Entrance Examination for the Master in International Management
The entrance examination for the Master’s degree programme in International Management is scheduled to take place once per year, before the start of the winter semester. It applies to all prospective students of the Master’s Degree Programme in International Management, regardless of their nationality.
The number of study places is fixed at 35 per academic year. These study places are allocated within the entrance examination. The Master’s degree programme in International Management starts in each successive winter semester.
The admission procedure is scheduled to take place before the start of the winter semester.
The separate steps of the admission procedure in detail
STEP 1: Registration
All applicants must register for the entrance examination using only the online registration, which is accessible on the website of the University of Klagenfurt during the period from the 1st of March to the 15 September 2019. Other forms of registration for the entrance examination cannot be considered. With the aid of this guide you will learn step by step how to online register for the Master programme: Online Registration Guide IM
Once you have registered and applied for admission to the Master’s degree programme, you will receive confirmation by e-mail. This does not conclude the entrance examination!
Depending on the number of applicants, approximately 5 to 10 places at university are allocated per month.
STEP 2: Upload all required documents
Start the admission procedure on the application page and upload all required documents.
Documentary evidence of the completion of a relevant degree programme (undergraduate degree)*
Proof that you have completed a relevant degree programme (undergraduate degree) must not necessarily be submitted at the time of application – within the application deadline – , but it must be provided by 30 November at the latest (see step 4: Personal enrolment).
Arecord of the grades of all examinations passed within the undergraduate degree programme
Proof of the required basic knowledge of Business Administration Studies**
A letter of motivation in English, in which the applicant describes why they would like to enrol for the Master’s degree programme in International Management
An up-to-date CV in English, which MUST include information about the applicant’s education, native language(s), all foreign language skills.
A certificate or other documentary proof of proficiency in English(Level C1)***
Required documents have to be uploaded in consideration of legal accreditation/authentication requirements. Documents issued in languages other than English or German have to be translated by a court-sworn interpreter and are also required to be accredited respectively authenticated.
Incomplete applications cannot be considered. You will receive an e-mail confirming the receipt of the application. An admission committee appointed by the Programme Director responsible for the Master’s degree programme assesses the application documents in terms of completeness and verifies that all formal and personal criteria have been met. Applicants will be informed about the decision regarding the allocation of a place on the degree programme in writing.
STEP 3: Visa
International applicants should gather information on entry requirements and procedures early enough.
Important links can also be found in the section “Applying for a visa”.
STEP 4: Enrolment in person
Applicants who have successfully completed the entrance examination must enrol in person in the Admission Office by the 30th of November.
During enrolment, applicants must present the following documents (originals or certified copies):
Confirmation of online application
Valid passport or ID
Documentary evidence of the completion of a relevant degree programme (undergraduate degree)*
A record of the grades of all examinations passed within the undergraduate degree programme
A certificate or other documentary proof of proficiency in English (Level C1)***
Furthermore, the documents required according to the Universities Act (UA) are to be presented in original and in accordance with the valid authentication requirements****. Documents issued in languages other than English or German have to be translated by a court-sworn interpreter and are also required to be accredited respectively authenticated.
STEP 5: Payment of student union fees/ university fees
Following the successful enrolment, the prescribed student union fees/ university fees***** must be paid in a timely and orderly manner by the end of the extended admission period.
Theadmission to the degree programme is only valid once the prescribed fees have been paid in full and on time! Students can only register for courses once the fees have been paid.
* Successful completion of a relevant undergraduate degree programme (at least 180 ECTS)
Due to their focus on issues relating to business administration and culture, undergraduate degrees from the following fields of study are considered particularly appropriate for the Master’s degree programme in International Management in any case:
Business and Law
Philology (Language Studies) and Linguistics
Communications and Media Studies
Information Management and Industrial Engineering
History or Political Sciences
** Basic knowledge in Business Administration
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved at least 24 ECTS credits in examinations in business subjects at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution. Alternatively, applicants must take a business test covering fundamental business knowledge, which is offered by the University of Klagenfurt. The examination questions cover the examination literature indicated.
GMAT® or GRE®: the point value in “verbal skills” must be above average for the participants in the year in question
Completion of a course of studies in English or English Studies/American Studies
School-leaving examination in English with a final grade no less than “good (2 or B)” in accordance with the Austrian school grading system and a minimum of 15 ECTS credits in English language courses at a recognized Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution, with a grade average not below “good (2 or B)“, or a comparable foreign education
English proficiency of university applicants whose native language is English, or university applicants with an extended stay in an English-speaking country (a semester abroad, a school year abroad, employment,
etc.), which can be proven through relevant documents (a certificate of employment/ reference, a residence permit, a birth certificate etc.) stating the time period.
Austrians, EU citizens, students with the status of “Konventionsflüchtlinge”, and privileged third-country nationals („begünstigte Drittstaatsangehörige“) are FREE of tuition fee, if they are regular students and the duration of their study isn’t exended more than two semesters, they only have to pay the Students Union fee.
Students who are nationals of the least-developed countries within the meaning of the DAC list NEED NOT pay the tuition fee. They must only pay the Students Union fee („ÖH Beitrag“). These are students from:
Applicants from non-EU nations should endeavour to apply at the earliest possible opportunity, as visa applications can take 3-4 months.
Letter of motivation
The personal criteria are assessed on the basis of the letter of motivation. Applicants should describe why they want to enrol for the Master’s degree programme in International Management, outlining their motivation, their objectives and their perspectives in relation to the degree, and should further explain the reasons for the selection of the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt as potential education institution.
The letter of motivation is assessed by the members of the appointment committee, who also give due regard to additional interpersonal and intercultural skills.
Online Business Test
Students who are unable to demonstrate the relevant specialist knowledge in the field of Business Studies worth at least 24 ECTS credits must take an admission test, which is offered by the University of Klagenfurt. Applicants are only permitted to take the test, if they are generally considered to be eligible candidates for the Master’s degree programme. The test can be taken upon request.
This is an online test with a 50% pass mode, in which you are required to provide answers to open-ended questions drawn from the literature listed. The duration of the test is three hours, and it has three parts:
Courtland L. Bovée/John V. Thill: Business in Action. Global Edition, Seventh Edition, publisher: Pearson, 2016, ISBN-10: 1292160632/ ISBN-13: 978-1292160634.
In addition to the technical requirements (a computer with web-enabled camera, a stable Internet connection and a Skype and Moodle account) candidates are allowed to use a calculator during the examination. Participants are supervised via Skype conference.
Step 1: Please set up a Moodle account as early as possible. To do this, send an e-mail including your first name and family name as well as your e-mail address to alexander [dot] herbst [at] aau [dot] at. You will receive an e-mail with a user name and a password no later than two days before the test.
Step 2: Send an e-mail to alexander [dot] herbst [at] aau [dot] at no later than two days before the test, providing details of your Skype name. Please use the same e-mail address that you used for the Moodle registration.
Make sure that your Skype is set to online, turn your web camera on, and be ready to show your passport to verify your identity. You will receive a Skype call, in order to verify your identity and to address any technical issues.
Once all candidates have registered via Skype, the Moodle course will be activated. A button labelled “Start admission test” will appear, and you can start the test. A countdown will show you how much time is left. For the duration of the test, the Skype conference will remain active, in order to supervise all participating candidates.
Applicants will be informed of the results by email. In the case of a negative assessment it is not possible to retake the test.
Applying for a visa
If you have questions about applying for a visa, please visit the following sites: