An international school leaving certificate or university degree qualification can be recognised as equivalent to an Austrian one due to either a bilateral agreement, or a proof of made up course content, or official conversion into an Austrian qualification via the process known as ’Nostrifizierung‘. The required proof of fulfilling the entrance requirement for higher education also depends on the country of origin. Detailed information on individual countries and qualifications can be found on www.anabin.de. Every case has to be considered individually.
In principle the following requirements apply:
- For Bachelor's degree programmes: A-Level/high school certificate (or equivalent)
- For Master's degree programmes: Most degree programmes at the FH Upper Austria are designed consecutively. That means, there is a connection in terms of content between a Bachelor’s degree and the consecutive Master’s degree. Access to the Master’s degree programmes is open to graduates from relevant related Bachelor’s degree programmes in other universities in Austria and abroad. In certain cases missing ECTS credits in specific subjects must be made up.
Additional information for international applicants
Depending on the degree programme, German language certificates (min. B2 or German Preparation Programme) and English (TOEFL, IELTS certificate) are required. Evidence of higher education depends on the country of origin. Detailed information can be obtained from ANABIN or the Federal Ministry of Science.
Applicants from the following countries have to submit a relevant professional qualification in accordance with the Fachhochschule Studies Act section 4 subsection 4 (§ 4 Abs 4 FHStG) or a general university entrance qualification in accordance with the Fachhochschule Studies Act section 4 subsection 5 (§ 4 Abs 5 FHStG) whereby only certified documents will be accepted.
- Africa (esp. North Africa and West Africa e.g. Egypt, Libya)
- Sri Lanka
It is necessary to provide “full diplomatic legalization”:
- Authentication of the certificate by the competent ministry (ministry of education for example) of the country of origin
- Legalization by the ministry of foreign affairs of the country of origin
- Apostille from the Austrian representation in the country of origin
University applicants from China have the opportunity to contact the academic test centre in Beijing (APS Peking). All the essential documents can be tested there for their authenticity and plausibility. For more details go to https://www.aps.org.cn/internationale-kooperationen/oesterreich.
Applicants from abroad must prove their proficiency in the language(s) of instruction at the time of their application. Depending on the degree programme, language certificates for German (at least B2) or English (B2, Toefl, IELTS certificate) must be presented. For attending the German Preparation Programme A2 level is required.
Legalisation and Translation
Legalisation confirms the authenticity of documents, signatures and authorities that issued the document. Three scenarios are possible depending on the issuing country (no legalisation is required, legalisation in the form of the Apostille or full diplomatic legalisation). We accept original documents in German or English. Possible translations have to be done before the legalisation. Detailed information can be found here.
What are the 5 Steps to Studying at the FH Upper Austria?
Being well-informed is a prerequisite of choosing the right degree programme and profession. You can obtain a wide range of insights from our website, social media, conversations with professors and students as well as information days.
Send your documents either immediately online or on paper. It is possible to apply for two degree programmes simultaneously.
3. Admission Process
Applicants to all study degree programmes, who fulfil the formal prerequisites, will be invited to an interview. A further component of the process can be a potential test or a portfolio.
All applicants receive detailed information regarding the application process at the interview. Some programmes also send out written feedback regarding the status of their applications.
5. Semester Start
Studying begins with degree programme specific introductory and info events on campus life.
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This does not apply for:
Electrical Engineering, Media Technology and Design, Social Work, Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation and Product Management, Global Sales and Marketing, Medical Engineering, Preparation Programme German.
For non-EU residents the respective deadlines may be shorter due to longer process times for visa applications.
Applications that reach us after 30 June, will be processed if places are available.