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Recognition of German-Language Certificates

When Is No Proof for the Obtainment of German Skills Necessary?

If your secondary school leaving qualification or your last school report includes German as a subject with a mark of "Very Good" or "Excellent", then this serves as sufficient proof of your German skills and you do not have to complete a German course.

If you have a secondary school leaving qualification from a German-speaking country or an Austrian or German school abroad, this is also sufficient.

Which proof will be accepted?

The following examinations/ diplomas are accepted as proof of German skills:

  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch - Oberstufe Deutsch (OD)
  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Diplom Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch (WD)
  • Goethe Institut - Oberstufe Deutsch (C1)
  • Goethe Institut - Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch (C2)
  • Wiener Internationale Hochschulkurse - Oberstufe Deutsch (C1/OD) telc GmbH - Deutsch (C1) Hochschule
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer StudienwerberInnen (DSH-2/DSH-3)
  • TestDaF: A mark of least 3 x TestDaF-Niveaustufe 5 und 1 x TestDaF-Niveaustufe 4
  • Zeugnis über die Ergänzungsprüfung aus Deutsch gem. § 63 Abs. 10 und 11 UG 2002 (EPD)


Information and contact options on institutions, at which you can take the necessary examination can be found at ÖSD