Austrian Matura Equivalency Program
Disclaimer For Classes graduating after 2017
The centralization changes of the Matura in Austrian schools will likely impact the Matura equivalency agreement for AIS. The recommended changes have not yet been finalized and communicated to AIS by the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture (BMUKK). We continue to work closely with them in order to provide the best opportunities for AIS students. In the meantime, it is important to note that past Matura equivalency requirements listed above may no longer apply to the classes of 2018 or beyond. As AIS learns of any necessary changes, the community will be informed.
AIS offers a Matura equivalency program for German-speaking students who wish to prepare themselves for an Austrian university. Please note, students wishing to pursue the AIS Matura equivalency program must enroll at AIS by the beginning of Grade 9 or earlier. Students who wish to be recommended to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture for “Nostrifikation” of the AIS graduation diploma must complete certain requirements in addition to the US Diploma requirements. These special Matura equivalency program requirements include, but are not limited to:
- Four years of English with a minimum grade of C in each year.
- The math requirement for the Austrian Matura Equivalency Program can be achieved by following one of these course sequences (with a grade of C or above):
- Algebra, Geometry, Math Studies I, IB Math Studies SL II with a minimum of 3 on the IB exam
- Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, IB Math Studies SL II with a minimum of 3 on the IB exam
- Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus
- Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra,
- IB Math Standard Level I Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, IB Math Higher Level I
- Four years of French or Spanish (MS and HS combined) up through Intermediate B / IB SL I level, with a minimum grade of C.
- Austrian citizens and students whose mother tongue is German, are required to take German Native 9 and German Native 10 in Grades 9 and 10, and German A1 I and German A1 II or German A2 I and German A2 II in Grades 11 and 12. All of these courses have grade requirements. For more specific German course requirements for near-native German speakers or non-Austrian students, please refer to the High School Course Description booklet.
- Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, with a minimum grade of C in each class.
- Students are required to earn three credits of History with a minimum grade of C in all classes. Austrian Studies is required and should be taken in Grade 10. It counts as credit for the History requirement. Other requirements and details are available in the High School Course Description booklet.
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