Study In Austria - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Austria as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Austria as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Austria

Why study in Austria

Cost of studying in Austria

Universities in Austria for international students

Cost of living in Austria for international students

How to get a visa to study in Austria

How to apply and study in Austria

Tuition fees to study in Austria

Applying to study in Austria

In order to study in Austria, you should apply directly to the Austrian university at which you wish to enroll. Your secondary qualifications must be considered to be of an equivalent level to those offered in Austria, and must be sufficient to gain entry to a similar program in the country where it was earned. You will also need to prove that you speak German or English to the level stipulated by the university, depending on the language in which your program will be taught.

At undergraduate (bachelor’s) level, the majority of courses in Austria are taught in German, with a larger selection of English-taught programs available at master’s level. If you are applying to a universität der künste (university of the arts), you will be asked to sit an entrance examination.


Applying to universities in Austria


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Cost of studying in Austria for international students


The cost of studying in Austria actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Austria have different tuition fees.

Higher education is free for Austrian and EU students but not for other international students. Student who fail to complete their course in a given period of time will to pay about US$390 per semester for the remaining semesters.

The tuition fee for international students is about US$780 per semester. An as an international student you will have to pay about $15 for student body activities.

To study in Austria you need to proof your language efficiency in English or German. Contact the university of your choice directly for their admission requirement and process because all schools have different requirements.


Cost of living in Austria according to expatistan




            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district  €12

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)   €7

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast           €5.25

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk   €1.04

            12 eggs, large   €3.85

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.75

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese  €9

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples    €2.24

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €2.06

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket  €1.00

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality  €7

            2 liters of Coca-Cola    €1.96

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day     €1.31


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area        €1,358

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area            €1,001

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat     €197

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area        €814

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area            €584

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio      €218

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)        €21

            40” flat screen TV        €390

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)            €82

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)         €8

            Hourly rate for cleaning help      €12


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)     €87

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)  €36

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)         €94

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes   €109


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new  €21,630

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas           €1.12

            Monthly ticket public transport  €47

Personal Care  

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)      €10

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)  €7

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)          €75

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.87

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)      €3.84

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.99

            4 rolls of toilet paper     €1.71

            Tube of toothpaste        €2.33

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city  €20


Visa to study in Austria


As an international, you will require a visa to study in Austria. Below and the requirements and process of getting an Austria visa.



The following documents are required:

           Completed application form, duly signed by the applicant(s). You must answer all the questions, otherwise your application will not be accepted. In some cases more than one application form may have to be submitted. Minors must submit a letter from school, college, university and/or legal guardian. Furthermore both parents must sign the form. If one parent is unable to sign the form, he/she must submit a letter of agreement together with a copy of his/her passport.

           A full national passport or official travel document valid for more than 3 months beyond the validity of the requested visa, with a blank visa page to affix the visa sticker.

           2 passport-size photos (do not staple or damage the photo, background has to be light and plain)

           Proof of why you want to visit Austria. This should be ONE of the following:

1). Original letter of invitation (= Verpflichtungserklärung) legalised by a notary public, solicitor, or other competent authority and a copy of the Austrian passport (or national passport containing a valid Austrian residence permit) and proof of sufficient income/funds of the host: i.e. last bank statement/last pay slip, together with tenancy agreement or police registration (= Meldezettel).


2). Original letter from your Austrian business partner. The letter must specify that the company will be financially responsible for you during your stay in Austria including copy of the company registration certificate (= Firmenbuchauszug)


3). Confirmed hotel reservation or confirmation of tour. Please note bookings from or or or are not accepted without confirmation of payment for the whole duration of your reservation.- Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay (e.g. recent bank statement, travellers cheques) with the applicant’s name, amounting to a minimum of GBP 30.00 day/person. Please note that cash and credit card statements are not acceptable proof.

           Proof of health insurance (travel insurance) – minimum of medical coverage GBP 15,000 comprehensive accident and medical insurance, valid for all Schengen countries, validity must exceed validity of the visa, insurance company must be based in Austria or other EU member states, e.g. insurances can be bought from post offices, bank, travel agencies or BUPA-insurances! Please make sure that the document includes the following information: name of applicant, duration of the insurance, cover details (e.g. winter sport cover). Documents not in English or German require certified translation. A policy number only is not sufficient!

           Evidence of occupation/student status: Proof of your current occupation. This could be a recent, original letter of continued employment from your employer stating the position and income; if you are self-employed: a letter from your solicitor, accountant or the Chamber of Commerce including income statement; if you are a student, you will need a letter from the school, college/university confirming your status/attendance. Pay slips and work contracts are not accepted.

           Transport documentation:

airline ticket or email confirmation of airline or rail ticket if you are driving: ferry confirmation, registration document, proof of legal ownership of vehicle, insurance papers (Green Card, which provides additional proof that the minimum legal third party cover is held. For further advice please contact your insurance company), if applicable: export license.

Please note: a proof of reservation is needed, but a ticket should not be bought until a visa is guaranteed or issued!

All supporting documents must be submitted together and in duplicate – in ORIGINAL and PHOTOCOPY! Ensure all documents requested are provided. Incomplete applications will not be dealt with: Applicants will need to book another appointment to provide the lacking documents.


List and ranking of all the universities in Austria


This is the full list and ranking of all the universities in Austria. The ranking depends on many factors which include the quality of education,academic and social facilities. So below is the list of all the universities in Austria and their ranking.



Rank    University         Location

1          Universität Wien


2          Technische Universität Wien


3          Universität Innsbruck


4          Technische Universität Graz


5          Universität Graz


6          Universität für Bodenkultur Wien


7          Johannes Kepler Universität Linz


8          Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien


9          Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

Klagenfurt ...

10        Medizinische Universität Wien


11        Universität Salzburg


12        Donau-Universität Krems

Krems an der Donau

13        FH Joanneum


14        FH Oberösterreich

Wels ...

15        Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien


16        Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien


17        Montanuniversität Leoben


18        Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien


19        Medizinische Universität Graz


20        Medizinische Universität Innsbruck


21        Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz

Graz ...

22        Universität für Künstlerische und Industrielle Gestaltung Linz


23        Fachhochschule Salzburg

Puch bei Hallein ...

24        Universität Mozarteum Salzburg


25        Fachhochschule Technikum Wien


26        Fachhochschule Kärnten

Spittal an der Drau ...

27        MCI Management Center Innsbruck


28        Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien


29        Fachhochschule Campus Wien


30        Fachhochschule St. Pölten

St. Pölten

31        Fachhochschule Vorarlberg


32        FHWien der WKW


33        Fachhochschule Burgenland

Eisenstadt ...

34        Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt

Wiener Neustadt

35        Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol


36        Fachhochschule des bfi Wien


37        Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität


38        IMC Fachhochschule Krems

Krems an der Donau

39        Webster Vienna Private University

Vienna ...

40        CAMPUS 02 Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft


41        Pädagogische Hochschule Niederösterreich


42        Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität


43        Pädagogische Hochschule Wien


44        Private Universität für Gesundheitswissenschaften, Medizinische Informatik und Technik


45        Pädagogische Hochschule Oberösterreich


46        Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule Wien/Krems

Vienna ...

47        Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark


48        Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität Wien


49        MODUL University Vienna

Vienna ...

50        Diplomatische Akademie Wien


51        Katholisch-Theologische Privatuniversität Linz


52        Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien


53        Pädagogische Hochschule Kärnten


54        Private Pädagogische Hochschule der Diözese Linz


55        Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg


56        Hochschule für Agrar- und Umweltpädagogik


57        Pädagogische Hochschule Tirol


58        Privatuniversität der Kreativwirtschaft

St. Pölten

59        Pädagogische Hochschule Vorarlberg


60        Private Pädagogische Hochschule Stiftung Burgenland


61        Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule Edith Stein

Innsbruck ...

62        Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule Graz


63        Lauder Business School


64        FHG Zentrum für Gesundheitsberufe Tirol GmbH


65        Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität für Gesundheitswissenschaften

Krems an der Donau

66        FH Gesundheitsberufe OÖ

Linz ...

67        Privatuniversität Schloss Seeburg

Seekirchen am Wallersee

68        Danube Private University

Krems an der Donau


Courses you can study at universities in Austria


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Austria


In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Austria or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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