Education with a Global Perspective
At Webster Vienna we understand school presents its own unique set of challenges.
That’s why enrolling in this private, non-profit University is easy—we maintain a rolling admissions policy.
Learn more about our application process for both undergraduates and working professionals seeking an advanced degree.
Please refer to the image and table below to see our academic periods, start dates, and deadlines.
Academic Year 2020-2021 and 2021-22
January 2021 Semester
|August 2021 Semester|
|Start Date and Deadlines||January 11||August 23, 2021|
|EU / EEA Deadline||December 7||July 30, 2021|
|Non-EU/EEA Deadline||CLOSED||February 28, 2021|
|Distance Learning Students||TBA||TBA|
NOTE: All students have to arrive on campus 1 week before the start date of the term or "Week 0" for the New Student Orientation (NSO).
Apply as early as possible if:
- you need an entry visa to come to Austria. The visa application process may take 6 months or longer depending on your country of citizenship. You should apply for your visa as soon as you have been accepted to WVPU and have received your acceptance package which includes a visa application form. In case your visa is not ready for you to start your degree program with us, please notify your Admissions Officer so she/he can defer your acceptance to the next starting term.
- you are interested in scholarships for the fall terms of the academic year. Please check our scholarship page to find out more on scholarship application instructions and supporting documents.
When can I start?
Our Graduate programs are designed to begin in the Fall and Spring semesters (Fall I and Spring I).
- New Master of Science students (MSc in Finance or Marketing) and MBA students may only begin in August (Fall I Term)
- New Master of Arts (MA - International Relations or Psychology) students may start in either August (Fall I) or January (Spring I)
|Term||Spring I, 2021||Fall I, 2021|
|MA: Intl. Relations and Psychology Only||All Programs|
|Start Date||January 4, 2021||August 16, 2021|
|Deadline||Non-EU: August 15, 2020||Non-EU: February 28, 2021|
|EU / EEA: December 1, 2020||EU / EEA: July 31, 2021|
*January 6 and October 26 are public holidays in Austria and there will be no classes on these dates. Make-up classes will be announced close to the start of the term
When should I apply?
We encourage students to apply 6 months to one year in advance. In general, all full-time graduate programs start each year in the Fall 1 Term (August). Graduate students taking Psychology and International Relations may start in January during the Spring I Term.
The earlier an applicant submits a complete application, the sooner an admissions decision can be made.
Please apply early if:
- you need a visa to enter Austria. The visa application process might take 6 months or longer depending on your citizenship. You can apply for your student visa once you have been granted admission to Webster University. Your acceptance package will include an acceptance letter and a visa application form. You will need to fill out this form and submit it to the Austrian embassy in your country with accompanying documents. Please notify your Admissions Officer if your visa cannot be issued in time for your starting term. Your starting term can be deferred to the next term if necessary.
- you are interested in scholarships. Send your application for admissions by early spring. Only students who have been granted admission and meet the minimum grade point average in addition to high English proficiency scores, may apply for a scholarship. Please check our scholarship page to find more details including application instructions, deadlines, and supporting documents.
Webster Vienna Private University makes admissions decisions based on a review of several application documents to evaluate the likelihood of applicants' success in our degree programs. For this process, it is essential for us to have the official documentation of your prior educational records. Please be aware that we cannot make an admissions decision without all of the required documents.
Summary of the application steps:
- Read the information details of your intended degree and the tuition fees.
- Start and submit your online application form here: webster.edu/admissions/apply-now.html
- After submitting your online application, please upload the required documents (secondary transcripts and diploma, English test scores, original essay, recommendation letter/s, etc.) into your application. Read below for further details.
- Once all documents are submitted, the application will be reviewed and you will be contacted by an Admissions Officer.
Details on Required Application Documents:
- A completed online application: webster.edu/admissions/apply-now.html
- A copy of the biographical page of your passport
- Academic transcripts / records showing subjects and results of the past 3 years with a copy of your secondary school diploma: this may be emailed directly by your school (certified copies will be required for full acceptance). Transfer students should include their latest university or college academic transcripts as well. If you have taken International Baccalaureate exams, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to your results for Webster Vienna and copy (CC) our Admissions Officer in that e-mail. Certified English translations must be provided if these documents were issued in another language. For more information on how to submit these documents, please contact us.
- English proficiency test results – see list of acceptable tests and minimum scores.
- An original applicant essay - should be a new, original work written by you specifically for this application. It should demonstrate your writing ability, good structure, correct grammar, diction, and vocabulary. Your essay should be uploaded in your online application. Please click here for essay topic suggestions and guidelines.
- Letter of recommendation written and signed by a counselor or teacher/professor (on official school or organization letterhead) or a completed undergraduate recommendation form.
- If you attended/are attending an international or U.S. high school, you may submit SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores. When requesting for an official SAT score report to be sent to Webster Vienna, please provide our institution code 9131. SAT scores are not required, but if available, can help support your application. The same institutional code may also be used when requesting AP Score Reports to Webster Vienna.
All applicants will be contacted via e-mail upon completion of all application requirements. Your Admissions Officer will be in direct contact with you regarding your application status.
Once you are accepted, you will receive an acceptance e-mail and a complete acceptance package will be sent to you by e-mail and postal mail. Please make sure to state your correct and complete mailing address including your zip code, city and country etc. on the application form including your phone number (for courier deliveries outside of Europe). This acceptance package will include important information and visa application forms as needed.
Webster University makes admissions decisions based on the application documents to evaluate your likelihood to succeed in your studies. For this process, it is essential for us to have the official documentation of your prior educational records. Please be aware that we cannot make an admissions decision without all of the following documents.
Summary of the application steps:
1. Read the information details of your intended degree.
2. Start and submit your online admissions application here: http://legacy.webster.ac.at/admissions/apply-now.html.
3. Fill out your online application form and submit the application.
4. After you submit your online application form, you can upload the required supplementary documents into your online application record). These documents include:
- Official, most recent, transcripts from current or undergraduate university (please scan and upload your transcripts into your online application first and provide official, original documentation upon request. Please note that official original documentation mailed directly by your school or certified copies of such are required for a full admissions decision and acceptance). For more information on how to submit these documents, please contact us.
- English proficiency test results (click here to see the acceptable tests and minimum scores required)
- An essay (topics can be found here). Students interested in the MBA program will need to write a 600-word essay (more information can be found here).
- One letter of recommendation (a template of the recommendation form can be found here)
- Updated curriculum vitae
- Copy of a valid passport
5. An in-person or virtual interview with the head of the department you are applying for is an admissions requirement. Your admissions officer will help you organize the interview.
An admissions decision cannot be made without supporting documents. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that all necessary documentation is submitted to the Admissions Office in a timely manner. All applicants will be contacted via e-mail upon receipt of an official online application. Once all documents are submitted and the interview has been completed, an admissions decision will be made.
Successful applicants will receive an acceptance e-mail is sent and a complete acceptance packet by post. Please make sure to state a current and complete mailing address including zip code, city and country on the application form including a contact phone number.
Due to Austrian accreditation requirements, graduate students must complete one of the following courses depending on their desired degree:
- International Relations and Marketing students: 6000 integrated studies in their relevant field
- Finance and MBA students: BUSN 6140
- A full graduate thesis (course code: 6250) worth 6 credit hours may be substituted for this requirement
Undergraduate applicants should possess a completed secondary / high school degree, have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent in non-US grading scales, and meet the minimum required English proficiency to be considered for admission.
All first-time university students or "freshmen" (secondary / high school graduates) are encouraged to start in the Fall 1 or Spring 1 Terms due to the required First Year semester courses (16 weeks) and the sequencing of degree major courses. However, if classes are available, freshman students are welcome to start with our Fall 2 Term (8 weeks from October to December) on a part-time basis. First-time freshman students are unfortunately not able to start with the Summer term and are discouraged from starting in the Spring II term due to the few term courses offered. A Freshman is a student who enrolls at Webster directly from high school or transfers in from another accredited university with less than one year of courses (less than 30 credits).
Transfer students may enroll in any of our 5 starting terms (including the optional Summer term) depending on course availability if the classes they want or need are available. A transfer student is one who is transferring from another accredited college or university and has accumulated over 30 credit hours as transfer credits. Please make sure that your university is accredited by the local Ministry of Education or has an official regional US accreditation, otherwise, Webster will not be able to transfer any courses you have completed into the Webster degree program.
Due to the diverse backgrounds of our student population, acceptance is determined by a variety of characteristics. Decisions are based on (but are not limited to) academic background, English proficiency, motivations, global perspectives, extracurricular involvement and strength of essay.
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