Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

First registrations

May I chose where to register?

Yes, with the exception of courses at the VWU itself. Students qualifying for registrations at VWU need to fulfill certain criteria (nationality, asylum status), students registering at one of the cooperations partners can chose if they want to register at Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien, die Berater® or Deutsch-Kolleg - Österreichische Orient-Gesellschaft (ÖOG).

When may I register?

Registration for winter semester 2019 opens on August 19th 2019 and ends on September 4th 2019.

My visa expires before August 19th 2019. What can I do?

Please contact vwu-koordination@oead.at.

Which documents are needed for registration?

You need a valid admission letter, your passport (or other ID) and if you have a confirmation of your asylum status.

May I register without admission letter?

No, registrations without admission letter are not possible.

Is ist possible to register from my home country?

No, for first registrations you need to come in person.

Which kind of visa do I need?

The University Preparation Programme does not take responibility for visa issues. However, you can find information on entry and residence in Austria on OeAD's website https://oead.at/en/to-austria/entry-and-residence/.

When do I get a confirmation for the WGKK (Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse) in connection with student health insurance?

The confirmation can be issued from August 19th 2019 on at the institute you've registered at.

Does the registration period (August 19th - September 4th 2019) for the winter term also apply for registration at Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien, die Berater® und „Deutsch-Kolleg - Österreichische Orient-Gesellschaft (ÖOG)“?

Yes, the registration period and its deadlines apply to all new students, no matter where they register.

What do I need to do after registration?

After registration at VWU or one of its cooperation partners you need to enroll at university until September 5th/February 5th the latest and pay the student union fee ("ÖH-Beitrag"). Enrolment after September 5th/February 5th is not possible, resulting in not being able to complete your registration.

May I leave Austria after registration and return when the course starts?

No, leaving Austria after registration means you will not be here for your placement test. If you miss the placement test, your registration is not complete and there will be no guarantee for a course place. Courses within the University Preparation Programme are very intensive, thats why there can not be special treatment for students arriving late. If you are not sure about being able to stay in Vienna for the duration of the course, it is advisable to to register for the next semester.

Is there a placement test?

Yes, placement tests are mandatory. Upon registration you will learn the date of your placement test. The placement test is meant to determine which course level meets your German/English skills. Total beginners in German/English do not need to take a placement test.

Is it possible to produce a language certificate instead of taking the placement test?

No, the placement test has to be taken even if you can produce a language certificate.

What does the placement test consist of?

The placement test consists of a written (90 minutes) and an oral part (approximately 10 minutes).

My admission letter states that I need to pass supplementary exams in German and other subjects. Which German level will I need to prove in order to register for courses directly at VWU?

If you do not qualify for a course at reduced cost at VWU, you register first at one of our cooperation partners and take the placement test there. If your placement test confirms an advanced knowledge of German (FG-level), the cooperation partner will forward you to VWU and you may register directly at VWU. After registration at VWU your course fee will be refunded by the cooperation partner.

Continuing courses

May I register at another instiute than where I attended a course the previous semester?

If you attended a course at one cooperation partner and prefer to continue courses at another, a change is possible after each semester. Changing to VWU is only possible if your admission letter states that you need to pass supplementary exams in other subjects than German and are able to prove advanced German knowledge (at FG-level, according to the result of your exam at the end of the previous semester).

Is it possible to attend courses for longer than four semesters?

Courses within the University Preparation Programme may be attended for a maximum of four semesters. In case of important reasons keeping you from completing the programme within four semesters, you can apply for a fifth semester at VWU. Applications for a fifth semester can be submitted between August 20th and September 4th 2019.

I am a continuing student, registered for another course but can not pay the student union fee ("ÖH-Beitrag") and/or print my confirmation of enrolment. What should I do?

Please write an email to vwu-koordination@oead.at.

General information on the courses

Why do the courses not follow the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages (A1, A2, ...)?

Courses within the University Preparation Programme prepare students for their studies at university and for the supplementary exam in German. The supplementary exam in German is meant to enable students to study at an Austrian university and therefore checks study related linguistic competence (e.g. reading longer texts, verbalization of nouns, structured and argumentative writing). German skills necessary for studying in Austria can not be described very well within the description of a competence level (e.g. B2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. That is why German courses within the University Preparation Programme do not follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

How long will it take me to finish the University Preparation Programme?

The University Preparation Programme is very intensive and comparable to full-time studies at university. German courses for students who only need to pass the supplementary exam in German amount to 24 hours weekly. Students, who need to pass the supplementary exam in German and other subjects attend a German course (10 hours weekly) and the respective courses in other subjects (at least 5 hours weekly, e.g. in History, up to 10 hours weekly, like in Mathematics). Depending on the subject there are tests, compulsory attendances and weekly performance checks. How fast you can finish the University Preparation Programme depends to a large extent on prior knowledge, the attendance of classes and students' commitment. Students with good knowledge of German may complete the programme after one semester.  Students with no knowledge of German have to expect to need about three semesters, considering very good progress and a high degree of initiative completing the programme in two semesters is possible.

I passed the supplementary exam(s). May I still attend courses?

After you passed the supplementary exams stated in your admission letter, attending a course is not allowed.

Deregistration from the course

How do I deregister from the course?

You may deregister from the course according to the terms and conditions of the respective course provider. In order to deregister from your course you also need to deregister from university and student health insurance (if you are using student health insurance of the WGKK). Within the cancellation period your course fee is refunded upon presentation of a confirmation of deregistration from university and student health insurance.

I have passed the supplementary exams after I have registered for the course. The deadline for deregistration has ended. Will my course fee still be refunded?

If you pass the required supplementary exam(s) stated in your admission letter until November 30th (for the winter semester) or April 30th (for the summer semester) your course fee will be refunded at least partially even after the cancellation period has ended. However, this rule only applies for students at VWU and not for students registered at the cooperation partners. In order to deregister after successfully passing the supplementary exam it is necessary to enroll in a degree-programme at university and produce a confirmation of enrolment upon deregistration from the VWU course.

The cancellation period has ended. Is it still possible to deregister from the course?

Deregistrations after the end of the cancellation period are not possible. Exception: you have registered at VWU and passed all necessary supplementary exam(s) until November 30th (for the winter semester) or April 30th and enrolled in a degree-programme at university.

Supplementary examinations

What is a supplementary examination?

Students with international university entrance certificates (school-leaving certificates) often (but not always) have to take additional exams in one or more subjects in order to be admitted to a certain degree programme. In the course of the admission procedure the respective university checks based on the submitted certificate whether the content alignment of the international graduation necessitates one or more supplementary exams. Supplementary exams prepare students for the desired degree programme and establish content-related equivalence to an Austrian graduation. If a student does not have enough German knowledge for studies in German he/she will definitely need to pass the supplementary examination in German. The supplementary examination has to be passed within a non-degree programme prior to admission to the degree programme.

How many attempts can I have at a supplementary examination?

You may repeat the written examination up to four times as well as the oral examination. All together you have up to five examination attempts for the written examination and up to five examination attempts for the oral examination.

When are the examination dates?

Supplementary examinations take place at least six times per year. The examination dates are in January/February, March, April, June, September and October/November.

Do I have to register for the supplementary examination in person?

No, you don't need to register for the supplementary examination in person, another person may do that for you.

May I take a supplementary examination without attending a course?

Yes, you may take a supplementary examination without previously being registered for or attending a course.

Are there model examinations?

One model examination for the supplementary examination in German and one for the supplementary examination in English is available. You may get a copy of the model examination at VWU office (Sechshauser Straße 33A, 2nd floor) during office hours (costs about €2). There are no other official model examinations except for one model each for the supplementary examination in German and in English.

May I take the oral supplementary examination in German, English or Maths before the written supplementary examination?

No, you may only take the oral supplementary examination in German, English or Maths once you have passed the written supplementary examination.

Is there a written and oral supplementary examination in each subject?

No. In German, English and Maths you need to pass a written and an oral examination. In all other subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography) the supplementary examination only consists of an oral examination.

How do I prepare for a supplementary examination?

Courses within the University Preparation Programme focus on effficiently preparing you for taking supplementary examinations. Experienced teachers and examiners teach and prepare you. If you are planning on taking the supplementary examination in German or English without attending a course, you should at least become familiar with the examination format by getting a copy of the model examination at VWU office (Sechshauser Straße 33A, 2nd floor). For supplementary examinations in other subjects it would be sensible to check out our information on courses.

How much is the examination fee?

The examination fee for a supplementary examination in German, English or Maths is €50. The examination fee for a supplementary examination in another subject is €35.

I could not attend the exam. May I be refunded the examination fee?

If you deregister until at least one week before the written examination or produce a written confirmation by a doctor stating that you were ill at the examination date, the examination fee will be credited to a future examination date. The examination fee is generally only refunded if you have already passed all necessary supplementary examinations and the examination fee can not be credited to a future examination date.

Until when do I need to deregister from the supplementary examination?

Deregistering from the supplementary examination in German, English and Mathematics is possible until 7 days before the day of the written examination. Supplementary examinations in other subjects consisting only of an oral examination may be deregistered from until 7 days before the first day of the oral examinations.

I did not pass the supplementary examination. May I see my examination?

Yes, dates for seeing your examination will be announced at the examination itself and via email, when you are told the result of your written examination.

How do I get my examination certificate?

Respective dates will be announced at the examination and on the VWU website.