Vienna Children’s University
The Vienna Children’s University is one of the biggest children’s universities in Austria. According to our concept, numerous other children’s universities have been developed in Austria and abroad. The special thing about the Vienna Children’s University concept (“The Vienna Model”) is that children can not only attend some of the more than 400 lectures and workshops, but can also personally get in touch with scientists and experience the university, with everything that goes with it: from the curriculum planner to the student card to the graduation.
The Vienna Children’s University has been organised by the Vienna University Children’s Office every summer since 2003. For two summer weeks, the doors of the university are open to more than 4,000 children aged 7 to 12. For the first time, the Vienna Children’s University was held at the University of Vienna. In the meantime, the Medical University of Vienna, the Technical University of Vienna, the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, the Vienna University of Veterinary Medicine, the Vienna University of applies science and the Vienna University of Economics and Business have joined.
The Vienna Children’s University is a project for children and with children. The motto of the Vienna Children’s University is: “We turn the university upside down”.
Diversity is a major target of the Vienna Children’s University. This is evident in the broad range of subjects on offer (all scientific disciplines are represented), as well as in the methodological and didactic approach applied in the form of lectures, workshops, excursions and seminars. Diversity also includes the targeted addressing of children who otherwise have little access to the university.
Children who live in poverty or are at risk of poverty receive a KinderuniTagesticket. Children from caritative institutions (family centres, refugee institutions etc.) get the opportunity to take part in a supervised day trip to the Vienna Children’s University. Children can get to know science and research, get enthusiastic about it and discover studying as an option in their educational path.