The admission requirement for a bachelor's degree programmes at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) is a general university entrance qualification or a subject-relevant professional qualification with additional examinations.
One of the following documents is required:
Relevant professional qualifications with auxiliary examinations (study without 'Matura' (general university entrance qualification)):
Additional country-specific information for applicants:
Applicants with foreign certificates
Certificates from other countries are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If a foreign secondary-school leaving certificate is not equivalent to an Austrian one as regards content and requirements the programme director shall prescribe supplementary examinations to determine equivalency with the domestic secondary-school leaving examination. These exams must be passed prior to admission (cf. § 4 paragraph 6 FHG).
All documents and certificates submitted by the applicant that are not in German or English must be translated into German or English and certified if necessary. Detailed information about the requirements can be found under Legalisation and Translation of Documents.
attended for at least six semesters and 180 ECTS at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution at which the general university entrance qualification is an admission requirement and which is recognised as an educational institution by the laws of the country in which they it is located.
In case equivalency has been basically established and only certain supplementary qualifications are required for full equivalence, the programme director shall be entitled to tie the determination of equivalence to examinations to be taken during the master's degree programme. If the curriculum a university of applied sciences degree programme is based on students' professional work experience, admission to such a university of applied sciences degree programme may be limited to a specific target group.
The educational levels required for a specific master's degree programme at FH Vorarlberg can be found under "Admission requirements" for the respective degree programme. Alternatively, applicants can contact the administrative office of the respective degree programme. Minimum ECTS requirements in specific fields might be required (see the specific degree programme).
Applicants with foreign certificates
All documents and certificates submitted by the applicant that are not in German or English must be translated into German or English and certified if necessary. Detailed information about the requirements can be found under Translation Legalisation and Translation of Documents.
The language of instruction for degree programmes at FH Vorarlberg is German, although certain courses are offered in English. Applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of language competence (at least B2)
The following certificates are generally recognised as proof of adequate competence in German at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (see Admission on the basis of foreign secondary school leaving certificates, recommendation, knowledge of German language):
Certificates on the levels Fortgeschrittene 3 (“Advanced 3“) or "Perfektion" ("Perfection“) of the Vienna International University Courses (https://sprachenzentrum.univie.ac.at/en/german-courses/)
In other cases, individual candidates may, for example, fulfill the German language requirement, even if they did not take German as part of their examinations for the university entrance qualification if German is part of the school curriculum, the language of instruction and the candidate's native language. The decision will be made by the programme director after the candidate's language skills habe been tested or in he course of the admissions procedure.
You can visit the "Gemeinsamer Europäischer Referenzrahmen für Sprachen" (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR) to assess your language competences using either of the links below:
In various semester, some courses are held in part in English and require good English language competence (i.e. the ability to express oneself as well as vocabulary, pronunciation and comprehension should be at least at Level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).The English language requirement can be met in a number of ways:
If proof cannot be provided, language competence can be tested on an individual basis in the Language Laboratory at FH Vorarlberg.
Knowledge of the language (German, English) must be demonstrated for admission. In isolated cases, recognition of language certificates is the responsibility of the programme director (individual candidates may, for example, fulfill the English language requirement, even if they did not take English as part of their examinations for the university entrance qualification if English is part of the school curriculum).
You can visit the "Gemeinsamer Europäischer Referenzrahmen für Sprachen" (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR) to undertake a self-assessment of your language competences using either of the links below:
Depending on the degree programme, you can find the relevant admission requirements under the Special Admission Requirements tab on the pages for each of the degree programmes.
Each student is required to conclude a private-law education contract with Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences prior to the start of his/her studies.
This contract sets out the principal rights and obligations of students, for example:
Examples of Education Contracts (subject to modification)
In return, Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences agrees to run its degree programmes in accordance with the appropriate laws and regulations, ensuring that students are able to complete their studies within the standard period of time. In return, Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences agrees to run its degree programmes in accordance with the appropriate laws and regulations, ensuring that students are able to complete their studies within the standard period of time.
Admission to the University and enrolment are conditional upon payment of the Austrian National Union of Students fee by the respective deadline.
The following regulations are important for study purposes and good working relationships.
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