Study in Austria – Universities in Austria where you can study in english

Studying in Austria and Universities in Austria

Why study in Austria? All you need to know about Universities in Austria!

Study in Austria and Universities in Austria! But why? 
Universities in Austria are one of the best in Europe and Austria itself is a wealthy, beautiful and safe country, with Vienna being voted the world’s most liveable city for ten years on the trot and the 2019 survey of quality of life placing Austria in the second position.

Virtually everyone on the planet has watched The Sound of Music, at least once, so we are all familiar with its snow-capped mountains overlooking fields of bright wild Alpine flowers and cowbells chiming in the neat, picturesque distant villages.

It is worth saying that Austria does actually look like that outside the main cities, and it would take a jaded heart not to be awestruck by the majesty and purity of the Alpine scenery which covers over 60 percent of the landmass.

 Austria’s geographic position makes it a brilliant hub for discovering neighboring countries, with Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland Germany, and Lichtenstein a short train ride away on Austria’s excellent transport networks.

Austria is a federal republic with nine states, and its population of just under ten million enjoy high employment, a great standard of living and a society which works: bureaucracy is efficient, health services are very good, the education system is well-funded and of high quality, the internet does not crash at regular intervals and the shops are full.

Although it is not perhaps the cheapest country in Europe, Austria is by no means the most expensive and students can survive on 1000 euros a month. And, of course, EU students can study for free since they are exempt from tuition fees!

Universities in Austria - most common asked questions

Study in Austria: which are the highest ranked universities?

The QS global rankings for 2022 list the following  public Austrian Universities :

Atomic Number
Chemical Symbol
University of Vienna
Vienna University of Technology
Technical University of Graz
University of Innsbruck
Johannes Kepler University, Linz
University of Graz
University of Salzburg

There are 22 research universities in Austria as well as: six universities of the arts, which focus on music, performing and fine arts, drama, and applied arts; three medical universities and three technical universities; 21 universities of applied sciences and 16 private universities, where fees apply.

All form part of an open-minded and long academic tradition of education, going back to the fourteenth century.

A selection of Universities in Austria which teach in English

– Vienna University of Technology

– University of Vienna

– MCI Management Center Innsbruck

– IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems

– Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences

– University of Applied Sciences Burgenland

– MODUL University Vienna

– Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

– Medical University of Graz

– Medical University of Innsbruck

– Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences

– University of Innsbruck

Universities in Austria - Most popular courses taught in English

– Master of Public Health 

– Bachelor of Science

– Bachelor of Education

– Bachelor of Engineering

– Bachelor of Laws

– Master of Laws

– Master of Business Administration

– Master of Science and Master of Art

– Master of Social Work

– Master of Engineering

– Bachelor of Arts

– Master of Engineering

– Bachelor of Fine Arts

Study in Austria – an overview of the most popular universities

University of Vienna

The University of Vienna is the largest in the country, with 94,000 students and 175-degree programs, many of which are taught in English, particularly at the Master’s level. The university has produced 15 Nobel prize winners and is dotted across 60 locations in the city. Established in 1365, it has headed the rankings of best Universities in Austria s for many years.

Vienna University of Technology

The Vienna University of Technology was established in 1815 and specializes in natural sciences and engineering, and has 30,000 students.

Vienna itself is a stunning city whose art treasures epitomize all the glory of the Habsburgs and boast the amenities of the modern world in the setting of a baroque vision.

University of Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck has the highest percentage of international students in the country, drawn to its spectacular setting and academic excellence. Set in the Tyrol, and surrounded by pine forests and mountains, the university is best known for its highly rated business administration and physics departments, and was established in 1669, as one of the first Universities in Austria. 

Innsbruck is an attractive picture postcard city, whose links to the Alps are epitomized by the cable car which connects the center of town with the slopes. Snowsports are popular with locals and tourists alike and you can leave a lecture and find yourself attaching your skis an hour later. The ideal blend of physical and mental exercise.

Johannes Kepler University, Linz

Johannes Kepler University, Linz, is one of the new generations of universities set up in Austria since the 1960s and is fast rising through the rankings, having gained university status in 1975. The ratio of international to domestic students is a high 1:9, and the university specialises in business, engineering, law, social sciences and medicine, good choice if you want to study in Austria. 

Linz is situated on the banks of the Danube and combines extremely innovative modern architecture with a historic old town full of fabulous baroque extravaganzas.

University of Graz

The University of Graz was set up in 1585 and ranks highly in Arts and Humanities, while cooperating with the Technical University of Graz in courses on engineering and technology, industrial chemistry, physics and geosciences. Students are entitled to attend lectures at both institutions.

Graz has been awarded the accolade of UNESCO City of Design and spans both sides of the Mur River. Its medieval old town is extremely well preserved, and its natural surroundings are attractive and appeal to hikers, cyclists, and people who want to relax. Graz is known as the culinary capital of Austria.

University of Salzburg

The University of Salzburg was established in 1622 and has four faculties and 18,000 students. The faculties consist of: Catholic Theology, Law, Cultural and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.

Salzburg is known the world over as the birthplace of Mozart. Encircled by steep hills and located on the River Salzach, Salzburg’s famous fortress looms above the town, while its cathedral and baroque old town are part of the reason why it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salzburg has a wealth of baroque architecture and is commonly referred to as the Rome of the North, with its palaces and churches, its winding streets and well-preserved buildings. In 1818, Salzburg saw the first performance of the Christmas carol Silent Night, Holy Night, which is now sung all over the world.


Top Reasons To Study In Austria

Austria offers one of the best study experiences in Europe, according to analysis of student testimonials on the world’s largest database of international student experiences. The results were part of the StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Awards and were based on more than 7,000 students’ opinions, including more than 220 students who commented on their experience of what it’s like to study in Austria.

Applying to Study in Austria

Unlike many European countries, Austria does not have a centralized application process, and once you have chosen a course and a university -and Elab is here to help you with this – you need to apply directly to the university where you want to enroll. Each university has its own application forms, to download, and in addition, you will be asked for some or all of the following documents:

– a copy of your school diploma

– photographs

– ID document

– a police statement saying you are of good character

– school reports

– proof of English proficiency at C1 level

Applications must be in by 5 September for the spring term, and 5 February if you intend to start studying in the autumn term.

Once you have been offered a place and arrived in Austria, you have three days to register  with the municipality, who will wish to see a valid ID, proof of financial support and health insurance – this can be an EHIC card, although EHIC does not cover any routine medical appointments, merely acute conditions.

Once you have received confirmation of registration, you are allowed to stay in Austria for up to five years, after which you can, if you wish, apply for permanent residence.


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Studying at an Austrian university – the cost of living

It has been estimated that the average student will need from 950-1200 euros a month to study in Austria. As is always the case, accommodation is the single largest expense, and it is cheaper to live outside the centre of town, and away from the capital, Vienna.

Of course, everyone’s lifestyle differs, and students who like to eat out, go to clubs and bars etc will have to cover a larger budget than individuals who prefer sports and tend to favour cafes and cook at home.

What follows is a brief list of what you can expect to pay in Austria:

12.50 euro

4 euro

3 euro

30 euro – 55 euro

34 euro

450 euro – 800 euro

500 euro – 1000 euro

3 euro

30 euro – 55 euro

250 euro – 400 euro

Studying at an Austrian University - a summary

If you need any type of information about studying in Austria, contact us here at Elab. Drop us an email or telephone and we will be happy to discuss your options and give you guidance and advice. Our Europa Programme compares what is on offer across the whole of Europe and our experienced consultants are able to give you useful facts and talk you through practical and application processes.

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