The Bachelor Psychology degree programme is oriented towards cultural and social sciences and provides a basic education in scientific psychology. According to the Austrian Psychologists Act, the degree represents the first stage in the training to become a psychologist in Austria. The programme is offered in German and English in Vienna.
Online applications for the English language programme are still open.
Application & admission period
for the winter semester 2022/23: 7th February 2022 – 31 August 2022
Formal prerequisite for admission to the Bachelor Psychology programme at the Faculty of Psychology in Vienna is proof of an university entrance qualification such as
- a secondary school leaving certificate (Matura or Abitur), vocational certificate (Berufsreifeprüfung) or equivalent (foreign) qualifications (e.g. high school diploma); or
- a relevant university entrance qualification examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung); or
- a subject-relevant study admission examination as regulated in the examination regulations of the Faculty of Psychology under § 12.
Language skills: all applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of an English proficiency level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) through one of the following tests taken within the last two years:
– TOEFL: min. 88 points
– IELTS: band score minimum 6.0
– IB (International Baccalaureate)
– CAE is acceptable as long as it provides equivalent English knowledge compared to our requirements
A minimum German language prociency level is not required for participation in the International Programme. Nevertheless, please keep in mind that Austria is a German speaking country and although it is relatively easy to get by with English, basic knowledge of German is very useful.
The admission regulations can be found at Regulations & Notifications (in German).
The admission procedure consists of the online application and the selection procedure. If the admission procedure is passed, a study place will be allocated subject to the availability of places.
As a first step, register on our Online Application Platform. We will then send you an access code to your registered e-mail address (please also check your spam folder). You can then log in any time, make changes to your data or upload additional documents. Please provide the following documents with your online application:
- University entrance qualification certificate, i.e., secondary school leaving certificate (Matura, Abitur) or foreign equivalents such as a high school diploma or an IB diploma of an international high school with English as the main language
- Transcript of records (including official grades in English)
- Motivation letter
- Proof of English proficiency (also see “Admission Requirements”)
- Passport copy or identity card
- Copy of Austrian e-card (if available)
- Payment confirmation of the admission fee (€ 180,- when applying online; € 300,- after the admission procedure has been completed).
Once all documents have been received and accepted, you will receive an invitation for an interview. The interview is designed to familiarise applicants with the requirements of the programme, as well as to explore the applicants’ personality, and assess their aptitude for the programme and the profession.
You will be informed by email approximately 2 weeks after your admission interview whether you have been admitted to the programme. The information and admission interviews will be held until the end of September.
After successful admission and signing of the study contract, students are enrolled.
Qualification Profile and Skills
The students acquire competences for the scientific processing of theoretical and practical problems in psychology. They have a sound knowledge of social science research methods, can independently apply scientific working techniques, are aware of the current state of knowledge of the basic sub-disciplines of psychology, have an overview of the epistemological interests and research strategies of individual disciplines bordering on psychology and have developed and expanded their communicative action competences in their own practical modules.
A Bachelor’s thesis is required for successfully completing the degree programme.
Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities
A Master’s degree is expected to be a prerequisite for working as a psychologist (Austrian Psychologists Act).
The most common fields of activity for psychologists: Health care (clinical psychology, psychotherapy, neuro- or rehabilitation psychology), work, organisational and business psychology (industrial psychology, personnel management, labour market administration, business and personnel consulting, advertising), educational psychology (school psychology, educational counselling centres), university (research, teaching, student counselling) and traffic psychology.
Bachelor’s Degree Programme (BSc., 6 semesters):
€ 6,940 per semester
Admission fee € 480,- (€ 180,- when applying online; € 300,- after the admission procedure has been completed).
Tuition fees are charged for the standard programme duration (Bachelor’s Degree: 6 semesters). The total costs of studying at SFU will not increase in case a student’s studies are extended by one year.
Contact Finance and Controlling
Phone: +43 1 798 40 98 304
Opening and telephone hours: Mo-Thur: 10 am–3 pm / Fr: 10 am–3 pm, by telephone only
Address: Freudplatz 1, 3rd floor, room 3002
Scholarships and Financing
Following the applicable criteria, Sigmund Freud University awards scholarships every year.
Dates & Deadlines
The English Bachelor Programme in Psychology was accredited by the Austrian Accreditation Council in 2018. All SFU Accreditation Reports are available in German.
Orientation of the SFU Bachelor’s Programme in Psychology to the Reform of Psychotherapy Training in Germany
According to the reform of psychotherapy training in Germany, students who wish to pursue a Master’s degree in psychotherapy after completing a Bachelor’s degree in psychology must complete a defined amount of courses that are intended to prepare them for the future profession of psychotherapist as part of the Bachelor’s degree programme.
In our psychology programme offered in German, we have therefore integrated an elective module with corresponding courses into the regular curriculum of the Bachelor’s degree programme (from winter semester 2020/21 onwards), which is oriented towards the requirements of the legal reform. If there are additional changes with regard to the legal requirements or implementation guidelines in Germany, we will further adapt the courses in this elective module.
Please note that we currently do not offer this option in our English Bachelor programme. For further details contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org