FAQ Studying without Secondary School-leaving Certificate

What are the prerequisites for admission to studies without a secondary school-leaving certificate?

  • A relevant professional qualification must be testified by one of the following certificates:
  • Completion of a three-year VET (vocational education training) (e.g., business school); or
  • At least three-year apprenticeship relevant to the content of the study programme of interest, or
  • Advanced technical college entrance qualification (Germany) specializing in economics.

Which additional examinations must be taken?

  • In principle, supplementary exams in mathematics and English must be taken. Applicants for the bachelor programme Logistics and Transport Management must also take a supplementary exam in German.

How do I best prepare for the additional exams?

  • There are no regulations on how to prepare for the supplementary exams, i.e. you do not have to attend any compulsory courses. BFI Vienna, for example, offers preparatory courses from March to June that meet the requirements of the supplementary exams at the UAS BFI Vienna. Of course, you can also prepare in any other way you choose.

What is tested in the supplementary exams?

  • The requirements for the university entrance qualification exam apply:
  • German: essay on a general topic
  • Mathematics: 11th/12th grade level
  • English: Level B2 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR) for German-medium degree programmes, level C1 for English-medium degree programmes
  • No further restriction of the exam subject matter can be made.

What is the procedure for the supplementary exams?

  • The exams – written as well as oral - are online in the summer semester 2021. You will be informed of your respective exam result immediately afterwards.

How many exam dates are offered?

  • The UAS BFI Vienna offers two annual exam periods in March and June. A missed or failed exam can be repeated the next year, but without the opportunity to begin your studies in the meantime. Additional exam dates can be offered if necessary, but there is no automatic entitlement to it.

Do supplementary exams incur costs?

  • The exams are free of charge. There are only fees for (non-mandatory) courses which prepare for supplementary exams.