Apply to study with us as an asylum seeker

Natanja Reitner,

Are you an asylum seeker? Want to study at FH JOANNEUM? We will show you how. Here is our how-to guide.

We will try to support you with your application to study at FH JOANNEUM as much as possible. As an asylum seeker, you are exempt from paying tuition fees and we will also find a solution even if you do not have any documents. You can make an appointment with our Course Guidance team to discuss your situation and the opportunities on offer. As an international student, our engineering courses will also provide you with good job opportunities.

Application

The first step is the same for anyone wishing to study at FH JOANNEUM: you need to apply to us. The application must conform with certain requirements. Our blog article ‘How do I get in?’ explains what these requirements are. If you do not have the required documents or if your documents have not been translated or certified, you will also need to include the following:

  • A description of your education and situation, ideally in the letter of application (qualifications, name of former school, university etc.)
  • A list of the documents which you cannot provide
  • Proof of your successful application for asylum or your current asylum status

Verification of your educational background

All applicants need to meet specific entry requirements and these include providing proof of your educational background. If your documents have not been translated or certified or if you do not have any documents, we will need to find another way of obtaining proof of your educational background. This can be done in two ways:

Verification by our Continuing Education and Student Administration department.

Our team seeks to establish the Austrian equivalent of your educational background by using databases and asking the relevant ministry.

Verification by the head of degree programme.

The head of the degree programme you are applying for will establish whether your educational background is credible either during an interview or written assessment. If you claim to have completed secondary education in your homeland, this verification process will be similar to a secondary school leaving examination in several subjects. If you are applying for a master degree programme, an interview or written assessment of your knowledge will take place based on your stated educational background (usually a bachelor’s degree).

At the end, the head of degree programme will compile a report, ideally a positive one. If only specific areas of knowledge are lacking, such as maths, you can catch up by sitting an additional exam.

The admissions process

If your educational background and entrance qualifications can be proven by the above verification process, you can proceed to our admissions process. Exception: if the course is taught in German and you do not yet have sufficient knowledge of the German language, you will be entitled (along with our regular international students) to take part in the University Preparation Programme (VGUH). This will enable you to reach Level B2 which is required for most of the degree programmes. Then you will be able to take part in the admissions process the following year.

In our applications process, it does not matter if you are Austrian, European, an international student or an asylum seeker. Everyone is treated the same here and everyone has the same opportunities: the following blog articles explain our admissions process and its specific features.