Types of post-secondary institutions
In Austria, there are currently 16 state-run universities (Universitäten), 6 state-run Universities of the Arts (Kunstuniversitäten), 21 Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen), 13 private universities (Privatuniversitäten), 14 University Collages of Teacher Education(Pädagogische Hochschulen, 9 state-run University Collages of Teacher Education and 5 private ones). Universities of Applied Sciences offer their students professional-oriented higher education. This is reflected in their curricula, which include mandatory career-oriented practical training units or job-based internships. If you don’t know which of all these institutions of tertiary education offer the academic discipline you are interested in, you might want to search for universities here. Just type the academic discipline in the empty field.
In the last few years, Austrian universities introduced the European three-tier system of degrees according to the Bologna process (bachelor, master, doctorate degrees). The old two-tier system still exists in some subject areas and universities (for example medicine). Traditional diploma programmes conclude with the award Magistra or Magister in most disciplines or Diplomingenieur(in) for engineers (duration 4 – 6 years).
Youmust provide the following:
Α formal application to be sent directly to the university you have chosen:
The application with all necessary documents must reach the university by the following dates:
general application deadline: September 1st for the winter semester and February 1st for the summer semester
additional application period:
November 30th for the winter semester and April 30th for the summer semester (higher tuition fees apply)
In some cases, the application is available on the Internet. Otherwise, it will be sent by post to your home address.
General university entrance
For the first degree (bachelor) this is the secondary school leaving certificate (απολυτήριο). For some very competitive programmes, students are ranked based on their grade point average from school leaving certificate. EU students can convert their grade point to the Austrian system by using the European Grade Converter.
In some study programmes, the number of students is limited (medicine, dentistry, psychology etc.) For that reason, an entrance examination might be a criterion as well or universities might carry out a selection procedure until two semesters after admission. Consider that the deadline for application for entrance examinations can be up to 6 months before the beginning of the semester. Detailed information is available from the universities concerned.
Proof of nationality in combination with an official ID document with photo or valid travel document.
Proof of proficiency in German (for programmes taught in German)
Special requirements yield for some degrees: If candidates have not covered specific subjects sufficiently in secondary education, they have to take additional entrance examinations prior to admission.
For additional information, consult the homepage of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research.
Language of Instruction
The main language of instruction at Austrian universities and Universities of Applied Sciences is German. For admission purposes, you have to prove sufficient knowledge of German. At some universities the required level of German language proficiency is B2, at others C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Several diplomas are accepted, like the Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch, Austria’s officially recognised examination system for German as a foreign language.
Many universities offer their new students the possibility to attend German courses at the University Preparation Programmes(Vorstudienlehrgänge) of the Österreichischer Austauschdienst located in Vienna, Graz and Leoben. For additional German courses, you can also consult Campus Austria, the association of Austrian language schools.
The Austrian universities and universities of applied sciences also offer degree courses in foreign languages or joint and double degree programmes. These international programmesare offered mainly in English.
Tuition Fees & Cost of Living
Students from EU countries who have not exceeded the minimum duration of their study programme plus two semesters don’t pay any fees at state-run Universities and Universities of the Arts. Universities of Applied Sciences are entitled to charge tuition fees. The student union membership fee (ÖH-Beitrag) is €16.50 per semester and is compulsory for all students.
This is an estimate of the monthly living costs for students and serves only as a guideline:
Accommodation (in a
student hall, incl. heating and electricity) €310
Food (incl. luxuries and tobacco) €220
Studies and personal requirements (books, culture, recreation) €270
Total per month €800
The Austrian Exchange Service(OeAD) offers reasonably priced accomodation for students. You can consult also the following websites for accommodation:
Youth hostels http://www.oejhv.at/index.php?id=28&L=1
Die STUWO Gemeinnützige Studentenwohnbau Aktiengesellschaft http://www.stuwo.at/en/
Österreichische JungArbeiterBewegung http://www.oejab.at/
Working in Austria
For students who are EU nationals there are no restrictions concerning work in Austria al long as the fiscal and national insurance regulations are met.
Scholarships & Research Grants
A number of scholarships and research grantsis available also to international students.
Additional useful links
Learn German in Austria http://www.oesterreichinstitut.at/deutschlernen0.html