Non-degree programme


Non-degree students are not admitted to a specific degree programme but have the possibility of “attending individual courses”.
The participation in the entrance exam procedures for bachelor/diploma programmes for
non-degree students is possible.

Without secondary-school leaving certificate

Persons without secondary-school leaving certificate can study a non-degree programme to:

  1. pass their “Studienberechtigungsprüfung” (information in German),
  2. bridge the time until their school-leaving certificate is issued (i.e. in case they still need to pass part of their final exams),
  3. attend various courses out of interest.

Regarding case 2: The information below is not relevant for you. Please read the information for “Nachmaturant*innen” (in German).

With secondary-school leaving certificate

Persons with secondary-school leaving certificate are admitted as non-degree students to:

  1. pass a German language course or other subject courses at the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities ("VWU") to be able to start with their degree programme,
  2. attend various courses out of interest (i.e. because the University of Vienna does not offer any Free Mover Programme; persons taking an educational leave).

In case 1, you will have to apply for admission to a degree programme. Please do not read the information below, as it does not correspond to you!

In case 2, carefully read through the consequences of studying a non-degree programme before you apply for admission.

Additionally, persons are admitted as non-degree students if they

 Required documents

You will need as a JPEG or PNG file:

  • your passport or personal ID (front and back)


Winter semester 2022/23:

  • Application and admission period: from 11 July to 31 October 2022
  • Semester start: 1 October

Summer semester 2023:

  • Application and admission period: from 9 January to 31 March 2023
  • Semester start: 1 March

Schedule of the academic year

What do you have to bear in mind?

A non-degree programme has several consequences:

  • Exams that you pass during your non-degree programme can only be recognised for a degree programme in Austria if you did not have your secondary-school leaving certificate or your certificate of university entrance qualification examination (“Studienberechtigungsprüfung”) at the time you passed the exams.
  • Examination attempts in the non-degree programme are also counted in the degree programme. If all examination attempts are graded negatively, you will be permanently excluded from the degree programme, and you cannot study this degree programme.
  • You have to pay your tuition fee and the Students’ Union fee, regardless of your citizenship.
  • Course places are preferably distributed among degree students.
  • During a non-degree programme it is not possible to pass (partial) diploma examinations, module examinations or public defenses. Thus it is not possible to complete a degree programme.
  • If you are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country, please check in advance with the Immigration Office (MA 35) if you will receive a student visa.
  • You will not be able to apply for an Austrian self-insurance (=health insurance) for students.

Your steps in the admission procedure


Step 1: Registration in u:space

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.

Log in to u:space and finish the registration. Under "Non-degree programme" you can find the link that guides you to the Statistical Data (UHSTAT1) Confirmation. Fill in the confirmation and print it.


Step 2: Admission

This is how you complete the admission procedure: 

  1. Book an appointment by using our appointment scheduling tool. The admission is carried out online via Skype.
    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. Pay the tuition fee/Students' Union fee after your appointment. The admission is completed as soon as the prescribed fee is received in u:space > Financial matters > Tuition fee/Students' Union fee.

As soon as you have received your secondary-school leaving certificate/certificate of university entrance qualification examination (“Studienberechtigungsprüfung”), book an appointment again within the admission period by using our appointment scheduling tool. Then you will be admitted to the degree programme.


Step 3: Order the u:card and create your semester schedule

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.

After the admission, you can create your semester schedule and register for courses. The registration deadlines are available in the course directory in u:find as well as in u:space.



How can I change to the degree programme?
How can I get my tuition fee back?
Can those exams which I have passed during my non-degree programme be recognised for my degree programme?