The work areas in the ÖH are called “units”.

The following work areas exist:


We – that’s Nina, Sarah and Simon – sit in the chair of the Federal Representation of the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH).

Public Relations | Press | Progress Department

No matter whether you are holding an ÖH service brochure in your hand, surfing our website or reading about ÖH positions in the newspaper: The Department for Public Relations of the ÖH-Bundesvertretung always has its fingers in the pie.

Economic Affairs Unit

The Department of Economic Affairs (“WiRef”) takes care of everything that has to do with money, contracts, grants, payments, reimbursements, the ÖH insurance and the like. It is, so to speak, the “Ministry of Finance” of the ÖH.

Education Policy Unit

The Education Policy Department is responsible for the ÖH’s education policy agendas and has been set up at the ÖH Federal Representation in accordance with § 36 para. 2 no. 1 of the 2014 Students’ Union Act (HSG).

Social Policy Unit

The social department of the federal representation of the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH) informs, advises and intervenes free of charge in order to improve the social situation of students.

Guidance Councelling for Students and Prospective Students

You want to study and don’t have a plan yet? No matter whether you have questions about choosing a course of study, admission requirements or starting your studies: We are happy to support you free of charge.

Department for Foreign Students

The Department for Foreign Students is happy to offer free counseling for all those who are already studying at an Austrian university or would like to start studying here. We will help you with problems concerning your residence permit or visa, admission to studies, acquisition of German language skills, questions about tuition fees and other difficulties.

Department for University of Applied Sciences Affairs

Due to their own legal basis, universities of applied sciences are very different in structure from universities and colleges of education. The Department of UAS Affairs specifically advocates for students at UASs and has an overview of these structures with the goal of achieving the best for students.

Pedagogical Affairs Unit

The educational landscape in Austria is diverse and especially students at teacher training colleges and student teachers are confronted with special conditions.

International Affairs Department

The International Affairs Office represents the interests of students in Austria in international committees and working groups. In addition, we support and advise you in the planning and organization of stays abroad.

Unit for feminist politics

The Department for Feminist Politics sees itself as a platform for the support and dissemination of information on (queer) feminist issues as well as a networking opportunity for feminist work in and outside the ÖH.

Department for anti-fascist social policy and human rights

General policy is policy that affects everyone. Whether it is anti-racist work or political earthquakes: The Human Rights and Department for Social Policy has an eye on them. We stand for the general political mandate of the ÖH.

Environmental and Climate Policy Unit

The unit ensures that environmental and climate protection plays a central role for the ÖH Bundesvertretung and advocates for more climate justice at Austria’s universities.

Accessibility Unit

The Accessibility Unit is committed to addressing the specific needs of students with disabilities, mental illness, and/or chronic illness in their daily university lives. If you encounter barriers in your everyday study life, have questions about study law, need support in implementing a project idea or want to promote networking at your university.

Queer Desk

The Queer Department sees itself as a contact point for student representatives at universities throughout Austria, queer people and their supporters.