University


The university in Vienna was founded in the year 1385, and is the oldest university in the current German-speaking world and the second oldest in Central Europe. As its medical faculty has separated to form the Medical University of Vienna, it is no longer a full university. Nevertheless, it still offers more than 130 courses of study.


The current Main Building on the Ringstrasse was built between 1877 and 1884 by Heinrich von Ferstel. The previous location was close to the Gate Stubentor on Iganz Seipel Square, current home of the old University Church (Universitätskirche) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften).



Faculties and Centers: Catholic Theology, Evangelical Theology, Law, Economics, Computer Science, History-Culture, Philology-Culture, Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology, Social Sciencesl, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Astronomy, Life Sciences, Translatology, Sport Science, University Sports

Nobel-prize winners who taught at the University of Vienna include Robert Bárány, Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Hans Fischer, Karl Landsteiner, Erwin Schrödinger, Victor Franz Hess, Otto Loewi, Konrad Lorenz and Friedrich Hayek.

The University of Vienna was the cradle of the Austrian School of economics. The founders of this school who studied here included Carl Menger, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Friedrich von Wieser, Joseph Schumpeter, Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek.

Other famous scholars who have taught at the University of Vienna: Theodor Adorno, Theodor Billroth, Ludwig Boltzmann, Anton Bruckner, Conrad Celtis, Viktor Frankl, Eduard Hanslick, Berthold Hatschek, Moritz Hoernes, Hans Kelsen, Johann Josef Loschmidt, Oskar Morgenstern, Johann Palisa, Richard Pittioni, Pius II, Karl Freiherr von Rokitansky, August Schleicher, Joseph von Sonnenfels, Josef Stefan, Carl Auer von Welsbach.

Famous students of the university were Franz Alt, Bruno Bettelheim, Rudolph Bing, Josef Breuer, Elias Canetti, Felix Ehrenhaft, Janko Ferk, Paul Feyerabend, Heinz Fischer, O. W. Fischer, Iwan Franko, Sigmund Freud, Kurt Gödel, Franz Grillparzer, Jörg Haider, Ernst Gombrich, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Elfriede Jelinek, Karl Kautsky, Arthur Koestler, Karl Kraus, Richard Kuhn, Gustav Mahler, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Lise Meitner, Gregor Mendel, Josef Mengele, Franz Mesmer, Alois Mock, Pius III, Karl Popper, Peter Porsch, Wilhelm Reich, Manfred Rumpl, Peter Safar, Wolfgang Schlüssel, Arthur Schnitzler, Adalbert Stifter, Kurt Waldheim, Otto Weininger, and Heinz Gregor Wieser.