University Structures and ÖH

ÖH Elections 2017 from 16th -18th May              

Election of the Austrian Students‘ Union

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General Information: See below

Positions of the BaGru regarding ÖH 2017 election topics:

  1. Teaching and Research
  2. Right Wing Extremism (at University of Vienna)
  3. Financing of Universitites (German only)
  4. Entrance restrictions (German only | Coming soon)
  • What is the ÖH?

„ÖH“ is the short term for „Österreichische Hochschüler_innenschaft“, the Austrian Students‘ Union. It represents students of all types of Austrian universities and the membership is obligatory: Every student in Austria is automatically member of the union by paying the students‘ union fee of € 19,20 per semester. [1]

  • Who is allowed to vote?

Every regular student of all Austrian universities is allowed to vote if you were registered to continue your studies by the 27th of March, i.e. you paid your ÖH fee or your tuition fees until this date. To vote for a representative of a study programme, you have to be registered for this programme.  [2]

  • When and where can I vote?

ÖH elections will take place from 16th to 18th May. The polling station for students of Sociology is at „Kleiner Hörsaal, Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien“ [3] and has the following opening hours:

Tuesday, 16th May: 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday, 17th May: 10:00 – 20:00
Thursday, 18th May: 09:00 – 15:00

  • What exactly do you vote for?

The representatives are elected every 2 years in May. Those who are allowed to vote have the possibility to vote on 3 levels of representation:
– On national level
– On university level
– On programme level

The national representation (= Bundesvertretung) discusses students’ issues with the competent ministry. Their job is to play a role in shaping university politics. Here you can vote one of the running fractions or lists. Depending on the percentage of votes they get they form the students’ parliament in the national union. You can vote here only once, even if you are signed in at more than one university. [4]

The representation of the university (= Hochschulvertretung) discusses students’ issues (in our case) with the University of Vienna. Here you vote for a fraction or a list as well. There are 9 to 27 mandates (depending on the university) which are distributed among the fractions to the percentage of votes they achieved depending on the election results. [5]

At the election of the representation of your study programme (= Studienvertretung) you vote for candidates that represent a specific study programme directly. The representation consists of 3 to 5 persons – in the case of sociology (which is in charge for the Master „Science – Technology – Society“ too) there are 5 – and it is the first instance to which students of the specific study programme can directly address themselves. [6] All the 5 candidates are members of us, the BaGru Sociology. You are able to cast up to 5 votes, which means you can give each of our candidates one vote. 🙂 The more votes we get, the higher is our legitimation and our impact. The BaGru is organized as a grassroot democracy, which means that everybody can participate and every voice and opinion counts, no matter if you are elected or not! Our 5 candidates are just the official representatives. You are welcome to join us! 🙂

  • I am busy that day – is there absentee balloting?Yes, since 2 years the ÖH offers absentee balloting. Here you get furhter information on that. Keep in mind that you have to apply for your ballot card before the 9th of May!