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.).
Please note that the study programme in Psychotherapy Science at SFU Linz is offered in German.
Summer semester 2024: entry only possible after individual consultation with the Department Head and the StudiesServiceCentre Linz.
Winter semester 2024/25: 30 September 2024 (late enrolment is possible in individual cases until 31 October 2024).
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).
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
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.).
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
In Austria, psychotherapeutic training is regulated by law according to the Psychotherapy Act (PthG). The independent practice of psychotherapy requires the completion of a general (psychotherapeutic propaedeutic course) and a special training (psychotherapeutic specialisation) and registration in the list of psychotherapists of the Federal Ministry. This registration is only possible at the age of 28.
Psychotherapy is an independent health care procedure for the treatment of psychological, psychosocial or psychosomatic behavioural disorders and conditions.
Detailed information on the psychotherapist profession is available on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry (in German).
Tuition fees as of summer semester 2024:
Bachelor’s Degree Programme: € 7.215,00 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.
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.
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)
Contact Finance & Controlling:
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.
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).