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):
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Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy
|Countries L - Z ||Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania Sweden, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia |
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:
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|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, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Georgia, Grenada, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana |
|Countries H - P ||Honduras, India, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lesotho, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Morocco, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal |
|Countries R - Z ||Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé / Príncipe, Switzerland, Seychelles, Spain, St. Kitts / Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent / Grenadines, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad / Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, 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