FAQ admission procedure Architektur

Deadlines and dates for admission procedure 2021

  • Online registration from Monday, March 1, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to Wednesday, June 30, 2021
  • Upload motivational letter until Wednesday, June 30, 2021
  • Pay the fee, must be confirmed in TISS until Wednesday, June 30, 2021
  • Ranking test on site on Friday, August 20, 2021 - omitted

After only 599 valid applications remained after stage 1 (letter of motivation), stage 2 of the admission procedure (ranking test) was omitted.

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At TUW Barrier-free you will find general information to support your studies. The team also helps us with the admission procedure.

Please contact zulassung@tuwien.ac.at before the start of registration (or as soon as you know) and let us know which kind of support do you need.


Bachelor's degree Architecture (033 243)

Yes. However, you may only submit one application within a Programme. A simultaneous application for the Programme Spatial Planning and Development is excluded. Simultaneous application for the winter and summer semester is also excluded.

Steps to admission, opens an external URL in a new window:

  1. Start of an application within TISS
  2. Registration for the admission procedure
  3. Letter of motivation as step 1 of the admission procedure
  4. Ranking test as stage 2 of the admission procedure
  5. Confirmation of study place
  6. Educational documentation
  7. Data entry for admission (former online pre-entry) - directly from TISS user
  8. Admission to the study program


If you are new at TU Wien please create a TISS, opens an external URL in a new window Guest-Account. With the TISS Guest-Account you can log in to our central TU Wien Information System (TISS).
The TISS guest account is created by entering your e-mail address and password in the form "Create account". Afterwards, a link for confirmation will be sent to the given e-mail address. As soon as you visit the link, your e-mail address is verified and your account is created. 


A TU account is available to all students and employees of TU Wien. Therefore, if you are already studying or working at TU WIen, you can apply for a Bachelor's programme within your TU account.


With your TISS account you can apply for a Bachelor's Programme. Your application will guide you through all necessary steps until you are admitted to the program. However, please also always take note of the general admission requirements which are described on the page of the Admissions Office.
With your application for Architecture programme you also take part in the admission procedure. You can use it to process your registration or postregistration, receive information in the section "Your Application" and can obtain documents.

Basically yes. Please note, however, that for studies with limited places, only one application per programme is possible! For example, it is not possible to apply for spatial planning and architecture in the same year.


The online registration allows you to participate in the admission procedure. To register, you must have a TU account or create a TISS guest account. Then you can start the application process, opens an external URL in a new window.

The necessary steps to complete the registration are:

  1. Create application,
  2. enter personal data,
  3. upload motivation letters and sketches,
  4. payment confirmation is displayed in the application.

The steps will be shown in your application.

This agreement allows us to use your email address and personal data for the delivery of information about the start of your programme that is not directly related to your application.

You can change your agreement any time at your TISS account.

You will receive the registration confirmation in your application after you have completed the registration. You will need it if you participate in a subsequent registration at another university.

You will receive the confirmation of admission in your application after completion of the registration process - probably 3 weeks before the entrance test. You will need it to the entrance test.

Please note that the admission confirmation is individualized. It is essential that you print out your admission confirmation accurately and do not take it with you electronically to the entrance test.

Basically no. However, please note that the registration must be completed by the end of the registration period. This means that the correct payment must also have been made by that day at the latest using the online payment system.

If you have taken part in all the necessary procedural steps, if you have completed your registration as being on time and if you have taken part in the second admission phase, the test, if necessary, you will receive a confirmation of your place of study or a study place cancellation. 
With the confirmation of admission you will be admitted to the Bachelor's Programme Architecture either in the winter semester or in the following summer semester of the academic year in which you participated in the admission procedure. After that the confirmation of admission expires.

No. As long as you have not completed the registration, you are not logged in. A completed registration can no longer be revoked. There is also no right to a refund of the fee after payment.

Participation fee

Payment of the fee is made via an online payment system in your application, opens an external URL in a new window. As soon as your payment has been received, you will also see a confirmation there.

Please note that when you pay online, you must not close the browser window prematurely under any circumstances. Please follow the instructions exactly.

In some cases it can take up to 24 hours until you see the payment confirmation. Should you not receive such a confirmation 24 hours after your payment, please us contact immediately at zulassung@tuwien.ac.at.

Please note that a timely registration is only given if the payment confirmation is visible in your application before the deadline.

For the admission procedure the applicants have to pay a fee of EUR 50,00.

A possible refund is determined by the Rectorate of the TU Wien. In any case, there is no right to reimbursement of the fee if you leave the procedure voluntarily or by exclusion (for example, by not participating in the ranking test).

Letter of Motivation (Stage 1)

The letter of motivation consists of

  • a text written by you independently and in your own words (part 1), and
  • a PDF with hand-drawn sketches (part 2).

It is a prerequisite for a successful registration. Furthermore, the letter of motivation is the first stage of the admission procedure. The quality of the letter of motivation is discussed in the orientation course, but has no effect on the admission procedure.

A detailed description of the requirements can be found on the Insturction Page for the letter.

It is checked whether the letter of motivation actually corresponds to the specifications. Submissions that are so deficient that an assessment of the content is not possible will be excluded from the admission procedure. If you are accepted, you will receive feedback on your text and sketches at the beginning of the winter semester as part of the orientation course.

The drawings must be independent works in terms of content and composition. Plagiarism leads to exclusion from the admission procedure.

At the end of the registration period, stage 1 (letter of motivation) will be evaluated. Afterwards, the result is visible in your application.

Ranking test (Stage 2)

Whether a ranking test will take place will be announced after the evaluation of stage 1.

The exact date, time and place will be announced in your application by confirming your admission. Please note that the test - depending on the person - can take place at different locations!

The identification card provided during registration and the first page of your personal admission confirmation. Your personal admission confirmation will also contain all further details.

You will find information on the placement test in your application and also on our page on examination material.

The ranking test itself will take exactly 2 hours. You must be present at least 1 hour in advance. A total attendance of about 4-5 hours is required.

You will find the result of the test and the confirmation of admission or other documents in your application.

If the test is taken and you miss it or arrive at the right place too late, you will not be admitted to TU Wien. There is no extra appointment for the placement test. You cannot be admitted to the Bachelor's Programme in this academic year.


After the adminission process you can officially begin your studies. You can find more information on the admissions pages.

Admissions can be made from the moment when your study place confirmation is available in your TISS account. It is always carried out personally in the Admissions Office. You must book an appointment in your online application.

Further questions and answers

Yes, you are free to apply to different universities with or without admission restrictions for the same programme. However, admission may only be granted to one university (§ 63 (8) UG 2002).

With the exception of the Bachelor's Programme "Spatial Planning", the admission procedure is independent of your registration for further studies. Please note the relevant deadlines and requirements.

A university entrance qualification or a secondary school leaving certificate is not required to start the admission procedure. For admission to the programme, however, you do need a confirmation of a place at university and a Matura or higher education entrance qualification! You will find more detailed information on admission on the Admissions pages.

In order to be able to use the guaranteed study place, you need a secondary school leaving certificate or a higher education entrance qualification. You must ensure that you have fulfilled this requirement in sufficient time in order to be admitted to the programme by the specified deadlines.

If you are or have been admitted to a degree programme in architecture at TU Wien, you do not have to go through an admission procedure, but can continue your registration.
If you have begun studying architecture at another institution, the rules for diversification apply to you.

They are treated in the same way as someone who has not yet studied. This means that you have to take part in the admissions process in order to be admitted to a Bachelor's Programme Architecture.

Enquire the Admissions Office about the additional procedural steps. Please also note the longer processing times.

Yes, but please note that the admission procedure starts all over again each time and nothing from previous admission procedures can be taken away.

In this case, your confirmation of study place loses its validity. The confirmation of admission refers to one academic year. However, you can take part in an admissions process again in the following years.

If you don't get a study place, you can apply for admission to any other degree programme at any Austrian university. Please enquire about the relevant admission requirements.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend the deadline for the admission procedure. There is also no "second chance" in the same year. You can participate in the procedure again in the following years.