Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to pay tuition fees at the University of Vienna?
For further information about the tuition fee please refer to the information presented by the Student Point on financial matters at the University of Vienna. The Chair of EcoS does not grant financial support for student fees and/or living costs in Vienna.
Why have admission requirements been introduced?
The MA programme East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) was introduced in winter semester 2008. By then, resources for teaching were calculated for 25 students per study year. Meanwhile, student numbers have increased significantly beyond 50 new students per semester. This resulted in shortages in staff, room and teaching resources. To further assure high quality education and adequate resource allocation, the Rectorate of the University of Vienna has introduced admission requirements starting from winter semester 2013/14. (Please see the “162. Rectorate’s Act on the number of admissions and admission processes to the master study programme East Asian Economy and Society” [German original/English summary])
Starting with the winter semester 2016/17, the number of students accepted at the programme has been increased to 30 students per year. For further details please see the Senatsbeschluss 114. §1 from 2016 [in German].
How competitive is admission to EcoS?
The Chair of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) is honoured by the growing demand for its MA programme. This is the reason why admission requirements had to be introduced in 2013/14 (see: Why have admission requirements been introduced?). For the academic year 2016/17 more than 100 international students have submitted their applications for the 30 spots available.
Given all formal requirements set by the Admission Office of the University of Vienna are met, the selection committee assesses all applications based on your Letter of Motivation and Curriculum Vitae. Your former grades might be part of the decision-making process, but so is your genuine interest in deepening your knowledge about the broader region of East Asia (Northeast and Southeast Asia).
Which majors are eligible for studying EcoS?
As an interdisciplinary programme, our students come from various academic backgrounds. Eligible majors thus include (but are not limited to) bachelor programmes in East Asian studies (including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Studies), Business Administration (Betriebswirtschaftslehre), International Business Administration (Internationale Betriebswirtschaftslehre), Economics (Volkswirtschaftslehre) as well as Political Studies (Politikwissenschaft). Please be aware that this is only a small selection of possible majors and that there are many more which are eligible. Thus, we are also welcoming students with a background in engineering, law, agriculture etc. with a strong interest in the region. In general, your previous studies should however have had a strong theoretical or methodological focus.
If you are not certain whether your major is eligible or not, please check with fellow prospective and current students at the EcoS Facebook Group, contact your EcoS Student Representatives or EcoS Staff.
What are the career opportunities after graduating from EcoS?
Depending on their pre-existing qualifications and those acquired within the programme, EcoS graduates find employment in all fields where social-scientific, methodologically based knowledge of East Asia as a region is required. We are very proud that our graduates work in very different fields, ranging from politics and diplomacy to journalism, societal affairs (NGOs) and, of course, business (large and small companies in Europe and Asia). Many graduates have made professional careers in academia, political or economic consulting, organisations focusing on security or development policy or banks and other financial institutions, but also various occupational areas that are predefined by their respective BA programmes.
As Vienna is a United Nations´ host city (UNIDO, IAEA, UNDOC ...) as well as for many other international organisations, also non-Austrian citizens find opportunities to work in an international environment during or after their studies in Vienna.
Learn more from current and former students' experience at Student Point's Focus on East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS).
What do I need to do in order to apply?
- Complete the online pre-registration for the programme at U:SPACE. Please note that the online pre-registration must be completed within the application period stated above.
- Please also upload your full application, including the application form and all required documents (see below), via U:SPACE during the application period stated above.
- The Admission Office will then check your application for completeness.
- Only complete applications will be forwarded to the selection committee.
Which documents do I need to attach to my application?
As the Rectorate’s Act on Admission to EcoS states you need to include the following documents to your application:
- Proof of Qualification (original BA or BA-equivalent certificates)
If you graduate after 30 April, you can substitute your BA-equivalent certificate with an official letter from your Directorate of Study stating that you indeed are set to graduate before 30 September. Please understand that an admission without a BA-equivalent certificate will be considered conditional until you provide your proof of qualification. In case you fail to do so by 30 September, your admission will be revoked.
- Diploma Supplement, Transcript of Academic Records or Consolidated Grade Record (notarized copy)
- Copy of your passport or identity card
- Proof of English proficiency (see below)
- Letter of Motivation in accordance with our questionnaire (in English, see below)
- Curriculum Vitae (in English)
For details concerning the potentially necessary translation, legislation or
notarisation of documents please refer to the respective FAQ below.
Do I need a translation, legislation or notarisation of my documents?
All legal documents need to be submitted in English or German.
Legalisation and notarisation of documents:
For details regarding legalisation and notarisation of documents please refer to the information provided by the Admission Office of the University of Vienna [link]. If you have further questions regarding notarisation and legalisation, please contact the Admission Office (master.zulassung [at] univie.ac.at). Please note that all legal documents still need to be translated into German or English!
What exactly do I need to include in the letter of motivation?
The letter of motivation gives you the opportunity to show your aptitude, motivation and willingness to study EcoS. We kindly ask you to answer a fixed set of standardized questions, which can be found in the questionnaire. Please answer all questions one by one and do not write an essay-style text. There is no limitation in length, however we recommend staying withing 5-6 pages.
What is the deadline for admission to EcoS for the study year 2017/18?
Applications for admission to EcoS for the study year 2017/18 will be accepted from 1 March until 30 April 2017. By then, applicants need to be pre-registered online at U:SPACE and must have submitted all required documents via e-Mail to the Admission Office. Please note that absolutely no extensions or exceptions whatsoever can be made to this deadline.
I will only graduate from my undergraduate studies in summer 2016. Can I still apply for EcoS?
If you graduate after 30 April, you can substitute your BA-equivalent certificate with an official letter from your Directorate of Study stating that you indeed are set to graduate before 30 September. Please understand that an admission without a BA-equivalent certificate will be considered conditional until you provide your proof of qualification. In case you fail to do so by 30 September, your admission will be revoked. Please also understand that you still need to successfully submit all other documents before 30 April.
I am still waiting for certain documents (Proof of Command of English, Proof of Qualification, etc.). Is there any chance that I can submit these documents later than 30 April?
As outlined above, you can submit your proof of qualification (BA certificate) until 30 September, if you include in your application an official letter from your Directorate of Study stating that you indeed are set to graduate before 30 September.
In case of any other missing documents, only the Admission Office will be able to decide whether you will be offered an extended period of submission.
Please do submit as many relevant documents as possible in time.
When can I expect notification upon acceptance of my application?
After closure of the admission period, the admission process might take ten to twelve weeks. Therefore please do not expect any notice of acceptance before end of July. During this time no information on the status of your application can be given.
What happens if I get accepted, but I am not able to enroll in the winter semester?
Prospective students admitted to EcoS may choose whether they want to start studying EcoS in the winter semester (courses commencing in October) or in the summer semester (courses commencing in March). Please note the deadlines for enrollment in each semester (Student Point), as you need to do so before signing up for classes. Please understand that if you wish to start EcoS in the summer term, you still have to apply by 30 April the previous year, since there is only one application period per academic year. Also for organisational reasons, please indicate this in your letter of motivation, if planning not to start in the winter term.