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.
ENIC NARIC AUSTRIA (Link)
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):
Short brochure 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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
Accomodation for Students in Austria
Platforms like home4students(Link) and studium.at(Link) 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 Willhaben.at (Link) is also a good searching tool for cheap apartments and shared houses.