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Register for a Bachelor's Degree or Diploma Degree Program.

Interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree at the JKU Linz? All of the information you need to register and enroll is available for you here.

If you wish to begin a Bachelor's degree program at the JKU Linz, click here for detailed information about the application process.

The steps in order to register depends on your educational background:

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Admissions Office

Register with Austrian Educational Qualifications

You have Austrian educational qualifications if you have passed your school-leaving examination (Matura) or university enrollment eligibility qualification examination in Austria. The following steps are required in order to enroll:

1. Create an account

How do I create a JKU account?

When registering for an accountyou are registering at the JKU for the first time and will get a JKU guest account. This account allows you to continue with the registration procedure.

If you already have a JKU guest account, proceed directly to Step 2: "How do I select my major?"

 

2. Select your degree program

How do I select my degree program?

Log in with your JKU account and then select the academic degree program you wish to enroll in.

For this step, we need the following:

  • Information about your educational background
  • A current portrait photograph (JPEG) for your JKU Card (student identification card)

After entering your personal information, you will receive e-mail confirmation. If you do not receive this confirmation e-mail, check the spam folder in your Inbox or contact the Admissions Office directly. You will need to present this confirmation e-mail to the JKU Admissions Office when you come in person to complete the enrollment procedure (see the next step).

Please note:

  • As part of the procedure to select a major, you will take part in a statistical survey in accordance with § 9 (6) of the Education Documentation Act.
  • Please send a current portrait photograph as a JPEG file, not in a read-only file, and in portrait format. Please choose a passport photo in which you are clearly recognizable, preferably with a colored background.

3. Enroll in Person

How does the procedure to enroll in person work?

After creating your JKU account and selecting your major, you must come to the JKU Admissions Office in person during the admission period (see table below). Your documents will be reviewed there and you will receive your JKU Card.

When do I have to come to the Admissions Office in person?

Admissions Deadline to Start Studies for Summer Semester 2020

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period January 7, 2020 February 5, 2020
Grace Period* February 6, 2020 April 30, 2020 (extended until June 30, 2020)


Admissions Deadline to Start Studies for Winter Semester 2020/2021

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period July 20, 2020 September 30, 2020
Grace Period* October 1, 2020 November 30, 2020

Please note: Once the above-mentioned deadlines have passed, applicants will not be admitted to a degree program for that respective semester. 

* Admission to a Bachelor's or Diploma degree program during the grace period is permitted only in exceptional cases under special circumstances. Please contact the JKU Admissions Office for additional information.

What documents do I need when enrolling in person?

Please bring the following documents to the JKU Admissions Office in the original in order to enroll:

  • Registration confirmation: Bring a print-out of the e-mail you received during Step 2 "Select Major".
  • A valid passport, identity card or driver's license together with your proof of citizenship document.
  • Proof of general university entrance qualifications (such as a school-leaving certificate)
  • Social insurance number (e-Card)
  • Confirmation of any name change in the event the names on the documents do not match (i.e. a marriage certificate)

When I enroll, can I get academic credit for courses taken at school?

Contact the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services to learn more about earning academic credit for school courses that will count toward your studies.

If you were enrolled at another university or teacher education college, please bring the following:

  • If transferring from another university to continue the same degree program at the JKU, please bring your certificate of disenrollment from the other university
  • If you were previously admitted to another Austrian university or university of teacher education (i.e. studies record sheet), please show proof of your matriculation number
  • Proof of having already successfully completed an academic degree program (diploma, conferral certificate, etc.)

4. Pay Student Union Fees and Tuition Fees (if applicable)

Why do I have to pay the Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, tuition fees?

Register with International Educational Qualifications

Your educational background is considered international if you did NOT pass an Austrian Matura examination or university enrollment eligibility examination in Austria, or if you attended an international school in Austria.

In order to register to enroll in a degree program, you must first submit an application for admission. The Admissions Office will review the application and determine if your international school leaving certificate qualifies as a university entrance qualifications for admission to the JKU.

1. Submit an Application for Admission

How do I submit an application for admission?

Complete an application form (PDF) and personally sign the form.

Send the form and the required documentation (listed below) to the Admissions Office either by postal service or bring the form and documents to the Admissions Office in person.

Changes due to Covid19: At the moment, and until further notice, applications for admission may only be sent electronically via e-mail to: admission(at)jku.at. A list of required documents is available below.

Please note:

  • German students holding general university entrance qualifications (i.e. an Abitur) do not need to apply for admission and can be admitted to the JKU directly, similarly to Austrians who hold a Matura.
  • The Admissions Office will not accept applications sent via e-mail or through an agency.
  • There is no fee to submit an application for admission. It is illegal to apply through an agency or an intermediary organization.

What deadlines do I have to adhere to when submitting
an application for admission?

Processing an application for admission can take several months. Submit your application within the following deadlines in good time before the date you wish to start your studies:

Recommended application deadline for EU/EEA citizens

It is recommended to submit applications within the application period listed here:

To start studies in Start End
Summer Semester September 6 November 30
Winter semester February 6 April 30 (extended until June 30, 2020)

German aplicants who hold general university entrance qualifications (i.e. an Abitur) as well as applicants from South Tyrol and Liechtenstein are not required to submit an application for admission and can be admitted similarly to Austrian students who hold a Matura.

Mandatory application deadlines for non-EU/EEA citizens and NON-equivalent third country nationals

If you belong to the following groups of people, you must meet the application deadline, meaning you must submit your application six months before the date you wish to start of your studies.

  • NON EU/EEA citizens
  • foreign nationals who do not fall under (PersGV 2018)
  • Stateless
To start studies in Start End
Summer Semester September 6 November 30
Winter Semester February 6 April 30 (for Winter Semester 20/21 extended until June 30, 2020)

Please note: If you submit your application for admission at a later date, you run a risk of passing the deadline to register for classes.

Our tip: Regardless of which group of people you belong to, submit the application for admission at least six months before the date you wish to start your studies so that you can make sure you can begin the program on time.

What documents do I submit along with the application form?

1) Passport Copy
Only official identity documents that contain both a photograph and signature of the holder will be accepted.

2) Secondary school certificate(s) listing all subjects and gradesThe precises titles in your transcripts may vary but there must be confirmation of successfully completing secondary education. The grades for examination subjects must also be noted.

3) Proof of having passed a university entrance examination
Depending on the country that issued the secondary school certificate, you may be required to provide documentation proving you passed a university entrance examination and/or corresponding preliminary studies.

4) Documentation proving you have completed preliminary studies
Transcripts from individual semesters, a certificate conferring a degree, and the program's curriculum are admissible.

5) Documentation Proving Special University Admission Qualifications

  • Was your citizenship and school-leaving certificate or degree issued by a non-EU/EEA country? Then in Austria, you may only choose those degree programs you would be allowed to study in the country where you completed secondary school/university.
  • A university recognized in this country which offers the program must confirm that you have the right to study there (= documentation proving you hold special university entrance qualifications or "proof of being accepted to study")
  • If you cannot provide documentation - or you provide incorrect documentation - applications submitted to study other degree programs will be rejected.

Documentation proving you hold special university entrance qualifications may not be older than three months at the time of application and must include:

  • Your name
  • The confirmation's date of issue
  • The detailed name of the degree program you wish to enroll in, and
  • Affirmation that you meet all of the admission requirements to study at an accredited university in the country where your higher secondary school certificate / degree was issued (for the semester in which you would also like to start studying at JKU Linz or apply for admission).

If the applicant is an EU or EEA citizen or an individual who meets the requirements of the Ordinance on Groups of Persons (i.e. asylum seekers and refugees), documentation proving you hold special university entrance qualifications is not required.
 

6) Proof of Language Proficiency

  • German: If you choose to enroll in a German-language degree program and German is not your first language.
  • English: If you choose to enroll in an English-language degree program, you will have to provide proof of proficiency in English.
  • See the page: Language Certificates for information regarding levels of language proficiency.
     

Proof of Language Proficiency when Applying - German
When submitting the application, you must include language certificates demonstrating an A2 level of language proficiency in accordance with the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). These diplomas/certificates are recognized as proof of an A2 level of language proficiency.

Please note:

  • When submitting the application, the language certificates may not be older than 2 years.
  • The JKU offers German language courses starting at level B1 as part of a pre-study program to prepare students for their studies. An overview of courses is available in KUSSS.
  • Students applying to enroll in an academic degree program offered entirely in English are not subject to providing proof of language proficiency in German before beginning studies.

Do I have to have documents certified and verified?

International documents must always be submitted in the original or as a certified copy.

Please note: Depending on the country that issued the respective school-leaving certificate, the documents must also be certified and verified for authenticity:

Documents without verification for authenticity
Due to a bilateral agreement, verification procedures do not apply to documents issued from the following countries (however, all documents must be submitted in the original or as a verified "true" copy of the original):

Countries A - K Countries L - R Countries S - Z
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Liechtenstein

Serbia

Bulgaria

Macedonia

Slovakia

Croatia

Montenegro

Slovenia

Czechia

Netherlands

Sweden

Estonia

Norway

 

Finland

Poland  

Germany

Romania  

Hungary

   

Italy

   


Verification with an Apostille
Documents issued by contracting states of the so-called “Hague Convention Abolishing The Requirements of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents” must be verified with an APOSTILLE. The verification, in the form of apostille, is to be issued by the foreign ministry or Foreign Office of the issuing country in regards to the documents involved or issued by the proper authorities from the foreign ministry. The Apostille must be submitted in the original. Member states of the “Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirements of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents” include:

 

Countries A - G Countries H - O Countries P - Z

Albania

Honduras

Panama

Andorra

Iceland

Paraguay

Angola

India

Peru

Antigua and Barbuda

Ireland

Portugal

Argentina

Israel

Russian Federation

Armenia

Japan

Samoa

Australia

Kazakhstan

San Marino

Azerbaijan

Korea, Republik

São Tomé and Principe

Bahamas

Latvia

St. Christopher and Nevis

Bahrain

Lesotho

St. Kitts und Nevis

Barbados

Liberia

St. Lucia

Belarus

Lithuania

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Belgium

Luxembourg

Switzerland

Belize

Malawi

Seychelles

Botswana

Malta

Spain

Brazil

Morocco

South Africa

Brunei Darussalam

Marshall Islands

Suriname

Chile

Mauritius

Swaziland

Cape Verde

Mexico

Tonga

Chile

Moldavia

Trinidad and Tobago

China (Hong Kong and Macao)

Monaco

Turkey

Colombia

Mozambique

Ukraine

Costa Rica

Namibia

United Kingdom

Cyprus

New Zealand

United States of America

Denmark

Nicaragua

Uruguay

Dominica

Niue

Vanuatu

Ecuador

Oman

Venezuela

El Salvador

 

 

Fiji

 

 

Georgia

 

 

Grenada

 

 

Greece

 

 

Guyana

 

 


Verification and Authenticity
If there is no agreement regarding authentication - i.e. for all of the countries not mentioned above - the documents' authenticity must be verified by the foreign ministry of the country in which the documents were issued and also verified by the Austrian consulate or embassy in that country.

Please note: The legalization of documents of certain states can be suspended by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, if a reliable verification of the authenticity or substantive accuracy of these documents cannot be guaranteed. In these cases, the Austrian embassies may not state the authenticity of such documents. If your transcripts were issued by one of those countries the legalizations of your documents are not possible at the Austrian embassies. The admission process at Johannes Kepler University Linz cannot be done at this time.
For additional information, please see: Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

Do have to have documents translated?

Foreign-language documents (unless issued in English by the responsible authority) must be accompanied with a German translations provided by an Austrian state-certified translator. If the documents have been translated outside of Austria by certified translator, the translations must be certified in the same way as the documents.

2. Letter of Admission

How do I get a Letter of Admission (=Zulassungsbescheid)?

You will be notified by post as to whether or not you have been accepted for admission.

Please note:

  • The application review process can take up to 6 months.
  • Original documents will be returned with the letter, at the latest.

What types of notification letters are there?

The JKU issues acceptance letters or rejection letters in regards to admission. There are several types of acceptance letters:

  • Letter of admission requiring a supplementary examination to prove language proficiency in German:
    You must enroll as a non-degree seeking student first to take and pass this examination.
  • Letter of admission with conditional requirements:
    You will be required to take and pass additional courses during your studies; these courses will be listed in the letter of admission.
  • Lettter of admission requiring supplementary examination(s) and additional conditions (see above).

3. Create a JKU Account

How do I create a JKU account?

When registering for an accountyou are registering at the JKU for the first time and will get a JKU guest account. This account allows you to continue with the registration procedure.

If you already have a JKU guest account, proceed directly to Step 4: "How do I select my degree program?"

4. Select your degree program

How do I select my degree program?

Log in with your JKU account and then select the academic degree program you wish to enroll in.

For this step, we need the following:

  • Information about your educational background
  • A current portrait photograph (JPEG) for your JKU Card (student identification card)

After entering your personal information, you will receive e-mail confirmation. If you do not receive this confirmation e-mail, check the spam folder in your Inbox or contact the Admissions Office directly. You will need to present this confirmation e-mail to the JKU Admissions Office when you come in person to complete the enrollment procedure (see the next step).

Please note:

  • As part of the procedure to select a major, you will take part in a statistical survey in accordance with § 9 (6) of the Education Documentation Act.

  • Please send a current portrait photograph as a JPEG file, not in a read-only file, and in portrait format. Please choose a passport photo in which you are clearly recognizable, preferably with a colored background.

5. Enroll in Person

How does the procedure to enroll in person work?

After creating your JKU account and selecting your major, you must come to the JKU Admissions Office in person during the admission period (see table below). Your documents will be reviewed there and you will receive your JKU Card.

When do I have to come to the Admissions Office in person?

Admissions Deadline to Start Studies for Summer Semester 2020

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period January 7, 2020 February 5, 2020
Grace Period* February 6, 2020 April 30, 2020 (extended until June 30, 2020)

Special admission period for disparate third-country nationals

September 6, 2019 November 30, 2019

Admissions Deadline to Start Studies for Winter Semester 2020/2021

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period July 20, 2020 September 30, 2020
Grace Period* October 1, 2020 November 30, 2020
Special admission period for disparate third-country nationals February 6, 2020 April 30, 2020 (extended until June 30, 2020)

Please note: Once the above-mentioned deadlines have passed, applicants will not be admitted to a degree program for that respective semester. 

* Admission to a Bachelor's or Diploma degree program during the grace period is permitted only in exceptional cases under special circumstances. Please contact the JKU Admissions Office for additional information.

What documents do I need when enrolling in person?

Please bring the following documents to the JKU Admissions Office in the original in order to enroll:

  • Valid passport
  • Letter of Admission

When I enroll, can I get academic credit for courses taken at school?

Contact the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services to learn more about earning academic credit for school courses that will count toward your studies.

If you were enrolled at another university or teacher education college, please bring the following:

  • If transferring from another university to continue the same degree program at the JKU, please bring your certificate of disenrollment from the other university
  • If you were previously admitted to another Austrian university or university of teacher education (i.e. studies record sheet), please show proof of your matriculation number
  • Proof of having already successfully completed an academic degree program (diploma, conferral certificate, etc.)

6. Pay the Austrian Student Union Fee and, if applicable, Tuition Fees

Why do I have to pay the Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, tuition fees?