6 steps for a successful start into your Bachelor’s program
In order to become a student at the PLUS, you have to be admitted. The admission includes the following steps:
- Complete the qualitative selection process (if required)
- Appointment for the personal enrolment
- Complete the personal enrolment at the Office of Admissions
- Activate your student’s account at the PLUS, check the tuition fee information and pay the tuition fee.
- Register for courses and lectures
- Take part in welcome days, info days, check out the information at PLUSorientiert
Step 1 – Complete the qualitative selection process, if required for your chosen study program
If your intended study program includes the completion of a selection process (entrance test), you have to complete this test before getting enrolled at the Office of Admissions. The procedure varies for each study program. Further information on studies requiring a selection process can be found at the following link. If your intended study program does not include such a process, proceed directly with step 2.
Step 2 – Making an appointment
The appointment for the personal enrolment is your first step to begin your studies! You will register online and enter your personal data. Please complete this step only if you have never studied at the PLUS.
You may only book an appointment if
- There is no selection process or special admission criteria applicable to your chosen studies. The page “study programs” presents all studies and information on whether a selection process or other special admission criteria are required. If you cannot find your study program in the online selection during the appointment process, you have to complete a selection process or fulfil other criteria.
- You are a first-time student for a degree program at the PLUS. Bachelor’s and Diploma studies are examples of degree programs. You have to be in possession of a Matura, EU secondary school certificate, or equivalent certificate.
- You are interested in a non-degree program (taking only some specific classes)
- You want to participate in a university program for further education
- You are enrolled at another Austrian university and want to co-register for the first time at the PLUS
Step 3 – Personal enrolment
The personal enrolment takes place at the Office of Admissions, Kapitelgasse 4, 5010 Salzburg. Please bring the following original documents to your appointment:
- Valid identification – i.e. passport or ID Card
- Secondary school certificate (or Studienberechtigungsprüfung (limited higher education entrance examination))
- Certificate on additional exam (if required for the intended study program)
- Letter of admission (if received)
- Certificate on the change of name (if some certificates are issued for a different name; i.e. marriage certificate)
- Confirmation of dis-enrolment (if you change to the PLUS from another Austrian university)
- Proof of social insurance number, if you are insured in Austria; (i.e. SV-Card, E-Card)
At the personal enrolment, you will receive the PIN-Code required to activate your student’s account along with all platforms by the PLUS, as well as your student’s card. Here is the description on how to reach the Office of Admissions: opening hours & contact
Step 4 – Activate PIN and pay the tuition fee
Activate Pin-Code: the video shows the instruction on how to activate the PIN-code, which you receive at your personal enrolment. (subtitles available in English).
Pay tuition fees: Once the enrolment has been completed, you have to pay the tuition fee. This is a requirement to become a student and register for courses and exams. The video shows the instruction on how to pay the fee (subtitles available in English).
Step 5 – Register for courses
Course registration is done in PLUSonline. You will find details on which courses to choose in your curriculum (study plan). Please note that you can register for courses only once the Student’s Union fee or tuition fee has been transferred to the account of the University.
Once the money has been transferred, you can print out the enrolment confirmation and validate your student’s card at the card printers (Servicepoints).
Step 6 – Welcome Days and Starting your Studies
The following support is offered once you have been enrolled:
- Service and information at the Student’s Service Center
- Counselling for first-semester students and tutorials at the Student’s representatives offices (STV). Office hours and contacts can be found in the Student’s Union’s calendar
- Studieren Recherchieren at the PLUS: (available only in German!) these workshops assist you in registering for courses, explain procedures at exams, and help you remember all the things you need for a successful start in your studies, such as applications for a scholarship. The team of the Student’s Service Centre helps you organise your first semester at the PLUS. Dates and registration can be found here
- PLUSorientiert – start your semester well-informed: the interactive modules on the e-plattform BLACKBOARD offer orientation and further information on studying at the PLUS. You can take a virtual walk through the university buildings and download the checklist for a successful start into your studies. Complete all the modules to win a goodie-bag!
- Social networks and support in difficult times during your studies is offered by the research project PLUSTrack, which is sponsored by the PLUS and the BMBWF (Ministry for Education). This project offers a community-network-platform for first-time students as well as students in higher semesters and teaching staff. Mentoring programs are also offered to support students during their studies.
- The introductory and orientation period is at the heart of every Bachelor’s, Diploma and Teacher’s Training program (except for the Bachelor’s program Psychology). It is abbreviated as “STEOP”. It comprises different types of courses and gives an overview on the fundamental content of each program and on its progress. Additionally, these courses provide an objective basis for evaluating ones’ personal choices of studies. Courses belonging to this period are marked in the curriculum and are also highlighted in PLUSonline. The completion of the STEOP is a requirement to continue your studies. These courses are therefore core course.
- As the granting of scholarships is related to the study achievements, the STEOP has to be completed within the first semester. Most departments offer welcome and information days as part of the STEOP. This also involves the opportunity to meet other students and connect with them. Information on each offer can be found on the homepage of the respective department.
- Instructions on how to register for courses can also be found here. Access to this link is only available if you have an activated student’s account for PLUSonline (see step 3)
- E-Plattform Blackboard: Access to this platform is only activated once you have registered for a course using Blackboard and have a confirmed place on the course (no waiting list place!). The Blackboard account is created automatically within 2 hours after the registration. On this platform, you will also find the PLUSorientiert modules.