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Surge in interest in studying medicine

A total of 16,443 candidates have registered to take the entrance exam for the Austrian medical universities
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(Vienna/Innsbruck/Graz/Linz, 11 April 2019) Applications to take part in the joint admissions procedure for a place at the medical universities of Vienna, Innsbruck or Graz or the Medical Faculty of Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz closed at the end of March. Current figures indicate a significant surge in interest in studying medicine. A total of 16,443 candidates have registered for the entrance exam, which will take place on 5 July 2019. In 2018, 15,880 candidates registered.

The application figures in detail:
- MedUni Vienna: a total of 8,217 people (2018: 7,451) have registered for the entrance exam. 3,113 of these were male (2018: 2,847) and 5,104 female (2018: 4,604).
- Medical University of Innsbruck: a total of 3,826 candidates (2018: 3,766) have registered. 1,440 of these were male (2018: 1,426) and 2,386 female (2018: 2,340).
- MedUni Graz: a total of 3,084 applications for 5 July 2019 (2018: 2,969), 1,216 from males and 1,868 from females (2018: 1,171/1,798).
- Medical Faculty of JKU Linz: 1,316 people have registered (2018: 1,694), including 503 males (2018: 697) and 813 females (2018: 997).  

The respective entrance exams will take place at the various universities on Friday, 5 July 2019 (08:00 - 17:00 hrs).

Detailed content of the MedAT-H and MedAT-Z entrance exams
The entrance exam for human medicine (Med-AT-H) is a multi-part, written exam comprising the following elements:

  • Basic knowledge test for medical studies: checking existing knowledge from school in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics
  • Text comprehension: checking reading ability and understanding of texts
  • Cognitive skills and abilities: This test consists of five groups of exercises (numerical sequences, memory and retentiveness, assembling figures, language proficiency and understanding implications) and covers basic cognitive skills and abilities.
  • Social and emotional skills: This part of the exam consists of a group of exercises on "Reading emotions" and "Social decision-making", covering important aspects of social and emotional skills.


The entrance exam for dentistry (MedAT-Z) is largely identical to MedAT-H, except that the "Text Comprehension" section of the test is replaced by "Manual Skills" and the group of exercises on "Understanding Implications” is replaced by "Wire Bending" and "Reproducing Shapes".

A total of 1,680 university places available
There are a total of 1,680 university places available for human medicine and dentistry for the 2019/20 academic year, 740 of these at MedUni Vienna, 400 at the Medical University of Innsbruck, 360 at MedUni Graz and 180 at the Medical Faculty of JKU Linz. At least 95% of the university places are reserved for EU citizens and those with equivalent rights of access to education and at least 75% of places for applicants with an Austrian school leaving certificate. As from the 2019/20 academic year, this quota system will only apply to the allocation of university places in human medicine but not to dentistry.

Timetable for admissions procedure for human medicine and dentistry: Friday, 5 July 2019, MedAT in Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck and Linz / as from calendar week 32: announcement of exam results.