Admission to a bachelor/diploma programme without sufficient proficiency in German


Your secondary school leaving certificate and your citizenship are from non-EU/EEA countries? You want to study a bachelor or diploma degree programme without an entrance examination but you don't have German proficiency (B2) yet?

Decide whether you want to participate in a German course at the Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities or in your home country. Apply for admission online via u:space during the general admission period, wait for the admission letter and finish your admission personally in the Admission Office.

Please note:

  • At the University of Vienna you may only study the same degree programme that you are allowed to study in the country where you finished secondary school/a degree programme (a special entrance qualification or "admission statement" is needed).
  • It is impossible to apply for admission after the deadline. No exceptions are granted!
  • Due to the processing time for your application for admission at the University of Vienna and the processing time for your visa application at the Austrian embassy or consulate, you might not be able to finish your admission for the semester you applied for.
  • The admission letter does not expire, but remains permanently valid. It is, however, subject to changes in legal conditions (i.e. the introduction of entrance examinations for the degree Programme of your choice).

 Required documents

You need the following documents as separate JPEG or PNG files:

  • Your passport or personal ID card
  • Passport photograph for your student ID card

Additionally, you need the following documents as separate PDF files:




Winter semester 2017:

  • application period: from 3 July to 5 September 2017
  • admission period: from 3 July to 30 November 2017

Summer semester 2018:

  • application period: from 2 January to 5 February 2018
  • admission period: from 8 January to 30 April 2018

 Semester start

  • winter semester: 1 October
  • summer semester: 1 March

Schedule of the academic year

 University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities

Please note the early registration deadlines for the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU). If you have to participate in the Preparation Programme, you first register there and then complete the admission procedure at the University of Vienna within the general admission period.



Your steps in the admission procedure


Step 1: Preparation of required documents

Scan all required documents (in high resolution) and create PDF files. All pages of one document as well as ist legalisation and/or translation have to be merged into one single PDF file by means of an online tool of your choice (e.g. school leaving certificate + legalisation + translation, special entrance qualification + translation; etc). All your files have to be easily readable. Please check the quality of your files before uploading them.


Step 2: Application for admission via u:space

Register in u:space during the general admission period and activate your u:account. You will need this account during your studies at the University of Vienna.

Log in to u:space, select the degree programme of your choice and upload the required documents as separate files. As you do not have a proof of German proficiency yet, you can leave this field blank. Then click on "submit application."

The Admission Office can only process your application if the status is "submitted".

Step 3: Waiting for your admission letter

The Admission Office needs at least 12 weeks to process your application. Any missing or formally incorrect document will prolong the processing time and lead to a later admission. Due to administrative reasons it is not possible to inform you about the status of your application.

Your admission letter will be sent to the e-mail address you provided in u:space.


Step 4: Registration for the Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU)

Together with your admission letter you will get information on whether you have to take any supplementary examinations (Mathematics, English or History/Geography) beside German at the VWU (cooperation partners, costs, deadlines) before your can begin your degree programme. Please register for the respective course(s) at the VWU.


Step 5: Personal admission

After registering at the VWU, go to the Admission Office (opening hours) and present the registration confirmation and the required documents in their original version or as notarised copies in order to complete the admission procedure.

You have to do this personally until the end of the general admission period, as your identity has to be verified. Representation by third parties is not possible!

You will be admitted as a non-degree student as soon as your students' union fee is registered as paid. This means that you cannot start with your degree programme yet, you can only participate in courses and exams at the VWU.

What comes next?

As soon as your students' union fee is registered as paid in u:space (Financial Matters > Tuition Fee/Students Union Fee), you can print your student documents (i.e. student record sheet and confirmation of enrolment) by clicking on Personal Matters > My Documents.

As a non-degree student (while participating in the Preparation Programme) you may only attend courses and pass exams at the VWU, which means you cannot start with your degree programme yet.



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