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2019-08-22 00:30:13

Best Schools in Austria for foreign students

Best Schools in Austria for foreign students

Prestigious schools in Austria for foreign students - secondary education system

Upon reaching 6 years, student begin to study in elementary school on a free basis, while students are provided with travel and educational materials. In addition, elite private schools successfully provide tuition fees in Austria.

The following is a classification of leading Austrian elementary schools:

  • Volksschule - public school
  • Grundschule - elementary school
  • Sonderschule - schools for children with special needs and care.

Education in Austria's primary school ends when the student reaches 10 years old, enrollment is conducted by children who have reached the age of six. The duration of education is 4 years.

  • secondary school

After education in an Austrian primary school, a transition to secondary school is provided. The following are the types of leading Austrian schools, namely:

  • Hauptschule - is a comprehensive secondary school
  • Allgemein bildende hohere Schulen - is a high school academic level of education.

In the framework of this stage, in-depth knowledge is acquired by foreign students. It is during the transition to the class that the beginning of specialization is provided. The choice of students is offered one of three profiles, namely:

  • Classical gymnasium education involving the study of Latin
  • A math class involving in-depth study of geometry and algebra
  • The class of economic sciences.

In the case of successful passing the exams, graduates are issued a certificate of complete secondary education Matura.

Admission of foreign students is carried out after the student reaches 10 years of age, the completion of secondary school is at 14 years of age. As for the duration of education, it is 4 years.

  • High School of Austria

Upon reaching 14 years, that is, at the time of graduation from high school, a transition to an Austrian high school is provided. Within this studying period. There is an in-depth development of professional and theoretical skills, the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, in addition, pre-university education is being conducted. In the case of successful studying, graduates of the Austrian higher secondary school are issued a certificate of secondary education.

When a foreign student reaches 14 years old, enrollment in studies is carried out. The completion of secondary education in Austria falls on the student reaching the age of 18. The duration of education is 4 years.

Educational programs of the best schools in Austria for foreign students

Educational program


International Baccalaureate Program

Established in 2012

Educational format mixed

Target audience - foreign students from 7 to 18 years old

At the age of 11, placement in a school residence is possible

International Baccalaureate Program

Established in 2008

Educational format mixed

Target audience - foreign students from 9 to 18 years old

Accommodation in a school residence

International Baccalaureate Program

Established - 1977

Educational format mixed

Target audience - foreign students from 12 to 19 years old

Accommodation in a school residence


Brief information about prestigious private boarding schools in Austria

In Austria, the share of leading private schools is 10%. In the vast majority of cases, elite private schools are located within the Catholic Church. The key difference from Austrian public schools is due to a more rigorous approach to the educational process. In addition, among foreign srudents, Waldorf schools are popular and in demand.

Classes are held in small educational institutions, the number of students in which does not exceed 10-15 students. Each student is given attention by professional educators. The overwhelming majority of elite Austrian boarding schools teach in the German language, while you can find leading educational institutions in which the teaching material is taught in German. Teaching English is usually carried out under the international baccalaureate program. This education program is aimed at foreign students planning to enter top universities, both in German-speaking countries, as well as in the USA, Great Britain, etc.

Please note that regardless of the chosen educational program, namely the international baccalaureate, or the Austrian standard of education, the second foreign language is taught in addition to the teaching language.

The physical development of foreign students is not ignored. After all, it is Austria that is famous for its Alps, which make it possible to ski perfectly; at the same time, creative personalities can study music, visit the Vienna Opera, enjoying the works of Strauss and Mozart.

TOP-12 best schools in Austria for foreign students

Assessment of Austrian secondary education is envisaged on an annual basis, the results of the assessment underlie the development of lists of ranking schools in Austria. At the moment, the choice of foreign students is provided with a wide range of public, private schools, in addition, German and Russian schools are successfully operating in Austria.

The following are popular and prestigious high schools located in Vienna and Lower Austria:

  • GTVS Aspernallee
  • VS Meissnergasse
  • Europaschule. Bilinguale schule
  • VS Neulandschule
  • Montessori-Schule Hütteldorf
  • VS Sacré Coeur
  • VS Währingerstraße
  • Volksschule am judenplatz
  • VS Otto-Glöckel-Straße
  • VS Pestalozzi Nord
  • VS Montessori Atelier
  • VS IMA St. Pölten.

It is also worth noting that in Austria there are elite international schools located in Linz, Salzburg, the Austrian capital , which are taught in both German and other foreign languages.

Cost of obtaining prestigious secondary education in Austria

On average, the cost of studying in the best schools in Austria varies from 300 to 700 per year. As for secondary education in leading international schools, top private schools, the cost of education will increase to 12,000 -18,000 per year.

The cost of education is determined by such factors as the number of disciplines studied, specialization, the number of foreign languages.

Please note that on the territory of Austria, tuition is paid for upon receiving secondary education, that is, the possibility of receiving it is not provided on a free basis.

The main advantages of studying at ranking schools in Austria for foreign students

  • The highest level of quality educational services
  • Close acquaintance with the culture and traditions of European countries
  • Improving the level of language skills and free communication with foreign students who are representatives of different countries of the world
  • Excellent prospects for elite higher education at the best universities in Austria.

The procedure for admission to a leading boarding school in Austria - useful information for foreign students

In the overwhelming majority of cases, students are not required to pass entrance exams. At the same time, a foreign student is required to prepare a package of documents that includes:

  • Statement of grades for the last 2-3 years of study, academic performance should be good
  • Feature from educators
  • An international language certificate, namely IELTS (in case of studying in English schools), Test DaF, if the teaching is conducted in English.

In addition, a foreign student may be required to fill out a questionnaire or, alternatively, an interview on Skype with a member of the school admissions committee.

In the case of insufficient English or German language skills, SMAPSE experts note that specialized preparatory courses have been created on the basis of prestigious schools in Austria. Thus, it is worth considering the possibility of organizing in an advanced summer language camp in Austria.

During the summer holidays, the majority of Austrian boarding schools receive foreign students to take short-term language courses. The passage of language programs contributes to the improvement of language skills and complete immersion in the linguistic and cultural environment of Austria.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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