Non-Degree Seeking Students.

Do you need more time to earn your Matura diploma? Are you interested in a special course offered at the JKU but do not intend to earn a degree? Then you can enroll at the JKU as a 'non-degree seeking student'.

For those who do not have university entrance qualifications, enrolling as a non-degree seeking student may be helpful or necessary in order to either attend university courses, complete mandatory supplementary examinations, or pass the university enrollment eligibility examination.

Prospective students who do not hold a secondary school-leaving certificate may enroll as non-degree seeking students in order to:

Those who hold international university qualification certificates and a positive letter of admission will be admitted as a non-degree seeking student in order to take part in a preparation program in the event supplementary examinations or language proficiency examinations still have to be completed before being allowed to enroll in a degree program as a degree-seeking student.

Students enrolled as non-degree seeking students cannot earn an academic degree.

Application for Non-Degree Seeking Students

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?”

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:

  • 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.

What are the deadlines to submit an application?

Admissions deadline to start studies for Winter Semester 2021/2022




General Admissions Period

July 5, 2021

September 5, 2021

Grace Period

September 6, 2021

November 30, 2021

What Documents do I Need for the Application?

Please ensure that all of your documents are in a PDF file format, complete (all pages), and legible.

  • Valid passport, ID card or driver's license in combination with your proof of nationality.
  • Confirmation of any name change, providing all documents do not contain the same name (i.e. a marriage certificate).

3. Complete Admission

How do I complete the admissions process?

In lieu of the current pandemic, there are currently NO in-person services at the Admissions Office on the JKU campus.

Please complete the admissions process online.

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?


How do I change from being a non-degree seeking student to a degree-seeking student?

After successfully passing school-leaving examinations or the university enrollment eligibility examination, within the admissions period for the corresponding semester you may enroll as a degree-seeking student in order to actively pursue an academic degree. At the same time, you will be disenrolled as a non-degree seeking student.

For admission as a degree-seeking student to pursue an academic degree, you will need to show your school-leaving certificate (such as an Austrian "Matura" diploma) or show that you have successfully pass the university enrollment eligibility examination.

Once I change over, will exams taken as a non-degree seeking student count toward my degree program?

Yes, but only if the exams were taken BEFORE completing your school-leaving certificates or the university enrollment eligibility examination. 

If you took examinations when you were enrolled as a non-degree seeking student AFTER completing your school-leaving certificates or the university enrollment eligibility examination, these examinations will NOT count toward your degree program.

If you have any questions regarding credit transfer for examinations, please contact the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services at the JKU.