Is Danube University Krems a public or private university?

Danube University Krems is one of the 22 Austrian public universities - organized according to the University Act and according to Federal Law on the University for Continuing Education Krems.


What distinguishes Danube University Krems from other Austrian universities?

Danube University Krems is the leading public university for continuing education in Europe and the only public university for continuing education within the German-speaking countries. Consequently it specializes in the higher qualification of working professionals and dedicates its teaching and research to current and future societal challenges.

Our study model is oriented toward the specific requirements of adult learners in all phases of life and especially to the needs of working professionals. At the beginning of their studies more than half of the enrolled students take with over ten years of work experience. Combining this expertise with the experience of our teaching staff a high level knowledge and competence transfer is provided equally important to studies, which are ahead of their time, developed by Danube University Krems as one of its key strengths. The university holds the quality seal of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria) throughout mixing ongoing innovation in research and teaching following highest quality standards.

How is academic continuing education distinguished, as it is provided at universities from continuing education in general?

Scientific criteria and research as reference points is a characteristic feature of academic continuing education. Up-to-date knowledge and scientific methods derived from research are applied to teaching in academic continuing education, combined with the correspondingly high quality standards.

As only public university for continuing education in the German-speaking world Danube University Krems specializes in academic continuing education. Due to its structural characteristics as a public university, Danube University Krems pursues high academic quality standards in research and teaching, continuously combines these with innovation and holds the quality seal of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria).

What is a university course within continuing education?

A university course is defined as an extraordinary course of studies pursuing the function of continuing education (University Law 2002 §51 (20)). Danube University Krems offers a wide range of university courses, either completing as Master, "Academic Expert" or "Certified Programs". Additionally two PhD programs can be enrolled for as regular studies.

Which university course can I chose?

Danube University Krems provides a wide range of university-based courses set in the beneath-mentioned fields:

  • Building and Environment
  • Education
  • Health and Medicine
  • Arts and Culture
  • Media and Communication
  • Migration and International Affairs
  • Psychotherapy and Social Services
  • Law and Administration
  • Economics and Business Management

Next to the Master's and short programs completing as "Academic Expert" or "Certified Programs" Danube University Krems furthermore offers two PhD programs within the areas:

  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Migration Studies

In order to find a specific program please browse our wide range of courses

Are the Master's degrees qualified?

Due to the University Law 2002 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. The Master's degrees of continuing education are to be cited as fully-fledged academic degrees without restriction, yet are not identical with the Master's degrees of regular studies, although some of them share the same wording.

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