Admission

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Admission to Austrian higher education is organised by the educational institutions themselves. To be admitted to a higher education programme, you first need to contact the institution that offers the programme. They can inform you of exactly which admission requirements apply to the programme of your choice. Please visit the section on the Higher Education Institutions where you can find all relevant information and contact addresses.

Please note that the OeAD does not handle any study applications. This site only provides general guidelines on issues related to studying in Austria. For detailed information concerning your eligibility, the admission procedure or the application requirements, please contact the Admissions Office of the institution you are applying to.

Universities

All relevant information about the admission process can be found at www.studienbeginn.at (only in German). You can find the application form for admission on the website of your Austrian university. Please complete it and send it to the Admissions Office – together with all necessary documents.

Typically, the following documents are required for admission:

For bachelor’s programmes

  • Students with EU/EEA school leaving certificate:
    • Proof of nationality (photocopy of your passport)
    • A secondary school leaving certificate that entitles you to admission to university studies in your home country
    • German language proficiency (secondary school leaving certificate confirming German lessons of at least 4 years or a German language diploma or similar documents)

  • Students with non-EU/EEA school leaving certificate:
    • Proof of nationality (photocopy of your passport)
    • An equivalent secondary school leaving certificate
    • Your certificate of special qualification for university studies (orig. German: "Nachweis der besonderen Universitätsreife"): you have to prove that you would be entitled to admission to your chosen degree programme in the country which issued your secondary education diploma.
    • German language proficiency (secondary school leaving certificate confirming German lessons of at least 4 years or a German language diploma or similar documents) For master's programmes

For master's programmes:

Successful completion of at least a 6 semester specialised relevant Bachelor’s degree (min 180 ECTS)

For PhD programmes:

Master’s degree in the same field of study as your research proposal or equivalent

Attention:

Programmes with entrance examinations (e.g. medical universities, universities of the arts, UAS degree programmes): Please enquire in good time about application deadlines, special requirements and dates for the entrance examinations (closing date for application for entrance examinations can be up to 6 months before the beginning of the semester)!

Universities of Applied Sciences

For most of the study programmes at the Universities of Applied Sciences, you have to apply online. The prerequisite for the admission for a bachelor’s programme is as follows

  • The general university entrance qualification (an equivalent secondary school leaving certificate) or
  • relevant professional qualification.

Some Fachhochschule degree programmes also require proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language. Moreover, all applicants have to undergo an entrance procedure. This differs from one degree programme to the next. Usually you have to submit written documents, pass written or oral tests and take part in an interview.

For master's programmes

Successful completion of at least a 6 semester specialised relevant Bachelor’s degree (min 180 ECTS)

Universities Colleges of Teacher Education

You have to register online for most of the study programmes at the university colleges of teacher education. All relevant information about the admission process can be found on the website of the institution. Please note the need to have a sufficient knowledge of the German language.

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