Admission to a master's degree programme

Admission to a master's degree programme is conditional on the successful completion of a relevant bachelor programme or other equivalent degree programme at a recognized foreign post-secondary institution. The programme comprises at least 180 ECTS credits, which correspond to three academic years.

Step 1: Application

After completing an at least three years degree programme (180 ECTS), you can apply for admission to a master's programme. The admission is only possible if you have completed a programme in the same field or a closely related scientific discipline. 

NOTE! Whether or not your degree is equivalent or closely related can only be evaluated after your application.

You are required to send in the application for admission by post mail (no email, no fax) and have to submit the following documents:

  • duly signed application form
  • supply a valid email-adress
  • document of completion of Bachelor/diploma degree (officially legalised copy with official translation)
  • diploma supplement, transcript of records, index (with ECTS and contact hours)
  • proof of Special University Entrance Qualification (only for non-EU/EEA-citizens!) in officially legalised copy with official translation
  • proof of Proficiency of GermanCompetence in German Level A2 and/or Level C1 (in legalised copy with official translation) except english language master programmes
  • proof of Proficiency of English: Competence in English Level B2 (in legalised copy with official translation) for the english language master programmes
  • passport copy
  • master's programme Architecture: additional a Portfolio (documentation of the last three Projects in an A4 Format). This Portfolio has to contain 3-5 pages per Project. Please note: Portfolios in other formats than A4 won't be returned by post mail.
  • master's programme Mechanical Engineering: additional an official description of the attended courses (Syllabus) and an explanation of the grading system.

You find further Information in the leaflet of the application form, opens a file in a new window.

NOTE! Documents issued in countries other than Austria are subject to notarisation regulations. All documents whose originals were not drafted in German or English shall be officially translated. Please have documents translated only after notarisation.The offical translation must be inseparably attached to the original document!


To receive the admission letter for the applied Semester in time, we recommend to send your completed application to the Admission Office until

  • 15th July for winter Semester
  • 15th January for summer Semester.

Incomplete applications and applications sent after this recommended deadline can only be assessed for the following Semester.

Send in your documents in a timely manner, allowing for up to 10-12 weeks processing time! Please note, that the Admission Office is not able to provide you with information about the current status of your application until the full processing time has expired!


Applicants from Non-EU/EEA-Countries are subject to the special admission period. Completed applications must be received latest by

  • 5th September (for winter Semester) and
  • 5th February (for summer Semester).

If missing documents are not submitted within this date, the application can only be assessed for the following Semester, without exception.

Send in your documents in a timely manner, allowing for up to 10-12 weeks processing time! Please note, that the Admission Office is not able to provide you with information about the current status of your application until the full processing time has expired!

Step 2: Admission letter

Formality check

After receiving your application the Admission Office is verifying the existence and authenticity of the documents. If there are any formal irregluarities in the documents the Admission Office will inform you by post or e-mail.

If missing documents, translations etc. are not sent within the set deadlines, the admission at TU Wien is not longer possible. So follow the instructions of the Admission Office carefully!

Next step is to verify, if the completed bachelor/diploma programme is equivalent to the relevant bachelor's programme at TU Wien. In case that equivalence has been established only basically supplementary examinations are prescribed in the admission letter. They have to be passed during the master's degree programme to establish full equivalence. There is no need to enrol in the bachelor's programme.

If the completed bachelor/diploma programme is not equivalent, because more than 30 ECTS-points shall be prescribed to establish full equivalence, the admission at TU Wien is not possible!

Prescribed supplementary examinations like German must be passed prior to admission as degree student and can be completed at the University Preparation Programme ("Vorstudienlehrgang der Wiener Universitäten - VWU"). Therefore you will get enrolled as non-degree-student. You have to pay the course fee.

NOTE! Applicants, who have to pass the supplementary examination German, have to watch aditionally the deadlines for course-registration to the University Preparation Programme! Read the relevant information on the Homepage of the University Preparation Programme, opens an external URL in a new window very carefully!

Your documents will be verified by the registrars of the Admission Office staff following receipt. If your application is complete and is submitted within the period prescribed, you will receive by post mail an admission letter from TU Wien. You will be also notified by post mail if the admission is not possible.

Read all received documents from TU Wien very carefully! They contain all of the necessary information! 


In this case you have to follow these steps, opens a file in a new window.

Step 3: Enrollment

Should you be subject to visa requirements, you can apply for residence authorisation with the Austrian diplomatic authorities (embassy, consulate) in your country of origin, exhibiting your admission letter.

NOTE! The Admission Office cannot provide you with any information or help in visa requirements. It is not the responsibility of the Admission Office. If you have any questions please ask the Austrian diplomatic authority in your country or the Magistratsabteilung 35 in Vienna for help.

Once in Vienna, you have to do the online registration before you enrol in person at the university. With completion of the online registration, opens an external URL in a new window you will receive a sequencenumber per Email.

You will be required to exhibit the following documents:

  • your admission letter,
  • your admission code (from the online registration),
  • your valid passport and
  • your valid residence permit.

If you have to pass the supplementary examination German prior to admission you have to follow these steps, opens a file in a new window.