Admission to the bachelor programme in Sociology

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 an EU/EEA country, Switzerland or the UK and
  • with German language level B2 or higher

If you are in your final school year and do not have your secondary-school leaving certificate yet, you can already apply for admission and register for the entrance exam procedure. As soon as you receive the document, upload it in u:space.

No later than at the time of admission to the degree programme, you will need a secondary-school leaving certificate and a proof of German language proficiency at level C1 (or higher). You do not yet need these proofs on the day of the entrance exam. 

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

 Deadlines and overview

  • Application and registration period: already over
  • Exam fee: 50 Euro
  • Available university places: 420
  • Entrance exam: no exam
  • Admission period winter semester 2020/21: after the announcement of results until 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)

The admission to the degree programme is only possible after having successfully passed the entrance exam procedure, provided you fulfil all requirements for the admission to a bachelor programme at the University of Vienna.

Schedule of the academic year

 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 a sworn translation (if not issued in German or English)
    • merged into one PDF file
    The application is even possible before your secondary-school leaving certificate is issued.
  • proof of German language proficiency at level C1 or higher (not needed if you have a secondary-school leaving certificate from a German-speaking country) merged into one PDF file
  • if necessary, proof of any additional exams 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). It represents the first step of the entrance exam procedure and serves as a guide for choosing a degree programme that corresponds to your personal and professional skills. The OSA requires no specific preparation; it is not evaluated and does not influence your position in the ranking for the allocation of university places.

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

Step 2: Prepare the required documents

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

Step 3: Apply for admission and register

  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.
    • If you do not have your secondary-school leaving certificate yet, enter the relevant information. You can already register for the entrance exam procedure and upload your secondary-school leaving certificate later.
    • If needed, select “Yes, my German knowledge is sufficient. I want to participate in the entrance exam procedure for the coming academic year.”
  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.
  5. Then, click on "pay and submit application" and pay the exam fee of 50 Euro by credit card or by eps online transfer (only possible from an Austrian bank account).

Check the status of your application in u:space:

a) You have already uploaded a secondary-school leaving certificate. The status of your application is "submitted".

b) You have not uploaded any secondary-school leaving certificate yet. The status of your application is "amend" and the status of your secondary-school leaving certificate is "deficient!". This means you can upload your secondary-school leaving certificate later on.

Now you are registered for the entrance exam procedure. Your confirmation of registration is available in u:space. Several days after the application deadline, you will be informed by e-mail about whether a written exam will take place or not. Also check the spam folder of your mailbox. 

Step 4: Download the literature/examples for the exam

The literature/examples are available as a free download:

Step 5: Written entrance exam

At least 14 days before the exam date, you will receive an e-mail with information on the place, time and procedure of the entrance exam as well as the link to your permission to attend ("Einlassbestätigung"). Without the permission to attend a participation in the entrance exam is not possible. Make sure you are free on the day of the exam and travel to Vienna a day earlier, if necessary.

At the end of the exam you will be informed of the further steps. 

Step 6: Admission to the degree programme

Approximately 14 days after the exam, you will receive an e-mail with your results and the next steps. After the announcement of results, an admission to the degree programme is possible if you have passed the entrance exam procedure successfully and meet the requirements for an admission to a bachelor programme at the University of Vienna.

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 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. 

Step 7: 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.