Supplementary Exams.

Prospective international students holding international school-leaving certificates may be subject to firsts taking supplementary examinations in one or more subject areas in order to enroll in the intended degree program

 

As part of the review process for your application for admission, the Admissions Office will determine whether or not you are subject to passing supplementary examinations as part of the degree program you intende to enroll in. This only applies to international applicants who hold non-Austrian university entrance qualifications.

Depending on the type of examination(s) you will be required to take, or whether or not you will have to attend preparation courses, you can fulfill requirements as part of a pre-study program, a non-degree seeking program, or pass the examinations without prior enrollment in a non-degree seeking program. Detailed information about supplementary examinations for the respective subject areas is available below..

Admissions Office

Address

Johannes Kepler
University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz

Location

Bank Building

The Procedure for Supplementary Examinations

If you have to pass one or more supplementary examinations in order to be admitted to your degree program, you will first receive notification "Admission to Studies Dependent on Passing XY Examinations".

You have different options depending on the type of required supplementary examination(s):

a) German only: Pre-Study Program

b) German and subject area examinations: Pre-Study Program

c) Subject area examinations only:

  1. You will not be able to enroll in a degree-seeking program: You independently study for the required examination after speaking with the examiner; detailed information in regard to the respective subject area is available below.
  2. Enroll as a non-degree seeking student: You must enroll in a non-degree seeking program if you attend (fee-based) preparation courses in order to take and pass the exam as part of the course.

Once you have successfully passed the supplementary examinations, you will be re-registered as a degree-seeking student in the degree program you have selected to pursue.

Supplementary Examinations - Subject Areas

The JKU offers supplementary examinations in the following subject areas and, for the most part, the corresponding preparation courses as well:

  • German
  • History
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Attending preparation courses (aside from German) is optional; the courses are subject to fees. Information about the examinations and preparation courses is available below.

German

Pre-Study Program

If you are currently admitted as a student, you must complete the pre-study program in German.

  • It is mandatory to complete a fee-based language module up to the required level of language proficiency
  • One module consists of 3 courses
  • The following modules are offered: B1, B2 and C1
  • Placement to a higher level will be decided by the Center for Business Languages

The pre-study program consists of course modules designed to help you learn German. Depending on your intended major, you will need a B2 or C1 level of language proficiency. The modules are designed so that you can complete one level at a time during one semester.

 

In order to enroll in a pre-study program, you must hold a letter of admission issued by the university that you may enroll in a German-language degree program once you have successfully completed the German courses for the corresponding level of language proficiency.

 

When enrolled in the pre-study program, you will not yet be permitted to take any courses in your intended major.

 

Contact the Center for Business Languages to learn more.

 

Curriculum (study plan) German only

Information about preparation courses is available below (aside from chemistry)., There is also contact information as well as information in regard to exam dates and how to get exam material if you prefer to study for the exam yourself without attending a preparation course (independent study).

History

Preparation Course

Each semester (and subject to fees), the JKU offers preparation courses for supplementary examinations in history. These courses are held from Monday to Friday during the evenings (between 5:15 to 10:00 PM) or as a blocked session on Saturdays.

 

Register for the preparation courses via KUSSS. Use the search term SBP or the course number to access a list of supplementary examination courses in KUSSS. You can sign up for the course you wish to take there.

Independent Study

If you would like to take the supplementary examination in history without attending a preparation course, you can get information about the material (in either German or English) to study for yourself:

 

Dr. Angelika GROBNER
Institute of Canon and Religious Law and European Legal History
Secretary: Alia Selim
Juridicum Bldg., 1st floor
T +43 732 2468 3600
angelika.grobner@jku.at

 

There may be a copy fee for the materials. The examination is free of charge.

 

The supplementary examination for history is given up to three times per semester. Contact the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services for the exact dates (the dates are available at the start of the semester). You can make arrangements in advance to take the examination in either German or English.  Register for the supplementary examination in advance by sending an e-mail to the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services no later than 1 week before the set date.

Chemistry

Independent Study

Those wishing to take the supplementary examination in chemistry will be required to study the material independently. Information about what material the examination will cover is available in German or English:

 

Dr. Uwe MONKOWIUS (Winter Semester)
Linz School of Education (Dept. of STEM Didactics)
Secretary: Barbara Fröhlich
TN-Tower, 6th Floor, T609
T +43 732 2468 7952
uwe.monkowius@jku.at

 

Dr. Ian TEASDALE (Summer Semester)
Institute for Polymere Chemistry
Secretary: Renate Herbrik
TN-Tower, 7th floor, T0711
T +43 732 2468 9084
ian.teasdale@jku.at

 

The examination is free of charge.

 

Contact the examiner to arrange the examination date in advance as well as discuss if you would like to take the examination in German or English. Register for the supplementary examination in advance by sending an e-mail to the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services no later than 1 week before the set date.

Physics

Preparation Courses

Each semester (and subject to fees), the JKU offers preparation courses for supplementary examinations in physics. These courses are held from Monday to Friday during the evenings (between 5:15 to 10:00 PM) or as a blocked session on Saturdays.

 

Register for the preparation courses via KUSSS. Use the search term SBP or the course number to access a list of supplementary examination courses in KUSSS. You can sign up for the course you wish to take there.

 

Independent Study

If you would like to take the supplementary examination in physics without attending a preparation course, you can get information about the material (in either German or English) to study for yourself:

 

Dr. Michael HOHAGE
Institute for Experimental Physics
Physics Bldg.
T +43 732 2468 5334
michael.hohage@jku.at

 

There may be a copy fee for the materials. The examination is free of charge.

 

You can arrange the examination date directly with the examiner and make arrangements in advance to take the exam in either German or English. Register for the supplementary examination in advance by sending an e-mail to the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services no later than 1 week before the set date.

Mathematics

Preparation Courses

Each semester, the JKU offers preparation courses for supplementary examinations in mathematics. The preparation course for the supplementary examination in mathematics is available in KUSSS under "Vorbereitungskurs auf die Ergänzungsprüfung Mathematik". You can also register for the examination there. The course will be held in English.

Independent Study

The supplementary examination in mathematics consists of both a written and oral section. The exam can be taken in German or in English. The exam will cover:

  • Sets of numbers, equations, systems of linear equations, vectors in R2, matrices and determinants, linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, measures of change, trigonometry in the right triangle, basic concepts of differential and integral calculus, introduction to probability and statistic.
  • Complex numbers, vectors in R3, trigonometry in general triangle, trigonometric functions, root and magnitude functions, sequences and series, extension differential/integral calculus, probability and statistics.

The examination dates and method of examination is available here. The exam is free of charge.

 

Examiner:

DI Jan-Michael HOLZINGER
Science Park 5 - 4. Floor - S5-423
+43 732 2468 6889
jan-michael.holzinger@jku.at

 

You can arrange the examination date directly with the examiner. Register for the supplementary examination in advance by sending an e-mail to the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services no later than 1 week before the set date.