While it has a small population, a Master in Austria has long been a popular choice for international students. Its historic capital, Vienna, was an international hub of culture, literature, and politics, throughout the 19th and early-20th-century, and was once the third-most populous city in Europe. Austria has since blossomed into a wealthy nation with some of the highest living standards in the world. Vienna is the biggest and most famous city, but the likes of Salzburg, Graz, and Linz also attract a significant number of visitors every year.
You’ll find more than 70 universities and business schools throughout Austria with several master’s programs taught entirely in English. Tuition fees at the country’s public universities are free for EU/EEA citizens, while non-EU/EEA citizens can still find some of the most affordable fees in the continent despite the country’s excellent reputation for higher education. Austria is also ideally located in central Europe, making it the perfect base for exploring the continent. However, with a high quality of life, world-famous culture, and incredible natural scenery, you might decide to simply stay put in Austria.
Although Austria is one of the more prosperous nations in Europe, you might find that the living costs here are favorable compared to other European countries. International students should budget a minimum of EUR€12,000 (US$12,700) per year for shared accommodation, food, transportation, and basic personal requirements. You may need to budget more for rent if you live in Vienna. As most Master programs are offered by private institutions, the cost of a Master in Austria can vary. However, tuition fees are likely to be anywhere from EUR€15,000 to €40,000 per year.
Students from the EU/EEA region or Switzerland do not need a visa to study in Austria. However, everybody who comes to live in Austria has to register at the registration office at their place of residence within three days of their arrival. You will also need to register with the local authority in the province of your residence. Non-EU/EEA or Swiss students do need to apply for an Austrian visa at an Austrian consulate or embassy before they arrive.
Austria is home to some 70 universities and business schools, including the oldest German-speaking university in the world (University of Vienna), one of the most respected technical institutions in Europe (Vienna University of Technology), and the largest business and economics school in Europe (WU Vienna).
Although the coronavirus pandemic briefly pushed the unemployment rate in Austria to its highest level (13%), the country typically sees low unemployment rates (5 -8%) with a GDP per capita that is among the top 15 in the world. Therefore, graduates in Austria will find plenty of work opportunities and are even entitled to a 12-month job search visa after graduating.
Yes! Around 15% of the country’s student population comes from abroad, which is a higher proportion than France (12.8%), the Netherlands (12%), and Sweden (10.8%).
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