Cost of Studying and Living in Austria
The currency used in Austria is the Euro (€).
Tuition fees in Austria will depend on more than one variable. One of these is where in the world you are from, and the other is whether you choose a public or private university. Public universities will charge considerably less than private universities. You should also expect to pay a higher tuition fee at a university of applied sciences as well.
If you are from an EU/EEA country, you are not required to pay tuition fees so long as you complete your course in its given timeframe, or within the additional two semesters allowed. If you do not finish your course in this time, you will need to pay a small tuition fee each semester you remain enrolled. This is usually around €363.36 per semester.
If you are from any other country, you are required to pay a tuition fee per semester. This is usually around €726.72 at a public institution. Both international and EU/EEA students will need to pay a student union membership fee, which is normally around €18 per semester.
Another cost that international students need to be aware of is health insurance. If you are from an EU/EEA country and hold an EHIC card, you will be able to access the same healthcare as Austrian citizens without taking out health insurance. If you are from certain other countries, like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, you will also not need health insurance. You will however need to acquire an A3 form from your national health insurance provider, which can then be exchanged for an Austrian healthcare form. If you are from any other country, you will need to either purchase health insurance for your stay in Austria, or ensure that your current policy is valid throughout your studies.
In order to help to fund your studies, you might be able to apply for a scholarship, or get a part-time job. If you are from an EU/EEA country (excluding Croatia) and Switzerland, you will be able to work part-time with limited restrictions. Your institution may require you to only work a certain amount of hours per week however, to ensure that studies are your priority. If you are from any other country, you will need to apply for a work permit, which is subject to you holding a valid residence permit. If you are from Croatia, you will also need to apply for a work permit. This condition is part of the transition to EU membership, and will remain this way until 2020.
If you are from an EU/EEA country and Switzerland, you will not need a visa to study in Austria. You will need to have valid health insurance (in the form of an EHIC card if you have one), and will need to prove you have sufficient funds. Other than that, all you need is a valid travel document such as your passport.
If you are staying in Austria for more than three months, you are required to get a residence permit within four months of your arrival.
If you are from any other country, you will need an entry or residence permit to enter Austria. The procedures and requirements differ depending on your length of stay and degree programme, visit OeAD – Nationals of Third Countries for information.
The official language of Austria is German, but there are also other recognised languages; Hungarian, Slovene and Burgenland Croatian.
Courses at Austrian universities are taught in either German or in English. It is more common to find postgraduate courses taught in English however. No matter which language you choose to learn in, you will need to prove your proficiency in that language. If you are not able to meet the required standard, it is common for institutions to offer language courses to help you improve.
You should take the opportunity to learn some German where you can, communicating with the locals and other students is the perfect way to practice. This is a skill that will look great on your CV/resume, especially as German is a prominent business language.
The capital city of Austria, Vienna is home to more than 1.8 million people. Hosting international organisations such as the United Nations, the city is the economic, cultural and political centre of Austria. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, although its status is at risk due to the modernisation of the city.
Located in the city are several higher education institutions. This includes one of the country’s many universities of the arts; Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. You will also find the University of Vienna, which is one of the oldest universities in the German-speaking world.