Course registration


Registration for summer semester 2021: January 20th - February 4th

Students qualifying for a reduced course fee (see below) register at VWU (Sechshauser Straße 33A) directly. Students not qualifying for a reduced course fee register at one of our cooperation partners (die Berater or Sprachenzentrum).

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 need to register in person in our office. In order to do so, please make an appointment via email, state your request and attach your admission letter and passport.

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 a reduced course fee do not need an appointment for personal registration in our office. Instead they register online, via email.

First registrations

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 enrolled in 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 three cooperation partners. While attending the courses, students are enrolled as non-degree programme students (“außerordentliche Studierende”) at university.

The German courses consist of 320 lessons (22 to 24 lessons per week), the course fee is €1,223  (€3.8/lesson) per semester; reduced fee: €488 (€1.5/lesson) 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 can attend a course at the VWU in Sechshauser Straße 33A.

Otherwise you may chose between our three cooperation partners:

Registration for students qualifying for a reduced fee (concessions)

Who qualifies for a reduced fee?

The reduced fee of €488 applies to three categories of students:

Category 1: Nationals of countries according to the List of countries

Category 2: Students who are asylum seekers, recognised refugees or subsidiary protected persons in Austria

Category 3: 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.

Students finding themselves in one of these three categories can register directly at the VWU in Sechshauser Straße 33A - but you need to arrange an appointment for that (see above under "Deadlines").


Steps for registration at VWU, Sechshauser Straße 33A (you need to arrange an appointment for your personal registration - see above under "Deadlines"):

  • Issuance of payment forms and registration at VWU:  January 20 to February 4, 2021.
    Please bring:
    - admission letter and
    - passport or
    - documentation of your asylum status (e.g. Convention passport, white card, grey card, …)
  • Payment of the course fee by February 4, 2021 at the latest
  • Enrolment in person at your university as a student in a “non-degree programme” by February 5, 2021.
  • Placement tests for German and English: upon registration you'll be informed about the dates of your placement test(s).
  • Course start at VWU: February 18, 2021.

Attention: 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”.

Please check our FAQs for first-time enrolment.

Students not qualifying for the reduced course may not register at the VWU directly but only at one of our two cooperation partners.

Steps for registering at a cooperation partner

Step 1: Register in person between January 20 and February 4, 2021. Upon registration you will be provided with information about your placement, course times, etc.

Step 2: Pay the course fee by February 4, 2021 and enrol at your university by February 5, 2021 at 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 webiste 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 directly at the 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 - this registration will be done via e-mail (for continuing students).

It is not necessary for students to communicate their continuation of studies to the university. This is an automated process. However, the student union's fee (ÖH-Beitrag) has to be paid, otherwise your registration will be canceled.

Please note that only courses at VWU or VWU-courses at one of our two cooperation partners serve for university registration.