Admission to the bachelor programme in Education

Academic year 2020/21

The application period is over. You can only be admitted to this degree programme if you have submitted the application on time and meet all the requirements for admission. Application deadlines for the academic year 2021/22 will be announced in spring 2021.

Detailed information on the entrance exam procedure and the admission procedure for applicants

  • with a citizenship and a secondary-school leaving certificate
  • from a non-EU/EEA country and
  • with German language level A2 or B1

You cannot participate in the entrance exam procedure yet, but you can apply for admission to the degree programme and then attend a German course. Please read the information on the required German knowledge carefully!

Covid-19

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: 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

 Deadlines

  • Application period: already over
  • Admission period winter semester 2020/21: from 3 August to 30 November 2020
  • Admission period summer semester 2021: from 7 January to 30 April 2021
  • Semester start: 1 October (winter semester), 1 March (summer semester)

Schedule of the academic year

 Important note: University Preparation Programme

Keep in mind the registration deadlines of the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU).

 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 the required legalisation according to the issuing country
    • plus sworn translation (if not issued in German or English)
    • merged into one PDF file
  • proof of special university entrance qualification in its original version
    • together with a sworn translation (if not issued in German or English)
    • merged into one PDF file
  • if available, transcripts/diplomas in their original version (in case you have already studied at a university)
    • together with the required legalisation according to the issuing country
    • plus sworn translation (if not issued in German or English)
    • merged into one PDF file
  • proof of German language proficiency at level A2 or higher merged into one PDF file

 Your steps in the admission procedure

Step 1: Complete the Online Self-Assessment (OSA)

Within the application period, take one or two hours to complete the Online Self-Assessment (OSA). Even though you do not have sufficient German knowledge yet, you are required to take the OSA.

After having completed the OSA, you receive your OSA code.

Step 2: Prepare the required documents

In order to be able to apply for admission to the degree programme as soon as possible, prepare the required documents before the start of the application period.

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

Step 3: 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.
    • Select “No, my German knowledge is not yet sufficient. I want to attend a German course in the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU).”
  3. Enter the OSA code.
  4. 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".

Now, the status of your application is "submitted".

The Admission Office will process your application for admission to the degree programme. Due to the high number of applications, it may take several weeks until you receive an official notice to the e-mail address entered in u:space.

Step 4: Register for the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU)

Together with your admission letter, you receive information about your further steps in the admission procedure and the supplementary exams you will have to pass at the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU) before starting with your degree programme. Apart from German, supplementary exams in Mathematics, English or History/Geography may be prescribed.

Follow the indications in the e-mail you have received together with the admission letter and register for the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU).

Step 5: Admission

As your identity needs to be verified, you have to complete this step in person. Representation by third parties is not possible.

This is how you complete the admission procedure: 

  1. Once you are registered at the VWU, book an appointment before the admission deadline by using our appointment scheduling tool. The admission is carried out online via Skype. 
    Detailed information on how to book an appointment
    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 exams at the VWU. After the admission you will receive an e-mail.
  2. Pay the Students' Union fee. 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 all supplementary exams as well as the entrance exam procedure, provided you fulfil all requirements for the admission to a bachelor programme at the University of Vienna.

Step 6: 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.

 Registration for the entrance exam procedure

The entrance exam procedure takes place once per academic year (before the winter semester) and is valid for two semesters.

When you have acquired level B2 or C1 of German language proficiency, don’t forget to register for the entrance exam procedure in u:space in due time.