On this page you will find information about the requirements for an Non-EU student exchange outside Europe: 

Target Group

Degree students at the University of Vienna who meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor and diploma students who have successfully completed at least 2 semesters and the introductory and orientation period (STEOP)
  • Master's students from the 1st semester
  • Proof of the required language skills
  • The minimum study period may only be exceeded by at most 4 semesters

Only one stay per study cycle is permitted within the Non-EU Student Exchange Program.

Language certificate

A valid language test is required for the application. There are different requirements depending on the country/university (see below). The Matura-/Abiturzeugis cannot be accepted as proof of the language competence.

The proof of language proficiency must be handed in at the time of applying!


  • Universities in English-speaking countries

    In the case of applications in English-speaking countries, only two language certificates are accepted as proof of proficiency:

    • TOEFL iBT: min. 90 out of 120 Points
    • IELTS Academic: min. 6.5 out of 9 points (6.5 overall band, 6.0 writing)

    Please note that some universities may require higher scores or have minimum requirements regarding scores for each skill (reading, listening, writing, speaking). To find out more, please consult our partner universities' websites or have a look at the Portal of Mobility Online where you find specific information about the agreements of the University of Vienna. Please note that not all partner universities accept the TOEFL iBT Home Edition. 

    The TOEFL or IELTS score requirements of at least one university the student applied for must be achieved in order to be invited to an interview with the selection panel.

    The OeAD (Austrian educational exchange service) provides an internet-based TOEFL (iBT) test, as well as preparatory courses and text simulations. The British Council offers the IELTS test.

    In order to have your TOEFL certificate sent directly to the International Office, please notify your TOEFL centre of the Code-Nummer 7076.

  • Universities in non-English-speaking countries
    Language proficiency
    • Language of study (English or national language): min. level B2, Exception: Portuguese and Russian min. level B1

    Please check on the partner universities’ websites if enough courses are offered in English in your study program.

    Attention: Some partner universities require a higher proficiency level. Specific information can be found in the Portal of Mobility Online and on the partner universities’ websites.


    Language certificate
    • Philologies/translation studies: academic transcript (“Sammelzeugnis”) will mostly be accepted (some partner universities might require an additional confirmation of language proficiency)
    • Other fields of study: confirmation of the required language proficiency (e.g. confirmation from the language centre of the University of Vienna)

    Please check which English-certificates are required/accepted by the partner university (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, confirmation of the language centre).

    Language skills in the national language if you study in English

    Additional basic knowledge in the respective national language is not obligatory, but with the same qualification of the applicants it can be advantageous for a nomination. A respective language certificate can be submitted with the English-certificate in Mobility Online.

  • Refund

    Nominated students can receive a refund of up to 50% of the costs for their language test if they are awarded a scholarship by the University of Vienna.



Criteria for selection

  • Language and academic qualifications of the candidates for studying abroad. Written proof required (transcripts, language certificates)
  • Type and aims of the proposed study period abroad (structured statement of purpose)
  • Academic record to date (duration and grades)
  • Quality of the personal interview with the selection panel