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Proof of Language Proficiency

German skills

Due to a change in legislation effective as of the 2019 summer semester, you are required to provide proof of German skills at level A2 or higher at the time when you submit your application for admission to a German-taught program at WU.
In addition to the types of proof listed further below, we also accept the following certificates (valid for two years after the exam):
  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom - ÖSD Zertifikat A2
  • Goethe Institut - Goethe Zertifikat A2
  • telc Deutsch A2
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz DSD I
  • Österreichischer Integrationsfonds (ÖIF) - ÖIF Test (A2)
Please be sure to submit your application together with appropriate proof of your German skills.

For admission to a German-taught program at WU, you need to provide proof of German skills at C1 level or higher (for more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, please see: http://www.europaeischer-referenzrahmen.de/sprachniveau.php). Please include documents supporting your proficiency in German with your application for admission.

We accept the following diplomas and certificates (to be submitted during enrollment or earlier):

  • Diplomas (valid indefinitely):

    • Secondary school-leaving certificate obtained in a school with German as language of instruction or at an Austrian or German school abroad

    • Completion of a German-taught degree program with a duration of at least 3 years at a recognized postsecondary educational institution (university, university of applied sciences)

  • Supplementary examination in German from the Vienna University Preparation Program (VWU) (valid indefinitely)

  • German certificates (valid for three years after the exam):

    • C1 from the Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch (ÖSD) (exams at WU)

    • Goethe Zertifikat C1 from the Goethe Institute

    • telc Deutsch “C1 Hochschule”

    • DSH2 (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer StudienbewerberInnen)

    • Deutsches Sprachdiplom - Zweite Stufe (DSD II) from the German Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs

    • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test DaF), at least level TDN 4 in all subtests

University Preparation Program of the Vienna Universities

German courses as part of the Vienna University Preparation Program (VWU) are available exclusively for students planning to enroll in the Bachelor’s Programs in Business Law or Business, Economics and Social Sciences. For more information on the German courses and on how to register for the Preparation Program, please see: www.vwu.at.

The Preparation Program is only complete after passing the supplementary examination in German. None of the certificates listed above will be accepted for recognition in the Preparation Program.

Please note that WU does not offer German courses as part of the Vienna University Preparation Program (VWU) for students planning to enroll in any of our master’s or doctoral programs. 

Doctoral Program
The Doctoral Program in Social and Economic Sciences or Business Law can be completed in German or in English. If you do not provide proof of your German skills and plan to complete your program in English, the supervisor of your dissertation must offer the necessary research seminars in English (please submit the confirmation of your supervisor to the Admissions Office).

English skills

To be admitted to an English-taught Program at WU, you do not need German skills.

Bachelor's Program

To be admitted to the English-taught Bachelor’s Program in Business and Economics at WU, you need English skills of level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please upload one of the following certificates together with your online application.

The following (valid) certificates documenting sufficient proficiency in English are accepted:

Master's Program

For admission to an English-taught program at WU, you need to provide proof of English skills at the C1 level or higher (for more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, please see: http://www.europaeischer-referenzrahmen.de/sprachniveau.php ). Please include one of the certificates listed below with your application for admission.

The following certificates are accepted as proof of proficiency in English (please make sure that your certificate is still valid:

  • TOEFL 100

  • IELTS 7.0

  • TOEIC 800

  • Cambridge English: CAE (Certificate in Advanced English), CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), BEC Higher (Business English Certificate Higher)

  • UNIcert III

  • A full English-taught bachelor’s program (at least 3 years) or master’s program (at least 2 years); a confirmation from the university is required to prove that the program was taught in English. Please note that only an exchange semester or year in an English speaking country or with courses taught in English is not sufficient.

  • English as first language

  • C1-level certificate issued by a university language center, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
    The certificate has to prove that you took one or more tests to assess your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. These skills should correspond to level C1 or higher according to the CEFR.
    Course transcripts or confirmations about your overall language skills or certain language courses will NOT be accepted as proof of your language skills. If you are not sure whether your language certificate fulfils these criteria, please submit one of the standardized tests mentioned above.

Master’s Program in International Management/CEMS

Please note that special language proficiency requirements apply for the Master’s Program in International Management/CEMS. For details, please see the CEMS website: http://www.cems.org/mim/how-to-apply/common-application-requirement