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26 best universities in Austria for international students: rankings, tuition fees, reviews

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Nowadays, studying in Austrian universities is a great opportunity to get high-quality education in one of European countries at an attractive price. Education in one of the most interesting countries in Europe has a number of advantages:

  • Getting an international diploma in an internationally recognized center of education - Austria.
  • A wide range of specialties. The greatest recognition at the world level was obtained by graduates of medical and economic specialties - that is why among foreign students universities of these directions are very popular
  • Low cost of education. Due to the high ratings of many universities in Austria, a stereotype is widely spread about the high cost of education in this country, but the average cost of studying for one semester for foreign students is about 750 euros. At the same time, students receive a large number of privileges: free visits to a number of museums and theaters, travel privileges, etc.
  • Vienna is recognized throughout the world as one of the best student cities, ranked 16th in the QS rating
  • Possibility to get education in English or German
  • High level of security in the country
  • A rich history and interesting sightseeing and natural attractions can be one of the reasons to learn more about Austria
  • Studying in Austria provides an excellent opportunity to visit not only neighboring cities, but also other EU countries.
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Main types of Austrian Universities

In Austria, there are three main groups of universities - public, private and universities of applied disciplines. If the definition of the notion of public (Universitäten) and private (Privatuniversitäten) universities does not create difficulties, then the notion of universities of applied disciplines (Fachhochschulen) remains questionable. Note that in Austria, state universities predominate, the share of private universities is small and getting education is expensive.

What are the universities of applied disciplines in Austria? These are unique educational institutions that involve a close interconnection of practical skills and theoretical disciplines. In these universities, students undergo a large number of internships in various companies, which allows students to gain invaluable practical experience. The most prestigious among universities of this type are:

  • Lauder Business School
  • Fachhochschule des bfi Vienna
  • Ferdinand Porsche Fern-Fachhochschule
  • Fachhochschule Technikum Vienna.

Many universities in Austria are in the world's prestigious ratings. So, a large number of Austrian universities are included in the ARWU rating and are in the TOP-500.

TOP-5 prestigious universities in Austria for international students

  • Vienna University

It is the oldest Austrian university. About 90 thousand students from all over the world study here. The most prestigious and authoritative disciplines are history and religious studies.

  • Innsbruck University

One of the best in the country. In many areas competes with the University of Vienna. Students of this university received recognition in the field of physics.

  • The Vienna Technical University

It is a modern technical university recognized at the world level. It can find relevant programs created by world-renowned experts, and gain invaluable practical experience. The most popular educational programs of the Department of Information Technology and the Department of Engineering.

  • The University of Graz

It is one of the largest universities in Austria with rich history. One of the most prestigious direction of education is engineering.

  • The Kepler University

It is a relatively new university, widely known for its programs in such specialties as mathematics and engineering.

How to enter one of TOP-15 universities in Austria?

Independent collection of the necessary package of documents for admission to a foreign university is a complex and painstaking process, requiring attention to detail and studying the specifics of the country's legislation. To enter an Austrian university for foreign students without the qualified assistance of specialists is a difficult task.

Note that the necessary documents, rules and terms of submission depend on the chosen university. Usually the following package of documents is needed:

  • Certificate of secondary education and its annexes
  • Filled out form (application) for the receipt (filing) of documents
  • Certificate of German/English proficiency at a sufficient level.

However, the university can introduce additional exams and requirements. It is also necessary to understand that the preparation of documents also includes the preparation of a visa.

The deadline for submitting documents depends on the university. Usually the filing dates are tied to the beginning of the summer and winter semester - in March and October.

It can be concluded that the requirements for admission to the Austrian university - this is an important issue when choosing a university.

Studying in Austria for foreign students is an excellent chance to take the first step in building your future. Qualified teachers and a high level of education in the country will make studying pleasant and interesting.

Times Higher Education’s top 50 best universities in USA 2021

World University Rank 2021  US Rank 2021 University City State
 2  1 Stanford University Stanford California
 3  2 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
 4  3 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
 5  4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
 7  5 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
 8  6 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
 9  7 Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
 10  8 University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
 12  9 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
 13  10 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania
 15  11 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
 17  12 Columbia University New York City New York
 19  13 Cornell University Ithaca New York
 =20  14 Duke University Durham North Carolina
 22  15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan
 24  16 Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
 26  17 New York University New York City New York
 28  18 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
 29  19 University of Washington Seattle Washington
 33  20 University of California, San Diego San Diego California
 38  21 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
 44  22 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
 48  23 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois
 49  24 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin
 50  25 Washington University in St Louis St. Louis Missouri
 53  26 University of Southern California Los Angeles California
 =54  27 Boston University Boston Massachusetts
 =56  28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina
 61  29 Brown University Providence Rhode Island
 =64  30 University of California, Davis Davis California
 68  31 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
 =80  32 Ohio State University (Main campus) Columbus Ohio
 =85  =33 Emory University Atlanta Georgia
 =85  =33 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota
 90  35 University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland
 =94  36 Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette Indiana
 =98  37 University of California, Irvine Irvine California
 =101  38 Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire
 105  39 Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan
 =111  40 Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
 =114  41 Penn State (Main campus) State College Pennsylvania
 117  42 University of Virginia (Main campus) Charlottesville Virginia
 120  43 Georgetown University   Washington D.C
 =121  44 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio
 =124  45 University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
 =124  =45 Rice University Houston Texas
 =131  47 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Colorado
 =133  48 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
 =140  49 Indiana University Bloomington Indiana
 =147  50 University of Rochester Rochester (NY) New York

Cost of living in Austria

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 287 380
Food 241 436
Transportation 40 151
Communications and utilities 73 108
Clothing 28 104
Sports and leisure 25 98
Total 693 1,278

 

Higher education-statistics

Name Bakkalaureus
Deadline September 1, February 1
The probability of admission 87%
Duration 3-4 years
Average cost from 1500 euros per year (in German), from 12000 euros in English
Expulsion statistics 59%
Language of tuition German
Minimum level of German TestDaF 4
Minimum level of English IELTS 6.5
Job opportunity 82%
Percentage of students enrolled in the master's program 45%

Statistics of English courses in Austria

Programs Intensity Group Language requirements Cost of the week
Standard course 20 8-12 Beginner €270/week +
Intensive course 25 5-12 Beginner €380/week +
Super-intensive course 30 5-12 Beginner €670/week +
Preparation course (ÖSD) 20 5-12 Elementary €230/week +
Business German course 25 8-12 Pre-intermediate €500/week +
Summer school 20 10-15 Beginner €600/week +
German and Music 20 8-12 Beginner €1,400/week +
One-to-One Training 5-10 1 Beginner €440/week +

Accommodation in Austria

Shared room outside of centre 290
Shared room in city centre 384
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 438
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 570

 

Estimated Costs

Estimated Costs Min. Average
Consular fee of the embassy €35 €70
Flight (Moscow - Vienna - Moscow) €148 €300
Medical insurance €8/week €16/week
Study material €19 €30
Delivery of invitations by express mail €60 €77
Transfer/Escort €26 €50
Additional payment for accommodation per week, during the high season €130 €210
Additional payment for tuition per week, during the high season €114 150
Student Visa Services €15 €52

Cost of living in Sweden

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 246 359
Food 227 442
Transportation 67 194
Communications and utilities 51 57
Clothing 29 109
Sports and leisure 26 113
Total 646 1,274

 

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