Do you have citizenship and a secondary-school leaving certificate from a non-EU/EEA country? And you want to get admitted to a bachelor or diploma programme at our University? If this is the case, this five step guide is for you. Dive right in and find the answers to your main questions!
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(Update: March 2021)
If you still have any specific questions after reading this blog post, get in contact with Teaching Affairs and Student Services directly. We’re looking forward to welcoming you as a student of the University of Vienna!
Please acquaint yourself in advance with the various deadlines (deadlines for application, entrance exam procedures, admission periods, registration deadlines for German language courses or for courses at university, etc.) and the course contents.
Keep in mind that the processing of international applications will take several weeks. Unfortunately, this often collides with the duration of visa applications, which results in missed deadlines. We strongly advise you to gather all necessary documents before the start of the application period and to apply as early as possible, because visa applications can also take a long time.
You can also take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions on how to apply to the University of Vienna.
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 will learn about the contents and structure of the chosen degree programme. On the same page, you can also find contact details of people who can assist you with questions about the degree programme: the studies service units (StudienServiceStelle SSS), the StudiesServiceCenters (StudienServiceCenter SSC) and the students’ representatives.
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 exam procedures take place once per academic year. You can only be admitted to such degree programmes if you have successfully completed the entrance exam procedure and have received a letter of admission.
Some other degree programmes require you to take a so-called “Eignungsüberprüfung” in the form of an Online Self Assessment.
Step 2: File your application for admission
Please read all information about the application procedure carefully. You can apply during the application period via u:space. In order to do so, you need to activate your u:account, log in to u:space, complete the registration and select the degree programme of your choice.
If you want to avoid delays in processing your application, please upload all the necessary documents as separate PDF files all at once. Merge several pages of the same document into one PDF file by means of a tool of your choice. The required documents are:
- all pages of your secondary-school leaving certificate together with the legalisation required for the country of issuance
- a written confirmation from a university of the country in which you graduated from school confirming that you are entitled to pursue the degree programme that you have chosen to apply for at the University of Vienna at that university (“special entrance qualification”)
- a translation of the above listed documents from a certified, court-sworn translator (if they were not issued in English or German)
- proof of your proficiency in German*
- transcripts of records/diplomas if you have already studied at a university
Please upload as separate JPEG or PNG files:
- your passport or identity card – front and back (and documents regarding your name change, if necessary)
After uploading the required documents, submit the application in u:space.
*You need to upload a proof of German language proficiency corresponding at least to level A2 in your application. If your level is A2, B1 or B2, you will need to improve your German skills in the University Preparation Programme after your application has been processed. You can only be admitted to a bachelor-/diploma degree if you have a proof of German language proficiency corresponding to at least level C1.
Due to the number of incoming applications, the Admission Office may take several weeks to process your application. You will receive your letter of admission via e-mail. Together with the letter of admission, you will also receive information about your further steps in the admission procedure.
For organisational reasons, the University of Vienna cannot inform you about the status of your application.
Step 3: Online admission to your degree programme
Your letter 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 at the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (Vorstudienlehrgang der Wiener Universitäten – VWU). You have four semesters to do so. Only after completing the prescribed supplementary examinations can you start your degree programme (Step 5).
Get informed about the registration deadlines and costs for the VWU in time so that you do not miss any deadlines.
Once you are registered at the VWU, book an appointment at the Admission Office before the admission deadline. During your appointment, you will be admitted to a non-degree programme for the duration of you attending the Preparation Programme.
After the online admission you will get an e-mail with information about your student ID number and the payment of the tuition and Students’ Union fee.
Step 4: Pay your tuition fee/Students’ Union fee
The amount of the tuition fee depends on your citizenship. You have to pay the tuition fee/Students’ Union fee every semester if you want to continue your studies.
Once the fee has been received as paid in u:space, you are considered a student at the University of Vienna. You then can order your student ID card, the u:card.
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 the contact details of employees or departments of the University of Vienna.
Plan your semester in time so that you don´t miss any deadlines.
You are now ready to successfully start your degree programme. Good luck with your studies at the University of Vienna!
🚨 More blogposts 🚨
Have a look at the blogposts about the application & admission process at the University of Vienna:
- How to apply: FAQs for students from non-EU/EEA countries
- FAQs about required language skills, supplementary exams & accepted language certificates
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- “10 things I wish I had known before starting university”
- FAQs about starting your studies in summer semester
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💡 Follow this link for general information about studying at the University of Vienna studying.univie.ac.at.