German knowledge for bachelor/diploma programmes with an entrance exam procedure

 

Proof of German knowlegde at A2 level is required when applying for a bachelor/diploma programme. 

In order to participate in the entrance exam procedure you need German knowledge at an advanced level (minimum B2 level) already, as the written entrance exam is conducted in German.

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

There are 3 options: 

 

Option 1: You already have proof of proficiency in German 

Upload your certificate of German at C1 level (or higher) in u:space when you apply for the degree programme. In the application you are asked to pay a Euro 50 exam fee. Once you have paid, you are registered for the entrance exam procedure.

 

Option 2: You are currently attending a German course

You do not have German proficiency at C1 level yet but are planning to have it by 5 February 2020 and – once you have the certificate – therefore either start your regular degree programme in the winter semester 2019/20 or in the summer semester 2020. 

In your application for the degree programme in u:space, please confirm that you want to participate in the entrance exam procedure. In the application you are asked to pay a Euro 50 exam fee. 

Once you have paid, you are registered for the entrance examination.

Example: You are currently attending a German course (privately or in the University Preparation Programme Vienna) and are going to complete it with C1 level during the following winter semester. Then you would be able to start the regular degree programme in the summer semester 2020. 

 

Option 3: You have little proficiency in German

Apply in u:space for the degree programme of your choice and upload the required documents. Do not upload a "Certificate of proficiency in German at level C1" under "Other documents and proofs".

You can complete the application for the degree programme without paying the Euro 50 fee for the entrance exam procedure. As soon as you have reached the required level of German you can register for the entrance exam procedure in u:space during the registration period of one of the following years and participate in the entrance exam procedure. 

Accepted proofs

Only the following proofs of German knowledge at C1 level are accepted:

Proof C1

  • School-leaving certificate from a school where the language of instruction is German and all exams are carried out in German. This applies also for Austrian or German schools abroad
  • Graduation from a study programme of at least 3 years duration at a university or school where the teaching language is German
  • Passing of the supplementary exam German (Ergänzungsprüfung Deutsch) at an University Preparation Programme from an Austrian university

The above mentioned diplomas are valid for an unlimited time.

Certificates C1

  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom – ÖSD Zertifikat C1, bisher: C1 Oberstufe Deutsch
  • Goethe Institut – Goethe Zertifikat C1
  • telc Deutsch „C1 Hochschule“
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer StudienwerberInnen DSH2
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz DSD II
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test DaF), mindestens Niveau TDN 4 in allen Teilen
  • Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien – Kurs und erfolgreich abgelegte Prüfung auf dem Niveau C1/2

In case of separate exams for certain levels only C1/2 is accepted!

The certificates are valid for 3 years only, otherwise a new exam has to be taken.

Attention participants of the VWU!

Once you have been admitted to the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU) as a non-degree students, only the supplementary examination in German (Ergänzungsprüfung Deutsch, EPD) of the preparation programme is accepted as proof of proficiency in German. It is not possible to quit the Preperation Programme and pass the German exam elsewhere (e.g. ÖSD certificate). In this case, the certificate will not be accepted by the University of Vienna, which can lead to the loss of your student visa.

Persons who did not finish the German course in the VWU and do have another proof of German knowledge (e.g. ÖSD certificate) are strongly advised to pass the Ergänzungsprüfung Deutsch.


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