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 blog post and the relevant pages on the website of Teaching Affairs and Student Services.
We receive lots of questions from non-EU/EEA citizens on how to get admitted to our University. In this five 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 Teaching Affairs and Student Services directly. We’re looking forward to welcoming you as a student of the University of Vienna!
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 and the various deadlines (admission periods, deadlines for application, entrance examinations, registration deadlines for German language courses or for courses at university, etc.).
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.We recommend you to apply as early as possible, because visa applications can also take a long time. Otherwise, you might miss important deadlines.
For the additional FAQs section on how to apply to the University of Vienna follow this link.
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 learn about the contents and structure of the chosen degree programme. On the same page, you can also find contact details of the studies service units (SSS), the StudiesServiceCenters (SSC) and the students’ representatives who 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 acceptance letter.
Step 2: File your application for admission
- your secondary-school leaving certificate 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 JPENG or PNG files:
- your passport or identity card (and documents regarding your name change, if necessary)
- a passport photo
*You need to upload a proof of German language profiency corresponding at least to level A2 in your application for all degree programmes held in German, even if you want to improve your German skills in the University Preparation Programme afterwards (see Step 3). Make sure that your language certificate is not older than two years. Please read this blogpost with the most important facts about the proof of German knowledge carefully. General information about language requirements can be found here.
Due to the number of 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 the personal admission.
For organisational reasons, the University of Vienna cannot inform you about the status of your application.
Step 3: Personal admission to your degree programme
Your official acceptance letter 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 (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 preparation programme in time so that you do not miss any deadlines. After having registered at the VWU, you can be admitted to a non-degree programme at the Admission Office.
In the course of the personal admission, you also pay the tuition fee/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 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 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!
Check out our FAQs on “How to apply to the University of Vienna” too! :)