German language proficiency for bachelor/diploma programmes with entrance exam procedure

 

A proof of German language proficiency at level A2 is needed when applying for admission to a bachelor/diploma programme.

For participating in the entrance exam procedure you are required to have an advanced level (at least B2) of German language proficiency, as the entrance exam is held in German.

No later than at the time of admission to the degree programme, you must have a proof of German language proficiency at level C1 (or higher). You do not yet need this proof on the day of the exam.

Option 1: You already have a proof of German language proficiency

Apply for admission to the degree programme of your choice in u:space and upload the required documents. 

  • In your application, select "Yes, my German knowledge is sufficient. I would like to participate in the entrance exam procedure for the academic year 2020/21."

As the final step in the application, pay the exam fee of 50 Euro. Once you have paid, you are registered for the entrance exam procedure.

Option 2: You are currently attending a German course

At the moment, you do not have any proof of German language proficiency at level C1, but you will receive it before 5 February 2021. You are planning on starting your degree programme as soon as you have the certificate, either in the winter semester 2020/21 or in the summer semester 2021. Apply for admission to the degree programme of your choice in u:space and upload the required documents.

  • In your application, select "Yes, my German knowledge is sufficient. I would like to participate in the entrance exam procedure for the academic year 2020/21."

As the final step in the application, pay the exam fee of 50 Euro. Once you have paid, you are registered for the entrance exam procedure.

Example: You are currently attending a German course (privately or in the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities), which you are going to finish within the next winter semester. You are planning on starting your degree programme in the summer semester 2021.

Option 3: You have little knowledge of German

Apply for admission to the degree programme of your choice in u:space and 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)."

You can submit the application for admission to the degree programme without paying the exam fee of 50 Euro for the entrance exam procedure. As soon as you have an adequate knowledge of German, you will be able to register for the entrance exam procedure for one of the upcoming academic years in u:space in due time and participate in it.

Accepted proofs C1

Only the following certificates and proofs of German language proficiency at level C1 are accepted:

Proofs C1

  • Secondary-school leaving certificate from a school where the language of instruction is German and all exams are held in German, e.g. Austrian or German schools abroad
  • Graduation from a degree programme of at least three years duration at a university where the teaching language is German
  • Passing of the supplementary exam in German (Ergänzungsprüfung Deutsch) at a University Preparation Programme of an Austrian university

The above mentioned proofs are valid for an unlimited time.

Certificates C1

  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom – ÖSD Zertifikat C1 (formerly called: C1 Oberstufe Deutsch)
  • Goethe Institut – Goethe Zertifikat C1
  • telc Deutsch „C1 Hochschule“
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer StudienwerberInnen DSH2
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz DSD II
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test DaF), at least level 4 in all parts
  • Language Center of the University of Vienna – course and successfully passed exam of level C1/2

In case of separate exams for certain levels only C1/2 is accepted!

These certificates are valid for 3 years only, otherwise a placement test must be passed.

Accepted proofs A2

Only the following certificates and proofs of German language proficiency at level A2 are accepted:

Proofs A2

  • school report of a secondary school including the subject German
  • courses of 8 ECTS credits or 200 hours instructed in German within a degree programme at a recognised post-secondary educational institution

These proofs are valid for an unlimited time.

Certificates A2

  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom – A2 (ÖSD Zertifikat A2, ZA2)
  • Goethe Institut – Goethe Zertifikat A2
  • telc Deutsch - A2
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe I - DSD I
  • Österreichischer Integrationsfonds (ÖIF) - ÖIF Test (A2)
  • Language Center of the University of Vienna - successfully passed exam of level A2
  • test "German as a foreign language" (Test DaF) with at least level TDN 3 in all parts

These certificates must not be older than two years (from the exam date).

German course in the University Preparation Programme

If you upload a proof of German language proficiency of a lower level than C1 (but at least A2), you will have the possibility of participating in a German course of the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU) or a cooperation partner. 

  • As a non-EU/EEA citizen, your admission letter for a bachelor/diploma programme will require you to pass the supplementary exam in German.
  • As an EU/EEA citizen having applied for admission to a bachelor/diploma programme, you will receive a confirmation for the VWU course registration in the Admission Office (opening hours)
  • As an EU/EEA citizen or non-EU/EEA citizen having applied for a master programme instructed in German, your admission letter will require you to pass the supplementary exam in German.

 Important note for students in the VWU

Once you have been admitted to the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities as a non-degree student, only the supplementary exam in German (Ergänzungsprüfung Deutsch, EPD)  is accepted as a proof of German language proficiency! It is not possible to leave the preparation programme and take a German language exam elsewhere. Disregard may lead to severe consequences such as the loss of your residence permit.

Due to an agreement with the University of Vienna, persons who have quit the VWU and have passed a different German language exam in the meanwhile can still take the supplementary exam in German (EPD).

Detailed information on the new regulation

Information about the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU)