Admission to a master programme with a certificate from another university

You have a degree from another university or university of applied sciences and want to study a master programme without entrance exam procedure at the University of Vienna?

Apply for admission early via u:space and complete your admission personally in the Admission Office within the deadline.


Due to the global situation regarding Covid-19, it is currently difficult to obtain documents in many places. If you have problems providing certain legalisations or proofs at the time of applying, please contact us via contact form.

If you apply in time, but certain documents or legalisations are missing, you will receive an amendment request and a reasonable deadline by which the missing documents must be resubmitted.

Please note! This does not apply to the certificate of proficiency in German at level A2 required for the application for degree programmes instructed in German: If you do not have this document at the time of applying, you cannot submit your application. Applications without the required proof of German knowledge at level A2 will be rejected in any case.

Information and FAQs about Covid-19 and the University of Vienna

Please note

  • Apply for admission only when you have all required documents ready.The scans of your documents have to be in high quality (readability!).
  • You can only apply for admission after you have entirely completed your degree programme of at least three years (180 ECTS) and have lost the entitlement to take exams. A confirmation of your university about the completion of studies in combination with your transcripts/diploma supplement is accepted.
  • Your post-secondary degree has to be closely related to the master programme you intend to study at the University of Vienna.
  • At the University of Vienna, non-EU/EEA citizens with a bachelor degree from a non-EU/EEA country may only study the same degree programme which they are allowed to study in the country that issued their degree (= the special university entrance qualification).
  • Due to the processing time of your application for admission at the University of Vienna and the processing time of your visa application at the Austrian embassy or consulate, you might not be able to finish your admission in the semester you applied for.

 Required documents

You need the following documents

as a JPEG or PNG file:

  • Your passport or personal ID (front and back)

as  seperate PDF files:


The deadlines depend on your citizenship and on whether or not you have to participate in a German preparation course.

 Semester start

  • winter semester: 1 October
  • summer semester: 1 March

Schedule of the academic year

Your steps in the admission procedure


Step 1: Preparation of the required documents

Before the start of the application period, prepare all required documents in its appropriate form. Scan all required documents (in high resolution) and create PDF files. All pages of one document as well as its legalisation and/or translation have to be merged into one single PDF file by means of an online tool of your choice (i.e. bachelor certificate + legalisation + translation, special university entrance qualification + translation, etc.). All your files have to be easily readable and in high quality.


Step 2: Application for admission via u:space

Activate your u:account in u:space during the application period. You will need this account during your studies at the University of Vienna.

Log in to u:space, finish the registration, select the degree programme of your choice and upload the required documents as separate PDF files. Then click on "submit application".

The Admission Office can only process your application if the status is "submitted".

If you don't have any proof of German proficiency yet (and apply for a programme taught in German), it will be prescribed in your admission letter that you have to take the supplementary exam German before you can begin your degree programme. You can pass this exam at the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (deadlines, fees, partner institutes).


Step 3: Wait for the admission letter

The University of Vienna needs at least several weeks to process your application. Due to organisational reasons it is not possible to inform you about the status of your application.

The Admission Office will contact you via e-mail to the address you provided in u:space.


Step 4: Admission

With your admission letter, you get information about your further steps in the admission procedure and information on whether you have to take the supplementary examination German at the VWU (cooperation partners, costs, deadlines) before your can start your degree programme.

The admission may be either

  • without stipulations,
  • with stipulations of additional exams (up to a maximum of 30 ECTS) from the bachelor programme which you have to pass during your master programme or
  • rejected due to missing equivalence.

You will be notified about possible stipulations in the admission letter. A seperate admission to a bachelor/master programme to participate in the required courses is not necessary. They should be passed at the begining of the degree programme!

As your identity has to be verified, you have to complete the admission procedure personally at the Admission Office. Representation by third parties is not possible!


Step 5: Payment of the tuition fee/Students' Union fee

Pay the tuition fee/Students' Union fee. The admission is completed as soon as the prescribed fee is received in u:space > Financial Matters > Tuition fees/Students' Union fee. 


What comes next?

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.

As a non-degree student (while participating in the Preparation Programme - VWU) you may only attend courses and pass exams at the VWU. This means you cannot start with your degree programme yet.

Once you are enrolled as a degree student, you can plan your semester and register for courses. The respective course registration periods can be found in u:find and u:space.



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