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Study in Austria: Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Among other study destinations in Europe, Austria is considered one of the most affordable options for both European and non-European nationals. The university fees in Austria differ, depending on the institution you choose to study and also the length of the studies.

Nov 27, 2013
Wiesing, Austria

Among other study destinations in Europe, Austria is considered one of the most affordable options for both European and non-European nationals. The university fees in Austria differ, depending on the institution you choose to study and also the length of the studies. 

You need to also keep in mind that depending on the program and institution, an application fee might be requested for your application to be reviewed and processed. If the fee is not paid on time, then the application will be withdrawn. 

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Austrian Public Universities

If you are a European citizen, then studies at an Austrian university will cost you almost nothing! No university fees are applied if you don’t exceed the minimum duration of your studies plus two semesters. After the period of two semesters passes, then you will only have to pay 363.36 EUR per semester. 

For international students that hold a residence permit for studies, the university fees in Austria are set on only 726.72 EUR per semester. 

There is an exemption of university fees in Austria in case you are a scholarship recipient, an exchange program or university partnership participant from particular countries. Make sure to always visit the official website of your university and programs in order to be updated for any fee reduction, depending also on your citizen status.

Universities of Applied Sciences

As independent institutions, the Universities of Applied Sciences in Austria have their own rules and regulations when it comes to tuition fees. There are 20 Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences. Navigate through the official websites of the institutions separately in order to find out more!

Private Universities and Universities Colleges of Teacher Education

Similarly to the Universities of Applied Sciences, Private Universities and Colleges of Teacher Education have their own rules regarding university fees in Austria. Contact the universities directly to gain more insights about the regulations and study costs.

Scholarships in Austria

Are you searching for scholarships in Austria? We have your back! In case you need extra financial support during your studies in Austria, you have the opportunity to be awarded with various scholarships based on your academic level and country of origin. There are a variety of scholarships available for a Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, postdoctoral and research programs in Austria. 

During your journey on finding the right scholarship in Austria for you, the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD) will be your best resource and guidance. On their website you can find a lot of scholarship opportunities like scholarships awarded to prospective students from particular countries like Thailand, Indonesia or Philippines and many more. 

There are also some institutional scholarships offered by the higher education institutions themselves. If you are especially interested in a particular institution, then check the database website or contact directly the institution you are interested in for additional queries.

In addition to that, the most important website you need to visit during your scholarship hunting is definitely the one of the Austrian Database for Scholarships and Research (

Grants is the most comprehensive database with more than 1,200 entries, that is easily accessible and provides an overview of the available financial support options. Note that there are hardly any Bachelor’s financial support options, mostly due to the fact that their cost is significantly low.

For more relevant information regarding the scholarship conditions, regulations, news and updates, you can visit the official website of the Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria: Education, Science and Research (BMBWF).

And last but not least. You might as well apply for the Master’s in Europe Scholarship we offer. So don’t you lose precious time! Austria is a great place to develop your academic career and is waiting for you.

Study in Austria - Overview

Over 60,000 international students choose Austria as their study abroad destination every year. Click here to learn why.

Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Austria to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to passport control at the airport, which we cover as well.

Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Austria? Austria is one of the popular destinations for a variety of students, given its diverse programs. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Austria!

Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Austria.

Language & Culture

Austria is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more!

Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a university. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Austria, and what you need to apply, depending on your citizenship.


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The content of this Study in Austria guide has been developed by OeAD - Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research.

About OeAD

OeAD is Austria’s leading non-profit-making service organization in the field of international cooperation in education and research. The activities of the OeAD embrace general, academic, and vocational education with – historically grown – specific focus on academic mobility.

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