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Proof of Language Proficiency

Ger­man skills

For ad­mis­sion to a Ger­man-taught pro­gram at WU start­ing in the 2018/19 win­ter semester or any sub­sequent semester, 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 Ger­man-speak­ing coun­try 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) in a Ger­man-speak­ing coun­try

  • 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)

    • 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

Bach­elor's Pro­gram

To be ad­mit­ted to the Eng­lish-taught Bach­elor’s Pro­gram in Busi­ness and Eco­nom­ics at WU, you must be able to doc­u­ment 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:

  • TOEFL 85

  • IELTS 6.0

  • Cam­bridge Eng­lish: First (FCE-B2), CAE (Cer­ti­fic­ate in Ad­vanced Eng­lish), CPE (Cer­ti­fic­ate of Pro­fi­ciency in Eng­lish), BEC Higher (Busi­ness Eng­lish Cer­ti­fic­ate Higher)

  • Doc­u­ment­a­tion of the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of sec­ond­ary school, a bach­elor’s pro­gram, or a mas­ter’s pro­gram of at least two year’s dur­a­tion taught in Eng­lish, is­sued by the edu­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion

  • A pos­it­ive grade in Eng­lish on the school re­port pre­ced­ing the sec­ond­ary school leav­ing cer­ti­fic­ate, or on the leav­ing cer­ti­fic­ate, is­sued by a school in the EU, the EEC, or Switzer­land

  • Doc­u­ment­a­tion prov­ing that Eng­lish is your first lan­guage.

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 proof 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