Situated in the heart of Europe, Austria offers great variety, concentrated in a small area. Here you can find a unique quality of life, peace, big city flair and a rich culture.

Austria combines a long tradition of higher education with state-of-the-art research – its higher education institutions have accomplished outstanding achievements and gained international recognition.

Average length of a full-time higher education programme:

  • Bachelor’s degree programme: 6 - 8 semesters
  • Master’s degree programme: 2 - 4 semesters
  • Doctorate/PhD: at least 6 semesters​

Tuition fee for non EU-students:

  • At public universities, tuition fees range from €363 - €726,72 per semester.
  • The Universities of Applied Sciences are entitled to charge tuition fees.
  • Tuition fees at private universities differ at each institution.
  • Population: 8,690,076 (2016)
  • Capital: Vienna
  • Geographical size: 83,879 km2
  • GDP: €349,493 billion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): German
  • Currency: Euro

Higher education institutions offer an ever-growing number of degree programmes: you can choose between first-class research-based courses, a world-famous education at any of the Arts universities, high-quality practice-oriented degree courses at applied sciences universities, and sound, up-to-date teacher education and innovative courses at private universities.

Number of higher education institutions: 82

Number of students in higher education: 372,247 (Statistik Austria, academic year 2014/2015)

Number of international students in higher education: 86,862 (academic year 2015/2016)

Accommodation approx. 400 euros

The costs depend on the city in which you want to study, what is included in the rent and the arrangements made by the institution. Housing in Vienna, for example, is more expensive than in smaller towns.

Food (excluding luxuries and tobacco) approx. 250 euros

Fortunately, Austria has many discount supermarkets, which offer food at reasonable prices. Many universities have so called self-service student cafeterias (Mensa) where you can get a good meal at a good price.

Studies and personal requirements (books, culture, recreation): approx. 300 euros

A metro or bus ticket cost around 2,20 euros for a single fare in the city, a cinema ticket cost approximately 9 euros and a ticket for a museum about 8 euros. However, students are eligible for a number of price concessions.

Total per month approx. 950 Euros

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Austria are approximately 950 euros. 

You may apply for the student visa at the competent representative authority at the earliest six months before your planned travel date. You should not apply later than 15 calendar days before your planned stay.

  • Valid travel document
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Admission letter of the Higher education institution
  • Proof of sufficient financial means to cover the living costs.
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of appropriate travel health insurance
  • Flight reservation
  • Other documents

Contact your EUCAS advisor for more details.

An employment that is subject to the Act Governing Employment of Foreign Nationals requires a work permit. The employer has to apply for this work permit at the Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice/AMS) before the employee takes up work.

Holders of a “Residence Permit – Student” will be able to get a work permit for working for up to 20 hours/week. This permit will be granted without labour market check.

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