on how to start your studies successfull

At the appointment for the personal enrolment at the Office of Admission, you will get your student’s card and receive access to all our IT-Systems. Now you can begin a new chapter in your life!
  • Starting your Studies

    Once you have enrolled for a study program and  paid the fees, you are now part of the university – welcome at the PLUS! What are your next steps? The following offers will help you find your way around the university and have a relaxed start into your first semester: 

    at this link, we have organised a collection of videos describing all relevant information for the start into your studies. Access is available after the personal enrolment.  

    Visit the Student’s Representatives (STV):
    The student’s representatives are elected for each subject. Students in Higher semesters offer information and tutorials for first-semester students. Office hours can be found on the  Homepage of the Student’s Service Centre.  

    Visit the University Library (UB):
    Get information on how to rent a book and on other library services 

    Take part in the STEOP courses:
    These courses give an overview on the content of your studies. They are compulsory for all Bachelor’s, Diploma and Teacher Training students (except for the Bachelor’s program Psychology).  

    Check the PLUS Event Calendar:
    Be it Barhopping or Movie Night – all events for students can be found here.  

    Meet your future co-students:
    PLUS Track is a collection of community offers, mentoring, trainings and coaching. We are here for you in all circumstances to support you and heighten your motivations. Together, we can do it!  

    Follow our Social Media Platforms and our Blog:
    up-to-date information on the university, studies and all events can be found here. 


  • Important terms for students

    Before or during your studies, you will be confronted with terms like PLUSonline, Blackboard, Curriculum, STEOP,etc. We would like to explain some of these below for better understanding:  

    Blackboard is the e-learning platform by the PLUS. Access to this platform is only activated once you have registered for a course using Blackboard and have a confirmed place on the course (no waiting list place!). The Blackboard account is created automatically within 2 hours after the registration. Please wait at least two hours after the place has been confirmed before logging into Blackboard. Instructions on how to register for courses can be found here:  course registration 

    !Further information on Blackboard can be found in  our Intranet  
    !  FAQs concerning Blackboard 
    !  tutorials on Blackboard 

    Curriculum (study plan):
    the curriculum, often referred to as study plan, determines goals and content of study programs. It also states the qualifications and defines possible job profiles. Students and Teaching Staff have to abide to the regulations stated in the curriculum. It states the required courses and exams. Studies are divided into compulsory subjects, optional compulsory subjects and free elective subjects. Compulsory subjects always have to be completed, while optional compulsory subjects are complementary and can be chosen freely within the field of study. Free electives can be chosen from the complete range of courses at the PLUS, but they should relate to your chosen field of studies. Supplementary study programs are another option to complete free electives. Details on these are explained below.  

    The curriculum also states the regulations for the study completion. The current study plan can be found in your PLUSonline account. 

    The Student’s Union Service Centre is also a place to go to for advice concerning the curriculum. They offer advice for first semester students as well as workshops on several topics. 

    Minimum requirement of studies:
    First-year students of Bachelor’s and Diploma Studies are obligated to complete a minimum of 16 ECTS in every enrolled study program within four semesters 

    PLUSonline is the central Campus-management system at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS). You will find your courses and exams listed in this system, as well as information on the locations of each exam and course organised in a calendar. PLUSonline will save your personal data and data on your studies – be it the first-time enrolment at the Office of Admission, course registration at the department or the completion of your studies at the Examinations Office. Other systems by the PLUS are connected to PLUSonline, i.e. the e-learning platform Blackboard or the administration system for the final thesis (PAAV). Further information on PLUSonline can be found in  our Intranet.  

    STEOP – Introductory and orientation period:
    The introductory and orientation period is at the heart of every Bachelor’s, Diploma and Teacher’s Training program (except for the Bachelor’s program Psychology). It is abbreviated as “STEOP”. It comprises different types of courses and gives an overview on the fundamental content of each program and on its progress. Additionally, these courses provide an objective basis for evaluating ones’ personal choices of studies. 

    Courses belonging to this period are marked in the curriculum and are also highlighted in PLUSonline. The completion of this period is compulsory for the continuation of your studies. STEOP exams therefore have a key role in your studies. 

    Study Assistance is often linked to the achievements during your studies (cue “study assistance” and “family assistance”). STEOP exams therefore ought to be completed in the first semester.  

    Supplementary study programs:  further information 
    Supplementary study programs and specialisations offer a range of competencies suitable for different study programs or future careers – a good reason to choose one during your studies. In order to gain sufficient knowledge and competencies in the chosen field, a minimum of 24 ECTS has to be completed for a supplementary study program and a minimum of 36 ECTS has to be completed to gain a specialisation. Supplementary study programs and specialisations can be completed additionally to free elective subjects and are then certified separately. Students in degree programs (not in university programs for further education) can take part in supplementary study programs.  

    Study achievements and ECTS:
    the study plan regulates the required achievements for each program. Achievements, which students have to fulfil for each course, are expressed in ECTS Credits. ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System. They constitute the workload, 1 ECTS represents about 25 working hours. The grading through ECTS allows universities to compare study programs across Europe. Many courses amount to 3 to 6 ECTS. 

  • STUDO App

    The STUDO App is a tool to organise your everyday life as a student.
    Please note that the App is not supported by our IT-Services and we do not take responsibility for its content.  

Further information and terms can be found in the  A-Z for students and Uni-ABC.