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The Republic of Austria has a free and public school system, and nine years of education are mandatory. Schools offer a series of vocational-technical and university preparatory tracks involving one to four additional years of education beyond the minimum mandatory level. The legal basis for primary and secondary education in Austria is the School Act of 1962. The federal Ministry of Education is responsible for funding and supervising primary, secondary, and, since 2000, also tertiary education. Primary and secondary education is administered on the state level by the authorities of the respective states.
Federal legislation played a prominent role in the education system, and laws dealing with education effectively have a de facto constitutional status because, like Austrian constitutional law, they can only be passed or amended by a two-thirds majority in parliament.

University admission
Besides sufficient knowledge of the german language there are other certificates you may need in order to apply at an Austrian university.

A number of requirements must be fulfilled for the matriculation of a foreign citizen (or a stateless person) as a regular student in Austrian university degree programmes.
The applicant has an A-level or high school diploma [Reifeprüfungszeugnis] that can be considered equivalent to an Austrian Matura examination certification, or can furnish proof of completion of a three-year (minimum) study at another post-secondary educational institution.
The certification must be sufficient for acceptance to the desired course of study at a university in that country in which it was acquired. Any study-related requirements (entrance examination) must be fulfilled in the country in which the A-level or high school diploma was issued.

If the desired course of study in Austria is not offered in the home country, then proof of next closest course of study is to be furnished. Only if the country does not have a university does this proof not need to be submitted.

In addition, the applicant must have sufficient German knowledge. If necessary, an examination is to be taken.

Important: As a foreign student the deadline for the registration is latest the 1st of September or the 1st of February every year for the following semester.


Make sure you prepare all documents on time. The better you have the paperwork together, the faster the whole process can be completed.

Passport, identity card or proof of citizenship in combination with an official ID card with photo[ amtlicher Lichtbildausweis]

A-levels, high school diploma or equivalent certification
Transcript with grades from the last school year
Various filled-out forms (available at the registry offices of the respective universities):Application form for admission, Registration form, Form for statistics, Student document of identification with photograph attached, Form for continuation

Second photograph

Bank receipt indicating payment of the per semester tuiton fee [Studienbeitrag] if the applicant is not otherwise exempt

Important: All documents are to be submitted in the original and in a German translation which was publicly authenticated in the originating country and was last authenticated by the Austrian Representation Agency| [ Österreichische Vertretungsbehörde] in that country.

Paying the tuition fee is the prerequisite for the permission to study (Studienzulassung) and the continuation of studies.

The system on higher education in Austria distinguishes between federal universities (Universitäten), private universities (Privatuniversitäten) and universities of applied science (Fachhochschulen). The three types are based on different laws. One of the main differences (but not the only) is funding. Two institutions in Lower Austria have a special legal status.
List of universities in Austria:


Private university:

European Peace University in Stadtschlaining

University of applied science:

Fachhochschulstudiengaenge Burgenland in Eisenstadt and Pinkafeld


Federal university:

University of Klagenfurt

University of applied science:

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Spittal an der Drau, Klagenfurt, Villach and Feldkirchen in Kärnten

Lower Austria

University for continuing education:

Danube University Krems in Krems

Private universities:

Danube Private University in Krems

New Design University in Sankt Pölten

Universities of applied science:

IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems in Krems

University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in Sankt Pölten

Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt

Not a university, but an institute with PhD programmes:

Institute of Science and Technology Austria in Klosterneuburg


Federal universities:

University of Salzburg

Mozarteum University of Salzburg

Private universities:

Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg

Privatuniversität Schloss Seeburg in Seekirchen am Wallersee

University of applied sciences:

University of Applied Sciences Salzburg in Puch bei Hallein and in Kuchl


Federal universities:

University of Graz

Graz University of Technology

Medical University of Graz

University of Leoben

University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz

Universities of applied science:

FH Joanneum in Graz

Campus02 in Graz


Federal universities:

University of Innsbruck (Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck)

Innsbruck Medical University

Private university:

University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Hall in Tirol

Universities of applied science:

University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein

MCI Management Center Innsbruck

FH Gesundheit in Innsbruck

Upper Austria

Federal universities:

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz

Private universities:

Catholic-Theological Private University Linz

Anton Bruckner Private University for Music, Drama, and Dance, Linz

University of Applied Sciences

Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg im Mühlkreis, Linz, Steyr and Wels


Federal universities:

University of Vienna

Vienna University of Technology

Medical University of Vienna

Vienna University of Economics and Business ("Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration" prior to 2008)

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

University of Applied Arts Vienna

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Private universities:

Konservatorium Wien

PEF Private University of Management Vienna

Sigmund Freud University Vienna

MODUL University Vienna

Webster University Vienna

Universities of Applied Sciences:

Fachhochschule des bfi Wien

Fachhochschule Technikum Wien

FH Campus Wien


Lauder Business School

Ferdinand Porsche Fern FH-Studiengänge


University of applied science:

Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn

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