Austria is a small country in the centre of Europe which has characterized itself with a long tradition of higher education, state-of-the-art research and higher education institutions with outstanding achievements and reputation rankings on an international level.
Austrian higher education institutions offers an high level number of degree programmes in first-class research-based courses, arts, practice-oriented degree courses at the universities of applied sciences, and up-to-date teacher education and more innovative courses at private universities.
It also offers international Nigerian students social security, economic stability by allowing work-during-study permits and great hospitality. It is no wonder Austria is an ideal place for studying and living.
The general cost of living in Austria is about €950 per month, this rough estimate covers accommodation, food, transportation, personal requirements for studies and entertainment.
If you come from a non-EU country, the tuition fees amount to €726.72 per semester. The student union membership fee is €17.50 per semester which is compulsory for all students, also, the student accident insurance fee is € 0.50 per semester (2014). These OeAD scholarships programmes are available for international students.
Admission to Austrian higher education is organized by the educational institutions themselves. To be admitted to a higher education programme, you first need to contact the institution that offers the programme. They can inform you of exactly which admission requirements apply to the programme of your choice.
However, the general Austria universities admissions applications include the following;
For bachelor’s programmes
- Proof of nationality (photocopy of your international passport)
- An equivalent secondary school leaving certificate
- Your certificate of special qualification for university studies (orig. German: “Nachweis der besonderen Universitätsreife“): you have to prove that you would be entitled to admission to your chosen degree programme in the country which issued your secondary education diploma
- German language proficiency (secondary school leaving certificate confirming German lessons of at least 4 years or a German language diploma or similar documents) i.e. Austrian Language Diploma German, Goethe-Institut e.V., Telc GmbH, Austrian Integration Fund (AIF)
For master’s programmes
- Successful completion of at least a 6 semester specialized relevant Bachelor’s degree (min 180 ECTS)
For PhD programmes
- Master’s degree in the same field of study as your research proposal or equivalent
Note that some Programmes will require entrance examinations e.g. medical universities, universities of the arts, some study programmes like architecture, biology, economy, informatics, medicine, etc. Ensure that you enquire in good time regarding application deadlines, and special requirements and dates for entrance examinations. (Closing date for application for entrance examinations can be up to six months before the beginning of the semester).
The Austria universities admission application duration is September (winter semester) and February (summer semester).
If you’re considering the idea of studying in Austria, the top ranking universities in the country will come in handy, that’s why I have compiled this list. These are the top eight universities in Austria;
The University of Vienna is a public university in Vienna, it offers more than 180 degree programmes, among them 55 Bachelor degree programmes and 116 Master degree programmes. There are more than 100 main research areas of the faculties.
Programmes and courses link: http://studentpoint.univie.ac.at/en/what-to-study/all-degree-programmes/?no_cache=1
Admissions application link: http://studentpoint.univie.ac.at/en/application/
This is a public university of technology located in Vienna. It consist of 8 faculties which focus on Architecture and Regional Planning, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Informatics, Mathematics and Geo-Information, Physics, Technical Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Business Science.
Programmes and courses link: http://www.tuwien.ac.at/en/teaching/studies/
This is a public university in Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol. It offers courses bachelor’s, master’s, diploma and doctoral degrees from 16 faculties.
Programmes and courses link: https://www.uibk.ac.at/studium/angebot/a-z/
Admissions application link: https://www.uibk.ac.at/studium/anmeldung-zulassung/
It is a public institution of higher education in Austria. It is located in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. The Johannes Kepler University has three faculties, 119 institutes and 60 degree programmes.
Programmes and courses link: http://www.jku.at/content/e262/e256786/e233497
Admissions application link: http://www.jku.at/content/e262/e256786/e233509
Austria’s’ second oldest and second largest university is located in Graz. It is organized into six distinct faculties which offers about 120 programmes in undergraduate (BA, BSc), graduate (MA, MSc), and doctoral degree (PhD) study.
Programmes and courses link: https://studien.uni-graz.at/en/degree-programmes/overview/
Admissions application link: http://www.uni-graz.at/en/studying/for-prospective-students/enrolment-for-applicants-and-new-entrants/
This is also known as the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg is located in Salzburg. It offers a total of 115 study programmes from four faculties.
Programmes and courses link: http://www.uni-salzburg.at/index.php?id=200409&L=1&MP=200409-200745
Admissions application link: http://www.uni-salzburg.at/index.php?id=23807&L=1&MP=23807-45360
This is a public university located in Styria. The university currently offers 18 bachelors, 35 masters and two teacher training programmes and a number of postgraduate courses from its 8 faculties.
Programmes and courses link: https://www.tugraz.at/en/fakultaeten-und-institute/overview-faculties-and-institutes/, https://www.tugraz.at/en/studying-and-teaching/degree-and-certificate-programmes/overview-degree-and-certificate-programmes/
Admissions application link: https://www.tugraz.at/en/studying-and-teaching/international-studieren-und-lehren/degree-seeking-students/
This is a public university with the largest research and higher education institution in the province of Carinthia. It has its main campus in Klagenfurt, with other campuses in the cities Vienna and Graz. The University is divided into faculties of Humanities & Social Sciences, Management & Economics, Technology, and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Programmes and courses link: https://www.aau.at/en/study/courses/degree-programmes/
Admissions application link: https://www.aau.at/en/study/studying-at-aau/applying/
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