Study in Austria
The following requirements must be fulfilled for the matriculation of a foreign citizen (or a stateless person) as a regular student in Austrian university degree programmes:
- A place is available at the university for the desired course of study.
- The applicant has an A-level or high school diploma [Reifezeugnis], that can be considered equivalent to an Austrian Matura examination certification (either regulated by an agreement or in individual cases decided by the vice chancellor, possibly with certain requirements), or can furnish proof of completion of a three-year (minimum) study at another certified post-secondary educational institution.
- The certification must be sufficient for acceptance to the desired course of study [Universität] this proof does not have to be submitted.
- In addition, the applicant must have sufficient German knowledge. If necessary, an examination is to be taken.
At the latest by the 1st of September or the 1st of February every year for the following semester.
To foreign citizens who are on an equal footing to Austrians, [Universität der Künste] the same application periods apply to foreigners as to Austrian residents, and admission is based on the entrance examination.
Only those foreigners who come to Austria for a short time in the context of a LLP/Erasmus programme (and thus do not intend to complete an entire course of study) do not need to take an entrance examination.
The respective university (the decision is made by the vice chancellor).
Detailed information for foreign students can be found on the pages of the Federal Ministry of Science and Research [Austrian Representation Agency [Österreichische Vertretungsbehörde] in that country. The last authentication is not necessary in those countries whose public authentication is recognised by Austria because of treaty agreements.
Further information concerning transfrontier recognition in the field of higher education can be obtained at the National Academic Recognition and Information Centre (NARIC) universities.
EU citizens are in principle on an equal footing with Austrian citizens.
Due to the Austrian Constitutional Court's decision of 30 June 2011 particular regulations of the Universitätsgesetz 2002 (UG) concerning tuition fees [Studienbeiträge] were overruled. This legal status came into force on 1 March 2012.
The matter has not been revised yet.
In summer semester 2012 Austrian universities do not charge any tuition fees [Studienbeiträge].
However, all students attending an Austrian university must pay the student fee [Studierendenbeitrag] (Austrian Student Union fee [ÖH-Beitrag]), which is 17 Euro per semester.
If you fulfil the prerequisites for co-insurance (under 27, proof of achievement, similar to family allowance), then you can apply to be co-insured with your parents (also grandparents or stepparents), or with your spouse.
If no other insurance protection is available, then the student has the possibility to insure him/herself at a preferential rate, currently 50,15 Euro per month.
All these insurance possibilities are only available by applying to a health insurance institution [freiwillige Selbstversicherung].
All these insurance possibilities are only available by applying to a health insurance institution Additional information can be found on the German website at HELP.gv.at.