In the 5th semester of the Bachelor’s degree programme, students choose a Psychotherapy School which is then taught as part of the elective (Wahlpflichtfach).
There are cooperation agreements with psychotherapeutic training associations that offer their curricula as part of the degree programme. Together with the Master’s degree, the final certificate of the training association is acquired and thus the possibility – when reaching the age of 28 – to be entered in the list of psychotherapists for independent psychotherapy practice in Austria.

Psychotherapeutic Specialisation – Psychotherapy Schools

The Psychotherapeutic Specialisation (according to § 6-8 of the Austrian Psychotherapy Act) represents the 2nd part of psychotherapy training and comprises at least 300 hours of theory and 1600 hours of practical training. The Psychotherapy Schools below are possible electives in the last year of the Bachelor’s degree and in the 4 semesters of the Master’s degree. Please note that courses in the listed psychotherapeutic methods only take place with a minimum number of participants.

For detailed information on the admission procedure for the method-specific training, contact the Studies Service Centre:

Studies Service Centre
Ulrike Fenz
Tel: +43 1 798 40 98 451

Internship for the Propaedeutic Course and the Psychotherapeutic Specialisation

SFU’s psychotherapeutic outpatient is an internship centre recognised by the Austrian Ministry of Health, both for the psychotherapeutic propaedeutic course and the psychotherapeutic specialisation. The required internships can therefore be completed at our outpatient clinic (PthG § 3 Abs 2Z 2 and PthG § 6 Abs 2 Z 2). Working in the psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic is an integral part of the studies.


All courses of the psychotherapeutic propaedeutic course and the method-specific training at SFU are aligned with the SFU curriculum and can be credited for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. Prerequisites for participating in the psychotherapeutic specialisation is a completed propaedeutic course, the legal provisions of the Psychotherapy Act and enrolment at SFU. Completing the propaedeutic course at another psychotherapeutic training institution is possible and will be credited.

Registration with the Austrian Ministry of Health

Completing the psychotherapeutic propaedeutic course and the psychotherapeutic specialisation are, among other things, the prerequisites for registering in the psychotherapist list of the Austrian Ministry of Health.


Prof. Dr. Jutta Fiegl, Vice Rector

→ Head of the Psychotherapeutic Propaedeutic Course and Electives at SFU