Registration period for first semesters in winter semester 2022/2023: August 19th - September 2nd 2022
Registration period for continuing students at VWU* in winter semester 2022/2023: July 1st - July 7th 2022
* continuing students: students who attended classes at VWU in summer semester 2022 or in earlier semesters (with the exception of students with scholarships) and students who have to take supplementary exams in one or more subjects other than German and attended classes at the cooperation partners of VWU (Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien, die Berater®) in summer semester 2022 or in earlier semesters and reached FG- or WF-level in the exam at the end of the semester ("Aufstiegsprüfung").
Students qualifying for the reduced course fee (see below) register at VWU. Students not qualifying for the reduced course fee register at one of the two cooperation partners of VWU.
Students registering for the first time (students who did not attend any courses within the University Preparation Programme - neither at VWU nor at a cooperation partner) and qualifying for a reduced course fee register in person at VWU within the registration period. Before you register in person, please send the following documents via email with the subject "First time course registration" to email@example.com (possible from August 12th on):
- Admission letter and
- Passport (or documentation of your asylum status, e.g. Convention passport, white card, grey card, etc.)
You will then receive a confirmation via email and may make an appointment for the registration in person via Doodle.
Students continuing their courses (students who already attended one or more courses either at VWU or at one of our cooperation partners) and qualifying for the reduced course fee do not need an appointment for personal registration in our office. Instead they register online, via email. Qualified students will be informed by VWU via email.
Please plan your entry to Austria according to these deadlines, ideally
- in AUGUST for winter semester
- in JANUARY for summer semester
An admission letter by one of the scientific universities in Vienna (Universität Wien, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Technische Universität Wien, Medizinische Universität Wien, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien) is a prerequisite to join the Preparation Programme. Without admission letter registration is not possible. Students need to register in person.
Students have to pass the supplementary examinations in German and other subjects at the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities before they can be admitted to a regular degree programme at the university. The preparatory courses take place at the VWU itself (only for students who qualify for a reduced course fee) or at one of two cooperation partners. While attending the courses, students are admitted to university as non-degree programme students (“außerordentliche Studierende”).
The German courses consist of 320 lessons, the course fee is €1,275 (€4/lesson) per semester; reduced fee: €508 per semester. An additional amount of approx. €20-30 for material costs (photocopies) may be charged.
If you qualify for a reduced course fee, you may attend a course at the VWU in Sechshauser Straße 33A.
Otherwise you may chose between our two cooperation partners:
Registration for students qualifying for a reduced fee (concessions)
Who qualifies for a reduced fee? The reduced fee of €508 applies to three categories of students:
Category 1: Students who are asylum seekers, recognised refugees or subsidiary protected persons in Austria
Category 2: Students who have to pass supplementary examinations in English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry or Biology only (and no supplementary examination in German) – regardless of their nationality or asylum status
Category 3: Nationals of countries according to the List of countries
Students finding themselves in one of these three categories may register at VWU in Sechshauser Straße 33A. Please note that you need to make an appointment beforehand (see above under "Deadlines").
Registration: Steps for registration at VWU:
- Send an email with the subject "First time course registration" to firstname.lastname@example.org (possible from August 12th on), attaching your admission letter and your passport and/or documentation of your asylum status.
- Personal first registations take place between August 19th and September 2nd. Upon registration you will need to present your passport or another official identification document.
- Pay the course fee.
- Enrol at your university as a student in a “non-degree programme” until September 5th the latest.
- Pay the student union's fee ("ÖH-Beitrag").
Upon registering at VWU you will get an appointment for the mandatory placement test in German (and in English if you have to take the supplementary exam in English).
Courses at VWU in winter semester 2022/2023 start on September 29th.
Please note: Other, private course institutions are not part of the VWU system. Attending one of their courses will not qualify you for the status of a student in a “non-degree programme”.
Students not qualifying for the reduced course may not register at VWU, but at one of our two cooperation partners.
Steps for registering at a cooperation partner
Step 1: Register in person at one of the cooperation partners between August 19th and September 2nd 2022. Upon registration you will be provided with information about your placement, course times, etc.
Step 2: Pay the course fee (€1,275) and enrol at your university until September 5th the latest with the confirmation of registration and payment for your course within the University Preparation Programme.
Please note: registration procedures and opening hours may vary from one course institute to another. Please refer to the respective website for more information:
Students continuing their courses
Students continuing their courses may do so under the same conditions. Students may change courses from one cooperation partner to another. A transfer to VWU is possible only for students needing to pass supplementary exams in subjects other than German and already having acquired advanced knowledge of German (course result of the previous semester is level FG or WF).
You register directly at your course provider. Students who do not qualify for a reduced fee thus register at a cooperation partner:
Students continuing their courses who qualify for the reduced course fee don't need an appointment for a personal registration in our office - the register via e-mail from July 1st to July 7th 2022.
It is not necessary for students to communicate their continuation of studies to the university, if they want to be enrolled at the same university they were in the previous semester. This is an automated process and will be done about five working days after your course registration (but in winter semester 2022/2023 not before July 11th). However, the student union's fee ("ÖH-Beitrag") has to be paid, otherwise your registration will be canceled. Information about the student union's fee is provided by your university.
Please note that only courses at VWU or VWU-courses at one of our two cooperation partners qualify for university admission.
Requests for 5th and 6th semesters
If you wish to apply for a 5th or 6th semester within the University Preparation Programme, you may do so between August 19th and September 2nd in the office of VWU. Please note: Beforehand you need to make an appointment! In order to make an appointment, please send us your request via email (email@example.com) and attach your ID and your student record sheet ("Studienblatt") of summer semester 2022 or a current confirmation of study periods.
In order to apply for a 5th or 6th semester, you need to bring the following documents to your appointment at the office of VWU:
- Confirmations of all your courses ("Kursbestätigung") within the University Preparation Programme (not at VWU) including your course level and result
- student ID (or passport)
- admission letter of your university
- student record sheet ("Studienblatt") of summer semester 2022 (or a current confirmation of study periods)
- certifications proving why you were not able to finish the University Preparation Programme yet
- when applying for a 6th semester: additonal written request (a letter explaining why you need an additional semester and were not able to finish the University Preparation Programme yet
Changing from one of the cooperation partners to VWU (for combined classes in German and other subjects)
Students who need to pass one or more supplementary exams in subjects other than German and attending classes at one of your cooperation partners may attend combined classes of German and their respective subjects at VWU in winter semester 2022/2023, once they have achieved level FG or WF in the exam at the end of the semester ("Aufstiegsprüfung").
Qualified students may register at VWU via email and will be contacted by VWU in due time.