Admissions Policy
In the process of admission, candidates are placed in different priority groups, based on the Vienna International School Association (VISA) statutes:

  • Children of officials of the International Organizations who are based in Austria and as specified by the Austrian Foreign Ministry, as well as children of members of a diplomatic or consular service, irrespective of their nationality.
  • Children without Austrian citizenship whose parents are employed within the international business sector.
  • Other children

within this priority group are offered places according to the following criteria:

Children whose parents have lived and worked for at least two years outside Austria recently (no longer than five years ago), and where the children have attended an English language school.

Children whose parents can demonstrate that they expect to relocate to a non-German speaking country within the next two years.

Children whose mother-tongue is not German.

Children who were born outside Austria.

Children whose parents have different nationalities.

Children whose parents can demonstrate for any other reason that they have a specific need for an international education in the English language.

The criteria for Other children, are not arranged in order of precedence, but help the Admissions Coordinator to build up a profile of each candidate in this category in order for the Director to determine priority.

In each of the groups, a special priority is accorded to those children who are applying to re-enter the school (within 2 years) and to those children who have siblings already in the school.

Apart from these criteria, places on the waiting list are determined by the date on which we receive a complete online application of a student via our application system OpenApply, including the Application Fee, copy of passport (ID), copies of the two most recent school reports and the online assessment from your child’s current school.

It is imperative that you provide contact numbers and email addresses on OpenApply where we can be sure of reaching you.

We shall be taking admissions decisions as of end of February or beginning of March for those who wish to begin school at the start of the academic year in August. For applicants that wish to be admitted to school during the year, places will be offered as vacancies occur. Parents whose children are offered places will have a specific period of time to confirm their acceptance by paying the Admissions Fee.

We are, of course, happy to answer any further questions about the school or the admissions procedure. Thank you for your interest.

For further information please check our website of contact the Admissions Team on admissions(at) directly.