Register for a Doctorate/PhD Program.

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

The registration procedure depends on your educational background and the choice of a Doctorate/PhD degree:

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Admissions Office

Register as a JKU Graduate

1. Select your degree program and submit an application for admission

How do I select my degree program?

Log in to JKU MyAdmission using your student account and select the desired degree program.

 

Log-in Information:

  • If your student account (K + matriculation number) is still active, you can log in using this information.
  • Otherwise, you will need your account as a student applicant (V or VK + 6 digits). If you do not remember your user name, please contact the JKU Admissions Office. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it here.

 

For this step, you will need to following documents: 

  • Information and proof of prior education (PDF) (if you did not earn your degrees at the JKU)
  • A current portrait-size photo (JPEG) for your JKU Card (student ID card), in the event you no longer have one.

What are the deadlines to submit an application for admission?

While applications for admission to a doctorate/PhD program are accepted throughout the year, we recommend applying for admission within the general admission period.

What documents are required when submitting an application for admission?

Ensure that all of the documents are in a PDF format, complete (all pages), and legible.

  • provisional confirmation of supervision
  • Valid passport, ID card, or driver's license in combination with proof of nationality. Alternatively: your JKU Card
  • Confirmation of any name change, providing your name has changed
  • Confirmation of disenrollment and academic transcripts in the event you are coming from another university and would like to earn a degree in the area of study at the JKU.

2.  Letter of Admission

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

You will be notified about the result of the application review by means of official notification.

 

Please note:

  • The application review may take some time.
  • Original documents will be returned to you, along with the official notification 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. 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?

Register with a Master's Diploma degree from another Austrian University/FH

1. Create an Applicant Account

How do I create an applicant account?

During the account registration procedure, you will register at the JKU for the first time and as an applicant to the university, you will receive a guest account. This account will allow you to continue the registration procedure.

 

Please note:

  • You will only need this account as a prospective applicant to register to enroll in a degree program until you have been successfully admitted to the university.
  • The applicant account does not permit you to log into JKU IT services (i.e. KUSSS). You may only log in to JKU IT services once you have been successfully admitted to the university and your degree program.

 

If you already have an applicant account, proceed directly to Step 2 "How Do I Choose a Degree Program?”

If you have forgotten your user name, please contact the JKU Admission Office.

If you have forgotten your password, click here to reset your password.

2. Select a Degree Program and Submit an Application for Admission

How do I select my degree program?

Log in to your applicant account at JKU MyAdmission and select the program you wish to enroll in.

 

For this step, we ask that you submit the following:

  • Information and verification of your past educational background (PDF)
  • A recent portrait-size photo (JPEG) for your JKU Card (student ID card)

 

Please note:

  • You will be taking part in a statistical survey in accordance with § 18 Sec. 6 of the Education Documentation Act.
  • Submit the recent photo as a JPEG file, not in a read-only mode, and as a portrait size. Please select a passport photo in which you are clearly identifiable, preferably with a monochrome background.
  • There is no fee to submit an application for admission. Applications submitted by an agency or placement organization are unlawful and will not be processed.

What are the deadlines to submit an application?

Applications for admission to a Doctorate/PhD program may be submitted throughout the year. However, we recommend submitting applications within the deadlines below:

To begin studies in Start End
Winter Semester February 6 April 30
Summer semester September 6 November 30


Please note: The application review process can take some time. Please submit your application in good time within the following deadlines before the time period you wish to start your studies.

What documents do I need when submitting an application for admission?

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

 

2) provisional confirmation of supervision

 

3) Proof of completing preliminary studies
Proof of having successfully completed a Bachelor’s or Diploma degree program is required:

  • Diploma or conferral certificate
  • Test certificates including details of subjects, grades, hours per week and, if applicable, diploma supplement
  • Curriculum

If a thesis was written as part of the program, please provide a short summary (abstract) with the application.

 

4) Proof of Language Proficiency 
Depending on the degree program you choose, proof of proficiency in German or English may be required.

 

3. Letter of Admission

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

You will be notified about the result of the application review by means of official notification.

 

Please note:

  • The application review may take some time.
  • Original documents will be returned to you, along with the official notification 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).

4. Enroll in Person

How does the procedure to enroll in person work?

After creating your JKU account and selecting your degree program, 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?

You can be admitted to a Doctorate/PhD program all year round. We recommend enrolling in the program within the general admission period.:

 

Admissions Deadline to Start Studies for Summer Semester 2021

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period January 7, 2021 February 5, 2021
Grace Period February 6, 2021 April 30, 2021

 

Admissions Deadline to Start Studies for Winter Semester 2021/22

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period July 5, 2021 September 5, 2021*
Grace Period September 6, 2021 November 30, 2021*

 * The deadlines are expected to change due to an upcoming amendment to the law. The new deadlines will be announced by May 2021.

What documents do I need when enrolling in person?

If you already submitted the original documents with your application for admission, you just need to bring your registration confirmation, letter of admission, and your passport.

Otherwise, please bring the following documents in the original with you to the Admissions Office in order to enroll:

1) Proof of completing preliminary studies

Proof of having successfully completed a Bachelor's and Masters or Diploma degree program is required:

  • Diploma or conferral certificate
  • Test certificates including details of subjects, grades and hours per week
  • Curriculum

If a thesis was written as part of the program, please provide a short summary (abstract) with the application.

2) Copy of your Passport
The only official identity documents accepted must contain both a photograph and the holder's signature.

3) Proof of Language Proficiency
Proof of language proficiency for a Doctorate/PhD program is only necessary in exceptional cases. The Admissions Office will inform you if proof of language proficiency is required.

5. 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?

Registration for International Applicants

If you did not earn your undergraduate degree in Austria, you must complete the following steps to register and enroll in a Doctorate/PhD degree program at the JKU:

1. Create an Applicant Account

How do I create an account as an applicant?

During the account registration procedure, you will register at the JKU for the first time and as an applicant to the university, you will receive a guest account. This account will allow you to continue the registrtion procedure.

 

Please note:

  • You will only need this account as a prospective applicant to register to enroll in a degree program until you have been successfully admitted to the university.
  • The applicant account does not permit you to log into JKU IT services (i.e. KUSSS). You may only log in to JKU IT services once you have been successfully admitted to the university and your degree program.

 

If you already have an applicant account, proceed directly to Step 2 "How Do I Choose a Degree Program?”

If you have forgotten your user name, please contact the JKU Admission Office.

If you have forgotten your password, click here to reset your password.

2. Select your degree program and submit an application for admission

How do I select my degree program?

Log in to your applicant account at JKU MyAdmission and select the program you wish to enroll in.

For this step, we ask that you submit the following:

  • Information and verification of your past educational background (PDF)
  • A recent portrait-size photo (JPEG) for your JKU Card (student ID card)

Please note:

  • You will be taking part in a statistical survey in accordance with § 18 Sec. 6 of the Education Documentation Act.
  • Submit the recent photo as a JPEG file, not in a read-only mode, and as a portrait size. Please select a passport photo in which you are clearly identifiable, preferably with a monochrome background.
  • There is no fee to submit an application for admission. Applications submitted by an agency or placement organization are unlawful and will not be processed.

What are the deadlines to submit an application for admission?

Applications for admission to a doctorate degree program can be submitted throughout the year. We recommend, however, that applications be submitted by the dates listed below:

 

To begin

Application Deadline

Summer Semester

September 6 – November 30

Winter Semester

February 6 – April 30

 

Please note: As processing your application for admission will take some time, we recommend submitting your application well in advance of the date you aim to start the program.

What documents do I need when submitting an application for admission?

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

 

2) provisional confirmation of supervision

 

3) Proof of completing preliminary studies
Proof of having successfully completed a Bachelor's and Master's or Diploma degree program is required:

  • Diploma or conferral certificate
  • Test certificates including details of subjects, grades, hours per week and, if applicable, diploma supplement
  • Curriculum

If a thesis was written as part of the program, please provide a short summary (abstract) with the application.

 

4) Proof of Language Proficiency 
Depending on the degree program you choose, proof of proficiency in German or English may be required. 

See Proof of Language Proficiency for information regarding levels of language proficiency and providing certifications.

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 year.
  • The JKU offers German language courses starting at Level B1 as part of the 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 need to have my documents notarized?

JKU MyAdmission (link) allows you to upload your documents without any notarization. Once you have received a Letter of Admission, you will have to submit required documents in the original or as certified copies.

 

Please note: Depending on the country issuing the respective certification, the documents must also be certified as to their authenticity.

 

Documents without verification for authenticity
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 Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy
Countries L - Z Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania Sweden, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain

 

 

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 Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua / Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Cabo Verde, Chile, China (Hong Kong and Macao), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana
Countries H - P Honduras, India, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru
Countries R - Z Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé / Príncipe, Switzerland, Seychelles, Singapure (valid from September 16, 2021), St. Kitts / Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent / Grenadines, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad / Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Venezuela

 

 

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.

3. Letter of Admission

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

You will be notified about the result of the application review by means of official notification.

 

Please note:

  • The application review may take some time.
  • Original documents will be returned to you, along with the official notification 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).

4. Enroll in Person

How does the procedure to enroll in person work?

After creating your JKU account and selecting your degree program, 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?

You can be admitted throughout the year however, we recommend enrolling within the following deadlines:

Admissions Deadline to Start Studies for Summer Semester 2021

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period January 7, 2021 February 5, 2021
Grace Period February 6, 2021 April 30, 2021

 

Admissions Deadline to Start Studies for Winter Semester 2021/2022

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period July 5, 2021 September 5, 2021*
Grace Period September 6, 2021 November 30, 2021*

* The deadlines are expected to change due to an upcoming amendment to the law. The new deadlines will be announced by May 2021.

What documents do I need when enrolling in person?

If you already submitted the original documents with your application for admission, you just need to bring your registration confirmation, letter of admission, and your passport.

1) Copy of your Passport
The only official identity documents accepted must contain both a photograph and the holder's signature.

2) Proof of Language Proficiency
Proof of language proficiency for a Doctorate/PhD program is only required under certain circumstances. The Admissions Office will notify you if proof of language proficiency is required.

5. 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?