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It is important to the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna to appeal to students with diverse backgrounds, different experiences, and life journeys, and to be able to provide support for individual situations to the greatest possible extent. On this page you will find compiled information for students with specific needs.

Barrier-free study

Students with health-related limitations will find information on the following Internet pages:

Ombudsman for Students


Federal Ministry of Social Affairs

Waiver of study fees

Regular students are entitled to apply for a waiver of study fees, if they have a disability with a minimum degree of 50%. As a proof a Disabled Persons Pass (Behindertenpass) issued by the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs is necessary. Please apply for the waiver at the Registrar's Office. The students' union (ÖH) fee has to be paid regardless.

The application form is available at our homepage under point 3 "Waiver". Please note the deadlines!

Please find further informations for financial support via the links below:

Increased Familiy Allowance

Increased Federal Aid for Students

Personal assistance (at the work place)


Please find further information in our brochure Studying with health problems

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna representative Mag.a Christina Fasching  is available to help at the Student Welcome Center.

Change of name and personal status

The official change of name and/or personal status undertaken by transgender, intersex, and non-binary persons will necessitate an update of master data or the reissue of graduation documents.

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna cares for the well-being of transgender, intersexual, and non-binary persons on its premises and tries everything to carry out all administrative measures as smoothly as possible and will treat all requests confidentially.

Please find further information for changing your master data or having your graduation documents or other certificates or confirmations reissued in our info-sheet.

Studying with Child(ren)

Students and staff at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna are offered two child-care facilities, the children's group Kakadu for children ca. 12 months to 3 years and the Kindergarten LULU for older children, both at the Institute Building on Karl-Schweighofer-Gasse.

Further Information:

The ÖH Students' Union brochure "Studying with child(ren)": https://www.oeh.ac.at/studieren-und-leben/studieren-mit-kind

Website "Studying with child(ren)": http://www.studieren-mit-kind.org/

Student Financial Aid Office: http://www.stipendium.at/english-information/

Studying Without a School Leaving Exam (Studienberechtigungprüfung)

Artistic study programs do not require the school leaving exam ("Matura");, however, all students must pass the admission exam demonstrating artistic ability. At the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the school leaving exam (in addition to the demonstration of artistic ability) is required for the study of architecture and the Education in the Arts programs; all other study programs require only demonstration of artistic ability. More information about this can be found under: enrolment

If you have not taken a school leaving exam, but want to study architecture or Education in the Arts, you must take the test of access to university education for the respective study program. Passing of this test will allow you to enrol only in certain study programs.

If you would like to receive a "Vollmatura," which will allow you to enrol in any study program, it is possible to take the vocational matriculation exam. More information about it can be found at the link below: https://erwachsenenbildung.at/addon/english_overview.php