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5 steps for admission to bachelor-/diploma programmes at the University of Vienna (if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen) am 28. December 2017
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5 steps for admission to bachelor-/diploma programmes at the University of Vienna (if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen)

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!

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

(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.

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

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!

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

    1. 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. 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. Hello!
    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. 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. Hello,
    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 (

  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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!

  12. 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. 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.

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

  14. 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…????

  15. 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. 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.

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

  17. 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.

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