University Enrollment
Eligibility Examination.

You do not hold university entrance qualifications, but you would like to pursue a particular Bachelor’s or Diploma degree program at the JKU or at another university/University of Applied Science? Earn your qualifications now by passing the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination

Here are the advantages of the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination at a glance:

  • This is the ideal way to prepare for a specific academic degree program or subject area of study (= subject area group). If you already know exactly you would like to study (subject area or subject area of study i.e. law, social studies, economics, engineering, computer sciences or natural sciences) you can directly prepare for your studies by choosing the corresponding subjects in the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination, e.g. by taking physics for degree programs in engineering. 
  • Intensive individual preparation: the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination includes five subjects to prepare students individually for a specific subject area group.
  • Short period of study and state aid: The University Enrollment Eligibility Examination is a one-year program and students may be eligible for financial aid during this period (the same conditions apply in this regard as for a normal degree program, e.g. for a self-supporting scholarship). 
  • Low costs: As the program duration is short, the cost is currently € 2,100.00 + the Austrian Student Union fee (last update: 2021)

 

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The University Enrollment Eligibility Examination at the JKU

The JKU offers the University Enrollment Eligibility Examinations for courses of study for the following subject areas (= subject area groups):

The University Enrollment Eligibility Examinations at the JKU do not apply to degree programs in medicine, teacher education studies (general education) or cultural studies. These can, however, be taken at another University /University of Education, such as at the PH OÖ (the University of Education in Upper-Austria), the Medical University of Graz or the University of Art & Design Linz. They are then valid to enroll in an academic degree program at the JKU. 
The Center for Distance Learning Bregenz lso offers a University Enrollment Eligibility Examination, either with classroom instruction or as a distance learning course.

Please note:

  • The exams required differ depending on the study area group. This means that it is necessary to register for each specific study group individually.
     
  • The University Enrollment Eligibility Examination is not equivalent to the school leaving examination. It only allows you to study one specific subject area group. If you decide on one University Enrollment Eligibility Examination, you should be sure about what course of study you will choose in advance. It is not possible to change to another subject area group later on. To do this, you would have to do another University Enrollment Eligibility Examination and take the missing subjects. Exams which you have already passed do not need to be taken again e.g. the mandatory subject “written essay on a general topic in German” is valid for all study subject groups.

Scope of the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination

The University Enrollment Eligibility Examination is comprised of five individual examination sections:

  • A written paper about a general theme in the German language (compulsory subject)
    With this written paper you demonstrate that you can express yourself on a set topic using perfect and fluent language thereby expressing your thoughts clearly.
  • Three examinations which are necessary for the selected subject area group when it comes to prior knowledge or skills (mandatory subjects).
  • An exam of your choice from the field of your intended subject area group (elective subject):
    The elective subject is already a course that is part of your degree program, namely from the Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (or courses which can be completed in addition to the Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase), and for which you get academic credits which can be transferred to the regular study program you then pursue.

The exams of the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination are based on the curriculum of the 12th or 13th school year (upper-level school) and are outlined in the Ordinance of the Rectorate. Your elective subject should be geared towards your intended subject area group and must be stipulated when being admitted to the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination.

In the following, you will find details of the corresponding subject area group and the subjects which must be completed for these.

Law

Mandatory Subjects

  • Essay on a general topic (written)
    • The exam topics are summarized in more detail here For each topic, the working time equals four hours
  • English (written and oral)
    • Competences - listening, reading, speaking and writing - according to the European Framework of Reference. – Competence level B2. Confidence in oral and written expression while applying the basic grammar correctly; ability to understand the language spoken at a normal speed and to take part in a conversation about a generally known subject in a manner intelligible for the interlocutor; ability to translate simple texts into German; ability to read short texts fluently and to summarize these; ability to comment on general topics, primarily in a narrative and descriptive manner, in the form of an essay.
  • Mathematics 1 (written and oral)
    • Number quantities, equations, systems of linear equations, vectors in R2, matrices and determinants, linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, measures of change, trigonometry in right-angled triangles, basic concepts of differential and integral calculus, introduction to probability calculations and statistics.
  • History
    • The basics of general history, the most important historical facts and developments in European history with a focus on Austria and consideration of aspects of cultural, economic and social history.

Electives

The elective subject must be completed in the form of a course examination or an additional examination required for the intended course of study (Latin).

The course attended must be worth at least 2 ECTS credits.

The course attended must be from the Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (StEOP) or a continuing course, which can be taken before concluding the Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (StEOP).

The requirements are available in the course description provided in  KUSSS.

Potential Degree Programs

Social Sciences, Economics & Business

Mandatory Subjects

  • Essay on a general topic (written)
    • The exam topics are summarized in more detail here. For each topic, the working time equals four hours.
  • English (written and oral)
    • Competences - listening, reading, speaking and writing - according to the European Framework of Reference. – Competence level B2. Confidence in oral and written expression while applying the basic grammar correctly; ability to understand the language spoken at a normal speed and to take part in a conversation about a generally known subject in a manner intelligible for the interlocutor; ability to translate simple texts into German; ability to read short texts fluently and to summarize these; ability to comment on general topics, primarily in a narrative and descriptive manner, in the form of an essay
  • Mathematics 1 (written and oral)
    • Number quantities, equations, systems of linear equations, vectors in R2, matrices and determinants, linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, measures of change, trigonometry in right-angled triangles, basic concepts of differential and integral calculus, introduction to probability calculations and statistics.
  • History (oral)
    • The basics of general history, the most important historical facts and developments in European history with a focus on Austria and consideration of aspects of cultural, economic and social history.

Electives

The elective subject must be completed in the form of a course examination.

The course attended must be worth at least 2 ECTS credits.

The course attended must be from the Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (StEOP) or a continuing course, which can be taken before concluding the Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (StEOP).

The requirements are available in the course description provided in KUSSS.

Potential Bachelor's and Diploma Degree Programs

Engineering

Mandatory Subjects

  • Essay on a general topic (written)
    • The exam topics are summarized in more detail here. For each topic, the working time equals four hours.
  • Mathematics 2 (oral and written)
    • Mathematics 1 and more: complex numbers, vectors in R3, trigonometry in general triangles, trigonometric functions, root and absolute value functions, sequences and series, expansion of differential/integral calculus, probability calculations and statistics.
    • Material from Mathematics 1:
      number quantities, equations, systems of linear equations, vectors in R2, matrices and determinants, linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, measures of change, trigonometry in right-angled triangles, basic concepts of differential and integral calculus, introduction to probability calculations and statistics.
  • English (oral and written)
    • Competences - listening, reading, speaking and writing - according to the European Framework of Reference. – Competence level B2. Confidence in oral and written expression while applying the basic grammar correctly; ability to understand the language spoken at a normal speed and to take part in a conversation about a generally known subject in a manner intelligible for the interlocutor; ability to translate simple texts into German; ability to read short texts fluently and to summarize these; ability to comment on general topics, primarily in a narrative and descriptive manner, in the form of an essay.
  • Physics (oral and written)
    • Physical units: basic units and derived units
    • Mechanics: motion, force, momentum; work, potential and kinetic energy, energy conservation; torque and angular momentum; spring, pendulum, oscillations.
    • Electricity: Electricity: electric charge, field and potential; current, resistance and capacity; magnetic fields, induction, alternating current.
    • Thermodynamics: temperature, heat, heat capacity; Ideal gas, equations of state, states of aggregation; the main laws of thermodynamics.
    • Oscillations: harmonic oscillation, linear force law, pendulum.
    • Optics: light, lenses and geometrical optics; electromagnetic waves, interference and diffraction.
    • Modern physics: atomic physics, the basic elements of quantum mechanics, the basic elements of the relativity theory.

Electives

The elective subject must be completed in the form of a course examination or an additional examination required for the intended courses of study (descriptive geometry).

The course attended must be worth at least 2 ECTS credits.

The course attended must be from the Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (StEOP) or a continuing course, which can be taken before concluding the Studies Introduction and Orientation Phases (StEOP).

The requirements can be found in the course description provided in KUSSS.

Potential Bachelor's and Diploma Degree Programs

Natural Sciences

Mandatory Subjects

  • Essay on a general topic (written)
    • The exam topics are summarized in more detail here. For each topic, the working time equals four hours.
  • Mathematics 2 (oral and written)
    • Mathematics 1 and more: complex numbers, vectors in R3, trigonometry in general triangles, trigonometric functions, root and absolute value functions, sequences and series, expansion of differential/integral calculus, probability calculations and statistics.
    • Material from Mathematics 1:
      number quantities, equations, systems of linear equations, vectors in R2, matrices and determinants, linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, measures of change, trigonometry in right-angled triangles, basic concepts of differential and integral calculus, introduction to probability calculations and statistics.
  • English (oral and written)
    • Competences - listening, reading, speaking and writing - according to the European Framework of Reference. – Competence level B2. Confidence in oral and written expression while applying the basic grammar correctly; ability to understand the language spoken at a normal speed and to take part in a conversation about a generally known subject in a manner intelligible for the interlocutor; ability to translate simple texts into German; ability to read short texts fluently and to summarize these; ability to comment on general topics, primarily in a narrative and descriptive manner, in the form of an essay.
  • Chemistry (oral and written)
    • General chemistry: Building blocks of matter (the structure of atoms and molecules, types of chemical bonding, radioactivity); the significance of the periodic table; the three classical states of matter; Avogadro's theorem; molar volume; Avogadro (Loschmidt) constant; general gas equation; chemical reactions (equations, stoichiometry, law of mass action, the principle of Le Chatelier-Braun); reaction rate and catalysis; solutions; dissociation and association; acids, bases and salts; pH value; hydrolysis; electrolysis, energy conversion in chemical reactions. Dimensional analysis, ion reactions, corrosion.
    • Inorganic chemistry: hydrogen; oxygen; halogens; other important non-metallic elements and metals; the compounds of these elements, inert gases, sulphur, phosphor, silicon, metals and their compounds.
    • Organic chemistry: the special significance of carbon; chain and ring-shaped compounds; isomerism; hydrocarbons and their derivates (functional groups); aromatic compounds; petroleum; plastics (polymerization, polycondensation, polyaddition), nomenclature, heterocycles, optical activity, detergents, reaction types.
    • Introduction to biochemistry: Carbohydrates; fats; amino acids; proteins (colloids).

Electives

The elective subject must be completed in the form of a course examination.

The course attended must be worth at least 2 ECTS credits.

The course attended must be from the Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (StEOP) or a continuing course, which can be taken before concluding the Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (StEOP).

The requirements are available in the course description provided in KUSSS.

Potential Bachelor's Degree and Diploma Degree Programs

Admission Requirements

  • You have reached the age of 20.
  • You are a citizen of a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA) or belong to a group of persons according to the regulations on groups of persons.
  • You have prior professional or non-professional education in the area you wish to pursue a degree in.

What are the educational requirements for admission?

Since there are many different forms of previous education, no general answer can be given to this question. If you are unsure, you can send an e-mail beforehand to studienberechtigung@jku.at to ask about your concrete case.

 

In general, your previous education should consist of one-year of training in the same field as the intended field of study (e.g. technical). The following lists some positive examples of previous education:

  • An apprenticeship as an office administrator: Admission to the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination (SBP) for law, social sciences, economics & business
  • Graduation from a higher specialist school in short form (HLW, Handelsschule etc.): Admission to the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination in the corresponding subject area
  • An apprenticeship as an electrical engineering technician: Admission to the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination (SBP) for engineering

Register for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination

  1. Submit an application for admission

  2. Register as a non-degree seeking student

  3. Register for the preparation courses

OR

Register to take the examinations only

 

1. Submitting an Application for Admission

To apply for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination, you have to apply for admission. Please send the following documents per e-mail to: studienberechtigung@jku.at:

Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive a Letter of Admission for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination by e-mail. You require this Letter for the steps which follow.

When do I have to apply for admission to the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination by?

  • In general, you can submit your application for admission at any time
  • It can take up to 4 weeks for the Letter of Admission to be sent out
  • You can apply for a non-degree seeking program & for the preparatory courses in parallel (please pay attention to the KUSSS registration period), and clarify first, whether or not you fulfill the requirements for admission: studienberechtigung@jku.at 

We recommend that you apply before the summer holidays and at the very latest by the end of August/beginning of September.

 

2. Enrolling as a Non-Degree Seeking Student

If you wish to attend preparatory courses, you will be required to enroll as a non-degree seeking student. You can apply for a non-degree seeking program before you have received the Letter of Admission. Please clarify first, whether or not you fulfill the requirements for admission: studienberechtigung@jku.at 

Please note: Applicants applying as a non-degree seeking student will be subject to tuition fees.

3. Enroll in Preparatory Courses

The JKU holds preparatory courses for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination examination subjects each semester. These courses are held Monday to Friday, between 5.15 PM and 10:00 PM, respectively, and on Saturdays in the form of blocked sessions.

Completing the individual courses successfully counts as the successful completion of the corresponding examination(s) for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination. This means that if you are attending the corresponding preparatory courses, you do not have to register separately for exams.

Note: If you are taking preparatory courses subject to fees, the tuition fee can be retroactively refunded, provided you have taken part exclusively in University Enrollment Eligibility Examination courses.

Contact Course Organizers

E-Mail

stblg@jku.at

When do University Enrollment Eligibility Exam preparatory courses take place?

Winter Semester 2021/2022

Course No. Title Fee Weekly Hrs Dates
500003 Mathematics 1 UEEE (VL)
640,- €
3 Friday: 5:15 - 8.30 PM
500004 Mathematics 1 UEEE (UE) 2 Monday: 5:15 - 6.45 PM
500006 English UEEE 740,- € 5 Tuesday: 5:15 - 7.30 PM
Thursday: 5:15 - 6:45 PM
500009 German - Essay UEEE 350,- € 4 Wednesday: 5:15 - 8.30 PM
500010 Physics 1 UEEE 430,- € 1 Thursday: 7.00 - 8:30 PM
(start November, 25)

 

 

Summer Semester 2022

Course No. Title Fee Weekly Hrs Dates
500003 Mathematics 1 UEEE (VL - continuation of the winter semester)   3 Friday: 5:15 - 8.30 PM
500004 Mathematics 1 UEEE (UE - continuation of the winter semester)   2 Monday: 5:15 - 6.45 PM
500010 Physics UEEE (continuation of the winter semester)   3 Tuesday: 8.00 - 8.45 PM
Thursday: 7.00 - 8.30 PM
500001 History UEEE 350,- € 4 Block Sessions
(Friday afternoon; all-day Saturday)
500012 Supplementary Mathematics 2/3 UEEE 330,- € 2 Monday: 7:00 - 8.30 PM

 

How can one register for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination courses?

You can register for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination courses before you receive the Letter of Admission. Please clarify beforehand whether or not you fulfill the requirements for admission: studienberechtigung@jku.at 

 

Students are required to register via KUSSS (www.kusss.jku.at). Make a note of the main registration period for KUSSS.

 

You must be logged in to KUSSS in order to register for a course. Information on how to activate a user account and create a JKU password to log-in to KUSSS is available at: http://help.jku.at/im.

 

Using the search term University Enrollment Eligibility Examination (SBP) or the course number (LVA-Nr.) you will receive a list of the courses in KUSSS for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination. As an alternative, you can select the current semester and search for the courses with the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination (for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination). The courses always start with 500.0xx.

 

Register in KUSSS for the courses which you wish to attend. The registration is binding once the course fee has been paid via the link to the: MUSSS ONLINE SHOP.

 

A video tutorial and the instruction manual to explain the step-by-step payment procedure is available on the MUSSS Online Shop homepage. After paying the course fee via the MUSSS Online Shop, you will be allocated to this course. The invoice will be sent by e-mail. Keep the invoice in a safe place as you will need it as proof (Bildungskonto*, waiver of tuition fee).

 

The number of participants per course is restricted. The time of registering for the course is decisive for admission to the course.

Is it possible to drop a University Enrollment Eligibility Examination courses?

If you drop out of one or several courses, any paid fees will not be refunded. You may only cancel individual courses before the registration deadline. The course fee is refunded in the form of a voucher for the MUSSS Shop. If you must drop the course, you may be eligible for a refund of the fee but only if you can prove there good reason for having to drop the course. In any case, 15% of the fee will be retained as a processing charge.

Registering for Examinations Only

If you do not wish to take preparatory courses and study the examination content yourself, you may opt to register directly for exams.

You can register for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination either in person or by sending an e-mail to: pruefung-sowi@jku.at) at the Office of Examinations and Recognition Services.

Registration forms (PDF):

Please note: If you are applying for admission to the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination at the JKU, you must take at least one examinaton at the JKU.

When do the examinations take place?

The University Enrollment Eligibility Examination examinations are individual examinations normally scheduled during January, March, June, and September.


There are so-called 'framework dates' announced and published each year and the examinations take place during this time. Information about the framework dates and the registration deadlines are available at Framework Dates for 2021 Examinations.


The exact examination dates (day, place, and time) is available approximately two weeks before the framework date. See: Announcements.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination cost?

The admission itself and the examinations are free of charge.

If you are attending preparatory courses, you must enroll as a non-degree seeking student and each semester, you will be subject to paying tuition fees as well as the mandatory Austrian Student Union fee.

The preparatory courses are subject to a fee. It is not mandatory to attend one or several preparatory courses.

 

Please note:

  • When attending preparatory courses subject to a fee, the tuition fee can be retroactively refunded, providing you attended courses for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination only.
  • If the elective subject taken as part of a regular academic degree program, the tuition fee cannot be refunded.

Is financial aid/a grant available in order to take the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination?

Yes, you may be eligible for financial aid for the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination providing you were awarded financial aid to pursue a regular academic degree program (age and income limits). Before submitting the application for admission, contact the Study Grant Authority or the Austrian Student Union Office for Social Affairs.

You may also be eligible to financial aid from the Bildungskonto OÖ (educational program for adults in Upper Austria to support the pursuit of higher education and professional qualifications).

 

Are partial exams recognized (credited)?

Credits can be transferred for certain examinations or parts of these, to the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination, provided that the content and scope are equivalent. For example:

  • School leaving examination
  • Secondary School Vocational Exam)
  • Externistenreifeprüfung (examination providing aptitude to qualify for higher education)
  • Promotion exam for the civil service
  • University course of study
  • University courses
  • Other examinations at recognized educational institutions at home and abroad

If you have successfully passed a master craftsman’s examination or a qualification exam according to the Trade Regulation Act (Federal Law Gazette No. 194/1994) or to the Agriculture and Forestry Vocational Training Act (Federal Law Gazette No. 298/1990), you can apply for an exemption before doing the University Enrollment Eligibility Examination in your elective subject.

In order to get credit for examinations, please send an application, including all required documents, to the JKU Admissions Office by sending an e-mail to:  studienberechtigung@jku.at. Your case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine what documents are required. Please contact the Admissions Office.