Studying in Austria
Studying in Austria




Among several dozen Austrian universities there are both the oldest ones, such as the Vienna University, founded back in 1365, and the relatively new private universities Modul or Webster University, created at the beginning of the XNUMXth century.

To enter the University of Austria, absolutely do not have to know German at the time of admission. You can take the preparatory year to study German and subsequently continue your studies in undergraduate or graduate programs in German. In addition, in Austria there are programs in English.

Most universities in Austria do not have entrance exams, but there are exceptions. Upon admission to such specialties as psychology and medicine, you will have to pass a test in the relevant areas. Creative majors involve providing a portfolio. And for such specialties as, for example, business, where the number of applications exceeds the number of study places, you will have to pass entrance exams in order to compete for the desired place.

Admission to a university in Austria is a good chance not only to get a European higher education, but also to learn more about the culture of the country, as well as to realize your plans for further prestigious work and residence in the country.

Features of the education system in Austria

  • Reasonable tuition fees in public universities - € 350 - € 700 per semester.
  • The opportunity to enter a university for preparatory courses immediately after school on the basis of a certificate.
  • High quality education. All Austrian universities have switched to a study program in accordance with the Bologna education system, that is, Austrian diplomas are recognized in the EU.
  • Work while studying. A student visa automatically gives you the right to work 10 hours a week in the first courses and 20 hours a week in the last courses and the master's program. 
  • Students in Austria have the right to register a private company - work freelance.
  • Upon graduation, the graduate becomes a highly qualified specialist and receives a visa for six months to look for work.

Common Pros

  • Admission to the preparatory program at the university on the basis of a certificate;
  • Tuition fees from € 350 per semester;
  • Prestigious diploma;
  • Internships in European companies;
  • The right to work while studying;
  • The opportunity to work and live in the country after graduation.

Admission requirements

Due to the fact that school education in Russia lasts 11 classes, and in Austria 13, and the educational system does not coincide, applicants from Russia need to compensate for this difference in one of two ways:

  1. To enter one of the universities of Russia and study there for 2 courses, while learning German. After completing two courses in Russia and learning German to B2 / 2, enter the first year of undergraduate studies in Austria. To enter the University of Austria from a university in Russia, you need to take a certificate of the successful closure of 4 semesters (2 years), and also have a suitable language certificate of level B2 / 2. Or, upon arrival, pass the language exam in Austria and only then begin your studies.
  2. Apply for preparatory courses *. Apply to one of the universities, receive an invitation from the university and become a part-time student: außordentliche Student. This will provide you with the opportunity to obtain a study visa and come to Austria for preparatory courses - VWU (Vorstudienlehrgang). In these preparatory courses, you can study the language and prepare for the preparatory exams, after passing which the student becomes a full-time student (ordentliche Student) and begins to study directly his specialty (first year of the bachelor's degree).

Pros of the second method

  • You are given the right to fly to Austria and live in Vienna on a full-fledged student visa;
  • Knowledge of the language or the presence of any certificate of knowledge of the German language is not required;
  • Attending language courses in Austria significantly speeds up the pace of language learning.

Basic documents for admission to preparatory courses:

  • The presence of a certificate for grade 11 or a document replacing it (for master's and doctoral programs - respectively, a diploma on the availability of the corresponding completed higher education at home).
  • A certificate that a foreign applicant is a university student of a similar profile in his homeland, or that he has the right to study at the university at the desired faculty.
  • Application form, additional documents required by the university.

Global Ambassador recommends:

The whole process of collecting documents must begin as early as possible. The sooner you receive an invitation from a university, the more time is left for applying for a visa, arranging housing, etc.


What financial documents do I need to provide for a visa?

To obtain a student visa, you must provide the embassy with an account statement of at least 6000 euros (for students under 24 years old) and 11 euros for students over 000 years old.

Will I be able to work during training?

A student from Russia can work no more than 10 hours if he is studying at the undergraduate program, and no more than 20 hours a week - at the magistracy. The average student salary is about 8-10 euros per hour.

How much does studying in Austria cost?

Tuition fees in Austrian universities: from 380 euros per semester at the University of Vienna, from 700 euros per semester in the rest. Private universities charge a fee of € 16.000 per year.

When to apply?

Official deadlines for submission of documents published on the websites of universities: for the winter semester - until September 5; for the summer semester - until February 5. The deadlines for different universities may differ. However, students from Russia are advised to apply six months before the start of their studies in order to increase the chances of getting a visa on time. A student visa can take up to 3 months. The winter semester begins on October 1, and the summer semester begins on March 1.

What are the main difficulties of admission?

Admission is possible only for a specialty close to the one for which you studied in Russia;
A certificate from a university in a similar specialty is required, which entitles you to study in Austria (Nachweis der besonderen Universitätsreife).
Documents are considered from 12 weeks or more, the visa process can also be delayed up to 3 months, so with late submission of documents, students may not have time to start training in the planned semester;

The specialists of the Global Ambassador will help you avoid the main difficulties associated with admission. They will not only analyze your capabilities and select a suitable university, but also competently plan your admission, correctly draw up documents and help you submit an application on time so that you can successfully start your studies in Austria.

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