Situated in the heart of Europe, Austria offers great variety concentrated in a small area. Here you can find peace and a unique quality of life, big city flair and a rich culture.
Austria combines a long tradition of higher education with state-of-the-art research – its higher education institutions have accomplished outstanding achievements on an international level and gained a high reputation.
Austrian higher education institutions offer an ever-growing number of degree programmes: you can choose between first-class research-based courses, a world-famous education at any of the universities of the arts, high-quality practice-oriented degree courses at the universities of applied sciences, and sound, up-to-date teacher education and innovative courses at private universities.
All in all, Austria offers you a broad spectrum of educational opportunities – not to mention great social security, economic stability and the great hospitality of the Austrians.
This is why Austria is an ideal place for studying and living!
In Austria there are also general and vocational colleges and technical universities and university courses for working people which are offered as evening classes.
Private schools in Austria account for about 8% of the total number. Most publicly authorised private schools are denominational schools; in addition there are some schools which teach according to a particular system. Private schools are fee-paying establishments. There are no fees to be paid for state schools. The quality of State schools is very high in comparison to other education systems in Europe.
For all other students from other countries (who are in possession of a residence permit for students) € 726.72 per semester is required. All other degree programme students from third countries (especially those who have a residence title other than a “residence permit student”(Aufenthaltsbewilligung Studierender or belong to a specific group of persons): € 363.36 per semester (after the tuition fee-free period).
The student union membership fee “ÖH-Beitrag” and the student accident insurance fee is 19.20 euros per semester and is compulsory for all students.
An exemption from paying tuition fees is possible in special cases (e.g. for participants in exchange programmes and university partnerships, students from the least developed countries). Students from other developing countries and Central and Eastern European reform countries may be exempted or apply for a full or partial refund of the tuition fees according to the universities’ own rules.
On the homepage of the Austrian Student Union you can find an overview of student accommodations all over Austria.
Austria does not have a tradition of on-campus accommodation. Students in Austria either live in a hall of residence or in private accommodation. In contrast to many other countries, Austrian universities or UAS (Fachhochschulen) do not automatically allocate a room when you register for your course. Rather, you have to search for accommodation yourself.
All relevant information about the admission process can be found at www.studienbeginn.at (only in German).
You can find the application form for admission on the website of your Austrian university. Please complete it and send it to the Admissions Office – together with all necessary documents.
Typically, the following documents are required for admission:
For Bachelor’s Programmes
Students with EU/EEA school leaving certificate:
For Master’s Programmes
Successful completion of at least a 6 semester specialised relevant Bachelor’s degree (min 180 ECTS).
For PhD Programmes
Master’s degree in the same field of study as your research proposal or equivalent.