Admission


1. Master’s Degree

If you have already decided to pursue a Master at the Department of Religious Studies in Vienna, but are not yet sure how to apply, then please read the following guidelines.

Information concerning the staff, curriculum (only available in German), areas of supervision, as well as the course catalogue (publication for winter term: 1st of July; for summer term: 15th of January) is provided by clicking on the respective item. If you have further questions, please contact the Studies Service Center (SSC) of the Faculty of Catholic Theology (ssc.katholische-theologie@univie.ac.at). May we ask you to try to address possible questions by checking the information provided on our homepage prior to contacting us.

 

1.1 Premises

To be admitted to the Master’s Programme in Religious Studies, students must have completed an eligible Bachelor’s or Diploma Programme at a recognised post-secondary educational institution. Information about eligible diplomas can be found in the curriculum. If a diploma is not stated, the directorate of studies will decide individually on admission during the evaluation of applications. Therefore the admission can be:

  • granted without additional requirements;
  • granted with additional exams taken out of the Bachelor Programme and up to 30 ECTS, which have to be taken during the Master’s Programme (defined by the directorate of studies);
  • rejected.

 

1.2 Admission

Here you can find the application and admission periods.

The admission procedure as well as the required documents depends on whether you have received your former diploma at the University of Vienna or somewhere else. Furthermore, your citizenship is of relevance.

Generally speaking, the admission procedure involves the following steps:

  1. You register and upload the required documents via u:space;
  2. You will receive a notification, informing you about the status of your application for admission (usually this takes several weeks, therefore we suggest that you apply as early as possible);
  3. In case of a positive notification, you will enroll personally for the study programme at the student point office. There you will receive your student identity card;
  4. This is also the place where you pay the tuition fees/students' union fee (a maestro/debit card is required).

 

1.2.1 Ad 1: Application of Admission via u:space

The following information concerns students with degrees from institutions other than the University of Vienna! For graduates of the University of Vienna, refer to the following steps.

You need to register in u:space and activate your u:account which you will need throughout your study programme. The e-mail address you enter in the registration will be the one used in all correspondence with the Admission Office throughout the course of the admission process. 

Prepare the following documents for upload (in pdf format):

  1. Your document of completion of studies with the legal requirements fulfilled for the country it was issued in;
  2. Your diploma supplement/transcript of records/index;
  3. In case you have a non-EU citizenship: proof of special entrance qualification;
  4. A translation of all the above-mentioned documents made by a certified translator or governmental agency (if the documents were issued in languages other than German or English); 
  5. A scan of your passport/personal ID;
  6. Proof of German or English as required in the specific curriculum (see the curriculum of the specific programme);
  7. A passport photograph. 

The processing of your application will take several weeks, therefore we recommend:

  • Apply as early as possible;
  • Make sure the uploaded documents are legible and the scan is of high quality (300dpi resolution);
  • Upload the pdf-files in the right areas in U:SPACE (e.g., original secondary school leaving certificate + legalisation + translation, all in the field “secondary school leaving certificate”; the special entrance qualification in original + translation in the field “special entrance qualification”, etc.).

Attention: Late applications or incomplete documentation will result in longer processing times and make an enrolment in the semester applied for impossible. We ask for your understanding that the University of Vienna cannot provide any information about the processing status.

Once the Admission Office has completed the processing of your application, you will receive a notification by e-mail. If the attached letter is a letter of admission you can be enrolled.

 

1.2.2 Ad 2: Personal Enrollment for Study Programme

You will find information about the supplementary exams (if required) in your admission letter. You do not need to enroll for the Bachelor Programme for taking these exams; you can take them while you are already in your Master’s Programme (it is recommended to take them at the beginning of your postgraduate studies).

You need to come to the Admission Office (Student Point) in person with the originals of the aforementioned documents or notarised copies of them until the end of the admission period.

At this point your identity needs to be checked, so you can only do this step yourself.

Attention: It is not allowed to be enrolled as a full student for the same study programme at two Austrian universities at the same time. In case you want to transfer from another university to the University of Vienna you should deregister from the previous one once you have received the admission letter of the University of Vienna.

 

1.2.3 Ad 4: Payment of the tuition fees/students’ union fee

You can pay the fees directly at the Admission Office when you are there for the personal admission with a debit card (maestro card). In that case the enrolment is effective immediately. 

Or you can use one of the following types of payment: 

  • Online payment via eps online-payment (only possible if you have an Austrian bank account) via u:space > Financial Matters > tuition fees/students’ union fee;
  • Via Online banking: the required data are available in u:space > Financial Matters > tuition fees/students’ union fee;
  • With the payment bill which you can print using your u:account password at the self service terminals in the main University building.

Once you have paid the prescribed tuition fees/students’ union fee you are enrolled in the study programme.

 

1.3 What happens after the admission?

Once the balance in u:space > Financial Matters > tuition fees/students’ union fee is zero, the fee is communicated. In case of online banking or payment via payment bill this may take up to seven working days.

Then you can print your student documents via u:space > Personal Matters > My Documents (that is, the student record sheet/Studienblatt and the confirmation of enrolment/Studienbestätigung). The semester sticker that you need to put on your student ID card will be sent to the postal address you have indicated in u:space. 

After the final step of the admission you can start planning your semester and register for the courses (currently only available in German) within the specific registration periods.

Further helpful hints are provided via these links:


2. Ph.D. Programme 

1.1 General Information

Structure and Content: Curriculum (so far only available in German)

Knowledge of German: In order to be admitted to a degree programme at the University of Vienna, you normally have to prove sufficient knowledge of German. However, international students may be exempted of this regulation (please contact your prospective Ph.D. supervisor). The dissertation can be written in a foreign language. 

Academic Title: Dr. phil.

Min. Duration of Study: 6 Semesters

 

1.2 Premises

To be admitted to a Ph.D. Programme in Religious Studies, students must have completed an eligible Master’s/Magister or Diploma Programme at a recognised post-secondary educational institution. Information about eligible diplomas can be found in the curriculum. If a diploma is not stated, the directorate of studies will decide individually on admission during the evaluation of applications. In case that equivalence is not provided or only some amendments are required for equivalence, admission can be granted with a requirement of acquiring a maximum of 60 ECTS study workload. These have to be covered during the study period.

 

1.3 Admission 

Application and admission to doctoral/PhD programmes is possible throughout the year. Please contact your supervisor before you apply for admission. 

The admission procedure as well as the requirement of documents depends on whether you have received your former diploma at the University of Vienna or somewhere else. Furthermore, your citizenship is of relevance.

Generally speaking the admission procedure involves the following steps:

  1. You register and upload the required documents via u:space;
  2. You personally enroll for the study programme at the student point office. There you will receive your student identity card;
  3. This is also the place where you pay the tuition fees/students’ union fee (a maestro/debit card is required).

 

1.3.1 Ad 1: Application of Admission via u:space

The following information concerns students with degrees from institutions other than the University of Vienna! For graduates of the University of Vienna, refer to following steps.

You need to register in u:space and activate your u:account which you will need throughout your study programme. The e-mail address you enter in the registration will be the one used in all correspondence with the Admission Office throughout the course of the admission process. 

Prepare the following documents for upload (in pdf format):

  1. Your Bachelor and Master’s certificate with the legal requirements fulfilled for the country it was issued in;
  2. Your diploma supplement, transcript of records, index;
  3. In case you have a non-EU citizenship: proof of special entrance qualification;
  4. A translation of all above-mentioned documents made by a certified translator or a governmental agency (if the documents were issued in languages other than German or English); 
  5. A scan of your passport/personal ID (photo page); 
  6. Proof of German or English as required by the specific curriculum (see the curriculum of the specific Master’s Programme);
  7. A passport photograph; 
  8. A motivation letter and the choice of the institute/department (optional).

The processing of your application will take several weeks. We ask for your understanding that the University of Vienna cannot provide information about the processing status. We therefore recommend:

  • Apply as early as possible;
  • Make sure the uploaded documents are legible and the scan is of high quality (300dpi resolution);
  • Upload the pdf-files in the right areas in U:SPACE (e.g., original secondary school leaving certificate + legalisation + translation all in the field “secondary school leaving certificate”; the special entrance qualification in original + translation in the field “special entrance qualification”, etc.).

Attention: Late applications or incomplete documentation will result in longer processing times and make the enrolment in the semester applied for impossible. Once the Admission Office has completed the processing of your application, you will receive a notification by e-mail. If the attached letter is a letter of admission you can then be enrolled.

 

1.3.2 Ad 2: Personal Enrollment for Study Programme

The admission can be:

  • Granted without additional requirements;
  • Granted with additional exams taken out of the Bachelor and Master’s Programme and up to 60 ECTS, which have to be taken during the doctoral/PhD programme;
  • Rejected.

You will find information about the supplementary exams (if required) in your admission letter. You do not need to enroll for the Bachelor or Master’s Programme for taking these exams; you can take them while you are already in your doctoral/PhD programme (it is recommended to take them at the beginning of your studies). 

You need to come to the Admission Office in person with the originals of the aforementioned documents or notarised copies of them until the end of the extended admission period (Mon 09:00-12:00, Thu 14:00-17:00). At this point your identity needs to be checked, so you can only do this step yourself

Attention: If acquiring German proficiency is prescribed in your admission letter you should finish the enrolment procedure until the 5th of September (for the winter semester) and the 5th of February (for the summer semester) in order to be able to still sign into a German course! Keep in mind that the registration periods for the courses may be rather short and plan your personal enrolment date accordingly!

 

1.3.3 Ad 3: Payment of the tuition fee/students' union fee

You can pay the fees directly at the Admission Office when you are there for the personal enrolment with a Maestro debit card. In that case the enrolment is effective immediately. 

Or you can use one of the following types of payment: 

  • Online payment via eps online-payment (only possible if you have an Austrian bank account) via U:SPACE > Financial Matters > tuition fees/students’ union fee;
  • Via Online banking: the required data are available in U: SPACE > Financial Matters > tuition fees/students’ union fee;
  • With the payment bill which you can print using your u:account password at the self service terminals in the main university building.

Once you paid the required tuition fees/students’ union fee you are then enrolled in the study programme.

 

1.4 What happens after the admission?

Once the balance in u:space > Financial Matters > tuition fees/students’ union fee is zero, the fee is communicated. In case of online banking or payment via payment bill, this may take up to seven working days.

Then you can print your student documents via u:space > Personal Matters > My Documents (that is, the student record sheet/Studienblatt and the confirmation of enrolment/Studienbestätigung). The semester sticker that you need to put on your student ID card will be sent to the postal address you have indicated in u:space. 

After the final step of the admission, you can start planning your semester and register for the courses (currently only available in German) within the specific registration periods.

Further helpful hints are provided via these links: