Applicants with EU/international qualifications

The following applies as an admission requirement for EU and international applicants (except Germany): a foreign certificate that is equivalent to one of these Austrian certificates as proof of fulfillment of the admission requirements, on the basis of an agreement under international law or on the basis of a nostrification or on the basis of the decision of the study programme management of the national University of Applied Sciences study programme in the individual case.

Legalisation of documents

Applicants must have their documents not issued in Austria legalised before submitting them, if there is no agreement under international law. Please refer to the BMBWF information website on the authentication of foreign documents in higher education to find out whether this is necessary in your case: https://www.bmbwf.gv.at/en/Topics/school/legislation/risq/cr.html 

Further informations concerning legalisation can be found here: International Applicants

The head of degree programme may prescribe supplementary examinations that are required for full equivalence with nationally recognized examinations. These must be taken before admission.

German language skills

Proficiency in German and/or English is a prerequisite for most degree programs at the FH Salzburg.

The required German language skills for degree programs at the FH Salzburg vary depending on the degree program. (See admission requirements for the respective degree program).
In most cases, proof of level B2 - C1 is required according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages. The proof must be provided by 31.10. of the first semester for study programmes which start in winter semester and 15.04. of the first semester for study programmes which start in summer semester.  

The following certificates are generally accepted as proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language (if level B2 is required):

  • Highschool certificate from a German-speaking school (with German as the language of instruction and examination) respectively an Austrian or German school abroad.
  • Successful completion of the "Studienberechtigungsprüfung", Supplementary or Additional examination with regard to German (pre-study course at Austrian universities, recognised adult education institutions)
  • "ÖSD Zertifikat B2" of the Austrian Language Diploma German 
  • "TestDaF" - Test of German as a Foreign Language - at least level TDN 4 in all partial exams
  • "Goethe-Zertifikat B2" of the Goethe-Institut
  • telc Deutsch "telc Deutsch B2" or "telc Deutsch B2 + Beruf" (German + profession)
  • German Language Diploma of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs DSD (second level)
  • German Language Examination for University Admission of Foreign Study Applicants (DSH-2)
  • ÖIF Certificate B2 (Austrian Integration Fund)

In justified individual cases, the assessment of language skills can be carried out by the responsible study program during admission procedure.

English language skills

Furthermore, for most German-language degree programs, a proper level of English is also an entry requirement for study, depending on each szudy program curriculum. The required English language skills (see admission requirements for the respective degree program) must be demonstrated by 31.10. respectively 15.04. of the first semester at the latest.

The following certificates are generally accepted as proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language:

  • TOEFL: at least 87 score points
  • IELTS Academics: Overall Band Score: 6.5 score points
  • Cambridge English First Certificate (FCE): Result Level B2
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Result Level B2
  • Language competence certificate of a university language center on level B2
  • IB Diploma with school subject English
  • Successful completion of the "Studienberechtigungsprüfung", Supplementary or Additional examination with regard to English Level B2 (recognised adult education institutions)
  • Degree certificate and Transcript of Records/Diploma Supplement of an English-language bachelor's or master's degree programme at a recognized post-secondary educational institution.

In justified individual cases, the assessment of language skills can be carried out by the responsible study program during admission procedure.

Deposit on the tuition fee for prosepective students with previous education from a third-country

The FH Salzburg collects a deposit on the tuition fee from interested students with previous education from a third-country (all states except EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland). This does not apply to those interested in the joint study programs (HCIE-M - Human-Computer Interaction or AISEM – Applied Image and Signal Processing) established with the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg (PLUS). Prospective students who take up studies at the FH Salzburg will have the deposit credited to the tuition fee (tuition fee and student union fee/ÖH fee) for the first semester, otherwise  the deposit will be refunded. All further regulations can be found in the Guideline for the deposit on the tuition fee.

Information on how you can have your educational qualification acquired abroad recognized as equivalent in Austria can be found under the item "Nostrifications".