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Information for applicants with a foreign school-leaving certificate

Admission to a degree program requires the general university entrance qualification and knowledge of German or—if the degree program is offered in English—of English that is sufficient for succeeding in the course of study.

Certificates that are equivalent to the Austrian school-leaving or vocational school-leaving certificates according to international agreements count as proof of the general university entrance qualification.

Proof of the general university entrance qualification can also be furnished by a foreign qualification if there is no substantial difference between it and the general university entrance qualification according to § 64 1 line 1 of the Universities Act (e.g., an Austrian school-leaving certificate). In any case, a substantial difference does not exists if

  • the qualification provides access to all sectors of higher education in the state that issued it,
  • the applicant has had at least twelve years of schooling and
  • general educational content is predominant, proof of which is furnished by completion of six general subjects (two languages, mathematics, one natural science, one humanities and one more general subject) in secondary school level II.

If schooling according to point 2 lasts only eleven years or educational content is missing according to point 3, the rectorate may prescribe up to four additional exams that must be taken before admission.

If the requirements are met, these additional exams can be completed as part of the university preparation program.

In this case, it may be necessary to take additional exams that can be completed as part of the university preparation program.

Individuals who have completed a degree program in medicine or dentistry may take advantage of nostrification. If there is no equivalent degree program at the Medical University of Graz, application for new admission to a degree program is possible.

Application documents

Application form

The application form should be filled out completely, signed and submitted to the OU Studies and Teaching Management, Admissions team. Original application documents should be sent through the postal service.

A positive decision is issued if the application is complete and the requirements are met. If the requirements are not met or documents are missing, a request for improvement is sent including a deadline. After processing has been completed, the original documents are returned by post.

School-leaving certificate

Admission to a diploma program at the Medical University of Graz requires a secondary school-leaving certificate as proof of completion of secondary schooling andgeneral university entrance qualification. The grades in the exam subjects must also be included.

Note that not all school-leaving certificates from other countries are equivalent to Austrian school-leaving certificates.

In this case, it is necessary to take additional exams that can be completed as part of a university preparation program. These exams are in biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics as well as German at the C1 level.

Copy of passport

Only passports that include the holder's signature next to the picture are accepted. Asylum seekers must present the white temporary residence permit card.

Proof of prior academic achievements in the country that has issued the school-leaving certificate

Examples of documents that may serve as proof are grade reports from individual semesters or transcripts of records.


Translations and certifications

Foreign language documents should always be accompanied by translations unless the documents were originally issued in English. In general, the original document must include all required certification notes so that these can also be translated. The translation must be securely attached to the original document or a certified copy of the original.

Certification of a document serves to confirm the authenticity of the affixed seals and signatures of authorized persons.

The only exceptions to this rule are documents from countries with which Austria has concluded an agreement on exemption from certifications.

Applicants with documents from the People's Republic of China must also have them certified by Akademische Prüfstelle (APS, Austrian Academic Verification Center) in Beijing.


Exemption from any certification

Documents from those countries with which Austria has concluded a bilateral certification agreement are exempt from certification if the originals (with an official seal or official stamp)—and a translation as necessary—are submitted.

The following countries are exempt from certification:
Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy,  Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.

Certification by apostille

Documents from the contracting states of the convention abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents (Hague Apostille Convention) only require certification in the form of an apostille issued by the respective national authorities.

In this context, it should be pointed out that only the foreign ministry or other qualified government offices of the respective state, not its representative in Austria (embassy), are authorized to certify documents with an apostille.

According to article 4 of the Apostille Convention, the apostille should be affixed to the original document.

Certification by apostille affects the following countries: 
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Cape Verde, Chile, China (incl. special administrative areas Macau and Hong Kong, excl. Tawain), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Georgia, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kingdom of Eswatini, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi-Arabia, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Switzerland, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela

Full diplomatic certification

Full diplomatic certification is required for documents from all states with which there is no bilateral certification convention and that are also not contracting states of the Hague Apostille Convention. In this mode of certification, documents must also receive additional certification (authentication) from an Austrian governmental authority after they have gone through the national certification process in the state of their origin (the last station of which must be the foreign ministry of the respective state). This authentication can be conducted by the Austrian representative authority in the respective state (embassy, consulate, honorary consulate). Certification by the representative authority of the respective state in Austria is not possible.

Full diplomatic certification by the Austrian representative authority in the respective state is valid in these countries.

Information on certifications

Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs 
Minoritenplatz 8
1014 Vienna
T: +43 501150 4425

All individuals interested in applying to the Medicine diploma program (UO 202) or Dentistry diploma program (UO 203) at Med Uni Graz must either follow the admissions procedure or take a lateral entry exam.


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