Special entrance qualification for university studies ("admission statement")

 

Your citizenship is from a non-EU/EEA country? And your school leaving certificate/degree has been issued in a non-EU/EEA country?

  • In Austria you may only study degree programmes that you would also be allowed to study in  the country that issued your school leaving certificate/degree.
  • A university accredited in the country where your school leaving certificae/degree was issued has to confirm that you have the right to begin this programme in this country (we call it "special entrance qualification" or "admission statement").
  • Applications for other programmes will be rejected if the required special entrance qualification is missing.

 

For example:

You are Iranian, have got an Iranian school leaving certificate and want to study Mathematics. Then you need a confirmation from an accredited Iranian university saying you are allowed to study Mathematics in Iran.

You are Mongolian, have attended secondary school in Russia and want to study Business Administration. Then you need a confirmation from a Russian university saying you are allowed to study Business Administration there.

 

The certificate should not be older than a year and has to include:

  • your name,
  • date of issue,
  • the exact name of the degree programme  (the name of the faculty is not sufficient!) and
  • the confirmation that you fulfil all requirements to study the degree programme in the country that issued your documents.

 

You get the certificate of special qualification for university studies:

  1. directly at the recognised/accredited university or
  2. via the central examination authority (e.g. in China or Turkey) or
  3. by passing an entrance examination.

If you currently study the degree programme in your country, it is sufficient to provide a confirmation of enrolment of the current or next semester/academic year.

Exemptions of the special qualification for university studies

 

You do not have to provide a certificate of special qualification for university studies if one of the following exemptions applies to you:

  • You hold citizenship/a secondary school leaving certificate from a country of the EU/EEA.
  • You hold a completed degree from a country of the EU/EEA and apply for a Master/Doctorate/PhD degree programme in the same discipline.
  • You are among the persons mentioned in the “decree of the admission of certain groups of persons."
  • You have completed a bachelor programme in the USA and apply for a master programme.
  • You have competed a bachelor and a master programme in the USA and apply for a doctoral/PhD programme.
  • You have completed a degree programme of at least three years at a recognised/accredited university and apply for a bachelor or diploma programme (the Admission Office is entitled to ask for the certificate of special qualification in certain cases).
  • During two years prior to your application at the University of Vienna you have studied at a recognised/accredited university in the EU/EEA and have completed 30 ECTS.

 

When applying for a study programme, you have to upload the confirmation of the exemption which applies to you in u:space in the area designated to the special entrance qualification.

 FAQ

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What is a "recognized" university?
I have to pass an entrance examination in the country I finished school, to study there. Do I have to pass it?
I'm not allowed to study in the country I finished school. What can I do?
The degree programme I want to study at the University of Vienna is not offered in my country. What can I do?