Entrance exam procedure Biology

  • The registration period for the entrance exam procedure of the academic year 2019/20 is over. The deadlines of the academic year 2020/21 will be announced in spring 2020. 
  • Prospective students who have registered in due time will be informed about the further steps by e-mail.


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

The registration for the entrance exam procedure is possible without a secondary-school leaving certificate. Upload all required documents for the admission directly after you get them.

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

In the personal enrolment for the degree programme proof German proficiency at C1 level (or higher) is required.

The entrance exam procedure at a glance

  • Available places: 1.030
  • Registration period: over
  • Examination fee: Euro 50 (to be paid during the registration)
  • Entrance exam: 30 August 2019 (the tests for biology and pharmacy/nutrional science take place at the same day, but at different times – so if you have registered for both tests, you can take part in both of them)
  • Alternate dates: none
  • Language: German
  • Personal enrolment: after the announcement of the results until 28 November 2019

Reading list

  • Grundlagen der Biologie: Vorbereitungsliteratur für das Aufnahmeverfahren

The literature is available for free download in digital form for applicants. 

Information about the entrance exam (in German)

Your steps in the entrance exam procedure


Step 1: Online-Self-Assessment

The deadline for the Online-Self-Assessment is already over. 

You can conduct the Online-Self-Assessment out of interest year round.



Step 2: Registration and application for admission to a degree programme

The deadline for the registration and application is already over.



Step 3: The written exam

At least 14 days before the written entrance exam you will receive an e-mail with information about the exact schedule for the entrance exam and a link to your "Einlassbestätigung". Without this "Einlassbestätigung" you may not participate in the entrance exam. Please save the whole day for the written entrance exam and if you come from abroad travel at least the day before.

The written entrance exam consists of three parts and evaluates the following skills:

  • Part A: knowledge of assigned learning materials
  • Part B: reading comprehension
  • Part C: cognitive skills

The pure working time for the exam will be 2.0 hours. 

At the end of the examination you will be informed about the further steps. Around 14 days after the exam the results as well as information about your further steps will be sent via e-mail as well.


Part A counts for 50% of the overall score, Part B for 10% and Part C for 40%. 

The obtained points are normalised and weighted, i.e. they are converted in a way that allows for a comparison of test parts and makes these correspond with the defined weighting. The values of the test parts calculated in this way are added and produce the overall result, which is decisive for the ranking.

Information about the ranking (in German)

Step 4: 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 exam procedure and fulfil all requirements for admission to a bachelor programme at the University of Vienna.


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