Proof of German/English knowledge

To study at the University of Vienna, language proficiency in German and/or English usually corresponding to level C1 is required. If the main communication in your discipline/research group is either German or English, sufficient language competence is required.

We strongly recommend that you submit available proof of language proficiency (German and/or English) with your application, unless it is evident from your curriculum vitae. Please mention your language skills also in your curriculum vitae.

The director of the doctoral study programme assesses your application and finally decides which language skills (German/English) are necessary for the admission to the respective doctoral/PhD programme. If your knowledge of German or English does not meet the requirements, your application will be rejected. Naturally it is possible to submit another application at a later date.

Please contact your prospective supervisor and discuss the language requirements for your doctoral project with him/her before you submit your application.

German knowledge

There are two alternatives for the requirement of German knowledge:

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Proof of German knowledge for programmes held entirely in German
Proof of German knowledge is required in the admission letter

Which certificates and types of proof are accepted?


Proof of German knowledge

Proof

  • School-leaving certificate from a school where the language of instruction is German and all exams are carried out in German. This applies also for Austrian or German schools abroad
  • Graduation from a study programme of at least 3 years duration at a university or school where the teaching language is German

  • Passing of the supplementary exam German (Ergänzungsprüfung Deutsch) at a University Preparation Programme from an Austrian university

These types of proof are valid for an unlimited time.

 

Certificate

  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom – ÖSD Zertifikat (Level according to the admission letter) 
  • Goethe Institut – Goethe Zertifikat
  • telc Deutsch „C1 Hochschule“
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer StudienwerberInnen DSH2
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz DSD II
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test DaF), minimum TDN 4 in all parts
  • Language Center of the University of Vienna – Course and successfully passed exam (Level according to the admission letter)

The certificate must not be older than two years otherwise a new examination has to be done.

Proof of English knowledge:

Proof B2

  • School-leaving certificate from a school where the language of instruction is English and all exams are carried out in English.
  • Graduation from a study programme of at least 3 years duration at a university or school where the teaching language is English

These types of proof are valid for an unlimited time.

Proof C1

  • Graduation from a school where the teaching language is English
  • Graduation from a study programme of at least 2 years duration at a university within the EU/EEA, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand where the teaching language is English

These types of proof are valid for an unlimited time.

Certificate B2

  • TOEFL: at least 87 points;
  • IELTS: Overall Band Score: 6,5;
  • Cambridge Certificate - Advanced (CAE): Level B2;
  • Cambridge English - Proficiency (CPE): Level B2;
  • University Language Center Certificate of B2

The certificate must not be older than three years otherwise a new examination has to be done.

Certifikate C1

  • TOEFL: ibt (internet-base): at least 110 Punkte;
  • IELTS: Overall Band Score: 8 (at least 7,5 per unit);
  • Cambridge English - Advanced: Grade A;
  • Cambridge English - Proficiency: from Grade C on;
  • University Language Center Certificate of C1;

The certificate must not be older than three years otherwise a new examination has to be done.