Vienna

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Vienna at a glance

Nicknamed the “City of Music” because of its musical legacy, Vienna was declared one of the best university cities due to affordable tuitions, high quality of life and the incredible leisure activities that make each student have an unforgettable study abroad experience. Over 20,000 international students from over 140 countries enrol in universities Vienna and have done so for hundreds of years. Vienna features some of the oldest universities in Europe and also in the German-speaking world. Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria and its cultural, economic, and political centre, the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. Today it has the second largest number of German speakers after Berlin. Vienna lies in Eastern Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. 

Studying

Studying in Vienna

To be admitted to a degree programme in Vienna public universities you have to prove German language proficiency, either by passing a language test or if you provide a language certificate, like one from the Goethe Institute or TestDaF. Some universities, mostly private ones, offer courses for undergraduate and postgraduate degree that are taught in English.

The variety of degree courses offered by universities in Vienna cover Bachelor and Master degrees, MBA’s, PhD courses and certificate programmes.

Subject areas you can choose from include: business administration, computer science, art, architecture, languages, political science, psychology, meteorology, musicology, education, economics, theatre and film, medicine, engineering, medical informatics, journalism, data analytics.

You can enrol in numerous online degree courses, including online Bachelor programmes in the following fields: web design, electronics, information systems, finance, energy management, media communications, nursing, finance, human resource management.

Career

Career opportunities in Vienna

Vienna is Austria’s most important economic centre, having banking, insurance, business services, (especially law firms), tourism, health care and manufacturing industry (electrical machinery, transportation equipment, metal products) as main economic pillars.

Major employers in Vienna include: Erste Group, IBM, OMV, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Deloitte, Siemens, Telekom Austria, Oracle, SAP.

International students have a wide range of internship opportunities to choose from in many business sectors and industries.

Life

Vienna city life

Famous for balls and classical music, Vienna is an interesting and appealing city stepped in history. Start exploring this city and visit the centre, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everywhere you’ll go, you will admire the unique and remarkable mix of architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens.

Some of the most popular touristic attractions:

  • The imperial palaces of the Hofburg and Schönbrunn
  • The Sisi Museum
  • The Sigmund Freud Museum
  • The Museum of Applied Arts – with world-famous paintings from Gustav Klimt
  • St. Stephen's Cathedral
  • The Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer)
  • Modern attractions include the United Nations headquarters

In Vienna, you can relax and make promenades in many parks, including the Stadtpark, the Burggarten, or the Schlosspark at Schloss Belvedere (home to the Vienna Botanic Gardens).

Go see a play at the Burgtheater, considered one of the best theatres in the German-speaking world, or at the Vienna's English Theatre (VET). You can also attend classical concerts at world famous venues such as the Wiener Musikverein.

Take an authentic Austrian break at one of the Viennese cafés, as these have a very long and remarkable history that goes back centuries. Even if you may not like coffee so much, you will love the atmosphere. Nightlife in Vienna is not so much concentrated around clubs, you will mostly find bars, pubs and live music venues.

International atmosphere in Vienna

Vienna is one of the top touristic destinations in Europe, counting over three million visitors a year. Vienna is also one of the world’s leading hubs for international congresses and conventions and the seat of a number of international organisations, like U.N. offices. Currently Vienna is the world's third "UN city", next to New York, Geneva, and Nairobi.

Immigrant population living here include Turks, Poles, Germans and people coming from Yugoslavia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Weather Vienna

Vienna has four seasons, with warm summers and cold, dry winters. Spring and autumn are mild. Snow is rare, temperatures in the winter record around 3 – 4 C (38 – 40 F), but they could go about the freezing point. In the summer the average temperatures are between 24 and 33 °C (75 and 91 °F).

Universities in Vienna

MODUL University Vienna (MU) is an internationally-oriented organization for research and education on tourism, sustainable development, new media technology, and public governance. It was established by the Vienna Economic Chamber of Commerce and approved by the Austrian Accreditation Council in 2007. 

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Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems. 

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CeMM is an interdisciplinary research institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences committed to advancing the understanding of human diseases through basic and biomedical research.

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Sigmund Freud University (SFU) is a unique institution that pioneered Psychotherapy Science as an academic programme. We seek to set new standards for research and teaching in psychotherapy by emphasizing research activities, practical training, and academic exchange among the different psychotherapy schools.

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