Knowledge of Foreign Languages

In general, the language of instruction of degree programmes at the University of Vienna is German.

Some master programmes are taught in another language or in a combination of German and another language. Legal basis for this is the curriculum of the respective programme.

For some degree programme, you need to prove your language proficiency before admission and upload the certificate in the application. This can be done via your previous studies or a certificate of the respective language.

For other degree programmes, the indicated level is a recommendation. Without knowledge of the language the progress of your studies will be delayed. However, the level of knowledge is not checked during admission process.

Master Programmes taught in English

The following master programmes are taught completely in English. For detailed information about the programmes, please see the German version of this page.

Degree ProgrammeRequired Qualification
Anglophone Literatures and CulturesEnglish C1 for programmes at the Department of English (admission requirement)
Banking and FinanceEnglish C1 (admission requirement) & GRE General Test® (admission requirement)
Botanik (Botany)English B2 (admission requirement)
Communication ScienceEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Drug Discovery and DevelopmentEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
East Asian Economy and SocietyEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Ecology and EcosystemsEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
English Language and LinguisticsEnglish C1 for programmes at the Department of English (admission requirement)
Environmental SciencesEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Evolutionary Systems BiologyEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Health and Physical ActivityEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Informatik (Computer Science)English B2 (admission requirement)
Mathematik (Mathematics)English B2 (admission requirement)
Medieninformatik (Media Informatics)English B2 (admission requirement)
Middle European interdisciplinary master's programme in Cognitive Science (MEi:CogSci)English B2 (admission requirement)
Molekulare Mikrobiologie, Mikrobielle Ökologie und Immunbiologie (Molecular Microbiology, Microbial Ecology and Immunobiology)English B2 (admission requirement)
Physics of the Earth (Geophysics)English B2 (admission requirement)
Science-Technology-SocietyEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Urban StudiesEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Volkswirtschaftslehre (Economics)English C1 (admission requirement) & GRE General Test® (admission requirement)

Master Degree Programmes taught in Foreign Languages

The language of instruction of these programmes is German in combination with another language. For detailed information about the programmes, please see the German version of this page.

Degree ProgrammeRequired Qualification
Afrikawissenschaften (African Studies)German & African languages (proof by previous study)
Ägyptologie (Egyptology)German & Late Egyptian, Hieratic, Coptic Language (proof by previous study)
Alte Geschichte und Altertumskunde (Ancient History)German & Ancient languages (proof by previous study)
Altorientalische Philologie & Orientalische Archäologie (Ancient Oriental Philology and Oriental Archaeology)German & English (B2) recommended
Anthropologie (Anthropology)German & English (B2) recommended
Arabische Welt: Sprache und Gesellschaft (The Arab World: Language and Society)German & English (B2) recommended, Arabic B2 (proof by previous study)
Betriebswirtschaft (Business Administration)German & English C1 (admission requirement)
Bioinformatik (Bioinformatics)German & English (B2) recommended
Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik (Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies)German & Greek (proof by previous study)
CREOLE - Cultural Differences and Transnational ProcessesGerman & English (B2) recommended
Erdwissenschaften (Geosciences)German & English (B2) recommended
Finno-Ugristik (Finno-Ugric Studies)German & Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian (proof by previous study)
Geschichtsforschung, Historische Hilfswissenschaften und Archivwissenschaften (Historical Research, Auxiliary Sciences of History and Archival Studies)German & English (B2) recommended
Hungarologie (Hungarian Studies)German & Hungarian (proof by previous study)
Indogermanistik und historische Sprachwissenschaft (Indo-European Studies and Historic Linguistics)German & indo-European language (proof by previous study)
Interdisziplinäre Osteuropastudien (East European Studies)German & English (B2) recommended
Internationale Betriebswirtschaft (International Business Administration)German & English C1 (admission requirement)
Japanologie (Japanese Studies)German & Japanese (proof by previous study)
Judaistik (Jewish Studies)German & Aramaic, Hebrew (proof by previous study)
Klassische Philologie (Classical Philology)German & Ancient Greek, Latin (proof by previous study)
Koreanologie (Korean Studies)German & Korean (proof by previous study)
Kultur und Gesellschaft des modernen Südasiens (Culture and Society of Modern Southern Asia)German & one modern Indian language (proof by previous study)
Lebensmittelchemie (Food Chemistry)German & English (B2) recommended
Nederlandistik (Dutch Studies)German & Dutch (proof by previous study)
Religionswissenschaft (Religious Studies)German & one ancient language (e.g. Ancient Greek, Latin, Sanskrit), Ancient Near Eastern or non-European language (proof by previous study)
Romanistik (Romance Studies)German & French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian or Spanish (C1) (proof by previous study)
Sinologie/Unterrichtskompetenz Chinesisch (Chinese Studies)German & Chinese (proof by previous study)
Skandinavistik (Scandinavian Studies)German & Scandinavian language(s) (Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish) (proof by previous study)
Slawistik (Slavic Studies)German & Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Bulgarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian (proof by previous study)
Sprachen und Kulturen Südasiens (Languages and Cultures of South Asia)German & Sanskrit (proof by previous study)
Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde (Tibetology and Buddhist Studies)German & classical Tibetan, Sanskrit (proof by previous study)
Translation (Translation and Interpreting)Language proficiency for Translation and Interpreting
Turkologie (Turkish Studies)German & Turkic (proof by previous study)
Wirtschaftsinformatik (Business Informatics)German & English (B2) recommended
Zeitgeschichte und Medien (Contemporary History and Media)German & English (B2) recommended

GRE General Test®

An admission to the master programmes in Banking and Finance and Economics is only possible after passing the section of „quantitative reasoning“ of the GRE revised General Test with at least 150 points.

The test result must not be older than two years.