About Austria

Austria is a beautiful country situated in the Eastern Alps, in the southern part of Central Europe. The country is a federation of nine states and is listed consistently as one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita. It is also one of the countries with the highest standard of living and ranked 25th in the world in 2021 for its Human Development Index. At the same time, the education system in Austria is overwhelming. Entrusted by the Austrian states (Bundesländer) and the federal government, the education system in Austria provides high-quality academic facilities with comparatively economic fees. With easy access to its neighbouring countries like Germany, Switzerland, and Hungary by air, road, or rail, Austria becomes a fine place that evokes the traveller in you too.  

Basic Facts

  • Official name - Republic of Austria
  • Population - 9,027,999
  • Currency - Euro (EUR)
  • GDP - $582.130
  • Capital – Vienna
  • Official Language - German
  • Largest City in the Country - Vienna

Reasons to Study in Austria

  • Universities and higher education facilities in Austria are well respected and valued anywhere in the world.
  • The industries in Austria are thriving, and the country has a high employment ratio that guarantees job opportunities for students.
  • Austrian Universities charge minimal tuition fees to international students and offer programs exclusively taught in English.
  • With an Austrian Visa, students can travel to all the Schengen countries.
  • Austria is a peaceful and quiet country with a good law and order system and the lowest crime rates in Europe, making it one of the most livable countries in the world.
  • Seven Austrian universities were in the QS World University Rankings In 2018. Five institutions among them were in the top 500.
  • International students can get various scholarships and financial assistance programs in Austria.

Intakes in Austrian Universities

  • September: Winter Semester
  • February: Summer Semester

Education Institutions in Austria

The universities in Austria have a wonderful global reputation, offering the best courses for your Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. program. Some of the most reputed universities in Austria are listed below: 

  • University of Vienna
  • Medical University of Graz
  • Medical University of Innsbruck
  • Medical University of Vienna
  • University of Klagenfurt
  • University of Innsbruck
  • Vienna University of Technology
  • Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)
  • Johannes Kepler University Linz
  • Karl-Franzens University of Graz

Time Schedule for Processing

Winter Semester Intake:

  • IELTS Coaching - December
  • Appear for IELTS Test - January
  • IELTS Test Result Publication -January/February
  • Submit applications to Universities - from January to April
  • Receive Offer Letters - January to May
  • Arrangement of Funds - February to May
  • Financial Assessment in the Universities - May to June
  • Visa Application- June to July
  • Visa Grant - July to September
  • Fly to Austria - September

Summer Semester Intake:

  • IELTS Coaching - June
  • IELTS Test - July
  • IELTS Test Result Publication - July/August
  • Submit applications to Universities - from July to October
  • Receive Offer Letters - July to November
  • Arrangement of Funds - August to December
  • Financial Assessment in the Universities - September to January
  • Visa application - October to January
  • Visa Grant - December to February
  • Fly to Austria - February

Work Rights and Stay back Policies

  • Students from countries outside of the EU/EEA zone ( third countries) can reside for a further 12 months in Austria to search for employment or start a business after the expiry of their student visa.
  • International students can apply for a post-study work visa of up to 12-24 months to search for a job.
  • Students can work 20 hours per week. Typically, part-time earning is 9 ‐ 12 EUR per hour.
  • They should apply for a confirmation by the competent residence authority (MA 35) before the expiry of their student visa.
  • After successfully finding a job, international students can apply for an Austrian work visa, generally called a Red-White-Red Card.
  • R-W-R card will allow you to settle for 24 months in Austria and work for the employer specified in your application.
  • The main requirements here is to find employment matching your qualification and prove a minimum salary of 2,349 EUR per month.

Cost of Study in Austria

In Austria, Private academic institutions are more expensive. Tuition costs vary between 3,000 – 23,000 EUR/year according to the study program you choose.

In larger cities like Vienna and Salzburg, the cost of living can be 900 – 1,300 EUR/month, which covers expenses like accommodation, food, social activities, and public transportation.

Test Requirement

IELTS is not mandatory for many academic programs and universities, but there can be exceptions. Generally, the minimum requirement is as follows: 

  • IELTS minimum score of 6.5
  • TOEFL minimum score of 81 (internet-based test)
  • SAT minimum score of 500 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing Portion of SAT exam
  • Cambridge English Exam - Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) minimum score of 176, CEFR level