Most courses at ISTA are open to PhD students, postdocs, technicians, interns, and staff members. External participants can also attend courses at ISTA, currently free of charge. Please note that ISTA PhD students will be given priority in case the number of places on a course is limited.

Course schedules and a full course list are available below. Please also see the academic calendar.

Course Schedules

Spring 2022


Course registration

If you would like to take courses at ISTA, you need to register by using the links below.

If you are an external member, you will need to check with the registrar of your university if those credits can be transferred towards your degree. Once registered, you will be able to print a confirmation for the courses you have completed.

For more information about the PhD program at ISTA, please visit the PhD program overview page.

Registration links

To register for our courses please click on the corresponding link:

Registration for ISTA employees

For further instructions, please download the course registration instructions for employees.

Registration for external participants

Please note that we currently offer a limited number of distance and/or e-learning courses.

Registration deadlines

Academic year 2021/22

Pre-semester Fall September 20,  2021
Fall 1 October 8, 2021
Fall 1+2 October 8, 2021
Fall 2 November 26, 2021
Pre-semester Spring January 25, 2022
Spring 1 February 25, 2022
Spring 1+2 February 25, 2022
Spring 2 April 22, 2022

Please note that internal registration via the student portal for courses in the pre-semester phase in the academic year 2021/22 opens on September 15th, 2021.

Please note that internal registration via the student portal for courses in the academic year 2021/22 opens on September 16th, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding course registration, please send an email to

If you have general questions about the PhD program, please send an email to

Course List

Courses held in the following academic year are published in August. Additional courses may be added later on, so it is worth checking for updates. Registration opens mid-September.

With a few exceptions, the courses listed here take place on the ISTA campus in Klosterneuburg, Austria, and do not accommodate remote participation or distance/e-learning.

Course list for the current and past academic years

Syllabi for the track core courses : DSSCCSPhysicsNeuroscienceMathBiology.

List of Chemistry & Materials courses

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Course websites

The course websites are maintained in Moodle. The course website archive (courses held before 2018) is accessible at:

By default, course websites are accessible only for people who have registered for the respective course or assigned to it as instructor.


ISTA maintains cooperations with the University of Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology with the goal to promote participation of students in courses and seminars of the respective other institution.

Students need to enquire with their respective home institution whether externally obtained ECTS credits can be recognized and counted towards their program requirements.

For ISTA's PhD students wanting to take external courses

All University of Vienna courses are listed in their course directory.

All courses at the Vienna University of Technology are listed here.

If you would like to enroll in a course at University of Vienna or Vienna University of Technology please contact the Graduate School Office for details on the procedures.

For external students wanting to take courses at ISTA

All courses and lectures at ISTA are published in the Course List section above. To take part in any of them, please see the instructions in the Course Registration section above. Please note that you need to register at least two weeks before the course start date. The Graduate School Office will then get back to you with further details.

Should you have any questions about courses held at ISTA or the registration process, please send an email to

Teaching a course at ISTA

Faculty, postdocs, advanced PhD students and staff members are eligible to teach courses at ISTA. If you are interested in teaching a course, you will usually need to submit a course proposal for approval by the PhD program committee by May preceding the academic year in which you would like to teach, although for certain courses out-of-cycle proposals will also be considered. New ideas and suggestions are always welcome. Course/Teaching evaluation info can be found on the Student Resources page (only accessible to ISTA users).

Course Instructor Opportunities

AY 2021/22

A (very) basic introduction to R
Introduction to Programming with Python

Postdocs can either be Teaching Assistants or full instructors, in which case they should submit a course teaching proposal.

Infosheet on courses for lecturers
Course proposal form

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