Legalisation and translation

Depending on the country of issuance, your documents may need legalisation. If legalisation requirements exist for the country in which your documents were issued (see table below), your documents must already be legalised accordingly at the time of applying. The legalisation must be placed on the original documents.

Apostille

If you need a legalisation by Apostille, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country that issued your documents. In several countries instead the Ministry of Justice or the Ministry of Education is responsible for an Apostille. The Apostille needs to confirm the signature on the original document not the signature of the notary.

Full legalisation

If you need a full legalisation for your documents, contact the Ministry of Education and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (resp. in some countries Ministry of Justice) in the country your documents were issued in for validations. When you got this validations you have to contact the Austrian representation (embassy or consulate) responsible for the issuing country for an additional validation.

Applicants from China (People's Republic) have to additionally present a certificate by the Academic Evaluation Centre (Akademische Prüfungsstelle - APS) of the German embassy in Peking.

Translation

All for the application process necessary documents have to be translated (after the legalisation), if they are not issued in German or English. This translation has to be done by a court sworn translator after the documents were legalised, as the legalisation has to be translated as well.

Legalisation per country

Country Type of Legalisation
EU/EEA no legalisation
Afghanistan full legalisation (currently not required)
Albania Apostille
Algeria full legalisation
Andorra Apostille
Angola Apostille
Antigua and Barbuda Apostille
Argentina Apostille
Armenia Apostille
Australia Apostille
Azerbaijan Apostille
Bahamas Apostille
Bahrain Apostille
Bangladesh full legalisation
Barbados Apostille
Belarus Apostille (currently not required)
Belize Apostille
Benin full legalisation
Bhutan full legalisation
Bolivia Apostille
Bosnia and Herzegovina no legalisation
Botswana Apostille
Brazil Apostille
Brunei Darussalam Apostille
Burkina Faso full legalisation
Burundi full legalisation (currently not required)
Cabo Verde Apostille
Cambodia full legalisation
Cameroon full legalisation
Canada full legalisation
Central African Republic full legalisation
Chad full legalisation (currently not required)
Chile Apostille
China full legalisation and certification by APS
China (Hongkong) Apostille
Colombia Apostille
Comoros Apostille (currently not required)
Congo full legalisation (currently not required)
Congo (Democratic Republic) full legalisation (currently not required)
Costa Rica Apostille
Côte d'Ivoire full legalisation
Cuba full legalisation
Democratic People's Republic of Korea full legalisation (currently not required)
Djibouti full legalisation
Dominica Apostille
Dominican Republic full legalisation
Ecuador Apostille
Egypt full legalisation
El Salvador Apostille
Equatorial Guinea full legalisation (currently not required)
Eritrea full legalisation
Eswatini Apostille
Ethiopia full legalisation
Fiji Apostille
Gabon full legalisation
Gambia full legalisation
Georgia Apostille
Ghana full legalisation
Grenada Apostille
Guatemala Apostille
Guinea full legalisation
Guinea-Bissau full legalisation
Guyana Apostille
Haiti full legalisation
Honduras Apostille
India Apostille
Indonesia Apostille
Iran full legalisation
Iraq full legalisation (currently not required)
Israel Apostille
Jamaica full legalisation
Japan Apostille
Jordan full legalisation
Kazakhstan Apostille
Kenya full legalisation
Kiribati full legalisation
Kosovo full legalisation
Kuwait full legalisation
Kyrgyzstan full legalisation
Laos full legalisation
Lebanon full legalisation
Lesotho Apostille
Liberia Apostille
Libya full legalisation
Macau Apostille
Madagascar full legalisation
Malawi Apostille
Malaysia full legalisation
Maldives full legalisation
Mali full legalisation
Marshall Islands Apostille
Mauritania full legalisation
Mauritius Apostille
Mexico Apostille
Micronesia full legalisation
Moldova (Republic) Apostille
Monaco Apostille
Mongolia full legalisation
Montenegro no legalisation
Morocco Apostille
Mozambique Apostille
Myanmar full legalisation (currently not required)
Namibia Apostille
Nauru full legalisation
Nepal full legalisation
New Zealand Apostille
Nicaragua Apostille
Niger full legalisation
Nigeria full legalisation
Niue Apostille
North Macedonia no legalisation
Oman Apostille
Pakistan full legalisation
Palau full legalisation
Panama Apostille
Papua New Guinea full legalisation
Paraguay Apostille
Peru Apostille
Philippines Apostille and legalisation by the Austrian embassy
Qatar full legalisation
Republic of Korea Apostille
Russia Apostille (currently not required)
Rwanda full legalisation
Samoa Apostille
San Marino Apostille
São Tomé und Príncipe Apostille
Saudi Arabia full legalisation
Senegal full legalisation
Serbia no legalisation
Seychelles Apostille
Sierra Leone full legalisation
Singapore Apostille
Solomon Islands Apostille
Somalia full legalisation (currently not required)
South Africa Apostille
South Sudan full legalisation (currently not required)
Sri Lanka full legalisation
St. Kitts and Nevis Apostille
St. Lucia Apostille
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Apostille
Sudan full legalisation (currently not required)
Suriname Apostille
Switzerland no legalisation
Syria full legalisation
Taiwan (China) full legalisation
Tajikistan full legalisation
Tanzania full legalisation
Thailand full legalisation
Timor-Leste full legalisation
Togo full legalisation
Tonga Apostille
Trinidad and Tobago Apostille
Tunisia full legalisation
Turkey Apostille
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Apostille
Turkmenistan full legalisation
Tuvalu full legalisation
Uganda full legalisation
Ukraine Apostille (currently not required)
United Arab Emirates full legalisation
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland no legalisation
Uruguay Apostille
USA no legalisation
Uzbekistan full legalisation
Vanuatu Apostille
Vatican City full legalisation
Venezuela Apostille
Vietnam full legalisation
West Bank and Gaza Strip full legalisation
Yemen full legalisation
Zambia full legalisation
Zimbabwe Apostille