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Study in Austria

If you wander around the streets of any Austrian city, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time as you start to experience that fairy tale vibe. Austria has a unique charm making every visitor marvel at its beauty. As a student in Austria, you won’t just enjoy the country’s numerous beauties; you’ll also study at one of the universities offering excellent academic options.

One of the countless advantages of studying and living in Austria is being within one of the safest countries in the world and enjoying a high quality of life.

You can discover Austria’s incredible culture and history, if once you attend the diverse social events held in any of its major cities. From art exhibitions to concerts, theatre performances, and the famous balls – you can find pretty much anything.

Austria is also the perfect destination for outdoor sports fanatics. The Austrian Alpes are the perfect setting for skiing, hiking and climbing.

Find your perfect study degree in Austria!

The great number of high-quality education institutions, a long academic tradition and an open-minded learning atmosphere make Austria an easy choice for students who are seeking an international education.

Austrian universities, as well as Austrian cities, have a high multicultural environment; so it is easy for foreign students to adjust here. Study degrees are either research-focused or they include practical exercises in order to develop your problem-based learning skills. Austrian universities partner with many of the local research centres that conduct projects in quantum physics, biomedicine, nanotechnologies, communications, and environmental technologies.

What to study in Austria

As music and arts have had a major influence upon Austria’s culture and traditions, you can expect many universities and academies to provide a large number of study programmes devoted to these fields. However, you can also find plenty of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in numerous fields, from Business Administration, Computer Science, to Languages, Political Science, Psychology, and Engineering.

Here are some of the most popular study options in Austria

Major cities in Austria

Vienna is home to the largest number of universities in Austria. Other cities in Austria that house a variety of universities or academies are Graz, Salzburg, Linz, Graz and Innsbruck. Highly urban cities like Vienna and Linz have numerous cultural attractions, with museums, theatres, bars and restaurants, to fulfil your active social life. Instead, in cities like Innsbruck or Salzburg that are surrounded by mountains, you can mostly spend your free time in the middle of nature, hiking or skiing during the winter.

Find out more about what it’s like to study in Vienna.

Universities and colleges to attend in Austria

Austria is home to over 50 higher educational institutions, divided as follows:

  • 22 public universities (including research universities and universities of arts)
  • 21 universities of applied sciences
  • 13 private universities

Examples of universities in Austria:

  • MCI Management Center Innsbruck - the Entrepreneurial School®
  • Practical Information

    How to apply to universities in Austria

    For most universities in Austria, you can simply apply online by submitting the application form along with all requested application documents. However, it is always recommended that you check with your chosen university, as in some cases, you will also have to send documents by post.

    Carefully check all the required application documents and make sure they are all translated into English or German. For instance, an internationally recognised Bachelor's degree or equivalent is the main requirement when enrolling for a Master’s degree at a university in Austria.

    Make sure to know what the language requirements are, and whether you need to prove skills in English before enrolling in a degree programme.

    Show how you performed as a student, and be sure to know what your Grade Point Average (GPA) was during your studies.

    To help your chances of going to Austria, be sure to apply to more than one university!

    Make sure you qualify for an Austrian university

    Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice.

    Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in Austria, you will sometimes need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.

    English-language tests

    There are over 200 English-taught programmes in Austria.

    Universities in Austria will want to see proof that you have good English-language skills, so that you can easily succeed in their courses. Almost all Austrian universities accept these official English exams:

    • IELTS
    • TOEFL
    • C1 Advanced

    Living in Austria

    What is it like to study in Austria

    The general atmosphere in an Austrian university is quite relaxed and professors are always willing to help students, answer their questions and make sure they understand everything they are learning.

    Students get to work in small teams during seminars and team projects, giving students a huge advantage, while they understand new information easier and faster. Additionally, students can engage in active discussions and can present their own point of view.

    International offices within the universities often organise trips to nearby cities and surroundings, helping international students adjust to a new country and culture.

    The living cost for students is  800-1,200 EUR/month. 

    Tuition fees in Austria

    At public universities in Austria, students from EU and EEA countries study free of charge. Universities charge only a symbolic fee of 18 EUR/semester that goes towards the student union.

    Non-EU students pay a 730 EUR tuition fee per semester.

    Private universities can set their own tuition fees and you should expect higher tuition compared to public universities.

    Accommodation costs

    Most universities in Austria don’t provide any student accommodation, so you will have to choose between student residence halls or renting/sharing an apartment.

    Prices for a room in a student residence is usually between around 200-400 EUR/month for a single room. If you choose to rent an apartment, rates are around 400 EUR/month.

    Find out more about tuition and living costs in Austria 


    EU/EEA students enjoy the same benefits as Austrian citizens in terms of access to free or reduced-cost healthcare. To benefit from these services, you should hold an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card); you can arrange for an EHIC card from your home country, before your departure to Austria.

    Students coming from some non-EU countries might benefit from free medical care due to reciprocal agreements with Austria. If this is not the case, you will need to arrange private health insurance before your departure to Austria.

    Food costs

    Supermarkets in Austria don’t have expensive prices. In fact, your monthly groceries would lead up to 250 EUR. The average price of meals at local pubs or restaurants is about 10 EUR. Instead, in touristic areas, prices for a meal range between 11 and 18 EUR, adding another 4 EUR for a drink.

    About Austria

    Austria is situated in Central Europe and is bordered by Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. Since Austria is not a particularly big country, you can easily take a trip to one of its border countries by train or by car.

    Austria is one of the most economically-developed countries in Europe. The most important industrial branches include the food industries, the machine and steel industry, chemical and vehicle industry and the electric and electronic industry.

    The Alps Mountains cover most of the country and Austrian ski resorts are famous worldwide. The weather in Austria is temperate and you’ll experience all four seasons, with cold and snowy winters and exquisitely warm summers.

    Austrian culture is an eclectic mix of German, Italian, Hungarian and Czech elements. This unique character can be seen everywhere in the people’s personality, food, and even the city architecture.

    German is the official and most spoken language, but you don’t have to worry if you don’t speak German. Most people in Austria speak English quite well.

    Iconic places to visit

    Austria’s natural wonders along with its Baroque style buildings making it a fascinating place, amazing every visitor who comes through. The scenic beauty of the Alpes draws tourists during any season, while Vienna and Salzburg are stepped in history, and a simple walk on the streets of these cities reveals essential details of Austria’s culture.

    Emblematic sites worth seeing in Austria are:

    • The Vienna Hofburg: Austria's Imperial Palace
    • Schonbrunn Palace
    • Melk Benedictine Abbey
    • The Sisi Museum
    • Krimmler Ache: Austria's Tallest Waterfalls
    • Hallstatt and the Giant Ice Cave
    • Hohensalzburg Castle
    • Vienna State Opera
    Fun facts
    • The name Austria derives from a Germanic word ‘austro’, meaning ‘east’.
    • Every day during lunch time, Austrians take a small break and enjoy their daily coffee and cake.
    • The world's largest emerald is located in the Imperial Treasury of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in Vienna.
    • Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was Austrian.
    • Austria has been home to many famous composers, such as Mozart, Beethoven, Johann Strauss, and Joseph Haydn.
    • The founder of the German sports car company 'Porsche' was Austrian and his name was Ferdinand Porsche. He also designed the Volkswagen (the "people's car").
    • Austrians have a long tradition in cake baking and still today, every town and city compete to produce the finest cakes.

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    The Netherlands (also known as Holland) was the first non-English-speaking country to offer degrees in English. Therefore, various programmes are taught in English and are very internationally oriented.
    Finland is situated in northern Europe and neighbours Sweden, Norway and Russia. For an international student Finland is both an exotic and a safe target country. Finnish society is credible: a networked and transparent open civic society, where education is always a top first priority.
    Situated in Central Europe, Hungary is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Europe and in the world. If you haven't heard about the famous Balaton lake or the thermal water cave system, you have at least hard of the beauty of its capital Budapest and about the delicious Hungarian cuisine.
    The UN consistently ranks Norway as having the highest standard of living in the world based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with expected length of lifetime.
    Swedish universities are renowned for their investigative research and independent thinking, and this reputation is cemented with nationally certified degrees and rigorous quality control. As a country, Sweden is an open and multicultural society with a long tradition of welcoming international students.
    Switzerland is a federal Republic in western Europe. It comprises 26 cantons and has four official languages: German (predominant), French, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland is not member of the European Union and has the swiss franc as currency. It is the country with the highest wealth per adult in the world.
    United Kingdom
    United Kingdom
    The moment you will step into a UK university campus, you will feel you have entered a fairy tale. The UK campuses are mesmerizing and the student facilities are outstanding. All the modern and unique features of British universities enable you to engage in ground-breaking research and experience top quality teaching and learning.
    Canada has one of the strongest economies in the world, and Canadians enjoy a high standard of living, as well as an internationally renowned university system.
    United States
    United States
    The U.S. is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. It has an internationally renowned education system, and offers a huge variety of English-language courses and speciality degrees.
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