Where classical music finds its home, both today and historically
Austria is a German-speaking country in Central Europe. It’s famous for the Alps, classical music and its extensive Imperial history. Austria, however, is much more than a kick for history and music buffs; there’s the world class skiing and snowboarding locations, the unexpected urban culture, a fun Berlinesque club scene, and universities with extremely ambitious, competent and international student bodies.
With a reputation for educational excellence, low tuition fees and an extensive range of study opportunities, studying at an Austrian university can be a very smart move for students. The majority of courses at Austrian universities are taught in German, so you will need to be competent in German and willing to taking your language skills to the next level.
In Austria, the academic year usually starts either in August, September, or October and finishes either in May, June, or July. The academic year is divided into two semesters: winter and summer. There are a number of grants and scholarships available for students studying in Austria. It’s wise to apply for a number of them in advance, because even though the scholarships are numerous, they don’t usually cover the whole degree period.
If you are an EU student studying at a public university in Austria you are exempt from paying tuition fees. If you exceed the designated period for completing the degree program though, you will pay €363.36 per extra semester, so it is a good idea to try to graduate on time. Austria is an excellent option for students from outside EU as well, since the tuition fee per semester is only €726.72.
The Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) is the main resource for students who are looking for student housing. Students should prepare to budget about €750 a month for living costs covering rent, food, study materials and other personal expenses.
Top 3 reasons to study in Austria
- Country with rich cultural heritage
- Some of the top European universities
- Great winter sport opportunities in the Alps
Did you know this about Austria?
- The University of Vienna is the oldest university in the German-speaking world. It has also been ranked as the 144th best university in the world for employability (Emerging-Trendence, 2016)
- Austria is the one of the richest countries in the world with a nominal per capita GDP of $52,216.
- Among Europeans, Austrian people work the longest hours, with an average of 45 hours per week.