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International University Entrance Qualifications Bachelor's/Diploma Degree.

If you earned your school-leaving certificates and/or high school diploma abroad, or you attended an international school in Austria, then continue on and learn more about admission to studies!

If you hold international university entrance qualifications, you can enroll at the JKU providing you have previously applied to the same degree program at a university in your home country and were accepted to that program.

During the application review procedure and in order to be officially admitted to studies, the JKU will review your documents and determine whether or not your international educational qualifications are comparable and qualify you for admission. When you submit an application for admission, you will be required to submit the corresponding documents for review.

You can find a detailed description of the required documents - as well as requirements regarding the form of the documents - below.

What Documents Do I Need and How do I Submit An Application?

Application Form

Complete the application form and make sure to sign it before submitting the form to the Admissions Office.

Submit the Application

You can send the application form by postal mail or submit it in person at the Admissions Office. Applications sent via e-mail will not be accepted.

Submit the required documents with the application form.

Secondary Education Certificates incl. all Subjects and Grades
 

In order to be admitted to a Bachelor's degree program, you must submit your secondary education graduation diploma. The exact term may vary but the documents must confirm that you successfully completed secondary-level education. The examination subject grades must also be listed.

Proof of Having Passed a University Entrance Examination

Depending on the country in which the secondary school diploma was issued, proof of university admission and/or proof of subject-specific preliminary studies may be required for admission to the Johannes Kepler University

Proof of Having Completed Preparatory Studies

You can submit a transcript for individual semesters, conferral documentation of having completed a degree, and the program curriculum.

Proof of Special University Admission Qualifications

The special university confirmation confirms that you have the right to pursue a selected major at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz at a state-recognized university in the country in which your higher secondary school certificate / degree was issued. The special university confirmation may not be older than three months at the time of submitting your application and must include:

  • Name
  • The date on which the confirmation was issued
  • 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 if the applicant has official refugee or asylum-seeker status, proof of special university entrance qualifications must not be submitted.

Passport Copy
 

The only official identification we accept contains both a photo and the applicant's signature.

The applicant will receive written notification once the application has been reviewed. Any documents submitted with the application in the original will be returned with the notification letter at the latest.

After submitting the form and documents, please allow for a period of several weeks to complete our review of the application. In this regard, we encourage you to submit the application as early as possible before the semester in which you wish to start your studies. The exact application period can be found below.

In the event you are admitted to the university on a preliminary basis and are required to take supplementary examinations in order to pursue a degree, you will first be admitted to the university as a non-degree seeking student. If you are not required to take any supplementary examinations, you will be admitted to the university as a degree-seeking student.

There is no application fee to apply to the university. Please do not submit applications prepared by an agency or intermediary organization - these applications are illegal.

Additional Information

When Can I Submit an Application for Admission?

If you completed your secondary education in a third country, an application for admission has to be submitted within the deadlines specified below. Those who completed their secondary education in an EU or EEA country and those under the Persons Group Ordinance (PersGV 2018) are also recommended to submit an application by the deadlines indicated below, though there is the possibility to hand in the application until the end of the grace period of each semester:

     
Summer Semester 2019 Winter Semester 2019/2020 Summer Semester 2020
December 1, 2018 - 5. Februar 2019 May 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019 September 6, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Document Verification

International documents must be submitted in the original or be verified (or notarized) as a true copy of the original. Regardless of where the school-leaving (=Reifeprüfungszeugnis) certificate was issued, all documents must additionally be certified as a “true copy of the original”:

1. 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):

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Liechtenstein

Serbia

Bulgaria

Macedonia

Slovakia

Germany

Montenegro

Slovenia

Estonia

Netherlands

Czechia

Finland

Norway

Hungary

France

Poland

 

Italy

Romania

 

Croatia

Sweden

 

2. 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:

Albania

Honduras

 

Andorra

India

Panama

Angola

Ireand

Paraguay

Antigua and Barbuda

Iceland

Peru

Argentinia

Israel

Portugal

Armenia

Japan

Russian Federation

Azerbaijan

Cape Verde

Samoa

Australia

Kazakhstan

San Marino

Bahamas

Columbia

São Tomé and Principe

Bahrain

Republic of Korea

St. Christopher and Nevis

Barbados

Lesotho

St. Kitts and Nevis

Belarus

Latvia

St. Lucia

Belgium

Liberia

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize

Lithuania

Switzerland

Botswana

Luxembourg

Sychelles

Brazil

Malawi

Spain

Brunei Darussalam

Malta

South Africa

Chile

Morocco

Suriname

China (China-Hong Kong SAR and Macao only)

Marshall Islands

Swaziland

Costa Rica

Mauritius

Tonga

Denmark

Mexico

Trinidad and Tobago

Dominica

Moldavia

Turkey

Ecuador

Monaco

Ukraine

El Salvador

Mozambique

Uruguay

Fiji

Namibia

Vanuatu

Georgia

New Zealand

Venezuela

Grenada

Nicaragua

United States of America

Greece

Niue

United Kingdom

Guyana

Oman

Cyprus

     

3. Documents issued by countries not listed above must be submitted with complete diplomatic verification. For this purpose, 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

Proof of Proficiency in German

Those who intend to enroll in an academic degree program in which German is the main language of academic instruction must demonstrate that he/she is proficient enough in German to successfully complete their studies. Here you can view the required language levels and the certification to be provided:

Language Certificates

When applying, please provide proof of language proficiency. The minimum is an A2 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as outlined by the Council of Europe).

The following diplomas/certificates are recognized as proof of an A2 level of language proficiency:

  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch

ÖSD Certificate A2 (ZA2)

ÖSD Integration Examination A2 (IP A2)

  • Österreichischer Integrationsfonds

ÖIF Test A2

ÖIF Integration Examination A2

German Test for Austria (DTÖ) A2/B1

  • Goethe Institut

     Goethe Certificate A2

     Goethe Certificate A2: Fit in Deutsch

  • telc

     telc German A2

     telc German A2 + Profession

     telc German A2 School

     telc German Test for Immigrants A2/B1

     telc German Test for Immigrants A2/B1 Young Adult Integration Course

  • German Language Examination for Admission to Universities DSH1
  • German Language Diploma by the Kultusministerkonferenz DSD I
  • Test German as a Foreign Language (Test DaF)
  • Successfully pass the JKU A2.2 level language course

The language certificate(s) may not be older than 2 years at the time of application.

The JKU offers German courses from B1 level onwards as part of a pre-study program to prepare for academic studies. See KUSSS for an overview of all available courses.

Students intending to enroll in an academic degree program taught entirely in English are not required to submit proof of proficiency in German prior to beginning the program.

Translating Foreign Language Documents into German

Foreign language documents must be submitted with a German translation (unless the responsible authorities have issued the documents in English) prepared by an official translator/interpreter certified in Austria. If the documents have already been translated outside of Austria by an official translator/interpreter, applicants must submit the translations with the same procedure as other documents.

Admission Period

After being admitted to the JKU, the final step in the enrollment procedure must be completed within the official admission period:

General Admission Period

for the Summer Semester

January 7, 2019 to February 5, 2019

Grace Period

February 6, 2019 to April 30, 2019

General Admission Period

for the Winter Semester

July 8, 2019 to September 5, 2019

Grace Period

September 6, 2019 to November 30, 2019