Why Study in Austria
Learn about studying in Austria as an International Student
If you’re currently in the process of deciding where to study and have thought, “Why study in Austria?” the answer is simple. Austria’s location in Central Europe has provided it with a rich history in art, culture, literature, and philosophy. Quoted as being one of the “best cities” it is considered a cultural capital; home to 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites which include Salzburg’s Historic Center, Vienna’s Historic Center, and the Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn. Sharing a border with eight different countries, Austria has been a significant junction for many economic and cultural regions which is reflected in the distinct flavors each state has to offer with Hungarian, Czezh, Jewish , and Italian influences. With the musical capital of the world, Vienna, as its capital Austria is the perfect destination for those who want to walk the streets of legendary composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, and of great minds such as Freud. Although acclaimed for its musical and architectural history it has something to offer for all international students in Austria.
Higher Education System
The university system in Austria falls under the Bologna Process within the European Higher Education Area. This cooperation represents a movement which fosters ease of mobility and employability within its 47 member countries. With over 39 public, private, and teacher training schools, studying in Austria provides students with a very unique experience in a foreign higher education system. International students in Austria have the opportunity to study within specialized universities. Although classical universities do exist there is also the option to enter into universities such as Universities of College & Teacher Education, Universities of Applied Sciences, or Universities of the Arts. Each school allows for residents and international students in Austria to study under a curriculum that focuses on professional-orientated education by providing the following:
- 3 year program to obtain Bachelor’s degree
- 1-2 year programs to obtain a Master’s degree
- Mandatory units for career-training
- Mandatory work based internships
- A Bachelor degree in conjunction with a teaching qualification
Although there are programs that offer courses in English, some may require proof of German proficiency. If you have an interest in the German language then studying in Austria is something to consider.
Living & Studying in Austria
The academic year in Austria is split into two semesters: winter and summer. The academic year begins around October 1st and ends around September 30th of the following year.
For Universities and Universities of Arts there is a €363.36 (2010) fee per semester. This fee is waived for those who are EU/EEA & Swiss nationals. For Universities of Applies Sciences the fee is also placed at €363.36 per semester and is required to be paid by all students. Private universities have higher tuition rates which can differ from one to another.
The Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) is the main resource for students who are looking for housing. They provide assistance in finding student housing in flats and residence halls. The International office at each university is another resource for those interested in finding private accommodations. It is recommended that for monthly living costs students be prepared to pay between €710 to €800 a month for accommodation, food, studies, and personal expenses.
Austria’s low tuition costs, focus on promoting Germany proficiency, diverse university programs, and rich landscape and culture clearly answer the question of, “Why study in Austria?”