5 steps for admission at the University of Vienna

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Please take note: We strongly encourage you to READ the blog post in its entirety and to follow the suggested links. We cannot offer any individual assistance via the comment thread or other social media outlets. ALL the information you need for a successful application can be found in the blogpost and the relevant pages on Student Point.

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. For students who already fulfill the language requirements, we therefore recommend to apply at latest by JULY 15th!

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

You can apply during the general admission period via U:SPACE. If you want to avoid delays in processing your application, please upload all the necessary documents as a PDF file all at once:

  • 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.

Read here more detailed information about admission to bachelor’s programmes without entrance examination

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 2016/17. 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! :)

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  1. | Rocky Ahmed

    Dear adviser, I got an offer letter from university of vienna.and my university did a mail me for registration pre- preparation course.My embassy appointment 20.10.2016.I want to know about registration period.will I registration now??? or I will registration later.ok thank you very much

    Waiting for your reply
    Kind regards
    Rocky Ahmed

  2. | Shubho

    I am shubho.I submitted my application for bsc in cse on the date of 15/07/2016,which was the last date for apply. Now I am little confused that, is it not a problem that I applied on the last date as a foreign student??? And if I will get an admission offer letter,do I need to know German language??
    Thank you.

    1. | Admin Post author

      Dear Shubho, please understand that we cannot offer individual guidance via social media. If you have submitted documents to apply, you will receive an answer from our student point. The details on language requirements can be found in this blog post, please read it carefully. All specific questions should be directed to our staff at student point.

  3. | jamel

    I am a student from outside the European Union, I want to study at the University of Vienna allocates sociology, history or psychology

    1. | Shirin

      Good morning I am from Uzbekistan I have bachelor degree on banking. I intend to apply for master’s degree, I am informed with requirements for application. But I don’t know german. I want to apply for degree in english, however mine Ielts certificate is 5,5. Could I apply for?

  4. | Werner Rann

    All documents are due within 15 weeks from the start date of your first course. You can log into the student ecampus for your complete list of documents due.

  5. | Annalisa

    I’m Annalisa and I applied for a PhD position at the University of Vienna. I contacted you and the student point offices a lot of times because I’m an abroad applicant and I was afraid to mistake.

    When I registered all the required documents via U:Space, I waited several days for their submission. I sent an e-mail to helpdesk and Ms. Edwin Cikan wrote me “there is an technical issue with those approved documents; I forwarded this case to our support
    Finally the problem was solved and the documents were submitted th 4th of July. Another e-mail inform me that the process took till 12 weeks. Anyway the letter of acceptance is arrived early. I received it two days ago (29.08.2016).
    I read that I have to reach a B2/2 German language knowledge. I have understood that I could attend a German course during the first year of my PhD. When I charged all documents on U:Space, I also registered my A1/2 German certificate specifying that I will improve my level until B2/2 for the beginning of 2017. I have been informed about the preparation programme for supplementary examination but the deadline for the application is the 2nd of September. I cannot arrive in Vienna until 5th of September because I’m working abroad. I would complete the process admission, that day (the 5th of September) with the presentation of all the documents and the payment of the fees.
    I cannot lose the possibility to apply for winter semester because I asked for a grant to Austrian Accademy of Science and I can’t miss the deadline (December 2016).
    Could you help me?

    1. | Universität Wien

      Hi Annalisa, we kindly ask you to contact the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities. It can be possible to get a course after the deadline.

  6. | Motasim Anik

    I am ready for Apply in University of Vienna, my all academic documents attested from consulate office. I am higher secondary passed in 2015. Now in studing in BBA at a private university in my native country. Already I have collect a leave certificate from my University and attested from consulate office. so my question is which certificate I will attach in online Application Form when I will Apply. only Leave Certificate or All Academic Certificate with marksheet? Please suggest me. Please inbox at (anik1982m@gmail.com)

  7. Dear Sir/Madam,

    It has been 12 weeks and I haven’t got any Letter from Admission, what I am supposed to do please advise.

    I applied for bachelor (political Science)


    1. | Admin Post author

      Dear MK, the processing of applications takes at least 12 weeks. We can’t tell you any more, as the responsibility for admissions lies with our student point staff. You will have to remain patient and wait for an answer from them.

  8. but I am wondering Is it maybe there is a mistake in my application or in the system, because my friend got the acceptance, and we both submitted our application same day.

    I am patient and positive.

    Best Regards,

    1. | Admin Post author

      Dear MK, we can’t give you any information via Social Media. We do not have access to individual student data. You have to get in touch with our student point staff in order to find out about your application.

  9. Dear Ms. Keller,

    Thank you very much, I have visited the student point. They were very kind and they advised me to wait little bit as they recieved so many bachelor application.

    Best Regards,


  10. | Trinh Nam

    should my high school report be notarized at embassy when i translate it into german? and what address do i need to send to .

    1. | Admin Post author

      Dear Trinh, all the information you need is in the above blogpost! Please follow the suggested links and you will find the requirements for the documents.

  11. | Suraj Mandal

    sir i want to take admission in your university what i have to do…….

    1. | Admin Post author

      All you need to know is in the above blog post. Read it carefully and follow the links.

  12. | abdalla hussein mahamuud

    i’m very hppy to study this university

  13. | Norah

    Hello! I am a graduate from Egypt and I’m interested in studying Fashion/design in Vienna. Does the University of Vienna have a Bachelor program for Design or Fashion studies?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. | Admin Post author

      Dear Norah, please read the above blogpost carefully, under section 1 you will find a link that directs you to all our degree programs. Design or fashion is not taught at the University of Vienna. You may want to look at other Universities in Vienna that have a more art-focussed program. All the best to you!

  14. | Mofo

    Hello ,

    i would like to know if i want to study business administration .. should i send all my papers before the acceptance letter to austrian embassy To Verification documents or that’s not necessary ?!

    1. | Admin Post author

      Hi there, please read the above blog post carefully! All the information you need to apply for admission is in the post or the suggested links. There’s some more helpful information in the blogpost „Hot to apply to the University of Vienna“, which is also linked above. We cannot offer guidance via this comment thread or other social media outlets, if you still have specific questions please contact our student point staff.

  15. | Elahe Akbari

    I tried to register for a BSc.course but there was an error which stopped me from completing the procedure . the error was that it needed a certificate for an entrance exam but according to your information the course I choose to study does not need entrance exam

    1. | Admin Post author

      Dear Elahe, for specific questions regarding the registration process, please contact our student point staff.

  16. | Rubel Bhuiyan

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am Mr. Rubel Bhuiyan from Dhaka,Bangladesh. My SSC-2008-GPA-4.06(out of 5.0) Business studies and HSC-2010-GPA-3.80(out of 5.0) Business studies. I am studying a private University of bangladesh. i was unable to continue my study from 2010 to 2016 but at present i am able to continue my study and i am intersted study in vienna university . now am i eligible for admission in vienna university any subject? if i am eligible please send me what can i do and (Admission requirements,essential documents etc.)?
    ***you specially inform me that My study gap acceptable or not…????

    1. | Admin Post author

      Dear Rubel, all the information you need is in the above blog post. Please read it carefully.

  17. | Aleksej

    Dear Adviser,
    Please, clarify if i get the admission letter from the university of Vienna but I do not know German and plan to study at a preparatory course, do I need to come to register to the univeristy or derectly to the preparation course?
    What documetns do I need to bring to both institutions?

    1. | Heinrich Matis

      Dear Aleksej, all the information you need is in the above blog post. Please read it carefully. Unfortunately, we cannot offer individual guidance via social media.

  18. | Hurmat Fatima

    This is Hurmat from Pakistan, I completed my Intermediate in Arts from a government university here, I have all the attested degrees, I already applied to osterich embassy here in Pakistan but its been 6 months I didnt get any responce from there. I hope it wont be an issue.

    1. | Admin Post author

      Dear Hurmat, we cannot answer on behalf of the Austrian Embassy. You will have to correspond with them.