Studying in Austria
Studying in Austria
Requirements for the admission to Austrian universities
The following requirements must be fulfilled for the matriculation of a foreign citizen (or a stateless person) as a regular student in Austrian university degree programmes:
- A place to study has to be available at the university for the desired course of studies.
- The applicant must have an A-level or high school diploma, that can be considered equivalent to an Austrian Matura examination certification (either regulated by an agreement or in individual cases decided by the vice chancellor, possibly with certain requirements) or furnish proof of completion of a three-year (minimum) study at another certified post-secondary educational institution.
- The certification must be sufficient for acceptance to the desired course of study at a university in the country in which it was acquired. Any study-related requirements (e.g. entrance examination) must be fulfilled in the country in which the A-level or high school diploma was issued.
- If the desired course of study in Austria is not offered in the home country, then this proof is to be furnished regarding the most similar course of study. Only if the country does not have a university, this proof does not have to be submitted.
- In addition, the applicant must have sufficient German knowledge. If necessary, an examination is to be taken.
At the latest by 5 September or 5 February every year for the following semester.
- To EU and EEA citizens, the same application periods apply as to Austrian residents.
- At the universities of the arts, the same application periods apply to foreigners as to Austrian residents, and admission is based on the entrance examination.
Only those foreigners who come to Austria for a short time in the context of an Erasmus programme (and thus do not intend to complete an entire course of study) do not need to take an entrance examination.
The respective university (the decision is made by the vice chancellor).
- Passport, identity card or proof of citizenship in combination with an official identification with photo
- A-levels, high school diploma or equivalent certification
- Transcript with grades from the last school year
- Various filled-out forms:
- Application form for admission
- Registration form
- Form for statistics
- Student document of identification with photograph attached
- Form for continuation
- Second photograph
- Bank receipt indicating payment of the per semester tuition fee if the applicant is not otherwise exempt
All documents are to be submitted in the original and in a German translation which was publicly authenticated in the originating country and was last authenticated by the Austrian representation in that country. The last authentication is not necessary in those countries whose public authentication is recognised by Austria because of treaty agreements.
Admission restrictions may be in effect for the following courses of study:
- Other medical courses
- Veterinary medicine
- Bachelor studies as of the year 2010/2011
- "Journalism and Communication Studies" (University of Vienna)
- "Communication Studies" (University of Salzburg)
- "Media and Communication Studies" (University of Klagenfurt)
- Courses of study in especially high demand (according to article 14 University Act 2002)
The vice-chancellor of the respective university decides on the type of admission procedure. This can be implemented either before the studies are begun or after the admission within the first two semesters. Usually, selection procedures take place before admission. Please contact the respective universities for further information.
EU citizens are in principle on an equal footing with Austrian citizens.
As of summer semester 2013, the following provisions on the university tuition fee are applicable:
Regular students with EU/EEA citizenship and persons enjoying equal rights as Austrians before the law (permanent residents, residence in Austria of at least five years before start of studies, etc.) have to pay a tuition fee of €363.36 per semester if they exceed the minimum period of study of a BA, MA or PhD programme by more than two semesters.
Students from third countries have to pay a tuition fee of €726.72 per semester.
Irregular students who are only admitted to certain lectures have to pay a tuition fee of €363.36 per semester irrespective of their citizenship.
The tuition fee has to be paid only once per semester, even if several courses of study are followed concurrently at several universities.
If you fulfil the prerequisites for co-insurance (under 27 years of age, proof of achievement similar to family allowance), then you can apply to be co-insured with your parents (also grandparents or step-parents), or with your spouse.
Co-insurance of children in training is possible, at the longest, up to the age of (including) 26 years, if they are not insured themselves.
- Total income of less than €10,000 per year
- Adherence to the duration requirement (minimum period plus one semester per study period plus four semesters)
- At most two course of study changes
- No completed course of study
If none of the above-mentioned possibilities is applicable, you can insure yourself with voluntary self-insurance. In order not to be immediately classified at the maximum rate, you should apply for reduction of the fee basis directly with the application for voluntary self-insurance.
All these insurance possibilities are only available by applying to a health insurance institution. They must be renewed after each break during the study (e.g. in the case of obligatory insurance with a holiday job).
Universities of applied sciences
Courses at universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschul-Studiengänge) were created as an independent supplement and alternative to the existing courses of study at universities. Particular features of this type of education are:
- Profession-oriented and experience-oriented organisation
- Fixed study duration – six semesters (bachelor study) and two to four semesters (master study) – obligatory attendance
- Award of an academic degree to the graduates
Students at universities of applied sciences are on an equal footing with students at other universities.
Measures concerning academic subsidies or subsidies of studies abroad also apply to students at universities of applied sciences.
Since 1996, certain courses of study have also been offered for employed persons (work and study in contrast to full-time study).
Further information and useful links
- Overview of all universities (German)
- General information on attending university is provided by Studentpoint and by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy.
- Specific information for foreign students on studying in Austria is provided by the Austrian Exchange Service (OEAD), by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy, and by Study in Austria.
- Information regarding the recognition of exams, report cards, and other matters in the field of higher education is provided by the National Academic Recognition and Information Centre (ENIC NARIC Austria).
- Information and counselling for students regarding topics such as health insurance, work, funding, etc. is provided by the Austrian National Student Union (Österreichische Hochschülerschaft).
- Information regarding universities of applied sciences can be found here.
- Guide to entry and residence requirements for foreign students in Austria