am 14. September 2017
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Themen: admission , german , requirements , student services , VWU

FAQs: German Language skills, VWU prep & supplementary exams for admission to the University of Vienna

Recent changes in the requirements necessary for admission to the University of Vienna have raised questions among students. Here are the most important FAQs to help you with your queries:


Do I need to know German to be admitted to a degree programme at the University of Vienna?

Yes. It is essential to know German to be admitted to a degree programme at the University of Vienna. Some master’s and PhD programmes require no additional certificate for proficiency in German but they do for English.

Find more general information about the admission procedure here: Admisson Procedure

What if I can’t upload a German language certificate to the u:space application?

When you decide to take a private German language course that is not part of the preparation programme, you have to obtain a recognised certificate (level B2) as anEU/EEA citizen by 5 September 2017 (general admission period) and to present it in the course of your admission process.

When you decide to take a private German language course that is not part of the preparation programme and you are from a non-EU/EEA country, you also have to obtain a recognised certificate (level B2) by 5 September 2017 (general admission period) and to present it in the course of your admission process.

In this list you can find out which certificates are accepted: Accepted Certificates

What if I can’t acquire any German skills by the time I am personally admitted to a degree programme?

In your official notice of admission, we recommend to attend the VWU (Vorstudienlehrgang – University Preparation Programme) respectively its co-operation partners to acquire the necessary German skills. The reasons for this recommendation are listed below.

You can also acquire the necessary German skills at other recognised institutions. In this case, you must make sure whether you are entitled to a valid residence permit in Austria.


What should I consider when I enrol on the VWU (University Preparation Programme)?

In the VWU (Vorstudienlehrgang – University Preparation Programme) respectively its co-operation partners you can acquire German skills. This is only an option and the University of Vienna normally recommends to attend the VWU, BUT once you have decided to attend and enrol on the VWU, you must also pass ALL required VWU exams.

Why does the University of Vienna recommend to enrol on the VWU preparation programme?

As soon as you are enrolled on the VWU, you are a non-degree programme student. Being a university student and having a student ID card from the University of Vienna means that you can already enjoy considerable benefits such as the student health insurance from the WGKK (Viennese Regional Health Insurance Fund), purchase the semester ticket at a favourable price from the Wiener Linien (Vienna’s public transport provider) and, last but not least, clarify your visa matters with the competent Foreign Office (MA 35).

The VWU (Vorstudienlehrgang – University Preparation Programme) is an institution providing university preparation courses for international students. Its role is to prepare students for supplementary examinations. The VWU offers intensive courses for foreign applicants for a place at university to prepare them for supplementary examinations (for example German (EPD – Ergänzungsprüfung Deutsch, but also other subjects like English, Mathematics, etc.)  prescribed by the  universities of Vienna: (Universität Wien, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Technische Universität Wien, Medizinische Universität Wien, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien)

You can find all the information about VWU course deadlines here.

What if I am enrolled on the VWU, but acquire another certificate in the meantime?

Other certificates are no longer recognised, there have been already incidences where residence permits were revoked. As soon as you are admitted to the VWU (University Preparation Programme) as a non-degree programme student only the supplementary examination German (EDP) will be recognised as proof of German language proficiency.

If you present another German language certificate while you are enrolled on the VWU, you can expect problems with your visa. If you have any questions, please contact the MA 35 (Municipal Department 35 – Immigration and Citizenship).

When is the next supplementary exam (EDP) in German?

Der next supplementary exam in German will take place on September 12th 2017 (written exam) and from September 25th to 27th 2017 (oral exam).
Further information can be found here.


What if I can prove that I have German language skills but lack other expertise?

Your official notice of admission informs you about the expertise that you should gain by enrolling on the VWU.


What is the current change? I did not understand that…

The University of Vienna no longer accepts, just like any other university in Austria, German language certificates from other institutions if students are enrolled on the VWU at the same time.
Students who are enrolled on the VWU must pass the supplementary examination German within the VWU anyhow. This should protect VWU students, because ÖSD certificates are not accepted by MA 35. In individual cases, this has already led to the revocation of the residence permit. Whoever decides to take the VWU and needs a residence permit renewal, must take the supplementary examination German.
In cases where you can be admitted to a degree programme (without participation in the VWU, since B2/2-level German language proficiency can be demonstrated) the University of Vienna accepts ÖSDs.


What if, while I am enrolled on the VWU, I obtained a ÖSD (or another) certificate and was admitted to a degree programme before 21 July 2017?

In this case, we recommend that you contact the MA 35 and ask for further information.


Student Point

Take your time and read also this page carefully: Knowledge of German
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our Student Point via the contact form.

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  1. Hello! Is it possible to upload the documents for the Bachelor degree earlier (e.g. in November)? I am from Russia and if the processing of the application takes about 12 weeks (3 months) and then the processing of visa (about 2-3 months), I will miss the start of the studies for sure. I would like to start to study in March. Thank you, Paula.

  2. Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the challenges.

    It was really informative. Your website is extremely helpful.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Dear Domonkos, as we cannot predict the amount of students applying in 2018, we can’t tell you if the entrance exam will take place.

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