Study in Austria

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Austria is a country of  high standard of living. The country has a metropolitan, forward-thinking approach. The country has a vast and diverse student body. It is one of the perfect places for international students to pursue their higher education. Here is a guide to study in Austria.

Education System in Austria

The university in Austria follows the Bologna Process same as the other European countries follow. The universities allow to study in Austria for international students under a curriculum that focuses on professional-orientated education by offering the following:

  • Bachelor in Austria

You can obtain a bachelor’s degree in Austria after completing three or four years of university-level education. You will require at least 180 ECTS credits.

  • Master degree in Austria

To get admission to a postgraduate degree in Austria, you need to complete your bachelor’s study programme. It will take at least  2 years to obtain a masters degree. You will require at least 120 ECTS credits.

  • PhD in Austria

Doctoral studies are based on the successful completion of a master’s degree. By pursuing Doctoral programmes you will gain a degree of PhD. The duration is a minimum of three years without the award of ECTS credits.

Why study in Austria

The institutions in Austria have set examples in many fields of study that have attracted international students to choose Austria as a destination for further education. Here are some top reasons to study in Austria:

  • A broad spectrum of educational opportunities is available to students. This makes Austria as their preferred country to gain knowledge and experience beyond academics.
  • The cost of studying in Austria is relatively low. The tuition fee as well as the cost of living, are affordable. 
  • Although most of the courses are taught in the German language in Austria, you can also study in Austria in English. You will find more than 200 English-taught programs in Austrian universities.
  • The country provides excellent cultural richness and diversity. It provides an life time memorable experience of studying in Austria as an international student.
  • Austria has some of the wold’s best universities. Eight Austrian universities were listed in the QS World University Rankings 2021.
  • There are a plethora of scholarship opportunities and financial grants programs in Austria for international students. 

Austria university ranking

You can get admission in any of the various higher education institutions in Austria, like public or private universities, colleges, and Universities of Applied Sciences, business schools etc. So you will have a wide range of choices. Here we will list the top 9 universities of Austria ranked in the world :


QS world university ranking

University of Vienna


Vienna University of Technology


Universität Innsbruck


Graz University of Technology


Johannes Kepler University Linz


University of Klagenfurt


Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz 


Paris  Lodron University  of Salzburg



Cheap universities in Austria

Studying abroad is an expensive affair than studying in the home country. If you are unable to afford expensive universities in Austria, you can take admissions in cheap universities. Here we have listed a few:

  1. University of Vienna
  2. Medical University of Vienna
  3. University of Innsbruck
  4. Medical University of Graz
  5. Vienna University of Technology
  6. Graz University of Technology

Requirements to study abroad in Austria

As Austria has different types of universities, there are also different admission eligibility criteria and requirements. You need to check the particular university’s website for exact information. However, the common requirements to study in Austria for Indian students are:

1. Photocopy of your passport or ID Card
2. Duly filled University application form. It can be downloaded from the university's website or will be sent by them
3. A valid passport
4. General university entrance requirements :

  • for undergraduate studies: secondary school leaving certificate or equivalent
  • for postgraduate studies: bachelor or equivalent degree
  • for PhD: diploma, master or equivalent degree

5. Transcripts of previous education.
6. German language proficiency or English language proficiency scores
7. Letter of recommendations from professors or managers
8. Statement of purpose
9. Resume or C.V

Study in Austria without IELTS

Yes, if you present an extraordinary profile of yours, there are chances to get into Austrian universities without IELTS. You can apply for one of the following to get admission without IELTS in Austria. 

  • Provide some other English language proficiency certificate such as TOEFL, PTE etc.
  • Your education background also matters. It reveals how proficient you were in your English skills and this is something which can help you in getting exempted from IELTS.

Study in Austria cost

International students will usually have to pay €726.72 per semester as a tuition fee for studying at Austrian universities. This is much affordable compared to other European nations. The other living costs are:

  • Accommodation € 400 (including electricity bills) 
  • Food € 250 (excluding luxuries food items)
  • Studies € 300 and personal requirements (books, project work, recreation) etc

The living cost of living can be around € 950 per month. Isn’t it affordable? You can also apply for scholarships for making your studies in Austria cheaper.

Study in Austria scholarship

To make your way to study in Austria for free, you need to take the help of scholarships. If you research properly, you will find plenty of scholarships open for international students. Here we have mentioned a few scholarships to study in Austria.

  • Richard Plaschka Grant
  • APPEAR – Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development,
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degrees
  • University of Salzburg Scholarships in Austria
  • The Next Generation Scholarship for PhD Candidates at Modul University
  • University of Salzburg Research Fellowships in Austria
  • OFID Scholarship Awards in Austria for Developing Countries

Student Visa for Austria

Student Visas for Austria can be applied at the competent Austrian representative authority. You should submit your application at least 3 to 6 months before your course begins in Austria. You will require the following documents:

  • Application form
  • A valid passport.
  • Passport-sized photos as per the ICAO criteria.
  • Confirmation of enrollment in the higher education institution of Austria
  • Proof of sufficient financial means finances your stay for 12 months.
  • Evidence of travel health insurance for the duration of your studies in Austria.

Study and work in Austria for international students

International students are allowed to work during their studies in Australia. However, Limitations apply to employment hours with a student work permit. They can work only up to 20 hours per week on a valid student visa. There is no limit on the number of hours during vacations.

International students will have to obtain a work permit in addition to their residence permit. Usually, the prospective employer will apply for the work permit on your behalf. The student must be enrolled at a recognised university and hold the necessary visa and residence documents for this process.

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