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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.

 

Non-Degree Seeking Students.

What is an external degree program?

Those who do not have the required university entrance qualifications to enroll as a degree-seeking student can enroll at the JKU as a non-degree seeking student in order to:

  • take the university enrollment eligibility examination or
  • bridge the time until earning university entrance qualifications (Matura equivalency test, last part of the "Berufsreifeprüfung") or
  • complete individual courses

Applicants who hold international university entrance qualifications and who have received a letter of admission will be enrolled as a non-degree seeking student to attend a preparation program in the event that the applicant must still pass supplementary examinations or language proficiency examinations before being admitted as a degree-seeking student.

Students enrolled under 'non-degree seeking status' cannot earn an academic degree.

How do I enroll as a non-degree seeking student?

Follow the instructions and register for an account.

Please send following documents as pdf format via e-mail to zulassung@jku.at

Make sure that all documents are sent in good quality and in pdf format exclusively. Other file formats will not be accepted.

  • Registration confirmation: the e-mail you received during Step 2 "Select Major".
  • A valid passport, identity card or driver's license together with your proof of citizenship document.
  • Social insurance number (e-Card) only for Austrians
  • Sworn statement

On further steps after enrollment you will be informed by e-mail. More information can be found on: A Guide To Start Your Degree
You can also register for courses once the admission procedure is completed within the respective deadlines.

How do I change my student enrollment status from 'non-degree seeking student' to 'degree-seeking student'?

As soon as you have earned university entrance qualifications (a Reifeprüfung) or having successfully passed the university enrollment eligibility examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung) we change your student status from 'non-degree seeking' to 'degree-seeking' during the admissions period for the respective semester. You will then be able to declare a major.

To be admitted as a degree-seeking student you will need to show your university entrance qualifications (school-leaving certificate or having successfully passed the university enrollment eligibility examination).

Will examinations taken while enrolled as a non-degree seeking student count later towards my degree?

Yes, but only if the examinations were taken BEFORE passing the university entrance qualifications examination (Reifeprüfung) or passing the university enrollment eligibility examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung).

If you passed examinations AFTER earning university entrance qualifications (Reifeprüfung) or passing the university enrollment eligibility examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung), these examinations will not count in your academic degree program. 

If you have any questions about credit transfer/examination recognition, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services at the JKU.