, can be subsume under a crisp title (like "scientific computing" or "specialization in security"). As a rule of thumb, your chosen program is usually fine if you can write a convincing justification.
- Mandatory courses from official Bachelor programs at universities, which complement or broaden your regular Bachelor program and are relevance for science, subject to the fulfullment of the required prerequisites.
- Informatics-related courses from official Master programs at universities, which deepen some areas of your regular Bachelor program, science, subject to the fulfullment of the required prerequisites.
- Bachelor with Honors-specific courses from the list below and, subject to approval by the Deans of Academic Affairs, complementary or soft-skill courses (languages, scientific presentation etc.)
Note that the term "standard Bachelor with Honors-program" refers to a 45 ECTS program, as opposed to the "extended Bachelor with Honors-program" with up to 60 ECTS.
- There is no Bachelor with Honors-specific extended Bachelor thesis project. However, you can foresee one additional regular Bachelor practical (6 ECTS) as part of the standard Bachelor with Honors-program.
- At most one seminar (3 ECTS) in the standard Bachelor with Honors-program.
- The inclusion of any course in your individual Bachelor with Honors study program is only possible if you can justify having all the prerequisites, e.g., bia appropriate courses in our regular Bachelor program.
Dedicated Bachelor with Honors Courses
- 1 ECTS SE Orientierung Bachelor with Honors der Informatik und Wirtschaftsinformatik (mandatory)
- Covers mentoring effort (once per mentee, upon admission to the Bachelor with Honors program)
- First steps Bachelor with Honors community building
- 6 ECTS PR Bachelor with Honors Internship-Projekte (external supervision) (optional)
- 3 ECTS VU Internationale Summer/Winter School (optional), or 2 ECTS VU Internationale Summer/Winter School (optional) — To get a certificate for this course, you need a certificate of attendance from the summer/winter School, which must provide the following information (X=75 for 3 ECTS, X=50 for 2 ECTS): "Name" has successfully participated in the Summer/WinterSchool "Title", "Date", "Place", which amounted to a students workload of at least X hours."
Why is there a range of 45-60 ECTS for the study program?
The standard Bachelor with Honors program comprises 45 ECTS and is subject to certain constraints (e.g, not more than one practical). To be able to "emulate" a full 4-years Bachelor program, which is a mandatory prerequisite in many international Master’s and Ph.D. programs, one needs 60 ECTS. Therefore, we offer an extended Bachelor with Honors program with up to 60 ECTS, where fewer restrictions apply.
What is the role of the mentor?
Advice and support in the application phase, in particular, for the composition of your Bachelor with Honors study program, and primary contact point in all matters related to the program and your studies in general. Your mentor will also help you in finding internship hosts, summer/winter schools, and getting in touch with international researchers in general.
Note that the mentor need not (but can, of course) be the supervisor of your Bachelor thesis or at your internships.
Can I re-use courses from my Bachelor with Honors program in a Master's program?
Can I apply for the Bachelor with Honors program after graduation?
Yes, provided that you can still meet all the completion criteria for the Bachelor with Honors program and have completed your regular Bachelor program after October 1, 2017.
Can I replace a poorly graded course by revising my proposed program?
In principle, yes. However, your revised individual program will be scrutinized by the Deans of Academic Affairs according to the admission criteria, which also includes your performance in all the courses taken so far. It is hence quite likely that an exchange that is solely driven by this purpose will be noticed and rejected.
Why should I enroll if I will enroll in a Master's program at TU Wien Informatics anyway?
Through graduation in the Bachelor with Honors program, you can prove your exceptional performance way more effectively and internationally visible than with a distinction in your regular Bachelor program. Moreover, it opens up additional possibilities that you may not consider relevant right now but may become relevant when you finish. In any case, the extra effort, which can be limited by a smart design of your Bachelor with Honors study program, would be an investment in your future.
Why should I enroll if I consider graduate studies abroad?
Our (extended) Bachelor with Honors program is compatible with a 4-years international Bachelor program, which will increase your chance to get admission to excellent international graduate schools. A Bachelor with Honors graduation gives you a clear competitive advantage.
What are the requirements to graduate the regular Bachelor’s program "mit Auszeichung"?
The "Gesamtnote" of every "Prüfungsfach" (according to the curriculum document) must not be worse than "2-Gut", and at least as many of the "Prüfungsfächer" completed with "2-Gut" must have been completed with "1-Sehr Gut". The "Gesamtnote" of a "Prüfungsfach" is computed as the ECTS-weighted average of all the courses it comprises of; it must be less or equal to 1.5 to earn "1-Sehr Gut".
What means "Abschluss innerhalb von 9 Semestern"?
The completion criteria must be satisfied within at most nine semesters, starting from the beginning of your very first regular Bachelor program in Informatics or Business Informatics: All courses, exams etc. must have been completed by the official end of your 9th semester (including the "Nachfrist" WS: end of November, SS: end of April), with certficates issued for those dates at the latest.
Is the Bachelor with Honors certificate an official graduation?
No, it is a document issued by TU Wien that certifies your additional qualification.
Does the graduation in the Bachelor with Honors program allow me to start a doctoral program at TU Wien immediately?
No. For admission to one of the doctoral programs at TU Wien you need a Master’s degree. Note carefully, however, that a smart design of your Bachelor with Honors study program (namely, a fair share of courses from a suitable Master program) would allow you to complete a Master’s program reasonably faster.
Internships & Scholarships
How do I apply for an internship?
First of all, you need to find a host institution, ideally one of our current internship partners. Consult the information given there to find out about possible application deadlines, topics, contact persons, etc., and figure out, together with your mentor, whether you should indeed apply. For other host institutions, your mentor should check whether it meets our eligibility criteria and, if so, help you to establish the first contact.
How long can an internship project last?
It is not appropriate if an internship project takes substantially longer than the equivalent of 6 ECTS (i.e., 150 hours, about four weeks full-time). The reason is that excessive practicals create the danger of losing focus and possibly even failing the challenging completion criteria (average grade or maximum duration). Should you nevertheless plan a considerably longer internship, e.g., via the 60 ECTS extended Bachelor with Honors program, you should consult the Dean of Academic Affairs before for advice.
What do I do if my intended internship host is not in the list of partner institutions?
If the host meets our criteria, it is sufficient if your mentor certifies this after your internship, when requesting accreditation from the Dean of Academic Affairs. Otherwise, you need to get approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs before your internship starts.