Research and Science


In Austria there are numerous renowned institutions in the area of science and research. In addition to academic institutions, the Austrian Academy of Science (ÖAW)(Link) is Austria’s leading institution for science and research, for social discourse and knowledge transfer as well as for basic research at the highest international level.

The Ludwig Boltzmann Society (Link) is a private funding organization for non-university research, which conducts leading research within the 15 Ludwig Boltzmann Institutes and 5 Ludwig Boltzmann Clusters in the field of life science as well as humanities, social and cultural sciences.

The fund for the promotion of scientific research FWF is Austria’s central institution for the promotion of fundamental research.

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)(Link) is the national funding agency for applied research in Austria.

International researchers in Austria

Over the past decades, Austria has put a strong focus on its performance in research, technology and innovation. International researchers and academics have the opportunity to study and work in Austria with the help of scholarships and grants.  In cooperation with the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Austrian Ministry of the Interior has developed an informative guide for the stay and employment of international researchers in Austria.

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy publishes information (including tenders) on the subject of science and everything related to research on its website.

Euraxess – Promotion for researchers

Euraxess Austria (Link) includes measures to promote the mobility and career development of researchers holding a doctor’s degree. Latest and comprehensive information on all mobility questions, in particular on research periods in Austria, are available on the website and in the „Researcher’s Guide to Austria“. The network of the Austrian Euraxess Service Center also offers personal advice to domestic and international researchers on funding, legal, administrative and cultural matters.

Learn German in Japan

ÖSD- German language test in Japan

The “Österreichische Sprachdiplom” (ÖSD- Austrian Language Diploma) is a state-approved examination system for German as a foreign language. The assessment is based on six-levels. Each exam includes tasks testing reading and listening comprehension as well as writing and speaking skills corresponding to the standards of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” (CEFR). The ÖSD serves as an international certificate of proof of knowledge of the German language and is accepted by many universities, training centers and employers abroad.

The offered six levels are:

Level Is accepted by / for
A1 ÖSD Zertifikat A1 Residence permit in Austria
A2 ÖSD Zertifikat A2 Residence permit in Austria
B1 ÖSD Zertifikat B1 Music College
ÖAD (Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research)
B2 ÖSD Zertifikat B2 Certain Austrian universities
ÖAD (Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research)
C1 ÖSD Zertifikat C1 All Austrian and German universities
ÖAD (Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research)
C2 ÖSD Zertifikat C2 All Austrian and German universities as well as German-speaking companies / workplaces
ÖAD (Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research)

ÖSD-examination bodies locate Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka und Fukuoka.

ÖSD-examination bodies (Link)

ÖSD-examination bodies Japan (Jap.) (Link)

Examination bodies are located in

Free German courses on the Internet

For those who do not have time for a language course or a long-term stay in Austria, online language courses are a good alternative to prepare for the language diploma. is a EU-project supported by the Austrian Institute offering free Online-German lessons. Currently there are over 127,000 registered users. The courses are now being upgraded and extended so that motivated learners can soon learn German up to level B2 for free.

Sprachportal is a cooperation between the Austrian Institute and the Integration Fund. This online platform provides teaching material like podcasts, short films, online exercises, dictionaries and much more for teachers and pupils.

Austrian Institute

The Österreich Institut provides German language courses and promotes cultural exchange abroad.

With öi-mobile(Link). the Austrian Institute runs German courses world-wide directly at your company. öi-mobile courses are intensive courses for groups. They last for one to four weeks with several units per day. A qualified team prepares a tailor-made German course for your needs and teaches German at your company!

Learn German in Austria

Österreichisches Sprachdiplom ÖSD (Austrian Language Diploma)

The “Österreichische Sprachdiplom” (ÖSD- Austrian Language Diploma)(Link) is a state-approved examination system for German as a foreign language. The assessment is based on six-levels. The ÖSD serves as an international certificate of proof of knowledge in the German language and is accepted by many universities, training centers and employers abroad. In 1998 it received the „European Award for Innovative Language Initiatives“ by the European Commission. The ÖSD is offered in Austria as well as in 160 official language centers located in more than 30 countries worldwide. Preparation courses and official tests are also held in some institutes in Japan.

Language courses / summer courses at Universities

Universities also offer German language courses with various levels of difficulty and various course duration periods.

Sprachenzentrum, Universität Wien (Link)
Sommerhochschule Universität Wien (Link)
Deutschkurse Universität Klagenfurt (Link)

Summer course at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

The Summer Course of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (Link) offers intensive German classes for learners of all levels – from beginners to advanced, everybody can find a course suitable to the individual requirements. Classes are taught in small groups by a team of highly experienced trainers specially qualified for teaching “German as a Foreign Language”. By means of creative language learning, research projects and leisure activities students can discover Austria in all facets as well as apply the new language skills acquired during classes. Additionally, lectures and excursions give participants the opportunity to learn about Austrian politics, history, society and culture.

Language schools and other links

Information about German courses in Austria can be found on the homepage of „Campus Austria“(Link), the umbrella organization of Austrian language schools.

The Federal ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs set up a portal(Link) in cooperation with the Integration Fund and the “Austrian-Institutes” listing a large number of institutions which offer German courses.

Related links: (Jp)

Austrian Library at Sophia University

Austria Section at the Library of the European Institute of Sophia University (Tokyo)

The Austrian Section of the European Institute’ s library provides public access to more than 4,500 books, CDs and DVD related to Austrian culture.It puts a special focus on Austrian contemporary literature. The section grows annually due to donations by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tokyo.

Address : Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kioicho 7-1

Sophia University Central Library 7. Stock

Access : Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line/Nanboku Line, Yotsuya station

JR Railway Chūō/Chūō-Sobu Line, Yotsuya station

Contact : 03-3238-3902


Link to the English website (Link)

Link to the Japanese website (Link)

Libraries in Austria

Austrian Libraries

With the purpose of providing Austrian literature and information on Austria’s history and its present situation to the general public so called Austrian Libraries were established in 28 countries.

The web portal of the Austrian Libraries(Link) gives detailed information on the collections, activities and current developments of the individual libraries abroad and also provides information about specialized libraries, Austria-Centers and the libraries of the Austrian Cultural Forums abroad.

Libraries in Austria

The Austrian Library Network (OBV) is the largest network of scientific and administrative libraries in Austria with about 90 participants, representing 70 individual institutions – including the Austrian National Library, the university libraries and the colleges of education; individual ministries, numerous technical colleges and other important collections. One of its tasks is to constantly expand the general catalogue which currently comprises more than 22 million books and other media. On this homepage(Link) you can find the general catalogue as well as those of the individual institutions.

Study in Austria

Studying abroad greatly expands your horizons. This goes for your academic career as well as for your personal development. Also, in order to get to know a country and its culture off the beaten tourist tracks there is no better way than to relocate one’s center of life, even if it’s just for a limited period of time. Studying in Austria is perfect opportunityand  an ideal gate opener.

Austria’s university landscape is internationally renowned and offers a lot of different teaching institutes. In addition to traditional universities which offer high standard education to approximately 230,000 students, Austria also has a large number of universities of applied sciences where teaching and research is taking an even stronger hands-on approach. Beside public institutions, private universities supplement the extensive offer  of high-quality education in Austria.

There are various ways in order to become a student at a University in Austria. If you are interested in an exchange semester/year it is recommended to first ask your own university about exchange programs with an Austrian partner university.

Before applying to study in Austria, Japanese students need to consider and meet certain requirements. The following webpages provide further information on this.


Information on the Website of the Republic of Austria (Link)

Österreichischer Austauschdienst (OeAD)

A helpful information point to direct all questions concerning studying and research in Austria is the “Österreichische Austauschdienst” (OeAD).
The OeAD is the Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research. Its task comprisesthe international exchange of pupils, apprentices, students, teachers and academics. OeAD also conducts international educational projects.

The website of the „Österreichischer Austauschdienst“ OeAD Study in Austria (Link) provides a comprehensive overview of relevant questions on studying in Austria and has a comprehensive scholarship and research funding database. The three most important publications for international students are:

1. Study Guide (Link):

Information brochure for international students who are interested in studying in Austria (in English). At the end you will find a list of all study programs offered in Austria (in English).

2. Higher Education Institutions (Link):

Overview of the study offer as well as important addresses of all public universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education as well as private universities in Austria (in English).

3. Study in Austria (Link):

Website with the most important links for studying in Austria.

For more Information please click this Link.

Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (Ausklapptext)

On the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy(Link) general information on studying in Austria (e.g. Austrian universities, statues of study, and the like) can be found as well as specific information for interested students abroad.



International researchers who want to go to Austria, as well as Austrian researches who plan on going abroad, are given comprehensive information on their situation on the EURAXESS Austria portal
(Link). In addition, the EURAXESS Service Centers and the local contact points offer support to researchers and their families.

Österreichische HochschülerInnenschaft(ÖH)

The Bundesvertretung der österreichischen HochschülerInnenschaft (ÖH – Austrian National Union of Students) (Link) is the legal student representative of all students in Austria. The ÖH provides information on every subject related to studying but also on subjects such as living and working in Austria. You are welcome to contact the information service.

Universities in Vienna

The University of Vienna(Link) is the largest university in Austria and the oldest university in the German language and cultural area. The university counts approximately 100,000 students who are enrolled in 180 study programs. In addition to these programs the University of Vienna also offers an international summer program(Link).

The Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)(Link) is one of the ten most successful technical universities in Europe and is Austria’s largest scientific and technical research and education institution.

The University of Natural Resources and Life Science (Boku)(Link) is a teaching and research center for renewable environmental resources combining natural sciences, technology and economics.

The University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna(VUW)(Link) is the oldest veterinary medicine center in the German-speaking area and is one of the most modern facility of its kind in Europe.

The Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)(Link) offers a wide range of specializations and research facilities in the field of business, economics and social sciences.

The Medical University of Vienna(Link) is the largest medical school in the world and besides the conventional diploma studies like medical science and dentistry it also offers postgraduate programs such as health care management, public health and toxicology.

Universities in the other federal states

The Karl- Franzens-University Graz(Link) offers among the approximately 100 study programs innovative combinations such as environmental system science, computational sciences, molecular microbiology or financial and industrial management.

The Graz University of Technology(Link) conducts teaching and research at the highest level in engineering and technical sciences.

The Medical University of Graz(Link) not only offers diploma studies in Human Medicine and Dentistry but also various Bachelor programs as well as a Master program in health and nursing science.

The University of Innsbruck(Link) offers a wide range of programs in the field of architecture, business administration, natural science, theology, law and other disciplines.

The University of Salzburg(Link) is divided into four faculties: theology, law, cultural and sociological science and natural science. It offers a wide range of scientific disciplines.

The Montanuniversität Leoben(Link) belongs to the most prestigious technical colleges in the world. It is Austria’s only university for mining and metallurgy.

Johannes Kepler University Linz(Link) has a social and economic science, law and technical and natural science faculty.

The Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt(Link) provides an extensive range of study programs and attaches high value to offering personal support and a caring environment.

The Danube University Krems(Link) is specialized in extra-occupational academic education and offers exclusive post graduate studies in many disciplines.

Universities of Arts

For centuries the Austrian Universities of Arts have played a key role in conveying art and culture. People interested in studying art can choose from a wide range of study programs. The following universities belong to the most prestigious ones among the art world:

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Link)

University of Applied Arts Vienna (Link)

University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Link)

Mozarteum University Salzburg (Link)

University of Art and Design Linz (Link)

Universities of applied science

In addition to the classical universities, Austria also has a wide range of universities of applied science. Those provide academic training on a scientific basis. In contrast to the classical university studies, they have a focus on professional practice.  Universities of Applied Science are active in the fields of  natural, social, economic and legal science as well as technical and design studies.

More information about the various courses can be found on the Onlineportal of the universities of applied science (Link).

Private Universities

In addition to the comprehensive range of state-run universities, there is also the opportunity to study at a private university:

International Anti-Corruption Academy (Link)

SAE Institute Vienna (Link)

Webster University Vienna (Link)

Anton Bruckner Private-University (Link)

Danube Private University (Link)

JAM MUSIC LAB Private University for Jazz and Popular Music Vienna (Link)

Karl Landsteiner Private University (Link)

Private Catholic University of Linz (Link)

Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (Link)

MODUL University Vienna (Link)

Paracelsus Medical University (Link)

UMIT – The Health & Life Science University (Link)

New Design University (Link)

rivate University Schloss Seeburg (Link)

Sigmund Freud University Vienna (Link)

Diplomatic Academy Vienna

The Diplomatic Academy Vienna(DA)(Link) is a postgraduate educational institution that prepares its students for an international career in the areas of public service and business, as well as in management positions in international organizations and the EU. The central educational contents are international relations, political science, international law and EU-law, economics, history and languages.

The Diplomatic Academy Vienna offers also sommer programm (Link).

IST Austria

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)(Link) is a young international institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the natural and mathematical sciences, located in Klosterneuburg on the outskirts of Vienna. Established jointly by the federal government of Austria and the provincial government of Lower Austria, the Institute was inaugurated in 2009 and will grow to about 90 research groups by 2026. The IST Austria pursues the aim to conduct first-class research.


The Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy offers scholarships for students, graduates and scientists coming from abroad in order to study or conduct scientific research in Austria.

Scholarship offers are being published by the “Austrian Database for scholarships and research grants” together with the requirements that have to be met. The database also provides information on scholarships offered by other institutions than the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. (Link) (Link)


Erasmus+ (Link) is the EU’s programme to support students and university employees engaging in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. The program is open until 2020 and it focuses on the support of mobility and transnational cooperation. Non-EU-citizens are eligible too although the requirements vary from one country to another. The OeAD provides further information regarding the application procedure.

Accommodation for Students in Austria

Platforms like home4students(Link) and give useful information and advice on living in Austria. No matter if you prefer living in a student dorm, a shared house or an own apartment, these platforms are helping guides. Also the OeAD (Österreichischer Austauschdienst)(Link) and the ÖH (Österreichische Hochschülerschaft) (Link) offer platforms to help you find the ideal apartment or job. The online-marketplace (Link)  is also a good searching tool for cheap apartments and shared houses.