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About

The Federal Republic of Austria is located in central Europe, and it’s a landlocked country. It makes up of 9 states:

  1. Burgenland, Austria’s most eastern state; its capital is Eisenstadt.
  2. Carinthia, it’s located in the south part of Austria; its capital is Klagenfurt.
  3. Lower Austria is located in the northeast; its capital is Sankt Polten.
  4. Salzburg borders Germany; its capital is Salzburg.
  5. Styria borders Slovenia; its capital is Graz.
  6. Tyrol borders Germany, Italy, and Switzerland; its capital is Innsbruck.
  7. Upper Austria is located in the north part of Austria; its capital is Linz.
  8. Vienna is the capital of Austria.
  9. Vorarlberg is the most Western state in Austria; its capital is Bregenz.

Weather

The climate in Austria is so different and pretty inconsistent.

The forecast isn’t helpful because the weather there is unpredictable.

International students who experienced studying in Austria said that the weather isn’t hot or cold, but rather it’s the perfect temperature.

Vienna is a charming state in Spring because nature is the overgrown trail.

Study Cost

Tuition-fees varies depending on the selected institution in Austria. Public Universities cost differs from Private Universities; the same thing is applied to the Applied Sciences Universities.

All of us know that Private Universities are the most expensive in almost all countries all over the world. The study cost is estimated at 3000-23000 Euros per month.

For international students, tuition fees to study in Austria at Applied Sciences Universities range between 750-7500 Euros.

The tuition at Public Universities ranges from 1450 Euros per year.

Heads Up: International students have to pay additional costs related to the student union membership and health insurance fees. These fees are estimated at 20 Euros per semester.

Living Cost

The living cost in Austria isn’t high because this country is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, so the prices are affordable, and it depends on the students’ lifestyle.

You can reduce your expenses, save your money, and find a job in the same state where you live.

Some solutions to save more money are avoiding buying junk food, reducing clothing expenses, taking part in free activities, and more.

The cost of living in Austria, including food, accommodation, and study materials, which are the necessities of life, ranges more than 1000 Euros.

In every city in Austria, whether small or big, many local supermarkets have discounts.

More students buy facilities that are related to food and bathroom. Before travelling abroad, you must have many skills, such as managing your budget and using the money thoughtfully.

Heads Up: Students have their particular prices, in other words, discounts in many facilities, such as leisure halls like cinema, theatre, parties, social events, and transportation. You can use this feature to reduce your expenses.

Accommodation

International students in Austria have no right to live on-campus accommodation because the housing system in Austria differs from other countries abroad. Students there can live in off-campus accommodation, such as private apartments, and they have to live on their own budget.

Students have to search for private housing through our website “Udrus” or other websites and book a suitable apartment depending on their budget, location, apartment space, and more.

Types of Accommodations

There are many types of standard accommodations in Austria; we’ll talk about every type a part:

1-Dormitory (Hall of Residence)

There are many types of apartments, which are suitable for one, two, or three students. It’s up to you if you want to live by yourself or share housing with other students from your country or not.

The perfect and standard option for international students is to rent a three-room apartment; every student has a room with a shared kitchen and bathroom.

The cost of this accommodation varies, and you have to choose what fits your budget. Generally, it ranges between 200-250 Euros per month.

2-Student Housing

OeAD Student Housing is the certified partner for more universities and institutions for international students. This department secures comfortable accommodations during the course. According to the statistics, OeAD helps students who come for the first time to Austria, and they’re estimated around more than 12.000 students per year. The available accommodation options are numerous. Students can choose the most suitable choice for them and share the cost of living, food, utilities, power, water, detergent, internet access, and more.

3-Wohngemeinschaften (WG)

It means the shared accommodation, but the common name in Austria is WG. This option is perfect for more non-EU students. The cost becomes more affordable due to sharing all expenses with your housemates. You can have your own room and share with others the rest of the utilities. The estimated cost of living in WG is 250-450 Euros per month.

Universities

Application process & entry requirements for Austrian Universities, and method for student visa in Austrian embassy to study in Austria will be our goals in this blog.

Austria has more than 80 academic institutions, so it’ll be the perfect destination for international students from all over the world. The top-ranked universities in Austria are in 9 federal provinces. It’s up to you to choose the best state to study in.

Semesters in a course varies in terms of the number of study years. For example:

  • Diploma’s degree lasts between 8-10 semesters.
  • Bachelor’s degree lasts between 6-8 semesters.
  • Master’s degree lasts between 2-4 semesters.
  • PhD degree lasts up to 6 semesters.

Heads Up: Every two semesters is a year, summer & winter semester.

Universities in Austria are divided into 3 basic types:

  • Private Universities.
  • Public Universities.
  • Applied Sciences Universities.

Public Universities are divided into many categories:

  • General and Specialized Universities.
  • Technical Universities.
  • Universities of Arts and Creativity.
  • Medical Universities.

All the above categories are also divided into many majors and specialists. In addition, all Austrian Universities have a high-quality education and a three-cycle education system that includes Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees.

Heads Up: You have to observe the timeline of every University to know when is the deadline for applying process.

Heads Up: The deadline to apply to the chosen University lasts from December to February each year.

The study months are in summer and winter.

In winter, the international students start their courses in October and end in September.

In summer, the academic year lasts from March to September.

Applying process

Students have to shortlist universities, programs, and scholarships they want. Then the following steps come, here are they:

  • Fill out an application form which is available on the official website of the chosen University.
  • Submit this application to the admission office of the selected institution.
  • Attach the application with other required documents that the University has issued on its website.

Heads Up: Some courses have a limit, and their applying process is a little bit different. If the applied students exceed the allowed limit, then the University starts to shortlist the students who submitted documents that meet the international requirements.

Heads Up: You must have 12 education years before applying to Bachelor’s and Diploma’s degree in Austria, regardless of the major you want to study there.

Heads Up: Don’t change your major because it’ll be hard to get admission. In some cases, if the certificate that you’ve submitted wasn’t equivalent to the Austrian one, your complete application needs to pass the entrance exam before getting admission. In addition, it’s hard to get a fully-funded scholarship because scholarships support students who want to complete their studies abroad in the same major.

Required documents for Bachelor’s and Diploma’s studies:

  • A photocopy of your valid passport.
  • A photocopy of your school-leaving certificate, which is equivalent to the
  • Austrian one.
  • A professional and brief resume.
  • A motivation letter.
  • Personal recommendation letter.
  • Academic reference letter.
  • TOEFL or IELTS test.
  • Language proficiency proof for courses is taught in another language, not English.
  • Attach tuition-fee receipt for the enrolled course.
  • University entrance qualification certificate.

Heads Up: For international students who are about to apply for a Master’s degree, the crucial requirement to get admission is to have 16 education years in your home country.

Heads Up: For students who want to study Master’s degree, you must have a Bachelor’s degree in hand before submitting for a Master.

Required documents for Master’s degree

  • A photocopy of your valid passport.
  • A certified photocopy of your school-leaving certificate translated into English.
  • A certified photocopy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate translated into English.
  • Transcripts.
  • A professional one page CV.
  • Motivation letter.
  • Recommendation letter.
  • Personal reference letter.
  • A certified English test; IELTS or TOEFL.
  • A proof of your language proficiency if you want to study a course in another language.
  • Payment evidence of tuition-fees University, if you’re going to learn on your own budget.
  • University entrance qualification certificate.

Best universities in Austria for international students

Know more information about top-ranked universities in Austria, including all details about the foundation date, faculties, programs, and location.

1-University of Vienna.

The University of Vienna is the first university in Austria and ranks 151st in the world. It was founded in 1365 AD, so it is the oldest university in the country and one of the oldest and most prestigious universities worldwide.

What makes it perfect?

  • This public university has more than 45,000 students, including 14,500 international students.
  • Studying in academic and continuing education and university training programmes.
  • The University of Vienna provides 178 educational programs.
  • It is the largest and most diversified university in the country.
  • It has partnerships with more than 300 European universities.
  • It constantly focuses on expanding its fields of education and introducing innovative and new methods.
  • It is characterized by the strength of its educational curriculam and the quality of higher education.
  • It has 3600 faculty members.
  • The University of Vienna has graduated many influential people, including 15 Nobel Prize winners.
  • Among its most important graduates is Richard Kuhn, the Austrian-German chemist and the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.
  • Many scholarships are offered.

Heads Up: Most of the programs at this university are available in German only. Still, at the same time, it offers some other programs in English.

The major specialization

The most major specializations in it are:

  • Engineering.
  • Natural Sciences.
  • Humanities.
  • Medical Sciences, and others.

The University of Vienna offers many specializations for obtaining bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees, namely:

  • Bachelor’s degree: International Business Administration, Psychology, Biology, Economics, Mathematical Sciences.
  • Master’s degree: communication sciences, geophysics, urban studies, and environmental sciences.
  • PhD degree: management sciences, economics, and operations management.

2-Vienna University of Technology.

Vienna Technical University is the second university at the level of Austrian universities and ranks 180th in the world. It was founded in 1815 AD and was known as the “Imperial Royal Polytechnic Institute”, and it is considered one of the first technological universities in Europe.

Why is it an iconic university?

  • This prestigious public university includes about 2,500 international students and 761 faculty members.
  • It is depends on scientific research and annually produces a large number of research, provides teaching of internationally recognized quality, and is very concerned with innovation and partnership with other educational institutions.
  • This university offers many facilities for international students to join it, which has raised the percentage of international students in it.
  • It allows students to study for bachelor’s, master and doctorate degrees in a variety of specializations.

All Faculties at Vienna Technical University

There are eight faculties at the Vienna Technical University with various specializations, including mathematics, geography, physics, business, electrical engineering, technical chemistry, informatics, architecture, civil engineering, regional planning, mechanical engineering, and information technology.

3-The University of Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck is the fourth university in Austria and ranks 281st in the world. Its founding dates back to 1562 AD, when it was a Jesuit College, while it received its current name in 1669 AD. This distinguished university is located in the city of Innsbruck, western Austria.

Why is it a leading university?

  • This public university has about 27,000 students, more than 6,300 international students, and its faculty members total about 1,800 teachers.
  • The university annually presents a large number of research papers under the supervision of distinguished faculty, within advanced teaching programmes, and it has a good reputation, especially for international students, especially with a large number of scholarships it offers them annually, which made it one of the most attractive universities for international students.

Innsburck’s Colleges

It consists of 16 colleges, most notably the College of Law, the College of Engineering, the College of Law, with more than 40 research centres in many disciplines. Important ones include Physics, Cultural Conflicts, Mountain Regions, Cultural Encounters, Scientific Computing, Molecular Biological Sciences and the Digital Science Center.

Heads Up: The language of study at the university is German. The study can be continued in English at the Faculty of Business Administration in the master’s program, in the Department of Political Science in the bachelor’s program.

4-University of Klagenfurt.

The University of Klagenfurt is one of the largest universities in Austria, founded in 1970, and is considered among the top 150 emerging universities in the world.

The campus of this distinguished research university is located in Klagenfurt.

Klagenfurt’s Faculties

Among its faculties: Faculties of Humanities, Economics, Technical Sciences, Management and Interdisciplinary Studies.

What are the programs at Klagenfurt?

The programs offered by the university are:

  • For Bachelor’s degree: Law, Geography, Economics, History, Philosophy.
  • For Master’s degree: English, American Studies, Regional Research, Geography, and Marketing.
  • For PhD degree: political and social sciences, philosophy, and technical sciences.

5-Graz University of Technology.

The Graz University of Technology is a public university ranked as the third best university in Austria and is ranked 277th among the best universities worldwide.

This university was founded in 1811 AD, and it has three campuses, two of them within the city of Graz and the last in the south of the city.

Why this university is for you?

  • The university has about 13,000 students, about 1,500 of whom are international students.
  • The number of faculty members is about 15, distributed in 7 major faculties.
  • One of its most prominent graduates is the famous physicist Nikola Tesla.
  • It has high-quality education.
  • It offers many academic and parallel services to its students, the most important of which are student exchange programmes.

Desciplines at Graz University of Technology

  • The university awards a Bachelor’s degree in several disciplines: earth sciences, biomedical engineering, and chemistry.
  • A master’s degree in several disciplines, the most important of which are: biomedical engineering, mathematics.
  • A doctoral degree in civil engineering sciences.

6-Johannes Kepler of University Linz.

Johannes Kepler University Linz is one of the most important universities in Austria, ranking fifth among the country’s universities and number 354, at the level of universities in the world. It was founded in 1966.

Know more about this jewel

  • It’s a public university, includes about 770 international students and 897 faculty members.
  • In record time, it was able to be among the most important universities in terms of the development of the sciences it offers and its quality.
  • It currently has a good number of partnerships with Austrian Austrian Austrian and international universities.
  • Johannes Kepler University Linz is one of the most important universities in Austria, ranking fifth among the country’s universities and number 354, at the level of universities in the world.

Johannes Kepler’s Faculties

Among its most important faculties: the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine. Johannes Kepler University Linz is the only Austrian university that offers its students a multimedia diploma in law.

What do you find for you at it?

The university offers:

  • 19 bachelor’s programs.
  • Two diploma programs.
  • 37 master’s programs.
  • 5 doctoral programs.

Other universities in Austria to check out:

Karl-Franzens University of Graz.

University of Graz.

University of Salzburg.

Medical University of Graz.

Medical University of Innsbruck.

Study Visa

Procedures for applying to Austrian Student Visa

  • Getting an acceptance letter from your university in the host country, Austria.
  • Submitting required documents to the Austrian embassy.
  • Make an appointment in the Austrian embassy.

Heads Up: Start the applying process for a study visa before 2-3 months of the date of your leaving your homeland.

Required documents in detail

  • If you’re applying for admission for Bachelor’s degree, submit the high school-leaving certificate.
  • If you’re applying for admission for a Master’s degree, submit a bachelor’s certificate.
  • If you’re applying for admission in PhD degree, submit a Master’s certificate.
  • Transcripts of your recipient certificate.
  • IELTS or TOEFL scores.
  • Valid passport.
  • Two passport-sized photographs.
  • Health insurance.
  • Police clearance certificate.
  • Bank statement.

Why Study In Austria

There are many reasons you have to study in Austria; this idea is on the mind of every student who wants to travel abroad, and its destination is Austria.

Why Study in Austria?

  • Study with or without IELTS or TOEFL.
  • Part-time work is allowed for international students.
  • Fully-funded scholarships in Public Universities.
  • Low living cost.
  • Post-study permit after graduation.
  • Austria is the home of the oldest and vibrant cultures in the world.
  • Austria boasts top-class universities with more than 380.000 students, of which 25% are international students.
  • Various programs are taught in English. 
  • It includes affordable housing for scholarships holders.
  • Its capital is Vienna, which traditionally leads the pack of the world’s most liveable cities.
  • It’s the home of famous artworks, spectacular museums, and fancy architecture.
  • The outdoor activities you can do with your friends or housemates are numerous and exciting, such as skiing in Albs mountains, hiking through the vast areas in the fantastic nature, snowboarding, and camping.
  • No tuition fees for Europian students who want to study at Public Universities in Austria.
  • Tuition fees for international students are cheaper than any other European country in the world.
  • Austria is the best destination ever to study art, music, and humanities.
  • The central location is so helpful for everyone because it offers easily accessible to other European countries, and all you have to do is take a short flight.
  • Austria is a stunning city, which includes high-quality life in many provinces.
  • No entrance exams for international students. You can directly apply and be enrolled quickly, except the Applied science Universities, which may have entrance exams.
  • The education system in Austria is a part of the Bologna Process, which means that your degree will be recognized everywhere in the world. This allows you to move to the European Union, attend other courses in other universities, exchange programs, and complete your study in other countries.
  • Discounts for student cardholders allow students to attend opera, theaters, concerts, and many social and cultural events in Vienna and other cities in Austria.

Scholarships

Obtaining a scholarship in Austria will be a great opportunity for you as an international student; there are many ways in which you can get a scholarship opportunity in Austria.

The Austrian Agency can provide grants for International Mobility and Education Cooperation OeAD, which is one of the best Scholarshipsto study in Austria, but the funding for these scholarships varies according to several considerations, including the student’s country of origin. The degree of education he will receive.

A few higher education institutions also offer scholarships to a limited number of students and researchers from outside Austria.

Heads Up: Educational institutions may provide grants in the student’s country to their citizens to study in Austria.

What are the most important scholarships?

Most scholarships are available on the official website of the university that issued this scholarship.

1-Summer Scholarship at the University of Vienna

The Summer Scholarship at the University of Vienna is one of the most important scholarships offered to study in Austria, learn the German language, and learn more about the culture of the European Union countries.

It is only available to humanities and social sciences students who have studied at least two years in their country of origin and excel academically there.

This scholarship includes the costs of learning in the Department of Studies. However, the student must bear the costs of accommodation in Austria and other expenses.

2-Klagenfurt University of Technology Scholarship

The University of Klagenfurt offers a great scholarship for students who want to complete their studies with a master’s degree in engineering, especially recent graduates.

The majors covered by this scholarship are engineering, mathematics, and computer science.

However, this scholarship is not available to all international students and is limited to several countries only.

3-PhD Fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences

The PhD fellowship program from the Austrian Academy of Sciences offers many scholarships to researchers from all countries of the world who hope to obtain a doctorate at Austrian universities.

The applicant for this scholarship must be among the candidates for a doctoral degree from an Austrian university, and those accepted are selected based on their previous research and academic excellence.

4-Scholarships from the Republic of Austria

The Republic of Austria offers a scholarship to view academic study in Austria for only four months.

It is available to international students of various degrees, through $1,300 given to the student directly per month, in addition to travel costs, if any.

5-LogiCS Scholarships for PhD Students

These are scholarships offered to doctoral students specializing in computer science.

The scholarship provides a monthly stipend for the researcher and covers travel costs and educational courses needed by the researcher.

6-AAI Salzburg Scholarships for Masters and PhD Students

AAI Salburg offers scholarships to international masters and doctoral students from developing countries who hope to study in Austria.
The amount offered varies from one student to another, according to his own needs.