University entrance qualification examination

 Dates
 
Admission and recognition
 
Documents required
 
Forms and informations sheets


Dates

Examination dates 2014/2015

27.01.2014 - 09:00-13:00
Main university building, lecture theatre F
Essay on a general topic
28.01.2014 - 09:00-13:00
Main university building, lecture theatre G
Compulsory subject examination
29.01.2014 - 09:00-13:00
Main university building, lecture theatre G
Compulsory subject examination
Students must register by Friday, 17.01.2014


24.02.2014 - 09:00-13:00
Geiwi Tower (Innrain 52d), lecture theatre 3
Essay on a general topic
25.02.2014 - 09:00-13:00
Geiwi Tower (Innrain 52d), lecture theatre 3
Compulsory subject examination
26.02.2014 - 09:00-13:00
Geiwi Tower (Innrain 52d), lecture theatre 3
Compulsory subject examination
Students must register by Friday, 14.02.2014


01.07.2014 - 09:00-13:00 Uhr
Main university building, lecture theatre E
Essay on a general topic
02.07.2014 - 09:00-13:00 Uhr
Main university building, lecture theatre E
Compulsory subject examination
03.07.2014 - 09:00-13:00 Uhr
Main university building, lecture theatre E
Compulsory subject examination
Students must register by Friday, 20.06.2014

 

01.09.2014 - 09:00-13:00
Main university building, lecture theatre E
Essay on a general topic
02.09.2014 - 09:00-13:00
Main university building, lecture theatre E
Compulsory subject examination
03.09.2014 - 09:00-13:00
Main university building, lecture theatre E
Compulsory subject examination
Students must register by Friday, 22.08.2014

Students can register for the university entrance qualification examination in person at room 0091 in the main university building (Innrain 52) or by sending an e-mail to brigitte.norz@uibk.ac.at or calling +43(0) 512 507 32606.
Students must bring photo ID to all examinations.

Oral exams must be completed after the respective written exam (it is recommended that no more than 14 days should elapse between the written and oral exam).


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Admission and recognition

Requirements

Students wishing to sit the university entrance qualification examination must be at least 20 years old and must be citizens of Austria or another Member State of the European Economic Area. They must also be able to prove that they have an educational background (achieved either in or outside the workplace) relevant to the subject they wish to study. This educational background must go significantly beyond the completion of general compulsory schooling.

Examples of such an educational background in or outside the workplace are:

  • Attendance at a school awarding a leaving qualification entitling pupils to study at university (“höhere Schule”), before leaving this school. Applicants must have reached the upper grades (“Oberstufe”) and successfully completed at least the penultimate year of schooling (“11. Schulstufe“). Alternatively, applicants can provide proof that they have successfully completed schooling at a school not awarding a leaving qualification entitling pupils to study at university (e.g. “Handelsschule” or “Fachschule”).
  • Vocational training in the relevant field (apprenticeship).
  • Proof of training courses in the relevant field (e.g. at institutes of further education).
  • Successful period working in a field linked to the subject the student wishes to study.
  • Completion of continued education courses at university.

Applicants who are unable to provide sufficient proof of an educational background to be accepted onto the study programme can attend lectures at the University of Innsbruck in order to complete the areas of experience they are lacking. The content and number of lectures to be attended will be determined by the vice-rector for student affairs and teaching, on recommendation from a member of teaching staff responsible for the relevant area of studies.

Prospective students are advised to contact the office responsible for university entrance qualification examinations (“Referat für Studienberechtigungsprüfungen”) in order to discuss their educational background. The office will also issue the list with the names of the lectures that prospective students must attend.

Applications to sit the university entrance qualification examination can only be made once the prospective student’s educational background has been determined.

Admission procedure

Applications to sit the university entrance qualification examination must be submitted to the responsible office (“Referat für Studienberechtigungsprüfungen”) at the University Admission Department, together with all necessary documents. Applicants who are unable to provide sufficient proof of an educational background to be accepted onto the study programme can attend lectures at the University of Innsbruck in order to complete the areas of experience they are lacking.

1. The application is approved

Prospective students whose applications are approved can submit the completed application for admission to the university entrance qualification examination to the Admission Department. The applicant will then be sent a notice by post with details of which individual parts of the university entrance qualification examination they can take. This notice also contains the examination records they will need when taking the oral examinations.

After the applicant has completed the five examinations, he/she will be issued a certificate (“Studienberechtigungszeugnis”) entitling him/her to enrol as a degree programme student at the University of Innsbruck (please be aware that applicants must enrol during the current admission period).

2. The application is not approved

Prospective students whose applications are not approved must complete the necessary lectures and examinations in order to fill the gaps in their educational background. As soon as these lectures and examinations have been completed, an application for admission to the university entrance qualification examination can be made (in accordance with the procedure detailed in point 1).

Preparation - execution - recognition

All prospective students wishing to sit the university entrance qualification examination can prepare through self-study. The content of the individual examinations is to be determined in collaboration with the examiners named in the notice sent to successful applicants. The university entrance qualification examination is made up of individual examinations in each subject.

The university offers four dates per year when candidates can sit the essay on a general topic and the compulsory subject examinations (written part). Candidates must register at the office responsible for university entrance qualification examinations (“Referat Studienberechtigungsprüfungen“) in the Admission Department at least two weeks in advance. For the optional subjects the exam date must be agreed between the candidate and the responsible examiners.

Examinations successfully completed at an educational institution shall be recognised by the rectorate provided that the workload and content is equivalent to those of the examinations ordered to be taken. The rectorate may only recognise up to four examinations, one of which must be completed at university.

Candidates who have successfully completed a Master Craftsman’s Examination (“Meisterprüfung”) or a qualification examination (“Befähigungsprüfung”) according to the Code of Trade and Commerce (“Gewerbeordnung”), published in Federal Law Gazette number 298/1990 can apply to be exempted from sitting the university entrance qualification examination in the optional subject concerned.

Every individual examination that is part of the university entrance qualification examination is graded as either a "pass" or a "fail". Each individual examination can be re-sat twice. The final re-sit must be held in front of an examination board. Applicants who fail their final re-sit will be barred from sitting the university entrance qualification examination at that university for that field of studies.


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Documents required

The following documents must be submitted with the application for admission to the university entrance qualification examination:

  • proof of an educational background, achieved in or outside the workplace, relevant to the candidate’s intended field of study,
  • proof of EU/EEA citizenship
  • curriculum vitae (including detailed information on the applicant’s previous education).

Applicants must submit the originals and one copy of each of the documents listed above. The originals will be returned once they have been verified. Documents issued in a language other than German must be translated into German by a court-sworn translator and (if necessary) certified by a notary. Each translation must be attached to the relevant document using staples.


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Forms and information sheets


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