Application with secondary-school leaving certificate and citizenship from an EU/EEA country/CH with little proficiency in German


Your secondary-school leaving certificate and your citizenship are from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you want to study a bachelor/diploma programme with an entrance exam procedure/aptitude assessment but your German knowledge is below B2 level?

You cannot participate in the entrance exam procedure yet, but you can apply for a degree programme and then attend a German course. Please read the information about German proficiency carefully!


Due to amendments to the Universities Act, applicants have to include a proof of German knowledge at level A2 in their applications for degree programmes instructed in German from summer semester 2019 onwards, even if they would like to participate in the University Preparation Programme. For the admission to degree programmes a proof of German knowledge at level C1 is required. 

Accepted proofs of German knowledge A2

Information about German knowledge required for entrance exam procedures

Application and admission periods

 Required documents

You need the following documents

as a JPEG or PNG file:

  • Your passport or personal ID card (front and back)

as separate PDF files:

  • Your proof of German proficiency at level A2 or higher
  • Your original secondary-school leaving certificate (all pages!) and a translation by a court-sworn translator (if not issued in German or English)
  • Proof of supplementary exams if necessary (like Latin or Greek etc.) 
 University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities

Please note the early registration deadlines for the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU). 

 Semester start

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

Schedule of the academic year

Your steps in the admission procedure


Step 1: Online Self-Assessment

As a first step in the entrance exam procedure, complete the Online Self-Assessment within the registration period. After completion, you will receive your OSA code. If you have it sent to you via e-mail, this code will be centrally stored. 

You have to complete the Online Self-Assessment even if you lack sufficient German knowledge.

There is no OSA for the bachelor programmes Psychology and Sport Science.


Step 2: Preparation of required documents

Scan all required documents and create PDF files. Use an online tool of your choice to merge various pages of one document into one PDF file (f.e. your secondary-school leaving certificate and its translation). All your files have to be easily readable. Please check the quality of your files before uploading them.

If you do not have any secondary-school-leaving certificate yet, please specify this in your application. This way, you can upload it afterwards.


Step 3: Application for admission in u:space

  1. Activate your u:account in u:space within the registration period. You will need this account during your studies at the University of Vienna.
  2. Log in to u:space, complete the registration and select the degree programme of your choice. Upload the required documents.
    • If you do not have any secondary-school leaving certificate yet, enter the corresponding information. This way, you will be able to register for the entrance exam procedure and upload your secondary-school leaving certificate afterwards.
    Select "No, my German knowledge is not sufficient. I want to attend a German course of the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU)".
  3. Enter the OSA code.
  4. Select "continue to submission", check if the data you provided (especially your e-mail address) is correct and then click on "submit application".

Please check the status of your application!

a) You have already uploaded your secondary-school leaving certificate. The status of your application in u:space is "submitted".

b) You have not uploaded any secondary-school leaving certificate yet. The status of your application in u:space is "amend". The status of your secondary-school leaving certificate is "inadequate". This means that you can upload your secondary-school leaving certificate afterwards. Complete the amendment of your application by selecting "submit application". 

As soon as the status of your application in u:space below "My applications" is "submitted", you can proceed to step 4.


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

Present the required documents in original or notarised copy at the Admission Office (opening hours) during the admission period

In the Admission Office you will receive a written confirmation that you may participate in the German Preparation course of the VWU. Choose a cooperation partner and register for the course within the registration period (cooperation partners, costs, deadlines).


Step 5: Personal admission

Now you have to go to the Admission Office again and present the required documents in their orignal version or as notarised copies and the confirmation that you have registered for a German course at the VWU.

You have to do this personally, as your identity has to be verified. Representation by third parties is not possible! 


Step 6: Payment of the Students´ Union fee

You may pay with your ATM or credit card (only Visa or Mastercard) when completing the admission procedure at the Admission Office.

You will be admitted as a non-degree student as soon as the prescribed fee is registered as "received on" in u:space. This means that you cannot start with your degree programme yet, you can only participate in courses and examinations at the VWU.


What comes next?

As soon as your fee is registered as "received on" 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. You can also order your student ID card, the u:card.

 Registration for the entrance exam procedure

Do not forget to register for the entrance exam procedure/aptitude assessment via u:space in the following registration period as soon as you have reached level B2 or C1 in German!

Admission to the degree programme is only possible, if you have passed the supplementary exam in German and have successfully participated in the entrance exam procedure/aptitude assessment.