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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 for a Subsequent Doctorate/PhD as a JKU Graduate

Subsequent Doctorate/PhD degree programs continue and build on material taught during your Master's/Diploma degree program. In this case, you can be admitted directly to the program. The curriculum for the Doctorate/PhD degree you wish to pursue lists which graduates (Master's/Diploma degree) qualify for direct admission.

1. Apply for Direct Admission

How do I apply for direct admission?

You can register by sending an e-mail to: zulassung@jku.at or come to the Admissions Office in person. You can be admitted to a Doctorate/PhD program all year round. We recommend enrolling in the degree program within the general admission period.

Please note:

  • Provide your matriculation (student ID) number.
  • You must send the e-mail to: zulassung@jku.at from the e-mail address saved in your KUSSS account.
  • As part of your doctorate program, you are require to write a dissertation.Subject areas you can write your dissertation in can be found in the curriculum. These subjects have been derived from the studies you have previously completed. If you would like to choose a different subject area or if the allocation for your dissertation subject is not clear, you will be required to apply for admission to a doctorate program.
  • Some doctorate/PhD programs require an additional application for admission. Information is available here for each degree program.
  • You are considered enrolled in the program once you have paid your Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, your tuition fees .

What are the dates and deadlines for direct admission?

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

What documents do I need for direct admission?

You will need your JKU Card in order to register and enroll.

Register for another Doctorate/PhD as JKU Graduate

Other Docorate/PhD programs do not build on the material you studied during your Master's/Diploma degree program and you may not be admitted directly to a program in a different subject area. The curriculum for the Docorate/PhD program you wish to pursue will list exactly which Master's/Diploma degrees qualify for direct admission.

1. Information regarding a Standard Decision

What is a standard decision and how do I qualify for one?

There are "standard decisions" regarding admission already in place for many other Doctorate/PhD degree program. Please inquire at the Admissions Office.

If there is a standard decision in your case, you can proceed directly to: Step 4 "Pay Austrian Student Union and, if applicable, Tuition Fees".

If there is NO standard decision, you will have to apply for admission (Step 2).

2. Submit an Application for Admission

How do I submit an application for admission?

Once you have submitted your application for admission, it will be reviewed to determine whether or not your JKU Masters's or Diploma degree qualifies you to enroll in the other Doctorate/PhD degree program.

Complete the application form (PDF) and sign the form. You can send the form and any other required documents (see list below) either by postal service or bring the form to the Admissions Office in person.

Please note:

  • Applications send via e-mail or prepared by an agency will NOT be accepted.
  • There is no application fee when submitting an application for admission. Applications prepared and submitted by an agency or an intermediary organization are illegal.

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 processing time for your application can take several months. Please submit your application in good time within the following deadlines before the time period you wish to start your studies.

What documents are required when submitting an application?

Providing you have not attended classes or received grades at other universities/universities of applied sciences, you must only complete the application form and send it to the Admissions Office.

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 necessary in exceptional cases. The Admissions Office will inform you if providing proof of language proficiency applies to you.

3.  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. If you are accepted to the program, please come to the JKU Admissions Office in person to complete the enrollment procedure. Any original documents submitted with your application will be sent back to you with the letter of admission, 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. 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?

When registering to enroll, you must pay your Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, tuition fees. Once you have paid your fees, you will be enrolled in your degree program.

Please note:

  • The Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, tuition fees must be paid every semester.
  • You are only officially admitted to the degree program once you have received a letter of admission.

 

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

1. Information regarding a Standard Decision

Inquire about a Standard Decision.

There are "standard decisions" regarding admission already in place if you have earned your undergraduate degree at another university or university of applied sciences (FH) in Austria. Please inquire at the Admissions Office.

If there is a standard decision in your case, you can proceed directly to: Step 4 "Create a JKU Account".

If there is NO standard decision, you will have to apply for admission (Step 2).

2. Submit an Application for Admission

How do I submit an application for admission?

Once you have submitted your application for admission, it will be reviewed to determine whether or not your Master's or Diploma degree from another university or university of applied sciences (FH) in Austria qualifies you to enroll in a Doctorate/PhD degree program at the JKU.

Complete the application form (PDF) and sign the form. You can send the form and any other required documents (see list below) either by postal service or bring the form 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.

Please note:

  • Applications send via e-mail or prepared by an agency will NOT be accepted.
  • There is no application fee when submitting an application for admission. Applications prepared and submitted by an agency or an intermediary organization are illegal.

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 processing time for your application can take several months. Please submit your application in good time within the following deadlines before the time period you wish to start your studies.

What documents are required when submitting an application?

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. 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. If you are accepted to the program, please come to the JKU Admissions Office in person to complete the enrollment procedure.

Any original documents submitted with your application will be sent back to you with the letter of admission, 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. Create an Account for prospective students

How do I create an account?

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

If you already have an account, proceed directly to Step 5: "How do I select my major?"

5. 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

6. 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 2020

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period January 7, 2020 February 5, 2020
Grace Period February 6, 2020 April 30, 2020

 

Admissions Deadline to Start Studies for Winter Semester 2020/2021

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period July 6, 2020 September 5, 2020
Grace Period September 6,  2020 November 30, 2020

 

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.

7. 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?

When registering to enroll, you must pay your Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, tuition fees. Once you have paid your fees, you will be enrolled in your degree program.

Please note:

  • The Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, tuition fees must be paid every semester.
  • You are only officially admitted to the degree program once you have received a letter of admission.

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. Submit an Application for Admission

How do I submit an application for admission?

Once you submit an application form, the application will be reviewed to determine whether or not your international Master's or Diploma degree provides the pre-requisites in order to enroll in the Doctorate/PhD program of your choice at the JKU.

Complete the application form (PDF) and 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.

Please note:

  • 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 up to six 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

To start studies in End
Winter Semester to April 30
Summer Semester to November 30

 

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
Winter Semester September 6 November 30
Summer Semester February 6 April 30

Please note:

  • Die Bearbeitung deines Zulassungsantrages kann bis zu 6 Monate dauern, reiche ihn daher rechtzeitig vor deinem gewünschten Studienbeginn ein.
  • Bei einer späteren Antragsstellung auf Zulassung besteht das Risiko, dass Anmeldungen zu Lehrveranstaltungen (LVAs) nicht mehr möglich sind.

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

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.

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

Macednoia

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, Republic

São Tomé and Principe

Bahamas

Latvia

St. Christopher and Nevis

Bahrain

Lesotho

St. Kitts and 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

Cape Verde

Mauritius

Swaziland

Chile

Mexico

Tonga

China (Hong Kong and Macao)

Moldavia

Trinidad and Tobago

Colombia

Mozambique

Turkey

Costa Rica

Namibia

Ukraine

Cyprus

New Zealand

United Kingdom

Denmark

Nicaragua

United States of America

Dominica

Niue

Uruguay

Ecuador

Oman

Vanuatu

El Salvador

 

Venezuela

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

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. 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 an Account

How do I create an account?

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

If you already have an account, proceed directly to Step 4: "How do I select my major?"

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).

Bitte beachte:

  • 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.
  • 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.

5. 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 2020

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period January 7, 2020 February 5, 2020
Grace Period February 6, 2020 April 30, 2020

 

Admissions Deadline to Start Studies for Winter Semester 2020/2021

Deadline Start End
General Admissions Period July 6, 2020 September 5, 2020
Grace Period September 6, 2020 November 30, 2020

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 necessary in exceptional cases. The Admissions Office will inform you if proof of language proficiency is required.

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?

When registering to enroll, you must pay your Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, tuition fees. Once you have paid your fees, you will be enrolled in your degree program.

Please note:

  • The Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, tuition fees must be paid every semester.
  • You are only officially admitted to the degree program once you have received a letter of admission.