Austria has a general image of being an expensive country for tourism. Vienna is one of the most expensive European capitals and winter vacation in the Austrian Alps is famous among the rich. However, when talking about studying abroad in Austria, the first thing that shocks people from all over the world is that it is actually free for students coming from the European Union and European Economic Area!
Why Study in Austria ?
Austria is situated in the heart of Europe, It offers great variety concentrated in a small area. Here you can find peace and a unique quality of life, big city flair and a rich culture.
Austria combines a long tradition of higher education with state-of-the-art research – its higher education institutions have accomplished outstanding achievements on an international level and gained a high reputation.
Austrian higher education institutions offer an ever-growing number of degree programmes: you can choose between first-class research-based courses, a world-famous education at any of the universities of the arts, high-quality practice-oriented degree courses at the universities of applied sciences, and sound, up-to-date teacher education and innovative courses at private universities.
All in all, Austria offers you a broad spectrum of educational opportunities – not to mention great social security, economic stability and the great hospitality of the Austrians.
Higher Education Institutions:
Austria combines a long tradition of higher education with state-of-the-art research. Austrian higher education institutions offer an ever-growing number of degree programmes: one can choose between first-class research-based courses at Austrian universities, a world-famous education at any of the universities of the arts, high-quality practice-oriented degree courses at the universities of applied sciences, and sound and up-to-date teacher education and innovative courses at private universities.
Research Universities – A wide variety of study options
Austrian universities have enormous variety in terms of both size and structure. Their educational offerings reflect this diversity. The study programmes at the traditional comprehensive universities in Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz and Salzburg cover a broad spectrum of academic subjects. Austria’s technical and medical universities, on the other hand, concentrate on a range of highly specialized theoretical and applied disciplines. Research and teaching are seen as an inseparable entity at Austrian universities. Underpinned by this tenet, all academic fields (Humanities, Natural Sciences, Law, Social and Economic Sciences, Medicine, Technology, Mining Sciences, Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine) aim at fostering interdisciplinarity. Interdisciplinary research work promotes a university education that strives to develop far-sighted concepts and solutions.
University of the Arts – Tradition and Modernity
Whether it is music, dramatic arts, fine arts or applied arts, Austria’s universities of the arts provide an ideal space to tap into the fascinating interaction of art and science and acquire an exquisite education in a host of subjects.
Universities of Applied Sciences:
Since the start of the first few universities of applied sciences’ (Fachhochschule) degree programmes in the winter semester of 1994/1995, a constant growing demand has been experienced in this sector.
In the areas of economy, tourism, technology, information technology, health, security, media and design, the universities of applied sciences provide students with qualifications for specific occupations that are in line with the demands of trade and industry.
Mandatory career-oriented practical training units or job-based internships are part of the universities of applied sciences’ degree programmes. Extra occupational studies for working individuals are also offered, which take into account the specific situation of working students.
Whether you are interested in modern telecommunication technologies, e-business, biotechnological processes, traffic ecology, industrial IT, healthcare management, facility management or any other of the variety of subjects taught, the study options at the universities of applied sciences are adapted constantly and in permanent dialogue with trade and industry to meet the trends and requirements of the time.
Austrian private universities offer innovative and high quality education and provide students with personal attention at the highest academic level. Continuous internal and external evaluation of teaching and research as well as active promotion of the arts assures constant university quality development. The Austrian private universities refine existing and establish new degree programmes based on current and future educational needs. Periodic external re-accreditation reviews supplement internal quality management and provide graduates with excellent chances for their future careers.
- Scholarships offered by a wide variety of institutions can be found at www.grants.at, Austria’s most comprehensive database for scholarships and research grants
- OeAD scholarship programmes for Undergraduates, Graduates, Postgraduates, Doctoral Students and Researchers
- Institutional scholarships offered by the higher education institutions themselves (for more information, please directly visit the homepage of the international office of the university of your choice)