Recognised School-Leaving Qualifications

  • Reifeprüfung/Matura (from Allgemeinbildendehöhere Schulen or Berufsbildende Höhere Schule)
  • Reifezeugnis/Maturezeugnis (from Allgemeinbildendehöhere Schulen)


Eligibility Requirements

Subject pass mark for University purposes:

4 (scale 5-1 where 1 is best)

Minimum Entry Requirements/Matriculation:

The minimum eligibility criteria follow. Proof of English proficiency is required in all cases. There may also be specific subject requirements for courses.

Level 8    2 H5 required 6 distinct recognised subjects which must include 2 subjects at grade 3 and 4 subjects at grade 4 (of which no more than 2 may be from final year of school)                      

Single Sitting:

All subjects are examined at the same time


English Language Competence:

The minimum level of English required is 3 in the final exam or equivalent competence in English. Note: Applicants whose school-leaving examinations are more than two years old should present additional proof of English.


Specific Subject Requirements:

To compare the subject requirements in terms of Irish Leaving Certificate as specified on the UCC website, use the following table:


Subject Grade Comparison:
NB NOT for points conversion - for this see Points Equivalence Table      
LC Higher Austrian Matura LC Ordinary  Austrian Matura 
H1 1 O1 3
H2 2 O2 4
H3 2 O3 4
H4 3 O4 4
H5 3 O5 4
H6 4 O6 4
H7 4    


Up to 2 subjects from the final year of school may be used to make the 6 subjects required for matriculation. Only examined subjects can meet subject entry requirements higher than H7/O6.

Note: while the examinations from BHS are recognised, the vocational subject will not normally be a recognised subject. 


Agreed Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA

Points Comparison

Guideline Indicative Points Score (IPS) equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points:

Points Equivalence Table


Indicative Points Score















Average = average score based on 6 best distinct recognised subjects from final Reifeprüfung/Matura/ Reifezeugnis/Maturezeugnis examination, normally recognised by Irish Universities for admissions purposes. In the context of Austrian examinations, the final project/thesis counts as a recognised subject for points purposes but not as a subject for matriculation.

Only examined subjects are used for points calculation.

Single Sitting: All subjects are examined at the same time and points are calculated based on a single sitting.

Bonus points for maths: Not applicable as Maths is undifferentiated

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