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Vienna is without a doubt a city that is worth studying in. It has all the amenities one could wish for as a young student moving to a big city, and it is a very international place where you will quickly meet likeminded people. So if you're ready to get started, have a look at the different universities in Vienna and the benefits of studying there.

Universities in Vienna

There are three different types of universities in Vienna you can choose to attend.

The first is public universities like the University of Vienna, the University of Technology, the University of Economics and Business, the Medical University and the University of Natural Ressources and Applied Life Sciences.

You will also find a University of Fine Arts, Applied Arts and one for Music and Performing Arts within the public sector and a University of Law. Then, there is a specific Univesity for Veterinary Medicine and the Vienna University of Education.

The next type is something called "Fachhochschule" which you attend for three years and finish with a Bachelor's degree. The different options are Fachhochschule des BFI, Fachhochschule Technikum Wien, University of Applied Sciences FH-Campus Wien and the FHWien University of Applied Sciences. The main difference with public universities is that you have a schedule that is very similar to the one you had back in school. So this type is probably suited for people that cannot handle the amount of self-discipline you need for attending the public university where you have to select all your courses, sometimes even set the dates for your exams on your terms. It is way more organised and does not require too many administration and organisation skills from its students.

Programs offered by Vienna universities

Since they have introduced the EU regulation of Bologna in all the EU countries, almost every study finishes with a Bachelor's degree and after that with an optional Master's degree. The only studies where you still get the Magister title or Doctor afterwards are Law, Medicine, and Theology because they kept the old "Diplomstudium" system for those.

In Austria, the universities follow the ECTS-system (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). It has been adopted in all universities across the EU so they could guarantee a fair assessment for every student.

Usually, you will find three types of courses:

  • VO Vorlesung, which is a lecture where your professor is talking while students are listening. This type is the least interactive course.
  • UE Übung, states practical training and exercises with fewer students per course and way more interaction.
  • SE Seminar, this will take place in a small group of students, mostly including some group work and finishing with an exam and a paper.

Vienna is considered being the most significant university hub amongst German-speaking countries, so it's not surprising that many students from the neighbouring states are trying their luck in Vienna. There are many different exchange programs one can choose. The most popular ones are Erasmus, Joint Study, and Fulbright. The first stop for exchange students is going to be the office of the university they want to attend so they can get all the information they need for a smooth start in Vienna.

The universities can accommodate around 150.000 students in total. This might also be because tuition fees are very low in Vienna compared to other European cities.

Enrolling in Vienna universities

If you are an Austrian resident, university is even for free if you pass your exams within a certain time. After this, you will have to pay around 380 € per semester.

The application process will be different for several types of universities. The official blog of the University of Vienna created a very helpful article to give you some guidance on how to apply properly. There, you will also find information about tuition fees and scholarships.

If you are still not sure whether studying in Vienna is the right fit for you, take a look at Vienna4U or get advice from one of the organisations like AEGEE Vienna, BEST Vienna or ESTIEM.

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