Proof of English language proficiency

You must provide a proof of English language proficiency to be admitted to the bachelor programme in International Legal Studies and English or multilingual master programmes at the Universitiy of Vienna.

Recognised proofs of English language proficiency at level B2

A proof of English language proficiency at level B2 is required for admission to the bachelor programme in International Legal Studies as well as to multiple master programmes taught in English and multilingual master programmes.

Proofs B2

  • Secondary-school leaving certificate with successful graduation exam in the subject English. If the level of English proficiency is not clearly evident in the certificate, a confirmation by the school administration may be claimed.
  • IB diploma according to the regulations of the "International Baccalaureate Organization" with the subject English.
  • Certificate of the supplementary examination in the subject English from the University Preparation Programme of an Austrian University.
  • "Studienberechtigungszeugnis" from an Austrian university with a successfully completed examination in the subject English. 
  • Degree diploma and transcript of records/diploma supplement from a completed bachelor or master programme taught entirely in English at a recognised post-secondary educational institution.
  • Transcript of records/diploma supplement from a recognised post-secondary educational institution with proof of successfully completed English language specific courses with at least 6 ECTS or 150 hours. Thereby, the language of instruction must be English and the language level must be B2. If the extent or level of the courses is not explicitly stated in the transcripts, a confirmation of the educational institution may be claimed.
  • Recognised proof of English language proficiency at a higher level than B2 (see FAQ).

These proofs are valid for an unlimited time. 

Certificates B2

  • TOEFL: 87 points or higher
  • IELTS Academic: Overall Band Score: 6.5 points
  • Cambridge English First Certificate (FCE): result level B2
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): result level B2
  • Language Competency Examination by a University Language Center: level B2

These proofs may not be older than three years at the time of application.

Recognised proofs of English language proficiency at level C1

A proof of English language proficiency at level C1 is required for admission to the master programme in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures and the master programme in English Language and Linguistics.

Proofs C1

  • Degree diploma and transcript of records/diploma supplement
    • of a degree programme of at least two years,
    • taught entirely in English,
    • at a university in an EU/EEA country, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the USA, Australia, New Zealand or Canada.
  • Proof of erudite language: secondary-school leaving certificate, if the certificate was awarded at an institution with English as the language of education.
  • English as first language (see FAQ).

These proofs are valid for an unlimited time. 

Certificates C1

  • TOEFL: 110 points or higher
  • IELTS Academic: Overall Band Score: 8 (at least 7.5 per component)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade A
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or higher

These proofs may not be older than three years at the time of application.

Recognised proofs of English language proficiency at level C2

A proof of English language proficiency at level C2 is required for the master programme in Translation, if one of the working languages is English.

Proofs C2

  • Degree diploma and transcript of records/diploma supplement

    • of a degree programme of at least two years,
    • taught entirely in English,
    • at a university in an EU/EEA country, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the USA, Australia, New Zealand or Canada.
  • Degree diploma and transcript of records/diploma supplement
    • of a completed degree programme,
    • with English language specific courses,
    • to the extent of at least 36 ECTS.

These proofs are valid for an unlimited time. 

Certificates C2

  • TOEFL: 115 points or higher
  • IELTS Academic: Overall Band Score: 8 or higher
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade A
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or higher

These proofs may not be older than three years at the time of application. 

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 FAQ

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Are there any bachelor programmes taught in English?
My English certificate is not in the list. Can it be accepted?
I had English lessons in school. Is this a proof of English language proficiency?
English is my first language, but I do not have any of the proofs mentioned above. Do I have to take an exam?
I have a proof of English language proficiency at a higher level than required for my degree programme. Do I have to provide a separate proof?
I have not yet received my secondary-school leaving certificate and want to apply for admission to the bachelor programme in International Legal Studies. How should I proceed?