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Study In Austria - International Students

Study in Austria, and find the best universities in Austria.

This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Austria.

Austria might be a small country, but it packs a big punch in European education. As well as several highly ranked universities, Austria is also a cultural hub.

This is the nation that gave us the music of Mozart, the philosophy of Freud and the strength (and political might) of Schwarzenegger.

Universities in Austria are highly international in nature, with more than 15% of the total student population coming from overseas.

If you study for a degree in Austria you’ll be studying in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, right at the heart of Europe.

Bachelor Degree In Austria

Find the right Bachelor Degree in Austria with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in Austria

Austria’s education system is complex, with different types of institutions offering undergraduate degrees. Many courses are taught in German, but some universities are moving towards English language courses as a way of attracting international students.

This small country is home to some impressive universities. Its highest ranked, the University of Vienna, celebrated its 650th birthday in 2015 and is currently ranked 153rd in the world, whilst Universität Innsbruck is known for its international inclusivity – it’s in the top 35 of all universities in the world for international students.

You can study a degree in Austria at the following types of higher education institution:

• Universities – offer all types of education degrees
• Universities of the arts – focused at students who want to study arts, music and drama
• Universities of applied sciences – focused on vocational courses leading to practical jobs
• University colleges of teacher education – teacher training providers
• Private universities – private courses offered by individual institutions


There are two main application deadlines for studying in Austria.

For winter semester applications you'll need to apply before the 1st September, while for summer semester applications the deadline is the 1st February.

Tuition Fees in Austria

Explore tuition fees in Austria for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

Undergraduate degrees in Austria are called Bachelors Degrees.

Bachelors Degrees generally last three years to four years, or longer for part-time study, and are made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will be expected to research topics yourself and take and independent approach to studying.

There are different titles and levels of degree:

BA - Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts degree is the most common undergraduate degree in Austria, and is awarded to students studying the liberal arts, for example social sciences, history, languages or business studies.

BSc - Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science degrees last the same amount of time as Bachelor of Arts degrees and are equally as valued. These degrees focus on scientific areas such as chemistry, geosciences and physiotherapy.

The majority of undergraduate degrees in Austria are taught in German, but there are courses available taught in English.

Immigration & Visa in Austria

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Austria, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

If you are from an EU country, you will be able to study a degree in Austria without needing a visa providing you can fulfil the following criteria:

• You have a valid passport.
• You are studying for more than three months at the institution.
• You have sufficient income to support themselves during their
• You have comprehensive health insurance.


However, EU students wishing to stay in Austria for more than six months will need to apply for a residence permit. An application for this should be filed and approved before going to Austria.

Non-EU students will need to apply for a Visa Type D, and will require to the following documentation:

• Visa D application form
• Two passport photographs
• Passport (must be valid for at least three months after your intended stay)
• Letter of admission issued by your Austrian university
• Proof of accommodation arrangements
• Proof of health insurance
• Proof of sufficient funds (bank statement and/or confirmation issued by future employer)
• A letter signed by one or both parents declaring financial responsibility (not required if you are able to financially support yourself)
• Copy of your itinerary or round trip ticket
• All applicants must also submit biometric data (10 fingerprints). You need to schedule an appointment at the Austrian Embassy in your country in order to do this.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Austria

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Austria.

There are two main options for students looking for accommodation in Austria:

• University accommodation such as halls of residence
• Private accommodation such as flat rentals


Most universities in Austria will provide undergraduate international students with places to stay on arrival.

You will normally end up having your own room but sharing washing and cooking facilities, although some university accommodation will require you to share a room with a fellow student.

As a guide, you should expect to pay between €220-€290 for a single room in a student hostel, and €180-€250 for a shared room.

Austria has a high standard of living, but that comes at a cost to international students. Food, accommodation and bills are all more expensive relative to other EU countries, with students also paying more their accommodation than in other countries. However, lower tuition fees offset this.

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Austria. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Austria?

Austria is an extremely popular destination with international students, with a quarter of its student population coming from abroad. Consequently, the country is used to welcoming visitors and as such safety is a priority on many Austrian campuses.

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and avoiding walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic


Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips if your child opts to study an undergraduate degree in Austria:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in Austria

Apply to Study in Austria and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Austria.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

You can find out about studying in other countries with our country guides.

Cities in Austria



Studying a degree in Vienna will combine the history of one of Europe's most famous cities with some of its best universities.