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Entry Requirements for Education in Austria

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Application & Entry Requirements in Austria

To apply to study in Austria, you have to send the application and necessary documents to either the university, the university of applied sciences Fachhochschule / UAS) or the UAS degree program. Applications submitted to the Austrian representative authorities will be forwarded to the educational institution .

Applications must arrive at the university on time. Bear in mind that forwarding may take some time and submission of the application at the representative institution must be done at the earliest. Some universities offer online applications and will then send specific further information to you via e-mail.

Closing dates/Deadlines for applications in Austria

  • All documents have to arrive at the Austrian university by September 1st for the winter semester and February 1st for the summer semester. These deadlines are not extendable. Since it takes a while to process the applications it is advisable that you submit the application as early as possible.

  • For Austrian residents and nationals of EU/EEA member countries and Swiss nationals, the general application deadlines of each university is approximately mid/end of October for the winter semester and mid/end of March for the summer semester, depending on the chosen university. An additional application period is available (November 30th for the winter semester, April 30th for the summer semester) to apply.

  • Some programs need students to complete an entrance examination, for example Medical universities, universities of the arts and UAS degree programs. Please inquire in good time about application deadlines, special requirements and dates  for the entrance examinations. Closing date for applications for entrance examinations can be up to 6 months before the beginning of the semester.

Required documents for admission to study in Austria

1. Application for admission- University application form (can be downloaded from the university's homepage or will be sent by them). The candidate must mention the program he/she wishes to study and relevant personal information.

2. Proof of nationality along with a copy of official ID along with photo or valid travel document(if required).

3. General university entrance requirements(attested copies for International students)
- for bachelor and diploma degree studies: secondary school leaving certificate or equivalent
- for master studies: bachelor or equivalent degree
- for doctoral studies: diploma, master or equivalent degree

4. For many programs proof of proficiency in German: is necessary and should also be included in the application documents, if available (e.g. German examination with the school leaving examination, language course diplomas).

Foreign documents have to be presented along with the original copy and have to be legalized. If documents are drawn up in languages other than German, legalized translations have to be added. Translations done abroad have to also be legalized.

Universities of the arts and UAS degree programs often do not require proof specific university entrance qualification; instead, prospective students have to pass an entrance examination or produce proof of relevant professional qualification. Information about the prerequisites (these differ from one institution to the other) is available from the universities of the arts, the universities of applied sciences and UAS degree programs.

If all prerequisites are met, the educational institution will send the notification of admission or the invitation to sit an entrance examination to the address specified by the applicant. Students may be admitted as degree program students or – if supplementary examinations are required and in the case of university training courses /university level courses Universitätslehrgänge) – as non-degree program students.

On arrival to Austria students have to enroll in person with the university or UAS degree program.

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The content of this Study in Austria guide has been developed by OeAD - Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research.

About OeAD

OeAD is Austria’s leading non-profit-making service organisation in the field of international cooperation in education and research. The activities of the OeAD embrace general, academic and vocational education with – historically grown – specific focus on academic mobility.


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Last update: 26 Oct 2018

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