Standard Degree Length
October - September
Faculty / Department Focused
Major / Minor Model
Scholarships are rare but possible
Good to Know
Austria is known for it's incredible culture and history with marvellous social events from art exhibitions, concerts, performances, and balls. Austria is also a great destination for outdoor sports and has the perfect setting for skiing, hiking and climbing.
Austria is also home is a number of high-quality education institutions with a traditional academic approach and encouragement of open-minded learning atmosphere, creating a truly international environment. Universities are either focused on research or they incorporate lots of practical exercises to help students develop their problem-based learning skills. They also have strong links with local research centres in fields such as physics, biomedicine, technology, and communications.
A bachelors degree is awarded after either 3 or 4 years of study, depending on your chosen programme.
Austria offer 7 types of higher education institutions: public universities, universities of the arts, medical universities, technical universities, private universities, universities of applied sciences, and university colleges.
If you are a EU student studying at a public university then you can expect to pay no tuition fees providing you do not exceed the minimum duration of your studies plus 2 semesters. For international students who hold a residency permit for studies, you will pay around 726 EUR per semester.
Other types of universities set their own tuition fees so you are advised to check with individual institutions.
You will also need to budget for living costs. Fortunately, living costs are not as high as other neighbouring European countries, however you should expect to pay higher in popular tourist-driven cities. You should aim to budget up to 1000 EUR per month for accommodation, food, transport, social activities, and study materials.
Scholarships are most commonly awarded on merit or nationality. The Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research https://oead.at/en/to-austria/grants-and-scholarships/ gives you access to information on scholarship opportunities.
Some institutions offer their own scholarships. You can find these on institutions websites or on grants.at database website. However financial support for Bachelors studies are rare due to the low tuition costs.
There is no centralised admissions system in Austria, so you need to apply directly to universities online.
Different universities will require different documentation from you, therefore it is important to check with each individual institutions which you will be applying to. You can expect to provide any of the following: high school diploma or equivalent, transcript grades, motivation letter, and proof of language proficiency.
Some universities will require you to write a motivation letter explaining the reasons you would like to study the programme you are applying to.
When to Apply
Application deadlines are set by individual institutions so it is important you check well in advance of applying.
Explore the university profiles for this country on the CareersExplore Platform.
Modul University Vienna
MU sits atop Kahlenberg mountain, 484m high, in the 19th District of Vienna, "Grinzing"
Small Institution <5000
Central European University (CEU)
City Island Campus - Tram stops and metro stations nearby. Many students bike to uni from the dormitory.
Small Institution <5000
Global Scholarships is a database holding lots of scholarships which are available to students who would like to study at university. This is a global database so holds scholarship information for a wide range of different countries.
This site is run by a company that supports university applications and whilst its university database is not exhaustive, within the application requirements tab on each university profile they have the average IB scores accepted and where available the application success rate. They also have average living costs for the area, rankings overviews and some scholarship information. Be aware that they list programs in all languages, not just English and the IB scores and success rate percentages are averages across the whole institution. However, they are a good indicator if the university does not publish more detailed information.