Studying without Matura: An example from Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences
In Austria, higher education applicants need in general to have finished their upper secondary level education and they should also have successfully passed their “A-Levels” to receive a Diploma (Matura, Abitur). For students without this qualification, there is an alternative way. Additional courses are offered for receiving a permission to study (the so-called “Studienbefähigungslehrgang”).
The applicant needs confirmation of prior learning (transcripts, confirmations of course participation) and completes an individual learning agreement with the HE institution. The pre-entry courses are usually, depending on the studies the person is aiming at, English, German, Mathematics, Physics, Biology and the like. The pre-entry courses usually take one year and are free of charge. After passing them successfully, the participants can apply to the study program of their choice.
More information on this possibility (in German only) is available online at https://www.fh-ooe.at/weiterbildung/studium-ohne-matura/