University Foundation in Austria. University Preparation Courses in Vienna 2017-12-07T21:37:35+00:00

About University Foundation

International applicants have to take a University Foundation course. In other words, if your diploma is not issued by one of the European countries — the foundation course is the way to go. There are differences in educational system and you have to compensate for those inconsistences. The course prepares students for studies at public universities in Austria. On the other hand it broadens your scope of possibilities. We have designed our courses to prepare you linguistically as well as content-wise.

University Foundation gets you prepared for university studies in Austria while saving your budget.

Herwig Leitner
Head of Foundation

The programme lasts 2 semester and consists of 3 subjects, which serve as the foundation for your university studies. Actually, that is why the programme is called the Foundation. As soon as you are ready with the subjects, you will take an internal assessment in each discipline. Provided, you get positive grades — and over 97% of our students do — you continue the education at the chosen university.

Austrian Universities

University of Vienna

University of Vienna

Vienna University of Technology

University of Technology

Vienna University of Economics and Business

University of Economics and Business

Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
University of Life Sciences
Vienna Medical University
Medical University
Vienna University of Veterinary Medicine
University of Veterinary Medicine

University Foundation

Preparation for 400+ degree programmes
St. Stephen's College University Foundation Vienna
Course start:6rd of March 2017
Course duration:2 semesters
Language:German (B2 level)
Module:3 subjects
Workload:30h per week
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Course Details

Our goal is to get you prepared for the studies at Austrian public universities. We prepare students for over 400 degree courses offered at universities in Austria. To get admission to a university you need to learn German language (B2) and take the university foundation course.


The foundation programme is divided into modules (e.g.: Economics, Humanities, Medicine etc). The choice of the module depends on a chosen university degree and course. Each module includes 3 subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • History

At the end of the foundation studies, you pass internal examinations in all three subjects. Scoring positive results, gives you a green light for the final exams. The success rate of the College graduates is over 97% i.e. you are perfectly prepared for the university studies.

University Placement

While studying at the College, you are already an external student at a university. It means, you can use all the facilities (e.g. Libraries) of your university. We encourage students to visit lectures and seminars, thus getting some real university experience and the feeling what expects you after the foundation year.

Entrance Exams

The majority of the degrees are entrance exams free. Although the most popular faculties have a limited amount of places and quite recently have introduced an entrance examination (see University Admission). In such cases, the foundation programme includes the entrance exam preparation course. You need to get registered for the exam separately and pay the examination fee ( aprox. € 50 ).

Additional information on the course and entrance examination is provided by your mentor.

University Foundation Austria student

The University Foundation Programme is truly eye-opening and humbling. Excellent and exciting presentation – it gives a great start in a university education. Simply fantastic and a definite recommendation.

Lena, Russia

Why St.Stephen’s Foundation?

  •    Duration
  •    Group Size
  •    Place in a Campus
  •    Personal Mentor
  •    Support & Guidance
  •    Feedback & Supervision
  •    Extra-curricular activities
  •    24x7 Support Hotline
  •    Visa Support
  •    Tuition Fees
  •    Living Expenses
  •    TOTAL:   

University Foundation

  • 1 year
  • 4 - 6 students
  • € 9 950
  • € 9 000
  • € 18 950

Public Foundation

  • 2 years
  • 20 - 25 students
  • € 5 000
  • € 18 000
  • € 23 000

Eligibility and Admission

The course is designed to comply with a university course a student is applying for — be it a Bachelor, Master or PhD degree. To get admitted a student need to have completed a school, Bachelor or Master education respectively. It is highly recommended to apply at least 6 months prior to the Foundation Programme starting date.

Here, at St. Stephen’s, we do not pay attention to the grades average or study gaps. We DO believe in second chances. We make sure that the talents are not overlooked but provided with an equal chance for a development and the best higher education available in the world.

Applicants are not required to master foreign languages. Neither an IELTS / TOEFL for English language test, nor a German language certificate is required. Students start with the language training, before they can attend pathway subjects. Therefore a language assessment is needed, depending on the test results a student is assigned to a group, which corresponds to his level of the language.

Our language instructors create an inspiring and motivating atmosphere for students to pick up the German language very fast. We start from the very beginning and bring student to the B2 level. Depending on the direction of studies, students are given a specialised vocabulary of their degree programme. This way the transition from the college to the university is achieved smoothly.

A letter of motivation allows us to evaluate the motivation and goals of an applicant. It helps us to build a training programme, which reflects the ambitions and motivations of the students. St. Stephen’s mentors have a possibility to compose a student’s profile and to work during the Foundation Programme together with the student to achieve the set goals.

What we would expect from a motivation letter? Please, introduce yourself, provide your educational background and the direction of studies you have chosen, help us to understand the reasons and your motivation. We would appreciate your providing us with a short- and long-term goals for your life. State what do you expect and hope for from the St. Stephen’s college and the university studies in Austria.

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University Foundation FAQ

Who needs to take the foundation course? 2016-12-26T06:56:51+00:00

If you graduated outside of the European Union then you need to take the course. If you are a non-native German speaker, you would still need to take the German for University course.

Why should I choose the St. Stephen’s University Foundation? 2016-12-26T06:31:55+00:00

Compared with the public courses offered by public universities, taking the foundation course at St. Stephen’s will save you 1 year and over €4000. To take a public course you would need to get a university admission and a visa to get admitted in the first place, which is not easy to say the least.

I am a student at a university in my country, do I need the foundation course? 2016-12-26T06:42:08+00:00

Yes, you definitely need the course.

Am I required to know the German language? 2016-12-26T06:34:15+00:00

No, students are not required to know the language to get admitted. Students who do not have sufficient level skills will start the programme with the German course.

Do I need IELTS / TOEFL? 2016-12-26T06:35:43+00:00

No, you are not required to provide the proof of English level. If your English level skills are not sufficient, you will start with English language classes.

Can I study in English? 2016-12-26T06:38:24+00:00

Yes and No. The command language at Austrian public universities is German, while a certain part of course is being taught in English. All students are required to provide a B2 German language certificate before starting the university studies.

What are the tuition fees upon completing the foundation course? 2016-12-26T06:40:42+00:00

The tuition is free at Austrian public universities. Students pay only a tax in the amount of €363 per semester.

Do I get a place at a public university? 2016-12-26T06:45:10+00:00

Yes, upon graduation we will assist you with the university admission.

Meet our Instructors

Jan Hahn
Jan Hahn
Herwig Leitner
Herwig Leitner
Jürgen Degenfellner
Jürgen Degenfellner
Martin Höfler
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