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Admission Requirements

An international school leaving certificate or university degree qualification can be recognized 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 Every case has to be considered individually.

In principle the following requirements apply:

  • For Bachelor's degree programs: A-Level/high school certificate (or equivalent)
  • For Master's degree programs: Most degree programs 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 programs is open to graduates from relevant related Bachelor’s degree programs in other universities in Austria and abroad. In certain cases missing ECTS credits in specific subjects must be made up.

Tuition fees

The University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria charges tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes as follows:

EU/EEA citizens*: EUR 363.36 per semester (plus Austrian Student Union fee)
Citizens from non-EU/EEA countries**: EUR 726.72 per semester (plus Austrian Student Union fee)

Merit-based scholarships are available.

* Tuition fees for citizens from EU and EEA countries apply to:

** Tuition fees for citizens from EU and EEA countries apply to:
Third-country nationals not subject to the ordinance governing the admission of certain groups of potential students

Please note: Exchange students are exempt from tuition fees!

How to enroll?

1. Learn about us

Picking your perfect degree program means going on an fact-finding mission. Browse our websites and social media. Talk to profs, student ambassadors and alumni and check, if you meet the admission requirements to study with us.

2. Just apply online

You can apply for up to two degree programs. Tell us which program you prioritize – we want to accommodate your preference if we can. For online applications, we are happy with the scans of the documents we need. International candidates provide notarized documents in either German or English after acceptance.


Online application for EU and non-EU citiziens is possible until semester start (with exceptions) on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability. A study place cannot be guaranteed for late applications.

For applicants from Non-EU countries, we have made adaptations in our online application platform. To check formally required documents, we are using the services of Uni Assist.

3. Meet us (December – June)

Interviews (online or in person) are part of our admission process. They are an opportunity to share your motivation, your vision, and why you think we would be a good fit. Some programs include a quick test or looking at your portfolio together. We will let you know early on to give you ample time to prepare.

4. We keep you posted (January – August)

We keep you updated throughout the application process. We share more in-depth details about your application during the interview with you.

5. Welcome in late September

The start of your studies will be exciting and eventful. Degree programs organize their own introductory sessions. There will be welcome events, get-togethers, an immersive orientation on campus life, and lots of new people.

Language Skills & Certificates

Demonstrating proficient language skills is essential for actively engaging in your chosen degree program. Depending on the degree you opt for, you will need to demonstrate your language proficiency for the program by either undergoing a language test or submitting an official language certificate.


  • B2, or higher
  • This doesn’t apply to you if you are from a German-speaking country, such as Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.


  • B2 or higher
  • TOEFL 78
  • IELTS 6.0 certificate
  • Do you want to take a TOEFL test? You can use our university’s TOEFL code (9775) and share your results with our institution directly.
  • We understand that your university instruction might have been fully taught in English, however FH Upper Austria has a language policy where all applicants (with the exception of nationalities of USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand) are required to produce an official and current (max. 2 years old) IELTS (min 6.0) or TOEFL (min. 78 points) English certificate. We do not accept TOEIC or Duolingo certificates.

Authentications and Translations

We accept original documents in German or English. In other languages, you need to have your documents translated. Legalization is required for authentication of documents and signatures. Which one applies, depends on the country that issued your documents.

  • no legalization necessary
  • authentication by apostille
  • full diplomatic legalization

If you need translations, do them after legalization.

Uni Assist

For applicants from Non-EU countries, we have made adaptations in our online application platform. To check formally required documents, we are using the services of Uni Assist*, a widely used system in Germany. You will be re-routed to this system during the application process.

How to apply online via Uni Assist

1. Start your application at FH Upper Austria:

2. When indicating the country of issue for your school leaving certificate, especially if it is a Non-EU citizenship, you will be prompted to visit the Uni-Assist* website and submit your application there as well. At that point you can stop your application and save all the already uploaded information.

3. Apply at Uni-Assist* on: You will find our university under the German name “FH Oberösterreich” – choose your study degree program and upload the required documents. For Uni Assist* services, you have to pay a single fee of appr. 80 EUR. Now you have to wait for two to three weeks to receive the preliminary review document VPD**.

4. Now you can easily complete your application at our application portal. Just go to: and log in with your data. Finish the application, upload the required documents and the VPD** you received from Uni-Assist* and submit the application.

5. You should receive a confirmation via email that the application was successful.

This procedure ensures a transparent, straightforward and facilitated document check, with less bureaucratic hurdles and fewer authentication requirements. This should help you to get a safe access to studies at our university. On our side, application remains completely free and with your VPD** document, you can apply at any of our study programs.

If you have an application number from Uni Assist* and did not yet apply with us, please do so, and let us know. We then might proceed your application faster. If you need help, you can connect via our chatroom which is open every day or use WhatsApp to get your questions answered.

*Uni Assist: Its core responsibility is the evaluation of international school and university certificates and determining their equivalence to German educational standards. Services also include processing individual entry requirements of the target universities.

** VPD is a certificate issued by Uni-Assist which you submit directly to the university when you apply there. The VPD contains information on which educational certificates you presented to Uni-Assist, which kind of university entrance is possible with these certificates, and how Uni-Assist rates your grade within the German system of grades.

FH Uni Assist Manual

FH Uni Assist Manual version 2023




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