Faculty of Psychotherapy Science
Duration / ECTS - Credits
6 semesters / 180 ECTS
Academic Degree
Bakkalaureus / Bakkalaurea der Psychotherapiewissenschaft (BA.pth.)
Qualification Level
ISCED–2011: Level 6 and EQR/NQR: Level 6
Information on the Curriculum*
Mode of Study
Language of Instruction
Location of Implementation
Online bewerben

This degree programme is a foundation course, i.e. it teaches the fundamentals of psychotherapy science. The course duration is six semesters. Upon successful completion, students earn the academic degree Bakkalaurea / Bakkalaureus der Psychotherapiewissenschaft (BA.pth.).

The application for the winter semester 2023/24 is possible until 28th September 2023 (extension period: 31.10.2023). Please note that the study programme in Psychotherapy Science at SFU Linz is offered in German.

Admission Requirements

Application & admission period
for the winter semester 2023/24: 1st March 2023 – 28th September 2023
Late applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis until 31st October 2023.

Admission Requirements

The prerequisite for application is a university entrance qualification. The following is required for admission:

a) Proof of a university entrance qualification, such as an Austrian secondary school leaving certificate (Matura), an Austrian vocational certificate (Berufsreifeprüfung), or a foreign equivalent, such as a High School Diploma.

b) Two admission interviews with members of the academic staff and participation in an admission seminar. You are accepted if the two members of the permanent staff conducting the interview and the head of the admissions seminar agree.

The admission regulations can be found at Regulations & Notifications (in German).

Admission Procedure

1. Online registration
As a first step we ask you to register online: Online Application SFU
Important: If you are already studying / have studied at SFU, please contact the Study Service Centre before creating a new account in the online application.

2. The admission procedure then consists of:
– two admission interviews
– one admission seminar

Please arrange individual appointments for this with the Studies Service Centre:
Mail: ptw-linz@sfu.ac.at
Tel: +43 732 99 57 99

3. Announcement of the results, transmission of the training contract
The announcement of a possible admission and thus an acceptance or rejection of the study place will be made within 14 days after the test date by email. In the case of acceptance, the training contract will be sent.
After completing the admission procedure, you can matriculate and enrol.

Costs of the admission procedure
The fees for the admission procedure and enrolment amount to € 480 and include the processing of the documents, two interviews, participation in a seminar, crediting of previous education, informational interviews, etc.

Course Structure, incl. Curriculum

The duration of the Bachelor’s degree programme in psychotherapy science is six semesters. Graduates are awarded the academic degree Bakkalaurea / Bakkalaureus der Psychotherapiewissenschaft (BA.pth.).

Study goal
This degree programme is a basic study programme. The study programme imparts the scientific fundamentals with regard to healthy and pathological human development, the diagnosis of healthy and sick phenomena, fundamentals of the scientifically founded treatment of experience-related clinical pictures – including psychological, medical, sociological and anthropological dimensions.
The students acquire basic knowledge of research methodology and receive an overview of the legal, economic and social framework conditions. To achieve the study objective, practical knowledge is required through internships which need to be reflected upon, and the reflection and development of the student’s own person.
The first four semesters include the requirements of the psychotherapeutic propaedeutic course (Propädeutikum).

Focal points from the 5th semester 
From the 5th semester onwards, a psychotherapy school must be chosen, which is then taught as part of the elective subject and corresponds to the psychotherapeutic specialisation, which is continued and completed in the Master’s degree programme (at SFU Vienna). There are cooperation agreements with psychotherapeutic training associations that offer their curricula as part of the degree programme.
At this point, two admission interviews take place with representatives of the chosen method as well as an admission seminar. In the Master’s degree programme, the chosen therapeutic school is continued and finalised.

Curriculum (valid as of WS 2013/14):
Bachelor Programme – valid as of WT 2013-14.pdf

Description of Modules: 

Qualification Profile and Skills

Completion of the propaedeutic course (first part of psychotherapeutic training), basic scientific knowledge, first experiences with patients.
Well-founded, fundamental scientific training preparing students for the in-depth consecutive Master’s programme (offered at SFU Vienna).

Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Detailed information on the psychotherapist profession is available on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry (in German).

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees (as of winter semester 2021/22)

Bachelor’s Degree Programme: € 6,940 per semester
(when paid at the beginning of the semester)

Tuition fee covers:
1. lectures, seminars, exercises
2. major part of personality development*
3. internship and practice reflection**
4. internship at the university outpatient clinic
5. examination fees

* From the 5th semester onwards (beginning of the method-specific training), the method-specific personality development (MPE), which you attend externally with training therapists of the method (individual training therapy or personality development in a group setting), is excluded. This differs based on the psychotherapeutic method and comprises 100 – 300 hours.
** Group practice reflection and part of the individual practice reflection (supervision) are included.

Tuition fees are charged for the standard programme duration (Bachelor’s degree: 6 semesters). The total costs of studying at SFU will not increase in case a student’s studies are extended by one year.

Enrollment fee:
A non-refundable fee of € 480 is required for the enrollment procedure. This fee covers the handling of documents, two interviews, credit transfer procedure for prior training, information talks, etc.

Tax deductions:
In line with the Austrian income tax law, students may deduct the total expenses of their study courses from their taxes if the degree programmes are rated as professional reorientation (Umschulungsmaßnahme) or continuing education (Weiterbildungsmaßnahme). Austrian Ministry of Finance (information in German)

If you have any questions, you can contact us at any time by email at ptw-linz@sfu.ac.at or by phone at +43 732 99 57 99.

Contact Finance & Controlling:
Mail: ptw-accounting@sfu.ac.at
Phone: +43 1 798 40 98 304
Office and telephone hours: Mo-Thur: 10 am  – 3 pm / Fr: 10 am – 3 pm, by telephone only 
Address: Freudplatz 1, 3rd floor, room 3002

Scholarships and Financing

Following the applicable criteria, Sigmund Freud University awards scholarships and grants every year.

Dates and Deadlines

Application & admission period for the winter semester 2023/24: 1st March 2023 – 30th September 2023


The Bachelor Programme in Psychotherapy Science (offered in German) was accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) in 2014 at SFU Linz.
All SFU Accreditation Reports are available in German (Website SFU Vienna).


Studies Service Centre
Tel +43 732 99 57 99
E-Mail ptw-linz@sfu.ac.at
Address Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität Linz, Adalbert-Stifter-Platz 2, 8th floor, 4020 Linz
Opening hours Mon – Fri from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fri from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(closed on Friday afternoons during holidays)