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What is MORE?

MORE is an initiative by uniko - Universities Austria (representative organisation of Austrian public universities) that allows asylum seekers and persons entitled to asylum to attend courses/lectures in all fields of study including the arts at Austrian universities, and offers them the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and language competence. The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna will focus its activities within the framework of MORE on the needs of unaccompanied underage refugees who are interested in study opportunities in fine arts.

General information (status of MORE-students, step by step check list etc.) on MORE-offers for refugees by the Austrian Universities you may find here:

II. Who may study within the framework of MORE? 

  • Asylum seekers with a temporary stay permit card (white card) according to Art. 51 Asylum Act
  • Persons entitled to asylum (positive notification letter)
  • Persons entitled to subsidiary protection according to Art. 52 Asylum Act (grey card)
  • Tolerated persons according to Art. 46a Aliens Police Act (card for tolerated people)

III. MORE offers at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna:

Please note: prerequisite for participating in our MORE-offers is English and/or German language knowledge (at least minimal basic skills).

  1. Drawing workshop

    The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna offers a limited number of places for underage refugees in a drawing workshop. If you are interested in attending this course, please send an e-mail to more@akbild.ac.at.
  2. German language course

    The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna offers a MORE German course on level A1.1 or A1.2 (according to demand) exclusively for underage refugees. If you are interested in attending this course, please send an e-mail to more@akbild.ac.at.
  3. MORE-studies as irregular students

    If you have already studied in one of the study programs offered at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in another country and want to continue this study program at the Academy, then please send an e-mail to more@akbild.ac.at and enclose all documents relating to your previous studies (scans of certificates and their translation into English or German, etc.). If you do not have any written documents about your studies, please specify at which university and which subject you have studied and define your level of study (year of study and study program). Please also inform us about your proficiency in English or German, respectively.

    As an irregular MORE-student you can participate in scientific lectures and take exams. Depending on the availability of free places and after passing an assessment test, there is the opportunity to participate in other selected courses. Which courses these are, is decided on an individual basis.

    Please note: You can be enrolled as an irregular MORE-student only until the next admission exam in the relevant study program. If you want to continue studying afterwards, you will need to pass the admission exam.

IV. Regular university studies

Regardless of their residence status, asylum seekers and those entitled to asylum can complete regular studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. This requires that you apply for the respective study program within the framework of the admission exam. Information about all study programs and their procedures and requirements for admission can be found on our website.

Once you are enrolled as a regular student, it will be checked whether examinations of your previous studies may be recognized at the Academy.


If you have any questions, please contact more@akbild.ac.at. We kindly ask for your patience as we try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.