Study in Austria
Study in Austria




Among the dozens of universities in Austria, there are both the oldest ones like the University of Vienna, 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 it is not necessary to know German at the time of admission. You can take a 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. When applying for specialties such as psychology and medicine, you will have to pass a test in the relevant areas. Creative specialties involve the provision of a portfolio. And for specialties such as business, for example, where the number of applications exceeds the number of training places, you will have to pass entrance exams in order to compete for the coveted place.

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

Features of the education system in Austria

  • Moderate cost of education in public universities - €350 - €700 per semester.
  • Possibility to enter the 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 that corresponds to the Bologna system of education, that is, Austrian diplomas are recognized in the EU.
  • Work while studying. A student visa automatically entitles you to work 10 hours a week in your first year and 20 hours a week in your last year and 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 find a job.

Common Pros

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

Entry Requirements

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

  1. Enter one of the universities in Russia and study there for 2 courses, while studying German at the same time. After studying two courses in Russia and having learned German to level B2 / 2, enter the first year of a bachelor's degree in Austria. To enter an Austrian university from a university in Russia, you need to take a certificate of successful completion of 4 semesters (2 years), and also have a suitable B2 / 2 language certificate. Or, upon arrival, pass a language exam in Austria and only then start studying.
  2. Enroll in preparatory courses*. Apply to one of the universities, receive an invitation from the university and become a correspondence student: außordentliche Student. This will give you the opportunity to obtain a study visa and come to Austria for preparatory courses - VWU (Vorstudienlehrgang). In these preparatory courses, you can learn 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 (the first year of the bachelor's degree).

Advantages of the second method

  • The right to fly to Austria and live in Vienna on a full-fledged student visa is given;
  • Knowledge of the language or possession 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.

The main documents for admission to preparatory courses:

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

Global Ambassador recommends:

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


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

To obtain a student visa, you must provide the embassy with an account statement in the amount 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 while studying?

A student from Russia can work no more than 10 hours if he is studying for a bachelor's degree, and no more than 20 hours a week - for a master's degree. The average salary of a student is about 8-10 euros per hour.

How much does it cost to study in Austria?

The cost of education 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 submitting documents published on the websites of universities: for the winter semester - until September 5; for the summer semester - until February 5th. Deadlines for different universities may vary. However, students from Russia are advised to submit documents six months before the start of their studies in order to increase the chances of obtaining a visa on time. It can take up to 3 months to process a student visa. The beginning of the winter semester - October 1, summer - March 1.

What are the main difficulties of admission?

Admission is possible only in a specialty close to the one in which you studied in Russia;
A certificate from a university in a similar field of study is required, entitling 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 if the documents are submitted late, students may not have time to start studying in the planned semester;

Global Ambassador specialists will help you avoid the main difficulties associated with admission. They will not only analyze your possibilities and select a suitable university, but also competently plan your admission, fill out the documents correctly and help you submit your application on time so that you successfully start studying in Austria

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