Study in Austria
Each year about 350,000 students choose to follow an Austrian study programme, among which 70,000 students come from a foreign country. 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 seeking an international education.
Currently, Austria is home to 22 state universities, 21 universities of applied sciences and 13 private universities, producing 40,000 graduates each year.
Austria has experienced a 40% increase in the number of foreign students in the past five years.
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Higher education institutions
There are four main types of higher education institutions in Austria:
- State Universities including Research Universities and Universities of Arts;
- Universities of Applied Science;
- University Colleges of Teacher Education;
- Private Universities.
General application requirements
Candidates with EU/EEA high-school certificate:
- Proof of nationality (photocopy of your passport)
- A secondary school leaving certificate
- German language proficiency
Candidates with non-EU/EEA high-school certificate should add the following documents:
- An equivalent secondary school leaving certificate
- Certificate of special qualification for university studies as proof that you qualify for a degree programme in your country of origin
Some study programmes may require an entrance examination. Make sure to ask universities for information regarding application deadlines, other specific requirements and examinations.
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Degree programmes offered
- Research-based courses
- Internationally recognised education in arts
- High-quality practice-oriented applied sciences degree courses
- Teacher education
- Varied innovative and interdisciplinary courses
- Intensive German language study programmes
Technical colleges offer highly qualified training courses often equivalent to international Bachelor degrees. Interdisciplinary study programmes teach students to focus on creative solution finding, while career-oriented training or job-based internships offer practical experience.
Erasmus programmes provide opportunities to study, train, work or volunteer in Austria. Preparation Programmes offer intensive courses to prepare international students for admission exams to Austrian universities.
Research and technology
Austrian scientists conduct research in a variety of fields such as quantum physics, biomedicine, nanotechnologies, communications, and environmentally friendly technologies. The Austrian mix of scientific thinking and entrepreneurial spirit are a great source of innovation. In 2005, EUR 3.6 billion were invested in research and development. Presently, research and development accounts for nearly three percent of the country’s economic output.
Languages of instruction
Austrian universities offer higher education programmes in German, the main language of tuition, but also a number of English-taught courses. Although Austria is not among the top host countries for English-taught academic programmes, there are sufficient options English speakers who want to study abroad in Germany.
At the undergraduate level, the majority of courses in Austria are taught in German. However, a larger selection of English-taught programmes is available at Master’s level. Austria is also a good place for international students to take a research programme, as many such courses are especially designed for them. Choose to study abroad in innovative areas like management, marketing, media or information technology provided in English.
If the language of instruction of the chosen course is English, a minimum-level command corresponding to the B1/B2 level, according to the European language passport is required. It’s a good idea to contact the university you’re interested in to make sure that your chosen programme is available with English instruction.
Some universities require German proficiency corresponding to level B2 or level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch, which is Austria’s officially recognised examination system for German language is offered by licensed examination centres all over the world.
English language preparation courses for studying in Austria
Develop your academic English language skills in order to meet the English language requirements at Austrian universities offering degree studies for international students. Choose an English language school anywhere in the world and pick your preferred English exam preparation course from diverse language course options.
- Students from EU and EEA member countries and Switzerland do not need visas or residence permits, but need to apply for a confirmation of registration (Anmeldebescheinigung) at the Austrian immigration office.
- Non-EU/EEA or Swiss nationals will need a visa C or visa D if they plan to stay in the country for less than 3 or 6 months.
- Non-EU/EEA nationals, who plan to study longer than 6 months, have to apply for a residence permit at the Austrian embassy in their country.
- Further information can be found on the OeAD homepage.