Admission to the bachelor programme

Detailed information on the admission procedure for applicants

  • with a secondary-school leaving certificate from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and
  • with German language level below C1 

If you are in your final school year and do not have your secondary-school leaving certificate yet, you can already apply for admission. As soon as you receive the document, upload it in u:space and complete the admission.


Please keep the application deadlines in mind, and prepare the required documents for your admission to a degree programme before the beginning of the application period. Due to the global situation regarding COVID-19, delays, for example in the issuance, legalisation and translation of your documents, may arise.


Winter semester 2022/23:

  • Application period: from 11 July to 5 September 2022
  • Admission period: from 11 July to 31 October 2022
  • Semester start: 1 October

Summer semester 2023:

  • Application period: from 9 January to 5 February 2023
  • Admission period: from 9 January to 31 March 2023
  • Semester start: 1 March

Schedule of the academic year

 Registration for the University Preparation Programme

Keep in mind the registration deadlines of the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU). While attending the VWU you have to consider some things regarding your admission to the University of Vienna.

 Required documents

for the registration in u:space

  •  your passport or personal ID card (front and back!) as JPEG or PNG file

for the application for admission

  • all pages (!) of your original secondary-school leaving certificate
    • together with a sworn translation (if not issued in German or English)
    • merged into one PDF file
    The application is even possible before your secondary-school leaving certificate is issued.
  • proof of German language proficiency at level A2 or higher (not needed if you have a secondary-school leaving certificate from a German-speaking country) merged into one PDF file
  • if necessary, proof of any additional exams merged into one PDF file

 Your steps in the admission procedure



Step 1: Prepare the required documents

  1. Scan all required documents and save them in proper format. Make sure that your files are easily readable and scanned in high quality.
  2. Merge several pages of the same document (e.g. front and back of the secondary-school leaving certificate plus translation) into one PDF file by means of an online tool of your choice.

 Document preparation

Step 2: Apply for admission

  1. Activate your u:account in u:space within the application period. Make sure you remember the login data, because you will further need the u:account during your studies.
  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 your secondary-school leaving certificate yet, enter the relevant information. You can already submit the application and upload your secondary-school leaving certificate later.
  3. Click on "continue to submission" and check the summary to see if the data you entered (especially your e-mail address) is correct. Then, click on "submit application".

Check the status of your application in u:space:

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

b) You have not uploaded any secondary-school leaving certificate yet. The status of your application is "amend" and the status of your secondary-school leaving certificate is "deficient!". This means you can upload your secondary-school leaving certificate later on.

As soon as the status of your application in u:space below “My applications” is “submitted”, continue with step 3.
This status does not change anymore!

 Registration in u:space

 Application for admission

Step 3: Register for the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU)

  1. Book an online appointment by using our appointment scheduling tool. 
    Detailed information on how to book an appointment
    As your identity needs to be verified, you have to complete this step in person. Representation by third parties is not possible. 
  2. During this appointment, the Admission Office checks your documents. Afterwards, you will receive an admission letter via e-mail. This document is required to register at the VWU. Choose a cooperation partner and register for a German course within the corresponding registration period. 

Step 4: Admission

This is how you complete the admission procedure:

  1. Send us the confirmation of your VWU registration via the Servicedesk of the University of Vienna. You will be admitted to a non-degree programme (for the purpose of attending the preparation programme). You cannot yet start with your degree programme and are only allowed to take the supplementary examination at the VWU. After the admission you will receive an e-mail.
  2. Pay the Students’ Union fee afterwards. The admission is completed as soon as the prescribed fee is received in u:space > Financial matters > Tuition fee/Students' Union fee.

The admission to the degree programme is only possible after having successfully passed the supplementary examination in German.

 Personal Admission online

Step 5: Order the u:card

As soon as the Students' Union fee is received, you can order your student ID card, the u:card.

Furthermore, you can print out your student documents (student record sheet and confirmation of enrolment) in u:space > Personal matters > My documents.



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