Admission to the bachelor programme in Teacher Education

Detailed information on the aptitude assessment and admission procedure for applicants with

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

You cannot participate in the aptitude assessment yet, but apply for admission to the degree programme and then attend a German course. Read the information on the required German knowledge carefully!

Map non-EU/EEA-countries

Academic year 2023/24

The application period for the academic year 2023/24 is already over. You can only be admitted to this degree programme if you have submitted your application in time and meet all requirements for admission.

Detailed information regarding the academic year 2024/25 (required documents, etc.) will be continually added to this page from the beginning of the year 2024 onwards.


  • Application period: from 1 March to 5 June 2023
  • Admission period winter semester 2023/24: from 10 July to 31 October 2023
  • Admission period summer semester 2024: from 8 January to 31 March 2024
  • 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). While attending the VWU you have to consider some things regarding your admission to the University of Vienna.

 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
  • list of subjects 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
  • for secondary-school leaving certificates from Iran, Türkiye or China: university entrance exam (Konkûr, ÖSYS, Gaokao)

 Your steps in the admission procedure

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

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.  You will need it in the further procedure.

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 sufficient. I want to attend a German course of 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 will receive information about your further steps in the admission procedure and the supplementary examinations 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 examinations in Mathematics, English or History/Geography may be prescribed. Further supplementary examinations may also be prescribed. 

Follow the indications in the e-mail you have received 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 for online first-time admission by using our appointment-booking tool within the admission period. 
    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 supplementary examinations at the VWU. After the admission you will receive an e-mail.
  2. Pay the Students' Union fee after your appointment. The admission procedure 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 examinations as well as the aptitude assessment, 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 aptitude assessment

The aptitude assessment 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 aptitude assessment in u:space in due time.