Application with a school leaving certificate and citizenship from a non-EU/EEA country without proficiency in German


Your school leaving certificate and your citizenship are from a non-EU/EEA country, you want to study a bachelor programme with entrance examination but have no knowledge of German or proficiency lower than B2 level?

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

Please note:

  • Apply for admission only when you have all required documents ready. The scans of your documents have to be in high quality (readability!).
  • 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 (= special entrance qualification, "admission statement").
  • Due to the processing time of 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 the admission procedure 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 an entrance examination 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

You need the following documents as separate PDF files:


Winter semester 2018/19:

  • Application period: 3 April until 5 September 2018
  • Admission period: 2 July until 30 November 2018

Summer semester 2019:

  • Application period: January 2019, to be announced
  • Admission period: 7 January until 30 April 2019

 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 VWU, 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 its legalisation and/or translation have to be merged into one single PDF file by means of an online tool of your choice (i.e. school leaving certificate + legalisation + translation, special entrance qualification for university studies + translation, etc.). All your files have to be easily readable and in high quality.


Step 2: Application for admission via u:space

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

Log in to u:space and apply for the degree programme of your choice, with the addition “VWU German language course and“, e.g. "VWU German language course and Psychology" or "VWU German language course and Business Administration".

Upload the required documents. Do not upload a "Certificate of proficiency in German at level C1" under "Other documents and proofs". Then click "submit application."

As soon as you can see “submitted” in u:space in "my applications" the application has reached the University of Vienna. This status does not change anymore!

Any missing or formally incorrect document will prolong the processing time and lead to a later admission. Only submit your application once you uploaded all required documents.


Step 3: Wait for the admission letter

The Admission Office needs at least several weeks to process your application. 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)

With your admission letter you will get information about your further steps in the admission procedure and 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 start your degree programme. 


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 original or as notarised copies during the application period in order to complete the admission procedure.

As your identity has to be verified, you have to complete the admission procedure personally.


Step 6: Payment of the students´union fee

You may pay with your ATM card (Maestro card) 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 paid in u:space. 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 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. You can also validate your student ID, the u:card.

 Registration for the entrance examination

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

The admission to the degree programme is only possible if you passed all supplementary exams issued in your admission letter as well as the entrance examination.