Recognition of examinations

  • General information
  • Recognition procedure

  • Options for recognition
    • Examinations taken at the University of Vienna or another university
    • Examinations taken at the Vienna University of Economics and Buisness (WU)
    • Examinations taken abroad
    • Covid-19: Recognition of support work
    • Taking examinations that are not offered at the University of Vienna
    • Nostrification (recognition of foreign degrees)

General information

For a recognition of examinations, the examinations taken have to correspond to the examination performance specified in the curriculum according to content, workload and mode of examination to a large extent.

Please check the equivalence of the examinations in advance on your own using curricula, our online course directory u:find and information provided on the departments’ webpages. The competent Directorate of Studies (SPL) is responsible for the final recognition of examinations.

Recognition procedure

Required documents

For the recognition of external examinations you have to submit the following documents via e-mail to anerkennung-wiwi@unvie.ac.at. Please use therefore your u:account in any case:

  • Completed application form (in German): Recognition of examinations
  • Transcript with course titel, course typ, examiner, the course's workload (semester hours and ECTS credits), mode of assessment
  • Syllabus - description of contents of the courses completed, including a reading list
  • Original documents - After the submission of the documents online, please bring the original documents to SSC for review - except transcripts and certificates from the University of Vienna and those with authorized digital signature.

Submission of applications

Submit the complete application via e-mail to anerkennung-wiwi@univie.ac.at

Please note:

  • only correctly filled-in and complete documents will be reviewed by our Director of Studies (SPL)
  • only after submission of the original documents the letter of recognition can be issued
  • the legal processing period begins only if the above conditions are met
Please prepare your documents as follows

Application Form

  • one file named: "surname_firstname_matriculationnumber_antragsformular"


  • one file named: "surname_firstname_matriculationnumber_transcript"

Syllabi for the courses submitted

  • one file per syllabus, each named: "surname_firstname_matriculationnumber_sylabus_coursename"


Further procedure after the assessment of the documents by the Director of Studies (SPL)

After the submitted documents are reviewed by the SPL, you will be informed of the outcome via e-mail by the SPL's assistant.

It is crucial that you please respond to this e-mail within 14 days upon receipt and inform us according to which of the following three options you would like us to proceed.
(Please note: If we have no reply from you within 14 days, we will proceed according to option 3.)

  1. Change your application by withdrawing the non-recognisable exams either via e-mail or in person at the SSC. Subsequently, a recognition document will be issued including all the exams which were approved. This is the fastest option.

  2. Visit the SPL’s consultation hours in order to discuss their decision. You can sign up for a slot on our website. Your application will be further processed after the visit.

  3. Keep the application in its original version. The SSC will then issue a document including both, the recognised and non-recognisable exams. You still have the right to a written statement. Please note, due to the administrative reasons this option may take up to 2 months to be processed.

Upon your response, the recognition document will be prepared at the SSC and you will be informed via e-mail as soon as the document is ready for collection.

Options for recognition

Examinations taken at the University of Vienna or at another university

If you have taken examinations at the University of Vienna, but in another degree programme, the same recognition requirements apply as for examinations taken at another university. There are different directors of studies responsible for the recognition depending on the degree programme.

Examinations taken at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)


All necessary information on the recognition of examinations that have been taken at the Vienna University of Economics and Business is available in the following

Information sheet: Default recognition WU

Examinations taken abroad

If you have taken examinations/gained experience abroad while you have been enrolled at the University of Vienna, you find the relevant information on the web page of the International Support.

Covid-19: Recognition of support work

Recognition of activities, provided that they are comparable to the internships required in the curriculum, is permissible (e.g. internships in nursing science, provided that work was done in the nursing field).
Support activities can be recognised for the alternative extension or elective courses. These recognitions cannot replace compulsory courses! No subject-related internships and/or modules for individual specialisation may be replaced by the recognition of activities related to COVID-19. If you are unsure which module of your curriculum may be used for recognition, please contact your director of studies or the SSC.

The starting date and time frame of the activity are relevant for recognition.

Activities accepted as related to COVID-19 include community service, military service, hospital service, nursing service and transport service of persons in need of care, service in water or electricity supply, care of minors in public institutions, harvest assistance, sale of food, etc.

Please use the form on the website of the Studienpräses: studienpraeses.univie.ac.at/infos-zum-studienrecht/anerkennungen/hilfstaetigkeiten-covid-19/

Recognition of 4 ECTS points per month of support work is possible. The calculation key for the recognition is as follows:

Hours per month

ECTS points

Recognition possible?

0.00 – 15.00 hours

0.00 ECTS points


16.00 – 25.00 hours

1.00 ECTS points


26.00 – 50.00 hours

2.00 ECTS points


51.00 – 75.00 hours

3.00 ECTS points


from 76.00 hours

4.00 ECTS points


Taking examinations that are not offered by the University of Vienna

If the University of Vienna does not offer a compulsory course or compulsory elective course, you can complete this course at another university. BEFORE you complete this course, you have to apply for pre-approval from the Directorate of Studies.

Form (in German): Vorausgenehmigung (pre-approval)

Nostrification (recognition of foreign degrees)

Nostrification stands for the recognition of a foreign degree as an Austrian one. Through nostrification, the foreign degree is declared to be equivalent to an Austrian university degree. The holder is then also entitled to use an Austrian academic title.

Detailed information is available on the web page of the the Office of the Studienpräses.

Initial contact in the Office of the Studienpräses:
Claudia Fritz-Larott
Office of the Studienpräses
University of Vienna
1010 Vienna, Universitätsring 1
Phone: + 43- 1-4277-12154
Fax: +43-1-4277-12159
E-mail: nostrifizierung@univie.ac.at