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Study in Austria

Graduate programs in Austria

Austria has an iconic landscape, with beautiful mountains filled with lush, deep snow and warm chalets dotted all around. However, there is more to Austria than this, with culture, music and food all providing interest.Study a graduate program in Austria

This is a country that is a perfect mix of the provincial and the modern, making it a great place to see the contrasts of a modern European country. Come study a graduate program in Austria and see for yourself!

Population: 8,400,000

Education overview

Austria has a complex education system, with several different institutions offering graduate programs. Most courses are taught in German, but some institutions are moving towards teaching in English to maximise their potential with international students.

You can study a graduate program in Austria at the following types of higher education institution:

  • Universities – Offer all types of education programs
  • Universities of the arts – Focused at students who want to study arts, music and drama
  • Universities of applied sciences – Focused on vocational courses leading to practical jobs
  • University colleges of teacher education – Teacher training providers
  • Private universities – Private courses offered by individual institutions

Immigration and visas in Austria

If you are from an EU country, you will be able to study in Austria without needing a visa providing you can fulfil the following criteria:

  • You have a valid passport
  • You are studying for more than three months at the institution
  • You have sufficient income to support themselves during their studies
  • You have comprehensive health insurance

Non-EU students will need to check the relevant details for studying in Austria with their own country, but will almost certainly need to get a study visa.

Life in Austria

Known as the “Alpine Republic”, the country has plenty to offer students coming to study a graduate program in Austria. This is a country rich in tradition and history, with a strong sense of culture and identity.

Life in Austria is extremely safe, with low crime and a good standard of living. Many graduate programs in Austria have cheaper tuition fees than other EU countries, making it a popular destination for international students.

Austria is well known for its alpine sports, so make sure you try out skiing or snowboarding during down time from university.

Working in Austria

Austria is the 12th richest country in the world in term of GDP and has a very high standard of living. A large amount of its economy is based around energy production, with hydropower, gas and oil all being big employers.

Historically, Austria’s main trading partner has been Germany, making the country susceptible to fluctuations in the German economy. However, membership of the EU has allowed Austria to forge links with other European countries, reducing its dependence on its German neighbours.

Tourism accounts for roughly 9% of Austria’s GDP, with more than 20 million tourists visiting each year.


Many universities in Austria provide graduate students with accommodation in student hostels, which are a great way to meet fellow students and get into student live. However, you may have to share a room with a fellow student in a hostel, so for more privacy, you could opt for a shared apartment.

As a guide, you should expect to pay between €220-290 for a single room in a student hostel, and €180-250 for a shared room.  

Climate in Austria

With just under three quarters of the country dominated by the Alps, it’s unsurprising that Austria has an alpine climate, with plenty of snow and very cold winters. Despite this, summers can be deceivingly warm, with average temperatures in the mid-20s.


Austria’s transport infrastructure is highly developed and efficient, with an extensive rail network and bus systems. Most of the major cities where you’ll study – Vienna, Graz, Linz – have tram systems which will help you get around. Most towns also have an integrated transport system, allowing you to switch between bus and tram routes on the same ticket.


The currency of Austria is the Euro.

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