Application Process

Welcome to Admissions

Thank you for showing interest in Vienna International School (VIS) on behalf of your child. Vienna International School is a truly International School with 111 nationalities and 78 different mother tongues represented amongst its student body. The school enjoys an outstanding reputation for academic success and offers a full range of activities for students of all abilities. Vienna International School can accommodate about 1400 students and the school is located close to the UN Headquarters in the 22nd district of Vienna. Our school is easily accessible by subway (U1 line, stop Kagran) and about 15 minutes away from the city center (Stephansplatz).

Before you start the process of an online application for a place for your child we would like you to read through the following information carefully.

Before starting the admission process, candidates are placed in four main priority groups, based on the Vienna International School Association (VISA) statutes:

Group 1

Children of United Nations staff, and other Vienna International Centre based organizations, including international organizations specified by the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

Group 2

Children of members of Embassies and Permanent Missions in Austria, and children of Austrian Foreign Ministry diplomatic staff.

Group 3

Children without Austrian citizenship whose parents are employed within the international business sector.

Group 4

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 group 4, other children, are not in order of precedence, but help the Admissions Coordinator to build up a profile of candidates for the Director to determine priority.

In each of the four 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.

We begin making enrolment decisions at the start of the calendar year (February/March) for those who wish to enter school at the start of the academic year in August. Parents whose children are offered places will have a specific period of time to confirm their acceptance by payment of the Admissions Fee. After that time, we shall move to the next candidate on the list.

We are, of course, happy to answer any further questions about the school or the admissions procedure. If so, please contact admissions(at)

For more information on our tutions and fees, please click here.

According to our school’s Admissions Policy we place new students by age, please click here to read specific details regarding the placement policy.

We offer individual appointments to introduce potential families to our school premises.

In case you wish to request a tour of school please do so by email to admissions(at)

VIS accepts new students all year long who meet the admissions criteria and requirements. As vacancies are available, students who are registered on our waiting lists will be offered a place.

Our school usually maintains waiting list for all grades. We recommend you apply for places as early as possible. Applications can be made years ahead.

We run 3 parallel classes in our ELC (16 per class), and 4 parallel classes in Grade Primary (20 per class) and in G1 to G5 (22 per class). G6 to G8 runs 5 parallel classes with 110 students, G9 runs 6 parallel classes of a maximum of 126 students, G10 runs 6 parallel classes with a max of 132 students and G11 and G12 offer 14 classes each and can have up to 140 students per grade level.

The Vienna International School is an authorised International Baccalaureate school, a programme of international education designed to help students ages 3 to 18 to develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.

If you are further interested, please click here to find out more about curriculum.

Once we have received your complete online application we will assess your child’s eligibility for admission against our criteria and when a place is available an offer will be extended by direct contact to the parent by email via our online application tool OPEN APPLY. If the parent/s want to accept the place the admission fee for the respective year will have to be paid within the given deadline and proof of payment uploaded on the OPEN APPLY system or provided to the Admissions Office. The actual first day of attendance will be mutually agreed to between parents and the Admissions Coordinator.

When making an application for admission to VIS through our OPEN APPLY system a copy of the following will need to be uploaded to the application form before you can submit the application:

  • Student identification (passport) and student passport photo of high quality, ratio 3:4
  • Student and parent/guardian identification (passport) and passport photo high quality, ratio 3:4
  • Credit Card to make the application fee payment
  • 2 most recent School reports (originals and English translations if necessary)

If applicable you may also need to upload copies of the following documents to the application form:

  • Psycho-educational assessment
  • Individual Learning Plan or Individual Education Plan
  • Additional Educational Support assessments
  • Doctors certificates


More valuable information about the school can be found under FAQ section, please click here.

Next Steps

Entering data for one child on Open Apply will take you about 35 minutes; however, you can also start the process, save and continue later if you are short on time.

After having read all of the above information and in case you have additional questions please contact us before starting the Open Apply application process.

However, if you are now ready to start with the application process click here for Open Apply.