We strongly encourage you to READ the entire blog post and follow the suggested links. We cannot offer any individual assistance via the comment thread or other social media outlets. ALL information you need for a successful application can be found in the blog post and on the website Studying at the University of Vienna.
Update: March 2021
How to get started
It is not easy to give a concrete answer, as this depends on various factors such as your citizenship, the country of your secondary-school leaving certificate and the degree programme you are interested in.
Keep in mind that the processing of international applications takes several weeks. Unfortunately, this often collides with the duration of visa applications, which may result in missed deadlines. We therefore recommend to apply at the beginning of the application period.
An ideal starting point is the website Studying at the University of Vienna, where most questions regarding admission to the University of Vienna are answered.
To make things easier for you, we have collected FAQs of international applicants who are interested in studying at the University of Vienna. Here, an additional 5 step guide to applying at the university can be found.
1. What programmes can I study at the University of Vienna?
On this website, all degree programmes (bachelor, master, PhD/doctoral programmes) at the University of Vienna can be found.
Note: The University of Vienna does not offer medical programmes (Medicine, Dentistry). These are offered at the Medical University of Vienna.
2. How do I apply for a specific programme?
Information on how to apply:
Follow the respective links for the programme you are interested in. There you’ll find information on the different documents necessary for application as well as requirements depending on your citizenship (EU/EEA or non-EU/EEA).
How to deal with agencies offering to process your application:
The University of Vienna does not cooperate with agencies, who offer to process students’ applications and does not have any cooperation agreements (except for exchange programmes such as Erasmus+). If you are interested in studying at the University of Vienna, you have to personally apply for admission. If you apply for admission as a non-EU/EEA citizen or without EU/EEA secondary school-leaving certificate/higher education degree, you will receive a “Zulassungsbescheid” (letter of admission). With this document, you can apply for a student visa. Please consult the responsible Austrian representation (embassy/consulate) to find out if you have to meet any further requirements. Since the University of Vienna does not cooperate with agencies, we do not recommend using their services.
Please keep in mind that for some programmes the number of study places is limited and if you are interested in studying them you have to participate in the entrance exam procedure. There might be entrance exam procedures for bachelor, diploma, master and PhD programmes. You can find all information on the entrance examination procedure, the application, as well as all deadlines here.
3. Do I need to be able to speak German if I want to study at the University of Vienna?
- All bachelor and diploma programmes require proficiency in German. It is necessary to upload a recognised language certificate (at least level A2) in your application for all degree programmes held in German, even if you want to improve your German skills afterwards. Read this blogpost with the most important facts about the proof of German knowledge carefully.
- Some master programmes are offered in English. For these programmes a proof of German proficiency is not required – but in some of them you have to pass an entrance exam procedure. For master programmes taught in German and English, German proficieny is also necessary.
- In case of PhD/doctoral programmes the Directorate of Studies (Studienprogrammleitung) decides whether the programme is provided in German or English.
4. How much is the tuition fee?
The tuition fee depends on your nationality. Apart from the tuition fee, you will also need to pay the Students’ Union fee including insurance (€ 20.20 per semester for the academic year 2020/21).
The University of Vienna itself does not offer any wide ranged funding options. Our university grants achievement scholarship to students already studying at the University of Vienna. Here, more information regarding these scholarships can be found (information available only in German).
5. How can I finance my studies in Vienna/Austria?
Whether or not you are allowed to work in Austria depends on your nationality, the kind of employment you would like to obtain and – for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries – also on your residence permit.
Please read here more about working in Austria.
Find some general information about studying and living in Vienna here.
6. I cannot find what I am looking for, please help me!
Make sure that the University of Vienna is actually able to provide you with this information. For example: If you are looking for a programme that we do not offer, we cannot inform you on this programme’s application procedure (e.g. Medicine).
You find an overview of all institutions which are important for students on the website Studying at the University of Vienna.
Please read all information on the websites thoroughly before you contact the responsible organisation’s staff. There is generally a high volume of inquiries, especially short before deadlines and you may have to be patient.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you soon as a student at the University of Vienna. 😊
🚨 More blogposts 🚨
Have a look at the blogposts about the application & admission process at the University of Vienna:
- 5 easy steps to admission
- FAQs about required language skills, supplementary exams & accepted language certificates
Any questions about starting your studies?
- “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.