PhD and doctoral programme

 Dates
 Admission periods
 Admission and documents required for admission
 Tuition fee
 Forms and information sheets
 Contact & Information


PhD programmes / doctoral programmes are standard study programmes designed to further develop students’ ability to carry out independent scientific work. Building on the knowledge and skills taught in diploma and master’s programmes, they aim to educate and support the next generation of researchers and scientists. In order to be admitted to a doctoral programme, students must have completed a relevant diploma or master’s programme at a university or a university of applied sciences or an equivalent study programme. Graduates are awarded the title “Doctor” in line with the respective curriculum.

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Dates

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Admission periods

During the general admission period you can:

Applications to be admitted to a PhD/doctoral programme can be made at any time throughout the year. However, the university recommends that students submit their applications during the normal admission periods in order to be able to register for lectures in time.
Please be aware that a special admission period applies to non-EEA citizens.

From the start of the general admission period until the end of the extension period you can:

  • be admitted as a student of another Austrian university to also study at the University of Innsbruck,
  • be admitted to continue a study programme at the University of Innsbruck after having paid the tuition and/or Austrian Students’ Union fee at another Austrian university.

Exceptions to the general admission period

  • unforeseeable/unavoidable event: persons with credible evidence that an unforeseeable or unavoidable event arising through little or no fault of their own prevented them from applying for admission during the general admission period can apply for admission during the extension period.
  • work, internships: persons able to prove that work or an internship prevented them from applying for admission during the general admission period can apply for admission during the extension period.
  • stays abroad: persons able to prove that a stay abroad that was absolutely necessary prevented them from applying for admission during the general admission period can apply for admission during the extension period.

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Admission and documents required for admission

The admission process and the documents needed for admission vary depending on the student’s nationality and the type of school-leaving certificate (including where the certificate was issued) that is presented as proof of eligibility to study at university.

EEA¹citizens with a German-language school-leaving certificate proving university eligibility

 EEA citizens who have already completed a relevant study programme at the University of Innsbruck

EEA citizens who have already completed a relevant study programme at the University of Innsbruck can apply for admission via the online student platform LFU:online, provided they have a valid username and password to access the university IT services (ZID). These students can also visit the Admission Department in person to enrol.

Documents required:

  • valid passport/ID card or student card,
  • print-out of the registration form for study programmes without selection procedure (only for admission to master’s programmes),
  •  fully filled-in registration form (“Meldungsblatt”).

 EEA citizens who have started or completed a study programme at another Austrian university

EEA citizens who have started or completed a study programme at another university in Austria can visit the Admission Department in person to enrol. Before visiting the Admission Department, please check with a member of staff which documents you need to bring with you (e.g. admission record, certificate of transfer or graduation, print-out of online registration).

 All other prospective students

All other prospective students wishing to be admitted to a doctoral programme must submit an application to the Admission Department either in person or by post. This application comprises the form Application for Admission as well as a curriculum vitae in table form.

The following documents must be submitted together with the application, either as originals or as copies officially certified by a court or a notary:

  • notices (“Bescheid”) confirming the awarding of all academic titles,
  • diploma or master’s programme certificate,
  • examination certificate,
  • Diploma Supplement (if necessary, abstract from diploma thesis),
  • transcript (list of examinations completed).

Important! Only applications which contain documents confirming that the applicant has completed a study programme will be processed. Preliminary certificates, confirmations and transcripts issued before the completion of the study programme will not be accepted.

EEA¹ citizens with a non-German-language school-leaving certificate proving university eligibility

EEA citizens with a non-German-language school-leaving certificate proving university eligibility must submit an application for admission. The necessary documents can be handed in at the Admission Department in person or sent by post. Applicants who are granted admission will receive a confirmation message that they can then use to enrol in a study programme during the general admission period.

Documents required:

  • school-leaving certificate proving university eligibility,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • (if necessary) proof of German language ability (level B2)

as well as (originals or officially certified copies):

  • notice (“Bescheid”) confirming awarding of bachelor’s degree,
  • diploma certificate,
  • examination certificate,
  • Diploma Supplement,
  • transcript (list of examinations completed).

Important! Only applications which contain documents confirming that the applicant has completed a study programme (see above) will be processed. Preliminary certificates, confirmations and transcripts issued before the completion of the study programme will not be accepted.

Non-EEA¹ citizens and stateless persons

Non-EEA citizens must submit an application to study to the university. The Admission Department must receive all necessary documents by 5 September (for the winter semester) or 5 February (for the summer semester).

Applications will be evaluated by the Admission Department in the order in which they are received. Applicants who are granted admission will receive a confirmation message that they can then use to enrol in a study programme during the general admission period.

Documents required:

  • school-leaving certificate proving eligibility to study at university,
  • up-to-date special university entrance qualification,
  • (if necessary) transcript of records including number of ECTS-Credits completed,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • proof of German language ability (level B2)

as well as (originals or officially certified copies):

  • notice (“Bescheid”) confirming awarding of bachelor’s degree,
  • diploma certificate,
  • examination certificate,
  • Diploma Supplement,
  • transcript (list of examinations completed).

¹ The EEA (=European Economic Area) comprises the Member States of the EU (= European Union) – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden – and the signatory states of the EFTA (European Free Trade Association) – Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway.


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Tuition fee

Amendments to § 91 Universities Act means that from the summer semester 2013 there are new rules governing tuition fees at the University of Innsbruck.

There are several different rules that apply to students enrolled in standard study programmes. The criteria used to decide which of these rules is to be applied are the nationality of the person, his/her residence entitlement in Austria, and any connections to Austria according to the Austrian Regulation on Eligible Groups of Persons (“Personengruppenverordnung”).
Non-degree programme students who are enrolled in individual lectures must pay a standard tuition fee of €363.36 per semester.

All students must pay the Austrian Students’ Union fee.

Degree programme students1 exempted from paying tuition fees for a designated period: 

  • EU/EEA citizens (automatically exempted for paying tuition fees for the regular duration of study),
  • students with permanent residency (proof required - online application),
  • students from third countries who are deemed to have a connection to Austria according to the Austrian Regulation on Eligible Groups of Persons (“Personengruppenverordnung”) (proof required - online application),
  • students from third countries who are neither covered by the Austrian Regulation on Eligible Groups of Persons (“Personengruppenverordnung”) nor have a student residence permit (proof required).

Students in any of the abovementioned categories who exceed the regular duration of study by more than two “tolerance semesters” must pay a tuition fee of €363.36 per semester. In individual cases a tuition fee waivermay be granted, meaning that students who have exceeded the regular duration of study by more than two “tolerance semesters” remain exempted from paying the tuition fee.

 1 Degree programme students

Degree programme students1 from third countries

Degree programme students from third countries who are not covered by the Austrian Regulation on Eligible Groups of Persons (“Personengruppenverordnung”), are not subject to an international agreement and are in possession of a residence permit according to § 64 Settlement and Residence Act (NAG) must pay a tuition fee of €726.72 starting from their first term at university. No reduction of the tuition fee will be granted to these students, even if the tuition fee is paid before the end of the extension period.

1 Degree programme students

Degree programme students1 from developing countries

Degree programme students from developing countries are automatically exempted from paying the tuition fee. These students do not need to apply for an exemption. However, please be aware that any change of nationality must be communicated to the university without delay.

1 Degree programme students

Non-degree programme2 students (regardless of nationality)

Non-degree programme students admitted to attend individual lectures in scientific fields must pay a tuition fee of €363.36 per month, regardless of their nationality. There is no increase in this fee, even if payment is not completed before the end of the extension period.

2 Non-degree programme students

Tuition fee waivers and reimbursement

In order for tuition fees to be waived or reimbursed, students must prove that their case fulfils the relevant legal requirements (e.g. working income below the marginal earnings threshold, main person responsible for childcare) and must respect certain deadlines.
Application for tuition fee waiver: by 31 October for the winter semester and by 31 March for the summer semester.
Application for reimbursement: by 31 March for the winter semester and by 30 September for the summer semester.
Information about grounds for granting waivers and reimbursements


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Forms and information sheets

Admission

 "Meldungsblatt" registration form (enrollment, disenrollment, change of study programme)

 

Foreign applicants

 Application for admission to study (application form)

 "Studying at the University of Innsbruck" information sheet (information for applicants with school leaving certificates not issued in Austria)

    Information sheet "Doctoral Programmes at the University of Innsbruck" (information for applicants with an academic degree not awarded in Austria)

Tuition fee

Applications for the tuition fee to be waived or reimbursed must be made via LFU:online:

  written confirmation from a specialist doctor (illness)
  formal declaration (employment)
  formal declaration (childcare)

Attending lectures at other universities

  Form required to attend lectures at other universities
also consult the webpage with information on attending lectures at other universities

Leave of absence

  Leave of absence


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Contact & Information

Admission Department at the University of Innsbruck   


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