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The recognition of ÖSD exams varies depending on the country and its respective purposes.

Recognition of ÖSD exams in Austria extends to various purposes:

  • ÖSD Zertifikat A1 (ZA1) and higher levels (ZA2-ZC2) serve as evidence of German language proficiency for applying for permanent residence for family members under the Settlement and Residence Act “family reunification.”
  • Admission to German-speaking vocational institutions such as the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and Caritas Training Center for Social Professions is facilitated through ÖSD certificates.
  • ÖSD certificates also play a crucial role in gaining admission to German-speaking study programs at Austrian universities. Depending on the university and field of study, levels A2, B1, B2, C1, or C2 may be required for application or enrollment.

For comprehensive details regarding the recognition of ÖSD exams in Austria, further information can be accessed through the provided resources.

At Austrian universities, proof of German language proficiency is mandatory for regular study enrollment. The required level of proficiency varies according to the specific field of study. Notably, recent changes in the University Act necessitate applicants to demonstrate at least level A2 proficiency when applying for admission to German-speaking programs or preparatory years. Regular study admissions typically require levels ranging from B1 to C1, depending on the university and field of study.


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Recognition at Austrian Universities

necessitates proof of German language proficiency for admission to regular study programs. The required level of proficiency varies based on the specific field of study

Attention:
Following a modification in the University Act, applicants to Austrian universities must now provide evidence of German language skills at level A2 when applying for admission to German-speaking programs or preparatory years (“Antrag auf Erteilung eines Studienplatzes”). Admission to regular study programs typically requires proficiency levels ranging from B1 to C1, with specifics determined by the university and field of study. Further details can be found in the table below.


UniversityB1B2C1Comment
Boku WienXX
Medizinische Universität InnsbruckX
Medizinische Universität WienX
TU GrazX
Universität GrazX
Universität InnsbruckXX**for the Master’s degree programme in Translation
Universität KlagenfurtXX*
Universität LinzX
Universität SalzburgX
Universität WienX
Veterinärmedizinische Universität WienXX
Masterstudium DaF/DaZ an der Universität WienX
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst WienXÖSD Zertifikat B1 is recognised for the following studies: some instrumental studies, Conducting, Composition or Musical Theory
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst WienXThe following studies request a B2-certificate: some instrumental studies, Sound Engineering, Bachelor’s degree programme Singing, Master’s degree programme Song and Oratorio, Master’s degree programme Stage Performance, Musical Theatre Direction, Acting or Drama Directing
Wirtschaftsuniversität WienX
TU WienX

*For inquiries regarding the necessary proof of language proficiency, please reach out to the respective institution beforehand.


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Recognition at German Universities

Recognition of ÖSD exams in Germany entails various purposes:

  • ÖSD Zertifikat A1 (ZA1) and higher levels (ZA2–ZC2) serve as evidence of German language proficiency for spousal immigration under the German Immigration Act. These certificates are submitted to German agencies abroad in accordance with the Federal Foreign Office’s directives.
  • ÖSD Zertifikat B1 (ZB1) is recognized as proof of German language proficiency for naturalization in Germany.
  • Admission to study programs at German universities requires proof of German language competence. Depending on the university, ÖSD Zertifikat B2, ÖSD Zertifikat C1, or ÖSD Zertifikat C2 may be accepted.

UniversityB2C1C2Comment
Otto-Friedrich-Universität BambergXXXB2, C1 and C2 are accepted for application
Universität BayreuthXB2 and C1 are accepted for application
Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinX
Ruhr-Universität BochumX
Universität BonnX
Hochschule BremenXX
Hochschule BremerhavenXXX
Technische Universität DarmstadtX
Universität ErfurtXX
Frankfurt School of Finance and ManagementXXX
TU Bergakademie FreibergX
Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenXB2 and C1 are accepted for application
FernUniversität HagenXX
Universität HamburgX
Universität HohenheimX
Technische Universität IlmenauXX
Hochschule KarlsruheX
Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyX
Universität LeipzigXXC2 is accepted for all economic studies
Universität zu LübeckX
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität MagdeburgX
Johannes Gutenberg Universität MainzX
Carl von Ossietzky Universität OldenburgX
Universität PassauXsufficient for admission, enrolment subject to the evidence of DSH-2 or equal
Universität PotsdamX
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste StuttgartXX
Hochschule VechtaX
Bauhaus Universität WeimarX
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-WittenbergXX

*For inquiries regarding the necessary proof of language proficiency, please reach out to the respective institution beforehand.


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Recognition at Switzerland Universities

Recognition of ÖSD exams in Switzerland entails various purposes:

UniversityB2C1C2Comment
Universität ZürichXX
Universität St. GallenXXC1 for Bachelor’s degree programmes, C2 for Master’s degree programmes
ETH ZürichXXfor Master’s degree programmes
Universität LuzernXX

*For inquiries regarding the necessary proof of language proficiency, please reach out to the respective institution beforehand.


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Recognition at Italian University

UniversityB2C1C2Comment
Freie Universität BozenX

*For inquiries regarding the necessary proof of language proficiency, please reach out to the respective institution beforehand.


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