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Key facts

  • Currency
    Euro €
  • Student population
    380,000
  • Language
    German
  • Universities
    106

Why study in Austria?

Austria might be a small country, but it packs a big punch in European education. The country is seen as very safe, with low crime and a good standard of living. Austria is also a cultural hub.

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.

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Where can you study in Austria

Austria’s capital city Vienna is a popular student destination, not only thanks to its stunning architecture and reputation as one of the world’s most livable cities, but also because it’s home to some of Austria’s best universities.

Elsewhere, the country’s second largest city, Graz, is another popular university city, with Innsbruck and Salzburg also offering great options for international students.

What is the cost of study in Austria?

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 for their accommodation.

However, lower tuition fees offset the higher living costs: if you’re from the EU or EEA you are likely to pay less than €500 per semester. If you’re from the rest of the world fees can be up to €1,000 per semester.

What are the requirements to study in Austria?

Qualifications

Applicants must have a qualification that is viewed as equivalent to an Austrian Matura examination certification. Sometimes this is decided on by the university themselves.

English language tests

If you are studying as an international student in English, then the IELTS academic test is most commonly used in Austria. In situations where students have previously studied with English as the language of instruction an English language certification is not always needed.

Austria student visa

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.

All applicants must submit biometric data (10 fingerprints). You need to schedule an appointment at the Austrian Embassy in your country in order to do this.

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Student reviews for Austria

Rolando Gonzalez Villarreal
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Studied Innovation at University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    4
  • University social
    1
  • Accommodation
    2
  • University facilities
    3
What's it like to study in Austria

Austria is a beautiful country, surrounded by green forests, lakes and mountains. It's a nature and outdoor paradise for everyone who enjoys doing outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, etc.

Esteban Gamez
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Studied Automotive Engineering at University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    4
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    4
  • University facilities
    5
What's it like to study in Austria

It is a country for nature lovers. There's so much nature and related activities that people who like to be surrounded by nature will love it. Although this is true, the cities also have a lot of activities that are very fun and if you would like to move to other main cities for e.g. parties or festivals, they are very close.

Luciana Paione
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Studied Nutrition at University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    5
  • University facilities
    5
What's it like to study in Austria

Since the first time I arrived in Austria I felt welcomed and overwhelmed about its beauty and landscapes. It is one of the most beautiful countries I have been, and it is amazing to explore and discover so many beautiful spots. I have my best memories in Austria, enjoying the weekend with friends, going to Traunfall with the bicycle and refresh in the water, but mostly I am grateful for the University to help me to succeed as a professional in the field that I love.

Danina Takaj
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Studied Marketing at University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    4
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    5
  • University facilities
    5
What's it like to study in Austria

There are some bars that are frequented by students. But in general it is a quiet city. The locals are friendly, some of them speak English as well. It is a good opportunity to improve German language skills by communicating with locals.

Kapil Jadhav
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Studied Renewable Energy Engineering at University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    4
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    5
  • University facilities
    5
What's it like to study in Austria

Austria is very welcoming country. People are helpful and kind. Easy travel around the country. Better transport facilities. High cleanliness.