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Are you looking for a high-quality education at a university with an exquisite reputation? Then Austria might be the right choice for your postgraduate study abroad. In comparison to Germany, here you can study in smaller groups, which leads to more personalized educational experience.
In Austria you can choose from traditional universities, universities of applied sciences offering hands-on teaching methods, and many universities with different specializations like arts or teaching. There are numerous options for your postgraduate experience in Austria. The academic year begins on 1st of October and ends on 30th of September, whereby in February there is a semester break.
The majority of Masters programmes in Austria are taught in German. A good reason to learn a new language! But even if you do not want to learn German, Austria also boasts plenty of international programmes taught in English.
Austria used to be a popular study destination for German students in particular, as Austrian degree programmes barely had any admissions restrictions. In recent years admission has become a little more competitive, but compared to other European countries, it is still quite easy to be admitted to an Austrian Masters programme.
Higher education institution set them on their own, so you should check up what exactly is required for a subscription at your desired Masters programme and university. Some of the common needed documents are:
If you want to choose a Masters programme in Austria and gather further information about studying there, you are welcome to visit our MASTER AND MORE fair in Vienna!
EU and EEA citizens don’t have to pay tuition fees for pursuing a Master degree at Austrian higher education institutions, as long as they do not exceed the standard number of semesters (plus a tolerance period of two semesters) needed to complete the course. For example, if you are an EEA citizen, subscribed for a two-year Masters programme, your studies will be free of charge if you complete it for less than four semesters. Students with children and disabled students also can do a Masters in Austria without paying any additional costs.
Tuition fees for non-EU and students, who exceed the study duration with more than 2 semesters, are about €360.
Universities of applied sciences don’t need to charge this fee. However, some of them also require €360 per semester while other are free of charge. Please check the current fees with your favorite Austrian university of applied sciences.
Private universities are essentially more expensive than public ones. The taxes there might be up to €10 000 per year.
In addition to that, every student must pay a fee to the Austrian Student’s Association, called ÖH-Beitrag (Österreichische Hochschülerinnen- und Hochschülerschaft). All students in Austria automatically become members of the association, which represents the student’s rights. The total amount is €18,70 per semester.
International students in Austria usually choose to rent either a student dormitory or a shared flat. The costs vary by city and location, whereby the most expensive place in Austria is Vienna, of course. However, renting a single room in a dormitory might cost between €180 and €250. If you decide to share an apartment, a room in the capital city might costs you around €400 and in other cities - €250 to €350.
Regarding the living standards and costs, Austria is comparable to the Netherlands. Total living costs, including accommodation, groceries, transport and entertainment would be at least €900 per month.
However, there are ways to finance your studies. Such are the scholarships for well-performing students, offered by institutions of higher education in Austria. Here you can find information about these funds.
Some Austrian states also offer financial help for students in different areas like “gender”, “mobility” or “Master’s thesis”. Of course, there are also foundations, private people and companies, who might be ready to support you as a future specialist during your Master's studies.
You can find additional advices about financing your Masters in Austria on master-and-more.at in German.
The Austrian countryside offers so many leisure activities that you will never get bored. Aside from the beautiful Austrian Alps with their white-capped mountains—a paradise for climbing and skiing fans—Austria boasts many cultural highlights, especially in its capital city, Vienna, including architectural monuments like the St. Stephen’s Cathedral or the Schönbrunn Palace. In addition, there are many museums and art exhibitions all over Austria to help you broaden your cultural horizon.
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