Universities

Your study requirements:

If are from a EU or EEA Country (or Switzerland), you can enjoy freedom of movement!

That means that you don’t have any specific requirements to study in Austria. As long as you are authorised for a certain study in your homecountry, (university level entrance examination certification) you are also permitted the same study in Austria.

In this step we try to give you a short overview of what you need to take care of when planning to study in Austria. For further information check the page of the Austrian ministry for science and research. They provide you with all the info you need about studying in Austria and the university landscape. Click on the Logo to find an overview of the services and pages offered by the ministry. Their “pro-toolkit” will lead you to many useful university and government related webpages.

Relevant ministries:

1) General entrance qualifications:

For bachelor studies you need a school leaving certificate or equivalent

For master studies you need a bachelor or equivalent degree
For doctoral / PhD studies you need a diploma, master or equivalent degree.

2) Specific entrance qualifications:

Some universities / fields of study in Austria have open access for all students, some have additional entrance examinations (e.g. Sport, Art, Medicine, Psychology, Communication). Find more information about the different universities at the step “Universities” or directly at the University you intend to study at.

3) German language proficiency

In Austria, German is the main language of instruction. For courses that are only taught in German you have to provide a language proficiency. This could be a certificate that German was a school subject in the school leaving certificate or other language certificates. If your German is not sufficient, the university can demand an examination of your German which you have to pass before you can start your studies. In order to pass this exam some universities offer preparation courses. If you are taking one of those courses you will be enrolled as “non-degree-programme student” at the university.

If you don’t speak german yet or you want to improve your german have a look at the language course offers in the step “Learn German”

Alternatively some universities also offer courses or even complete study programs in other languages (mainly english). For those programs you don’t need to speak German. Complete study programs are mostly offered by private Universities.

Find more information about study programs in english in the steps “Study Options” and “Universities” or directly at the Universities.

Application & Deadlines

Applications:

Applications for admission have to be sent direclty to the university you inted to enrol at. See the step “University” for admissions Information.

Deadlines:

In Austria we have two main entry periods: The Summer Semester and the Winter Semester.
At the main Universities you have to apply (all documents arrived at the University) by the following deadlines:

Summer Semester: by 1st of February
Winter Semester: by 1st of September

Please be aware that the application process takes quite some time so prepare your application documents on time and rather send them off some weeks ahead of the deadline!

You can also consult the Austrian Students Ombudsman for further information.

Study requirements:

In order to study in Vienna you have to aware of several requirements. In this step we try to give you a short overview of what you need to take care of when planning to study in Austria.
For further information check the page of the Austrian ministry for science and research. They provide you with all the info you need about studying in Austria.
Click on the Logo to find an overview of the services and pages offered by the ministry. Their “pro-toolkit” will lead you to many useful university and government related webpages.

1) General entrance qualifications:

For bachelor studies you need a school leaving certificate or equivalent
For master studies you need a bachelor or equivalent degree
For doctoral / PhD studies you need a diploma, master or equivalent degree
You need to check if your school leaving certificate or other degree is accepted in Austria. Please check this with the University you are interested in. In case your certificate is not accepted, you may have to take supplementary examinations before you are accepted to a program.
See the link for International agreements between Austria and other countries. (Agreements)

2) Specific entrance qualifications:

If you want to study in Austria you have to provide a so called “specific university entrance qualification”. This means that you have to prove that you fulfill all requirements to study in Austria and that you had the right to study your chosen studies in your homecountry. So if there are some regulations concerning your studies in your homecountry – you also have to meet this requirements in order to study in Austria.
Find more information about the different universities at the steps “Study Options” and “Universities” or directly at the Universities.

3) German language proficiency

In Austria German is the main language of instruction. For courses that are only taught in German you have to provide a language proficiency. This could be a certificate that German was a school subject in the school leaving certificate or other language certificates. If your German is not sufficient, the university can demand an examination of your German which you have to pass before you can start your studies. In order to pass this exam some universities offer preparation courses. If you are taking one of those courses you will be enrolled as “non-degree-programme student” at the university.
If you don’t speak german yet or you want to improve your german have a look at the language course offers in Vienna in the step “Learn German”
Alternatively: some universities also offer courses or even complete study programs in other languages (mainly english). For those programs you don’t need to speak German. Complete study programs are mostly offered by private Universities.
Find more information about study programs in english in the steps “Study Options” and “Universities” or directly at the Universities.

Applications & Deadlines

Applications:

Applications for admission have to be sent direclty to the university you inted to enrol at. See the step “University” for admissions Information.

Deadlines: 

In Austria we have two main entry periods: The Summer Semester and the Winter Semester.
At the main Universities you have to apply (all documents arrived at the University) by the following deadlines:
Summer Semester: by 1st of February
Winter Semester: by 1st of September
Please be aware that the application process takes quite some time so prepare your application documents on time and rather send them off some weeks ahead of the deadline! 

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Fees for all public universities currently stand at:

€363.36 per semester for Austrians

€726.72 for non-EU nationals

  1. University of  Vienna:

Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

About: With about 93,000 students enrolling each year, this 650-year-old university is the largest educational institution in Austria. It is located in the 1st district, but has many faculties spread over the entire city. Even if you won’t be studying at the University of Vienna, we highly recommend that you pay a visit to the main building, as it is an architectural masterpiece which more closely resembles a museum than a university.

Programs: To see a full list, please click here

  1. Vienna University of Economics and Business(WU):

 Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Wien

About: If you pay a visit to the WU campus in the 2nd district, you’re sure to feel more like you’re at a modern art exhibition than a university. With its modernized design and enhanced technical equipment, it’s not only a great institution for pursuing an Economics career, but also a very popular place for students from all universities to study.

Programs: Business, Economics and Social Sciences, Business Law, International Management, Marketing, Quantitative Finance and many more. See a full list here.

  1. Vienna University of Technology(TUWien):

Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien

About: The TUW is Austria’s largest scientific-technical educational institution. It has eight faculties and the second-highest amount of incoming students each year, right after the University of Vienna. It is located in the center of Vienna, near the Opera.

Programs: For a full list of programs offered please click here. 

 

  1. MedicalUniversity of Vienna

Spitalgasse 23, 1090 Wien

About: The medical university of Vienna was founded in 2004, but considered a direct successor of the University of Medicine founded in 1365, and considered to be one of the oldest medical schools in the world. It is also the largest medical organisation in Austria, as well as one of the most highly considered research institutions in Europe. The university also provides the medical staff for Europe’s largest hospital, Vienna General Hospital.

Programs: Medicine, Dentistry, Medical informatics, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctoral Program of Applied Medical Science as well as a range of postgraduate programs. For the full list please click here

5.  Academy of Fine ArtsVienna

Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Wien

About: The Academy was founded in 1692, and currently has around 900 students, a quarter of which are internationals. They house one of the biggest collections of drawings and prints in Austria, which is used mostly for academic purposes, though parts of it are also open to the general public. Notable alumni include Egon Schiele.                                                                                                                 

Programs: Fine Arts, PhD in practice, Education in the Arts, Master in Critical Studies, Architecture, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Doctor of Science, Scenography, Conservation and Restoration

  1. University of Applied ArtsVienna

Oskar Kokoschka-Platz 2, 1010 Wien

About: The university was founded in 1867 and designed by architect Heinrich von Ferstel. It is one of the few institutions in the world where female students were allowed to study from the university’s opening. Gustav Klimt was just one of the numerous graduates from that era.

Programs: A variety of arts-based degrees from architecture to creative writing. For a full list of courses available, please click here.

  1. University of Music and Performing ArtsVienna

 

Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien

About: This is one of the biggest and oldest universities of music and dramatic arts in the world. Its curriculum ranges from classical to modern music, as well as musical education, dramatic arts, film and scientific subjects. The university organizes over 1,000 events every year, including numerous concerts, operatic and theatrical performances.

Programs: For a full list of programs offered, please click here.

  1. University of Veterinary MedicineVienna

 

Veterinärpl. 1, 1210 Wien

About: This university was founded in 1767 by Empress Maria Theresia as the world’s third school for veterinary medicine. It is currently the only academic institution in Austria that focuses on the veterinary sciences. They currently house around 1,300 employees and 2,300 students.

Programs: A variety of courses in veterinary and biomedical sciences. For a full list of programs offered, click here.

There are also many private universities in Vienna. Each of them offers a variety of degrees and curricula to study. Most of these universities you will find fairly centrally in Vienna, and are easily accessible by public transport. The private universities of Vienna are mostly specialised, and have very particular degree programs with a special focus on certain subjects.

1. Webster

Where? Praterstrasse 23, 1020 Wien

About: Established in Vienna in 1981, Webster is a worldwide phenomenon with over 100 campuses across 8 countries. It is currently the only American university in Austria. A truly international education, Webster has over 70 nationalities within their student body alone.

Programs offered: Business, Marketing, International Relations, Psychology and Media Communications.

Language: English

Fees: €19,520 annual tuition

2. MODUL

Where? Modul Am Kahlenberg 1, 1190 Wien

About: One of the oldest universities in Vienna, MODUL was founded in 1908 and offers vocational training with a long tradition in tourism and hospitality education. Their student experience is considered highly, as they encourage a range of student activities such as a wine society, sports tournaments and a community outreach program.

Programs: International management, tourism and hospitality, hotel management and operation, sustainable development, international tourism, business administration, business and socioeconomic sciences

Language: English

Fees: €24,000-52,000 total fees (dependent on study program)

3. Konservatorium Wien

Where? Konservatorium Johannesgasse 4a, 1010 Wien

About: The first and only private university that is fully funded by the City of Vienna. Offers over 30 bachelors and masters degrees in music and performing arts.

Programs: Conducting, composition, drama, early music, jazz, keyboard, musical, string instruments, voice and opera, wind and percussion, dance

Language: German and English

Fees: €300-1,000 per semester, depending on country of origin

4. Sigmund Freud University

Where? Schnirchgasse 9a, 1030 Wien

About: Founded in 2003, the Sigmund Freud University specialises in psychology and psychotherapy science programs. They operate their very own psychotherapy clinic, allowing their students to experience real-world practical training.

Programs: Psychotherapy science, psychology

Language: German and English

Fees: €6,300-6,830 per semester, depending on program of study

1. University of Applied Sciences (FHWien der WKW):– The FHWien offers many Bachelor and Master’s programs in the departments of managementmedia, and tourism. The highly-modern institution offers a structured, practice-oriented educational style, with small classes and a high school-like system. It is located in the 8th district, not far from the city center.

2. University of Applied Sciences (Technikum Wien): The special thing about Technikum Wien is that it’s not just a college: it’s also a center for one-day seminars on topics ranging from sports equipment technology to computer science. The Technikum Wien offers many Bachelor and Master’s programs in areas such as app-developmentgame engineering and development, and smart homes and assistive technologies. This  highly-modern college is located in Vienna’s 20th district.

3. Lauder Business School (LBS): The Lauder Business School is a Jewish business school located in the 9th district. It will provide you with an English-language education in the field of business administration. The LBS is proud of its diversity and excited to welcome young international students to its halls.

Other technical colleges in Vienna include…  

Fachhochschule des bfi Wien FH Campus Wien | Ferdinand Porsche FernFH

Founded in the U.S. in 1915, Webster University is an American University with a global perspective. The Vienna Campus, Webster Vienna Private University, opened in 1981.
The University focuses on excellence in teaching, the joining of theory and practice, small class sizes, and educating students to be lifelong independent learners prepared to participate in an increasingly international society.

A degree from Webster Vienna is accredited in both the USA and Austria, and recognized everywhere in the world.

Interested in applying to one of their degree programs? Check out their admissions page HERE.

Or if you’d like to find out more about Webster and simply visit the university, you can use our handy booking tool below.

The facts

Programs offered (all taught in English)

  1. Business
  2. Marketing
  3. International Relations
  4. Psychology
  5. Media Communications.

Fees

  • €19,520 annual tuition for undergraduate courses
  • €26,640 for masters
  • Payment is on a course-by-course basis, allowing students to manage their finances in a flexible manner
  • 20% of students also receive financial aid through scholarships or sponsorships

An international environment

  • Webster Vienna’s students represent over 70 nationalities
  • Faculty represent of 20 nationalities
  • No national representation exceeding 20%, everyone on the Vienna campus is a minority.

This international atmosphere helps form lifelong international bonds of friendship and a community united by mutual respect and understanding.