Course registration

Registration for the courses

Registration period for winter semester 2019/20

for first registrations: August 19, until September 4, 2019

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 €1,180  (€3.69/lesson) per semester; reduced fee: €480 (€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 please select one of the three cooperation partners:

Language Center of the University of Vienna: German courses for VWU

die Berater®: German courses for VWU

Deutsch-Kolleg - Österreichische Orient-Gesellschaft Hammer-Purgstall (ÖOG): German courses for VWU

Registration for students qualifying for a reduced fee (concessions)

Who qualifies for a reduced fee?

The reduced fee of €480 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 belonging to one of these three categories can register directly at the VWU in Sechshauser Straße between January 21st and February 4th 2019.


Steps for registration at VWU, Sechshauser Straße 33A:

  • Issuance of payment forms and registration at VWU:  January 21st to February 4th, 2019).
    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 4th, 2019 the latest)
  • Enrolment in person at your university as a “non-degree programme student” by February 5th, 2019)
  • Placement Tests for German and English. You will be told the date for your placement test upon registration.
  • Start of the courses at VWU: February 28th, 2019

Attention: Other, private, course institutions are not part of the VWU system. Attending one of their courses will not qualify you for the “non-degree programme student” status.

Please check our FAQs for first-time enrolment.

Students who don't qualify for the reduced course fee are not allowed to register at the VWU directly but only at one of our three cooperation partners.

Steps for registering at a cooperation partner:

Step 1: Register in person between January 21, 2019 and February 4, 2019 at the latest. You will also get information about placements, course times, etc.

Step 2: Pay the course fee by February 4, 2019 at the latest and enrol at your university by February 5, 2019 at the latest with the confirmation of payment.

Please note the registration information on the pages of the cooperation partners!

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 with:

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 cooperation partners serve for university registration.

University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities

+43 1 319 99 91

Sechshauser Straße 33A
1150 Vienna

Office hours

The office is closed from Apr 15 to Apr 23, 2019!

Mon–Thu: 8.00 am–1.00 pm, Fri: 8.00 am–12.00 noon

How to get to us:

metro lines U4, U6 - station Längenfeldgasse (5 minutes walk via Stiegergasse to Sechshauserstraße) or
bus lines 12A, 57A - stop Stiegergasse

Important documents


The Preparation Programme does not provide accommodation, so please check the OeAD housing office for further information.