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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 undergraduates and working professionals seeking an advanced degree.

Admission Process

Please refer to the image and table below to see our academic periods, start dates, and deadlines.

Academic Year 2022–2023 and 2023-2024

Fall 2 Term (Part-Time) 2022 
First Day of Classes
September 12, 2022
October 24, 2022
February 6, 2023
September 2023
Last Day (Exams) December 16, 2022 December 16, 2022 May 12, 2023 December 2023
July 31, 2022
August 31, 2022
December 7, 2022
July 31, 2023
May 15, 2022
July 31, 2022
February 28, 2023


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 student visa and residence permit 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 Marketing MSc and MBA students may only begin in August (Fall I Term).
  • New Master of Arts (MA - International Relations or Psychology) students may start either in the Fall or Spring Semester.
Term Fall Semester 2022 Spring Semester 2023
Programs ALL PROGRAMS MA in International Relations + MA in Counseling Psychology Only
Start Date September 12, 2022 February 6, 2023
Deadline Non-EU/EEA: February 28, 2022 Non-EU/EEA: July 28, 2022
EU / EEA: July 31, 2022  EU/EEA: December 7, 2022

*October 26 and January 6 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 a year in advance. In general, all full-time graduate programs start each year in the Fall Semester (September). Graduate students taking Psychology and International Relations may also start the Spring Semester.

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 may take 6 months or longer depending on your citizenship and country of residence. You can apply for your student residence permit once you have been granted admission to Webster University. Your acceptance package will include an acceptance letter and a student visa application form. You will need to fill out this form and submit it to the Austrian embassy in your country with all required 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 semester if necessary.
  • You are interested in scholarships. Send your application for admissions by early spring. Only students who have been officially admitted and meet the academic and financial criteria 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.
  • After submitting your online application, please upload the required documents (secondary transcripts and diploma, English test scores, original essay, recommendation letter(s), English translations, etc.) on to 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.
  • A copy of the biographical page of your passport
  • Academic transcripts/records showing subjects and results of the past three (3) years with a copy of your secondary school diploma (if already available) - these may be emailed directly by your school; certified copies will be required for full acceptance. If you have taken International Baccalaureate Diploma exams, please send an e-mail to to request access to your results for Webster Vienna and copy (CC) our Admissions Officers 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

Transfer students: please include latest university or college academic transcripts. Syllabi may be requested for a preliminary transfer credit evaluation.

  • English proficiency test scores (see English Proficiency Testing in the next section for a list of acceptable tests and minimum scores).
  • 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: 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.

Students of international or U.S. high schools: 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.
  3. Fill out and submit your online 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 all current or completed higher education programs (please scan and upload your transcripts into your online application record first and provide official, original documentation upon request later. Note that official original records 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 (see English Proficiency Testing in next section for list of acceptable tests and minimum scores).
    • 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 (see special note below on MBA work requirements).
    • Copy of a valid passport.
  5. An in-person or virtual interview with the head of the academic department is required. Your admissions officer will help organize the interview.

Special Program-Specific Requirements

MBA: applicants  are expected to have at least two (2) years of full-time relevant work experience. Internship, volunteer work, and leadership activities may also be considered if a candidate is short of the full-time work experience as long as they contribute meaningfully to the candidate's profile. While the university does not specify categories of expected work experience, applicants should elaborate on their work experience with an essay.

MA in Counseling Psychology: applicants must have completed or must be about to complete an accredited bachelor's degree in Psychology. An applicant with a bachelor's degree in a different area must complete at least one year of undergraduate classes first to be considered for admission. 

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

Webster Vienna accepts several different internationally recognized English proficiency exams. Please see the accepted tests and minimum scores for both undergraduate and graduate students below.

International English Tests

  • TOEFL (iBT)* — min. overall score of 80
  • TOEFL (paper-based test) — min. overall score of 550
  • IELTS Academic* — min. overall score of 6.0
  • Password English Language Testing — min. overall score of 6.0
  • Pearson/PTE Academic — min. score of 53
  • iTEP — min. score of 3.7
  • ACT — min. composite score of 23
  • WAEC English Exam — min. grade of B3
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE only) — score A, B, C, min. numerical score of 169
  • All other tests - please check with the Admissions Office

IB Diploma Program:

  • HL English A — min. score of 4
  • HL English B — min. score of 5
  • SL English A — min. score of 5
  • SL English B — min. score of 6

GCE A Levels

If the school is not an English-speaking institution, then students will need to obtain a certain score on the English–language exams - A-level score of a B or higher.


Test Scores Prior to March 2016: Student must score at least an 800 with the following values in both sections:

  • Critical Reading: min. 400
  • Writing: min. 400

Test Scores from April 2016 onward: students must score at least a 450 in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section.


  • Score of 1201 or above: Exempt from ESL

International English Tests

  • TOEFL iBT — min. overall score of 80, with min. writing score of 22
  • TOEFL (paper-based test) — min. overall score of 550
  • IELTS Academic — min. overall score of 6.5
  • Password English Language Testing — min. overall score of 6.5
  • Pearson / PTE Academic — min. score of 53
  • iTEP — min. score of 3.9
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE only) — score A or B; min. numerical score of 176
  • GTEC (CBT Exam) — score of 1201 or above
  • All other tests - please check with the Admissions Office

English is waived when the applicant is a citizen of or has attended an accredited institution for at least three years in one of the following countries (applicants must submit high school transcripts for verification):

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales)
  • United States of America

Completed at least one academic year of college-level coursework conducted in English at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning (ESL coursework does not qualify towards the one full year exception)

For more information, contact the Admissions Office.

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Bachelor's (Undergraduate) degree applicants should possess a completed secondary/high school degree, have good academic records (minimum Grade Point Average or GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent in non-U.S. grading systems), and meet the minimum required English proficiency to be considered for admission.

Freshmen — students who enroll at Webster directly from high school or transfers in from another accredited university with less than one year of courses (less than 30 credits) — are encouraged to start in the Fall or Spring semesters due to the required first year semester courses and the sequencing of degree major courses. However, freshman students may also start on a part-time basis with our Fall 2 Term (8 weeks from October to December).

Transfer students from another accredited college or university who have accumulated over 30 U.S. credit hours (60 ECTS) as transfer credits may enroll in any of our starting terms (including the optional Summer term) depending on the availability of the classes they need to continue their studies. Please make sure that your university is accredited by your country's Ministry of Education or has an official regional U.S. accreditation, otherwise, Webster will not be able to transfer any courses you have completed into your Webster degree record. All transfer credits go towards the U.S./American degree diploma (not the Austrian-accredited WVPU diploma). 

Master's (Graduate) degree applicants should possess a Bachelor degree from an accredited university. Additionally:

  • a bachelor's degree in psychology is generally required for admission to the MA in Psychology program.
  • at least two years of relevant work experience are required for admission to the MBA program.

The university should be accredited by the Ministry of Education of the country it operates in and the applicant's academic record should show at least a minimum American grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Transcripts not showing grades using the American grade point average (GPA) will be converted by WVPU's Admissions Office. Due to our curriculum's thorough coverage of subject content, students interested in the MBA, International Relations, and Finance Masters' programs are not required to have corresponding Bachelor degrees in that field but will be required to complete business prerequisites.

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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