by Julia Peitl
Austria has a general image of being an expensive country for tourism. Vienna is one of the most expensive European capitals and winter vacation in the Austrian Alps is famous among the rich. However, when talking about studying abroad in Austria, the first thing that shocks people from all over the world is that it is actually free for students coming from the European Union and European Economic Area!
Read below and find out more details about university tuition fees and scholarship and funding opportunities in Austria.
1. University tuition fees in Austrian universities
Within Austria, you can enrol in public or private universities, colleges and universities of applied sciences.
Tuition fees in public universities
- For EU-students: free of charge. Just have to pay student union and student insurance of 18 EUR/semester
- For non-EU students: 1,450 EUR/year
- The University of Vienna charges tuition fees for certain study programmes at postgraduate level (Master's and PhD courses), such as law or international relations, to all foreign students, regardless of their nationality.
Universities of Applied Sciences independently decide if they charge tuition fees. Currently, 17 of the 20 UAS require EU students to pay a tuition fee of around 363 EUR per semester. The fee for the student union and insurance applies as well.
Tuition fees in private universities
Private universities have their own tuition fees, which start from 1,000 EUR per year and can lead up to around 40,000 EUR/year
Free universities in Austria
Here are examples of free-tuition universities in Austria for EU/EEA students:
- WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
- Johannes Kepler University Linz
- University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
- FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences
Tuition fees at top-ranked universities
Here is a list of average tuition fees for international students at the top-ranked Austrian universities:
- University of Vienna – average tuition fees between 1,500 and 11,000 EUR/year
- Vienna University of Technology –tuition fees of 1,500 EUR/year
- University of Innsbruck – average tuition fees 1,450 EUR/year
- Graz University of Technology – tuition fees of 1,450 EUR/year
2. Scholarships and funding options for international studies in Austria
International students in Austria can benefit from various study grants and scholarships offered by Austrian organisations or universities.
The Federal Aid for Students offers study grants for certain areas of study or study allowances. The value of the grants offered is between 475 and 679 EUR/month.
Other scholarships are offered by the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria; the Austrian government provides a monthly scholarship instalment of 940 EUR or sometimes covers the accommodation costs – only for students who live in residence halls.
Check a list of Austrian universities that provide various scholarships for international students.
Find more scholarship opportunities in Austria.