Academic Programs at Sigmund Freud University

SFU offers Degree Courses in the Science of Psychotherapy,
offered in the English Language beginning in Fall of 2008

The University’s degree programmes blend theoretical input with practical training, self-awareness training and comprehensive research activities. Courses are designed to foster an exchange between the various psychotherapy schools.

By adopting this approach, SFU aims to develop more effective methods of psychotherapeutic treatment.

At present, the University offers method-specific training in eight different schools of psychotherapy. Courses are taught by renowned international teaching staff. SFU offers both day-time and part-time study courses.

In line with its pioneering role in the field of human sciences, SFU is constantly striving to broaden its spectrum of degree courses and further education programmes.

Core Curriculum

The practice-oriented course programmes familiarize students with the principles of psycho-biology, the latest findings in brain research, the principles of psychiatry and psychology, classification models, comparative psychotherapeutic research, the principles of scientific practice, relevant legal aspects, diagnostic assessments and more.


A summary of the benefits of studying at Sigmund Freud University:

• Renowned international academic staff provide high-quality training.

• A high number of teaching staff helps students optimize their academic achievements.

• SFU pioneers in combining systematic research with teaching.

• The teaching of various psychotherapy methods under one roof provides room for academic exchange and comparison of approaches.

• The University Outpatient Clinic provides students with direct access to patients.

• SFU provides a teaching hospital and co-operates with a number of hospital wards.

• State-of-the art teaching methods (parts of the theoretical course contents are offered via e-learning) ensure time-efficient learning.

• The degree programmes are open to day-time and part-time students.

• The course contents fulfil training requirements for licensed psychotherapists.

The Austrian Psychotherapy Law (§ 12/5) foresees awarding applicants the status of psychotherapist under the condition of training equivalence and on attendance of a hearing held by the Psychotherapy Advisory Board of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Health and Women’s Issues (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit und Frauen). This reflects the contents of a letter sent by the Ministry for Health and Women’s Issues to the Austrian Accreditation Council and the Austrian Federal Association for Psychotherapy (ÖBVP) in June 2004. In August of 2003, the Ministry to the Austrian Accreditation Council officially confirmed that study courses as specified under § 12 taken at other universities will be credited to a student’s record at SFU.