Best English-Taught Universities in Austria in 2023

The main language of instruction at Austrian universities is German, but you’ll be happy to know that you can find numerous English-taught Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Austria.

But which Austrian universities offer degrees taught in English? And what are some of the common application requirements?

Let’s find out!

How many English-taught universities are there in Austria?

There’s no official database providing a precise number of universities. However, based on the study programmes listed on our portals, you can find:

As you can see from the list above, plenty of options are available for English-speaking international students.

Here are a few universities we recommend in Austria:

How do I know if an Austrian university teaches in English?

All the study programmes listed on our portals are taught in English, so start from there. You can also check more information about language requirements for each degree.

Austrian universities and colleges (or other websites) might list additional English-taught programmes on their web pages. In this case, you’ll have to do a bit of research to find out if those programmes are taught in English or if they’re open to international students. Should you struggle to find this information, don’t hesitate to contact the university directly.

To apply at English-taught academic institutions in Austria, you’ll have to pass one of the following widely accepted English language tests:

Learn more about IELTS vs TOEFL vs PTE Academic.

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Is English enough to live and study in Austria?

English is enough to study in Austria, but it might not be enough to live there. While various statistics show that around 70-75% of the Austrian population speak English to some degree, this can vary significantly from one area to another.

You might face challenges when shopping, travelling or asking for help. So, learning at least a few basic words and phrases in German is a great idea. The following free resources can help you get started:

The best English-taught universities in Austria

Here are the best English-taught universities in Austria according to the latest QS Rankings by TopUniversities:

Check out other top-ranked universities in Austria.

Affordable English-taught universities in Austria

In Austria, students can enrol at either regular universities or universities of applied sciences (UAS).

Compared to other countries, tuition fees are very affordable, which applies to both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students. Here’s a breakdown of tuition costs at public universities:

  • regular universities: free for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland
  • regular universities: around 730 EUR per semester for non-EU/EEA students
  • UAS: around 365 EUR per semester for EU/EEA students
  • UAS: between 730–7,500 EUR per semester for non-EU/EEA students

Those interested in private universities should know that fees are much higher, often ranging between 3,000 and 35,000 EUR per academic year.

To reduce the costs of studying in Austria, international students can apply for scholarships and grants.

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Application requirements at English-taught universities in Austria

Here are some of the most common application requirements at English-taught universities in Austria:

  • Previous diplomas: high-school, Bachelor’s, or Master’s
  • Academic transcript of records or grades
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay or statement
  • Copy of ID or passport
  • Up to 4 passport-size photos
  • Proof of financial support (if required)

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