Knowledge of Foreign Languages

In general, the language of instruction of degree programmes at the University of Vienna is German.

Some master programmes are taught in another language or in a combination of German and another language. Legal basis for this is the curriculum of the respective programme.

For some degree programme, you need to prove your language proficiency before admission and upload the certificate in the application. This can be done via your previous studies or a certificate of the respective language.

For other degree programmes, the indicated level is a recommendation. Without knowledge of the language the progress of your studies will be delayed. However, the level of knowledge is not checked during admission process.

Master Programmes taught in English

The following master programmes are taught completely in English.

Degree ProgrammeRequired Qualification
Anglophone Literatures and CulturesEnglish C1 for programmes at the Department of English (admission requirement)
Banking and FinanceEnglish C1 (admission requirement) & GRE General Test® (admission requirement)
Botanik (Botany)English B2 (admission requirement)
Communication ScienceEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Computer Science (Informatik)English B2 (admission requirement)
Drug Discovery and DevelopmentEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
East Asian Economy and SocietyEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Ecology and EcosystemsEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Economics (Volkswirtschaftslehre)English C1 (admission requirement) & GRE General Test® (admission requirement)
English Language and LinguisticsEnglish C1 for programmes at the Department of English (admission requirement)
Environmental SciencesEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Evolutionary Systems BiologyEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Health and Physical ActivityEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Mathematics (Mathematik)English B2 (admission requirement)
Media Informatics (Medieninformatik)English B2 (admission requirement)
Middle European interdisciplinary master's programme in Cognitive Science (MEi:CogSci)English B2 (admission requirement)
Molecular Microbiology, Microbial Ecology and Immunobiology (Molekulare Mikrobiologie, Mikrobielle Ökologie und Immunbiologie)English B2 (admission requirement)
Physics of the Earth (Geophysics)English B2 (admission requirement)
Science-Technology-SocietyEnglish B2 (admission requirement)
Urban StudiesEnglish B2 (admission requirement)

Master Degree Programmes taught in Foreign Languages

The language of instruction of these programmes is German in combination with another language.

Degree ProgrammeRequired Qualification
African Studies (Afrikawissenschaften) German & African languages (proof by previous study)
Ancient History and Studies in Classical Antiquity (Alte Geschichte und Altertumskunde)German & Ancient languages (proof by previous study)
Ancient Oriental Philology and Oriental Archaeology (Altorientalische Philologie und Orientalische Archäologie)German (& English B2 recommended)
Anthropology (Anthropologie)German (& English B2 recommended)
Bioinformatics (Bioinformatik)German (& English B2 recommended)
Business Administration (Betriebswirtschaft)German & English C1 (admission requirement)
Business Informatics (Wirtschaftsinformatik)German (& English B2 recommended)
Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik)German & Greek (proof by previous study)
Classical Philology (Klassische Philologie)German & Ancient Greek, Latin (proof by previous study)
Contemporary History and Media (Zeitgeschichte und Medien)German (& English B2 recommended)
CREOLE - Cultural Differences and Transnational ProcessesGerman (& English B2 recommended)
Culture and Society of Modern Southern Asia (Kultur und Gesellschaft des modernen Südasiens)German & one modern Indian language (proof by previous study)
Dutch Studies (Nederlandistik)German & Dutch (proof by previous study)
East European Studies (Interdisziplinäre Osteuropastudien)German (& English B2 recommended)
Egyptology (Ägyptologie)German & Late Egyptian, Hieratic, Coptic Language (proof by previous study)
Finno-Ugrian Studies (Finno-Ugristik)German & Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian (proof by previous study)
Food Chemistry (Lebensmittelchemie)German (& English B2 recommended)
Geosciences (Erdwissenschaften)German (& English B2 recommended)
Historical Research, Auxiliary Sciences of History and Archival Studies (Geschichtsforschung, Historische Hilfswissenschaften und Archivwissenschaften)German (& English B2 recommended)
Hungarian Studies (Hungarologie)German & Hungarian (proof by previous study)
Indo-European Studies and Historic Linguistics (Indogermanistik und historische Sprachwissenschaft)German & indo-European language (proof by previous study)
International Business Administration (Internationale Betriebswirtschaft)German & English C1 (admission requirement)
Japanology (Japanologie)German & Japanese (proof by previous study or JLPT N2 [=B2.1. - Jaanese language proficiency test])
Jewish Studies (Judaistik)German & Aramaic, Hebrew (proof by previous study)
Koreanology (Koreanologie)German & Korean (proof by previous study)
Languages and Cultures of South Asia (Sprachen und Kulturen Südasiens)German & Sanskrit (proof by previous study)
Romance Studies (Romanistik)German & French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian or Spanish (C1) (proof by previous study)
Scandinavian Studies (Skandinavistik)German & Scandinavian language(s) (Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish) (proof by previous study)
Sinology (Sinologie/Unterrichtskompetenz Chinesisch) German & Chinese (proof by previous study)
Slavic Studies (Slawistik)German & Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Bulgarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian (proof by previous study)
Study of Religions (Religionswissenschaft)German & one ancient language (e.g. Ancient Greek, Latin, Sanskrit), Ancient Near Eastern or non-European language (proof by previous study)
The Arab World: Language and Society (Arabische Welt: Sprache und Gesellschaft)German (& English B2 recommended), Arabic B2 (proof by previous study)
Tibetology and Buddhist Studies (Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde)German & classical Tibetan, Sanskrit (proof by previous study)
Translation and Interpreting (Translation)Language proficiency for Translation and Interpreting
Turkish Studies (Turkologie)German & Turkic (proof by previous study)

GRE General Test®

An admission to the master programmes in Banking and Finance and Economics is only possible after passing the section of „quantitative reasoning“ of the GRE revised General Test with at least 150 points.

The test result must not be older than two years.