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Admission to a doctoral/PhD degree programme with a diploma from another university

Following information regards the application to a master degree programme. The procedure is identical, whether you graduated at another Austrian university or university of applied science (Fachhochschule) or at a university abroad.

Please note that the University of Vienna cannot give information about the status of any application due to organisational reasons!

Application and admission to doctoral/PhD programmes (except PhD programmes in Economics) is possible throughout the year.

Deadlines for PhD in Economics

The admission procedure

Please follow these steps within the prescribed deadlines, depending on your citizenship:

  1. Register and upload the required documents via U:SPACE
  2. Enrol for the study programme
  3. Payment of the tuition fee/students' union fee

Admission periods at the University of Vienna

Step 1: Register in U:SPACE and activate the u:account

You need to register in U:SPACE and activate your u:account which you will need throughout your study programme. The e-mail address you enter in the registration will be the one used in all correspondence with the Admission Office throughout the course of the admission process.

Prepare the following documents for upload (in pdf format):

  • Your bachelor and master certificate with the legalisations required for the country it was issued in
  • Your diploma supplement, transcript of records, index
  • In case you have non-EU citizenship: proof of special entrance qualification
  • A translation of all above mentioned documents made by a court sworn translator (if the documents were issued in languages other than German or English)
  • A scan of your passport/personal ID (photo page)
  • Proof of German or English prescribed in the specific curriculum (see the curriculum of the specific master programme)
  • A passport photograph
  • A motivation letter on the research project and the choice of the institute/department (optional)

The processing of your application will take several weeks. We recommend:

  • apply as early as possible
  • make sure the uploaded documents are legible and the scan is of high quality (300dpi resolution)
  • upload the pdf-files in the right areas in U:SPACE (e.g. secondary school leaving certificate original + legalisation + translation all in the field "secondary school leaving certificate"; the special entrance qualification in original + translation in the field "special entrance qualification" etc.)


Attention: Late applications or deficient/incomplete documentation result in long processing times and make an enrolment in the semester applied for impossible.
We ask for your understanding that the University of Vienna cannot provide information about the status of processing.

Neither the Admission Office nor Student Point can provide information about the current status of processing due to organisational reasons.

Once the Admission Office has completed the processing of your application, you will receive a notification by e-mail. If the attached letter is a positive letter of admission you can be enrolled.

U:SPACE
Information regarding legalisation and translation
Information about special entrance qualification
Information about proficiency in German and accepted proofs
Curricula of the doctoral/PhD programmes (in German)

Step 2: Enrol personally for the study programme

The admission can be

  • granted without additional exams
  • granted with additional exams taken out of the bachelor and master programme up to 60 ECTS, which have to be taken during the doctoral/PhD programme or
  • rejected

You find information about the supplementary exams in your admission letter. You do not need to enrol for the bachelor or master programme for taking these exams, you can do them while you are already in your doctoral/PhD programme (it is recommended to do them rather at the beginning).

You need to come to the Admission Office personally with the originals of the above mentioned documents or notarized copies of them until the end of the extended admission period (Mon 09:00-12:00, Thu 14:00-17:00).

At this point your identity needs to be checked, so you can only do this step yourself and not another person instead of you.

Attention: If acquiring German proficiency is prescribed in your admission letter you should finish the enrolment procedure until 5th September (in winter semester) and 5th of February (in summer semester) in order to be able to still sign into a German course!

Mind the registration periods for the courses may be rather short and plan your personal enrolment date accordingly!

Admission periods

Step 3: Payment of the tuition fee/students' union fee

Once you paid the prescribed tuition fee/students' union fee you are enrolled in the study programme

You can pay directly at the Admission Office when you are there for the personal enrolment with a Maestro debit card. In that case the enrolment is effective immediately.

Or you can use one of the following types of payment:

  • Online payment via eps online-payment (only possible if you have an Austrian bank account) via U:SPACE > Financial Matters > tuition fee/students’ union fee
  • Via Online banking: the required data are available in U: SPACE > Financial Matters > tuition fee/students' union fee
  • With the payment bill which you can print using your u:account password at the self service terminals in the main university building.

The amount of the tuition fee/students' union fee
U:SPACE
Self service terminals (in German)

What happens after the admission?

Once the balance in U:SPACE > Financial Matters > tuition fee/students’ union fee is zero, the fee is communicated. In case of classical online banking or payment via payment bill this may take up to seven days.

Then you can print your student documents via U:SPACE > Personal Matters > My Documents (that is the student record sheet/Studienblatt and the confirmation of enrolment/Studienbestätigung). The semester sticker that you need to put in your student ID card will be sent to the postal address saved in U:SPACE.

After the final step of the admission you can start planning your semester and register for the courses within their specific registration periods.

How to plan the semester (in German)
Course registration system( in German)

Zusätzliche Informationen

Contact

Universität Wien
Student Point
Universitätsring 1
1010 Wien
Tiefparterre, Hof 4, Stiege 6
Tel. +43/1/4277-10600

english.studentpoint@univie.ac.at

Further contact information