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We receive lots of questions from non-EU/EEA citizens on how to get admitted to our University. In this 5 step guide you will find the most important answers to these questions. Please do read them CAREFULLY and follow the suggested links. Please keep in mind that we cannot offer guidance on how to apply via Social Media, but if you still have specific questions after reading this blog post, contact Student Point directly. We’re looking forward to welcoming you as a student of the University of Vienna!
Please keep in mind that the processing of international applications will take at least 12 weeks. Unfortunately this often collides with the duration of visa applications, which results in missed deadlines.
If you’re a non-EU/EEA citizen with a secondary-school leaving certificate issued by a non-EU/EEA country and are interested in a bachelor’s programme at the University of Vienna, it is very important that you become acquainted with the course contents, the different deadlines (admission periods, deadlines for application, entrance examinations, registration deadlines for German language courses or for courses at university, etc.)
We recommend you to apply as early as possible, because visa applications can also take a long time. Otherwise, you might miss important deadlines. An additional FAQ to the most important questions on how to apply can be found here.
Step 1: Have a look at the range of degree programmes and get informed about your degree programme
Have a look at the range of degree programmes offered at the University of Vienna. Click on the degree programme of your choice and read the information provided about the curriculum. This way, you can get informed about the contents and structure of the chosen degree programme. On that page, you can also find contact details of the studies service units (SSS), the studies service centers (SSC) and the students’ representatives that can assist you with questions about the degree programme.
If you cannot find the desired degree programme among the list, the University of Vienna does not offer this particular programme (e.g. Medicine, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Architecture).
For some degree programmes, entrance examinations take place once per academic year. You can only be admitted to such degree programmes if you have successfully completed the entrance examinations and have received an official notice of admission.
Step 2: File an application for admission
- your secondary-school leaving certificate with the legalisation required for the country of issuance
- a written confirmation from a university located in the country in which you graduated from school confirming that you would also be entitled to pursue the degree programme that you have chosen at the University of Vienna at that university (“special university entrance qualification”)
- a translation of the documents indicated above from a certified, court-sworn translator (if they were not issued in English)
- your passport or identity card (and documents regarding your name change, where necessary)
- a proof of your proficiency in German at B2/2 level*
- a passport photo
- transcripts of records/diplomas if you have already been to university before
*If you don’t have any German knowledge yet you don’t have to upload any German certificate, of course. You can attend a German course if you get an acceptance letter (see Step 3). If you will have the certificate of B2/2 level in the near future (e.g. in September), fill in a prospective date in U:SPACE instead of uploading a certificate.
Because of the numerous incoming applications, the Admission Office needs at least 12 weeks to process your application. You will receive your acceptance letter via e-mail. Together with acceptance letter, you will also receive information regarding personal admission.
For organisational reasons, the University of Vienna can, unfortunately, not inform you about the status of your application.
Step 3: Personal admission to a degree programme
Your official notice of admission may require you to complete supplementary examinations (in German, English, Mathematics, History or Geography). In this case, you have to pass these examinations first in the Preperation Course of the Viennese Universities (VWU). You have four semesters to do so. Only afterwards can you start your degree programme (Step 5).
Get informed about the registration deadlines and costs for the Preparation Course of the Viennese Universities in time so that you do not miss any deadlines. Having registered at the VWU, you can be admitted to a degree programme at the Admission Office.
In the course of the personal admission, you can also pay the tuition fee/Students’ Union fee.
Step 4: Pay the tuition fee/Students’ Union fee
The amount of the applicable tuition fee depends on your citizenship. The Students’ Union fee amounts to EUR 19.20 for the academic year 2017/18. You have to pay the tuition fee/Students’ Union fee every semester if you want to continue your studies.
Once the fee has been paid, you are considered a student at the University of Vienna.
Step 5: Register for courses
You can find the registration periods for courses in U:FIND. U:FIND lists all the courses that are offered during a semester. You can also use U:FIND to search for employees or departments of the University of Vienna.
Plan your semester in time so that you do not miss any deadlines.
You are now ready to successfully start your degree programme. Good luck with your studies at the University of Vienna!
Check out our FAQs on “How to apply to the University of Vienna” too! :)