Entrance examination Psychology

The admission to this programme is possible only if you successfully participate in the entrance examination and fulfil all requirements for admission to a bachelor programme at the University of Vienna.

If you do not have proficiency in German at level B2 or higher, please read the information about proficieny in German and about the entrance procedure carefully.

In the personal enrolment for the degree programme you then have to prove German proficiency at C1 level (or higher).

The entrance procedure at a glance

  • Available places: 500
  • Registration period and payment of examination fee (50 Euro): over for the academic year 2018/19
  • Payment of examination fee (50 Euro): 3 April until 16 July 2018
  • Entrance exam: 28 August 2018
  • Alternate dates: none
  • Language: German
  • Personal enrolment: after results are announced until 30 November 2018  

The registration for the entrance examination 2019/20 will be possible in spring 2019!

Reading list

  • Gerrig, R. J. (2016): Psychologie, (20. akt. Aufl.), München: Pearson Studium, ISBN 978-3868942163 

The book is available for sale in good bookstores and for download in digital form at the Vienna University Library

The edition from 2014 is also suited for the preparation for the entrance examination.

Details about the required chapters see below

Information sheet for the entrance examination (in German)

Step 1: Registration and application for admission to a degree programme


Register via u:space and activate your u:account, which you will use throughout your entire degree programme. Log in to u:space and upload each of the required documents as one single pdf-file. Documents with more pages need to be uploaded as one PDF-file. Then click "Pay and submit". Pay the examination fee of Euro 50 via credit card or eps online payment (only possible if you have an Austrian bank account).

As soon as the status of your application is “submitted” in u:space under "My applications" the application has reached the University of Vienna and you are registered to participate in the entrance examination. This status does not change anymore!

You will receive a confirmation of registration via e-mail. You will receive further information necessary for the entrance examination at the e-mail address saved in your u:space registration. Please check the spam folder of your mailbox frequently and add the e-mail address of the University of Vienna to your address book, so you do not miss any important information.

Continue with the remaining steps of the entrance examination.

Step 2: The written examination


At least 14 days before the entrance examination you will find a personal invitation in the summary of your application in u:space. Without this invitation letter you may not participate in the written entrance exam.  

Please save the whole day for the test and if you come from abroad travel at least the day before.   

Details about the entrance exam and the required literature will be announced in time.

The pure working time for the exam will be 3.5 hours.

At the end of the exam you will be informed about the further steps. The results will be sent via e-mail.

Reading List

Gerrig, R. J. (2016): Psychologie, 20. akt. Aufl., München: Pearson Studium,
ISBN: 978-386894-213-2 

Version 2016 and version 2014 of the 20. edition are identical appart from additional online-content.

Aus Kapitel 01: Psychologie als Wissenschaft

1.1 Was macht Psychologie einzigartig?
1.2 Die Entwicklung der modernen Psychologie

Aus Kapitel 02: Forschungsmethoden der Psychologie

2.1 Der psychologische Forschungsprozess

Aus Statistischer Anhang – Statistik verstehen: Daten analysieren und Schlussfolgerungen ziehen

A.1 Datenanalyse

Aus Kapitel 03: Die biologischen und evolutionären Grundlagen des Verhaltens

3.2 Das Nervensystem in Aktion
3.3.1 Ein Blick ins Gehirn

Aus Kapitel 06: Lernen und Verhaltensanalyse

6.1 Die Erforschung des Lernens
6.2 Klassisches Konditionieren: Lernen vorhersagbarer Signale 
6.3 Operantes Konditionieren: Lernen von Konsequenzen

Aus Kapitel 07: Gedächtnis

7.1 Was ist Gedächtnis? 
7.2 Nutzung des Gedächtnisses für kurze Zeiträume 
7.3 Langzeitgedächtnis: Enkodierung und Abruf

Aus Kapitel 09: Intelligenz und Intelligenzdiagnostik

9.1 Was ist Diagnostik?
9.2 Intelligenzdiagnostik 
9.3 Intelligenztheorien

Aus Kapitel 10: Entwicklung

10.1 Erforschung und Erklärung der Entwicklung 
10.2 Körperliche Entwicklung im Laufe des Lebens 
10.3 Kognitive Entwicklung im Laufe des Lebens 
10.4 Spracherwerb

Aus Kapitel 16: Soziale Kognition und Beziehungen

16.1 Die Konstruktion der sozialen Realität 
16.2 Die Macht der Situation 
16.3 Einstellungen, Einstellungsänderungen und Handlungen 
16.6 Aggression, Altruismus und prosoziales Verhalten

The edition from 2014 is also suited for the preparation for the entrance examination.

Step 3: After the result


The admission to the degree programme is possible after the announcement of the results if you have been successful in the entrance examination and fulfil all requirements for a bachelor programme at the University of Vienna.

Bachelor in Psychology

  • Type of degree programme: bachelor programme
  • Duration: 6 semesters
  • Required ECTS: 180
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Language of instruction: German