This blog entry is aimed at individuals who have a seconday-school leaving certificate from a non-EU/EEA country and are interested in studying a bachelor/diploma programme at the University of Vienna.
Please take note: We strongly encourage you to carefully READ the blog post in its entirety and to follow the suggested links. We cannot offer any individual guidance on how to apply via our Social Media channels. ALL the information you need for a successful application can be found in this blog post and the relevant pages on the website studying.univie.ac.at
Update: February 2022
You would like to study at the University of Vienna? The first step is to inform yourself thouroughly about the content, admission procedure and various deadlines (application and admission deadline, registration deadline for the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities or lectures, …) of your degree programme. You have to pay special attention, if your chosen degree programme has an entrance exam procedure. If that’s the case, special deadlines apply and the application for admission is only possible once per academic year.
Prepare all documents in advance and apply for admission right after the beginning of the application period. The processing of your application takes several weeks. The application for and approval of a visa may also take an extended period. If you apply for admission late in the application period, you could miss important deadlines and it might not be possible to start your studies in the semester of your choice.
Step 1: Have a look at the range of degree programmes and find out more about your degree programme
Have a look at the range of degree programmes offered at the University of Vienna. From A like African Studies to T like Transcultural Communication – we offer many interesting degree programmes. Surely, there’s bound to be something just for you! Choose a degree programme from the list. Thereby, you can find out more about the contents, topics and structure of the degree programme. On the site of the degree programme, you can also find the contact information of the StudiesServiceCenters (SSC), StudiesServiceUnit (SSS) and the students’ representatives. Both will gladly help you with any questions regarding the course of studies and contents of the degree programme.
If you cannot find the degree programme you would like to study in the list, it is not offered at our university (e.g. Medicine or Mechanical Engineering). Therefore, we cannot answer any questions regarding these degree programmes.
The available study places are limited for some degree programme programmes. Hence, entrance exam procedures are conducted once per academic year. You can only be admitted to these degree programmes, if you have received an admission letter and successfully completed the entrance exam procedure.
Before you can submit your application for admission for some bachelor programmes, you have to complete an Online-Self-Assessment (OSA). The OSA is not graded, as it serves as a guide for choosing a degree programme. You will find out if the chosen degree programme corresponds to your expectations and interests.
Step 2: Apply for admission
Inform yourself by reading the step-by-step instructions for each degree programme and watch the videos regarding the required documents and the admission procedure. You can easily apply for admission online in u:space.
You need a proof of German language proficiency at level A2 to apply for admission. This is required for all bachelor and diploma programmes – even if you want to improve your knowledge of German in the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU) before starting your studies. To be admitted to the degree programme, you need a proof of German language proficiency at level C1. You can find further information about the topic knowledge of German in this blog entry.
The Admission Office will process your application as fast as possible. Nevertheless, the processing usually takes several weeks. This is due to the high number of applications which are submitted each application period. Due to organisational reasons, we cannot give you any information regarding the status of your application. As soon as your application has been processed, you will receive your admission letter via e-mail. You can also find it in u:space at > Personal matters > My documents. Please also check your spam folder regularly. With your admission letter you will receive information regarding the online first-time admission, and you can also apply for a visa at the responsible Austrian authority (embassy, consulate, …).
Please take the time to carefully read the detailed information regarding the admission procedure of your bachelor or diploma programme.
Step 3: Online first-time admission
Option 1: Supplementary examinations are prescribed in your admission letter
You will learn if you have to complete any supplementary examinations in your admission letter. Supplementary examinations can be prescribed, for example, in the subjects German, English, Mathematics and History/Geography. You have to pass all prescribed supplementary examinations at the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU). To do so, you have a maximum of four semesters. You can only begin your bachelor or diploma programme after having completed all supplementary examinations.
Inform yourself about the registration periods and cost of the VWU early on, so that you do not miss any deadlines. After registering at the VWU and paying the course fee, you can book an appointment for online first-time admission. During this appointment we will check your identity and the original versions of your documents. Afterwards, you will be admitted to a non-degree programme. You will receive an e-mail with info on what you have to do after the admission, how to pay the Students’ Union fee and your student ID number.
During the non-degree programme, you are only allowed to attend courses at the VWU and complete the prescribed supplementary examinations. You are not yet able to visit courses from your bachelor or diploma programme or take exams there. This is only possible after you have successfully completed all supplementary examinations and have been admitted to the degree programme. We have summarised all important information regarding your time in and after the VWU.
Option 2: No supplementary examinations are prescribed in your admission letter
If you have received your admission letter and no supplementary examinations are prescribed, you can book an appointment for online first-time admission. During this appointment, we will check your identity and the original versions of your documents. Afterwards, you will be admitted to the degree programme. You will receive an e-mail with info on what you have to do after the admission, how to pay the tuition fee/Students’ Union fee and your student ID number.
Step 4: Pay your tuition fee/Students’ Union fee
The amount of the tuition fee depends on your citizenship. The Students’ Union fee is 21.20 Euro for the academic year 2022/23. You have to pay the tuition fee/Students’ Union fee every semester if you want to continue your studies. Once the fee r registered as “received” in u:space, you are a student at the University of Vienna. You then can order your student ID card, the u:card.
Step 5: Register for courses
You do not have to attend to VWU or you have already completed all supplementary examination? Then you can register for courses! You can find all courses in u:find, the course and staff directory of the University of Vienna. The StudiesServiceCenters (SSC), StudiesServiceUnit (SSS) of your degree programme will be happy to help you, if you have any questions regarding courses or exams. In the curriculum of your degree programme you can find out which courses you have to take. Plan your semester early on, so that you do not miss any registration deadlines!
We are happy, that you have decided to study at the University of Vienna and wish you all the best for your studies!
🚨 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
- Who can help me with…? Services for Studying and Living
💡 Follow this link for general information about studying at the University of Vienna studying.univie.ac.at.