Studying without a secondary school leaving certificate

The world of work has been changing considerably over the past few decades. Having decided on a particular career is thus not a one-way street anymore, and there are many new career opportunities if you are seeking one: more and more people benefit from this development when they seek new career opportunities. In order to support you on your career path, UAS BFI Vienna offers you the possibility to study for a bachelor degree without a secondary school leaving certificate. We would now like to explain to you how you can start your studies without a school leaving certificate.

Studying without a secondary school leaving certificate

Studying at UAS BFI Vienna without a school leaving certificate? This is how it’s done: If you want to apply for one of our bachelor programmes, you only need to provide proof of your programme-relevant professional qualification, and depending on the degree programme, pass supplementary exams in mathematics, English, or German.

Proof of your programme-relevant professional qualification

  • School leaving certificate of an at least three-year school for intermediate vocational education (e.g. an Austrian Handelsschule)
  • Completing an at least three-year apprenticeship which is oriented towards the career options of the degree programme envisaged
  • German entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences with a focus on business and economics (i.e. Deutsche Fachhochschulreife)
  • Swiss National Vocational Qualification with a commercial focus (NVQ)

Supplementary exams

If you pass supplementary exams at UAS BFI Vienna, you obtain the admission requirement for a specific degree programme at our university. Whether this is then also recognised by another university, remains to be clarified with the specific institution. You can find out which additional exams are required on the respective degree programme sites of our Bachelor's degree programmes. During the application process, we will also inform you by e-mail which exams you have to take and when the exams will be held.

The exams are held online, and consist of both written and oral parts. You pass them in addition to the entrance test and they must be passed before you start your studies.

Preparatory courses for Mathematics, English (level C1) or German (level C1) can be taken at WBI fit4fh.

Exam dates

UAS BFI Vienna offers exams each June, when the supplementary exams can be taken for free. A missed or failed exam can be retaken the next year.

Three steps to studying at UAS BFI Vienna

  • You submit your online application for the degree programme chosen
  • You will be informed as to which supplementary exams you still need to take for the remaining admission procedure
  • You pass the supplementary exam(s) and the admission test in your chosen degree programme and will then be informed by e-mail about a confirmation of a study place or a place on the waiting list.

Details on the admission procedure can be found here.

The university entrance qualification exam and the vocational matriculation qualification are alternatives to qualify for a bachelor programme at our UAS. Both exams can be taken with out-house education providers (and not at UAS BFI Vienna).

We are looking forward to receiving your application, and would like to wish best of luck for all your exams!

Still questions?

Our admission officer will be glad to answer them

Janja Sitter

Tel.: +43 1 720 12 86 349



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