Study in Austria


Austrian universities have a very good reputation, offering challenging courses of study in both German and English. If you are considering studying in Austria, it is home to some of the most well-regarded universities, which welcome international students. Popular courses of study and research include German language, humanities, arts, marketing, and business. The academic year begins in October and ends in September the year after.

The major university cities in Austria include Vienna, Innsbruck, Graz, Linz and Salzburg. These cities also offer culture, entertainment, and nightlife, student housing options, and employment opportunities.

University admissions

To be accepted into an Austrian university, you will need a strong academic record and fluency in German and/or English, depending on your course of study. Letters of recommendation may also be required, as are sometimes entrance exams. Most undergraduate courses are taught in German, while masters and PhD courses have English-language offerings. Applications to study are made directly with the university of your preference.

 Good to know:

Each university may have slightly different admission guidelines, so contact your university of choice for more detail on the application process.

Tuition fees

University education is free in Austria, and this applies to Austrians, EU and EEA passport holders, although some small fees, such as student union membership, are required of all students. For non-EU/EEA countries, tuition fees vary depending on university and course. For more information consult your preferred university.

Student visas

EU/EEA passport holders do not require a visa to study in Austria, however, they will need a residence permit for courses of study longer than six months. This can be obtained before arrival from the Austrian embassy.

Students from outside these countries will need a visa, with visa type D being the most common student visa for students studying up to six months. Students studying for longer than six months need to apply for a residence permit for study purposes. To apply for visa type D or a residence permit, both of which must be done before arrival into the country, students will need to provide:

  • Passport and recent passport photographs
  • Completed visa application form
  • Proof of university admission
  • Evidence of health insurance
  • Sufficient funds (through evidence such as bank statements)
  • Evidence of accommodation arrangements for the duration of their stay in the country

There can be waiting times for visa processing, so it is advised to submit your application at least three to six months before the start date of your program. For more information on visa types, contact your local Austrian embassy.

 Useful links:

Grants in Austria
University of Vienna
Universität Innsbruck
University of Graz
Vienna University of Technology
Study in Austria

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