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  • Population: 8,690,076 (2016)
  • Capital: Vienna
  • Geographical size: 83,879 km2
  • GDP: €349,493 billion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Student visas and immigration

  • Scholarships and financial support

  • 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)

  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Austria:

    • Bachelor’s degree programme: 6 - 8 semesters

    • Master’s degree programme: 2 - 4 semesters

    • Doctorate/PhD: at least 6 semesters​

  • Language of instruction: Most higher education study programmes in Austria are taught in German, but you will find many courses taught in English too. See the Studienwahl website for more information.

  • Typical tuition fees: 
    Tuition fees for students from the European Union:

    • At public universities, EU and EEA member state nationals (who have not exceeded the minimum duration of their study programme, plus two semesters) do not pay tuition fees.

    • The Universities of Applied Sciences are entitled to charge tuition fees. For more details, please contact the institution of your choice directly.

    • Tuition fees at private universities differ at each institution. Please contact the institution directly.

    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. For more details, please contact the institution of your choice directly.

    • Tuition fees at private universities differ at each institution. Please contact the institution directly.

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.

Austrian 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.

All in all, Austria offers you a broad spectrum of educational opportunities – not to mention great social security, economic stability and the great Austrian hospitality.

This makes Austria an ideal place for studying and living! 

A few times per year, the Study in Europe Facebook page hosts a question and answer live session with the people behind the National Information portals.

Here are the question and answers for Austria, from the Austrian National Agency, OeAD: 

I wish to study in Austria but I don't have the finance, please advise?

On our website, you can find all relevant information about studying in Austria. Depending on your country of origin and the level of your studies there are different options for funding. However, please note that there are very few scholarships provided by the Austrian government for obtaining a whole degree programme here in Austria. On the grants website, you can search for scholarships offered by a wide variety of institutions.

How could I get help to improve or develop my skills in the psychology field?

I am sorry but we – the OeAD – can’t help you directly. You can contact a university that offers courses in psychology, and you can search for study programmes in psychology here.

How can someone with a Higher National Diploma from Nigeria study for a Masters degree in Austria?

You have to contact the admission office of the university of your choice directly – admission to Austrian higher education is organised by the educational institutions themselves. Please visit the 'Higher Education Institutions' page of the Study in Austria website for more information.

I would like to study in Austria. How do I go about the applying?

Please visit the 'first steps' section of the Study in Austria website where we have summed up all relevant information about studying in Austria (admissions, funding, etc.).

I wish to study a bachelor's in Computer Science in Austria - how much will this cost?

On the Studienwahl website, you can search for degree programmes offered by Austrian universities. General information on studying in Austria can be found on the Study in Austria website. For information on tuition fees, please contact the admissions office of the university of your choice directly. The amount depends on your country of origin, etc.

Do I need to take an IELTS test to apply?

In general no, however, it depends on the programme you want to apply for. Most of the programmes taught at Austrian universities are in German, therefore you have to prove sufficient knowledge of German. 

How do I apply for a Masters in information technology?

For details regarding the admissions processes, please contact the admission office of the university of your choice directly.

How do I look into doing an MBA?

Unfortunately, there is no database where you can search for MBA’s in Austria, you can visit the following websites: