University of Leoben

The Montanuniversitaet Leoben has established its core competencies along the value-added chain, from the extraction of raw materials and their processing, on to the production process, materials development , manufacturing, building components and plants, and last but not least, recycling.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Based on the 1975 Austrian University Organisation Act, the University of Mining has been known as Montanuniversität Leoben since 1 October 1975. Having crossed the 1000-student threshold in 1981, student numbers for 2012/13 reached approx. 3,300 – the highest since the university was founded. Montanuniversität has offered only Bachelors and Masters programmes since 2011/12.


The study programmes offered at Montanuniversität are based along the value-added chain, from raw materials and production materials, on to the finished product. The range of studies is complimented by multidisciplinary fields such as Industrial Energy­ Technology and Industrial Logistics. The first year of studies, as an introductory phase, is the same for all students. As a result, students can switch study programmes seamlessly at the end of the first year without losing any time.


Montanuniversität Leoben is uniquely linked in research clusters with business and scientific partners across Austria.

The Christian Doppler Research Association (CDG) promotes cooperation between science and business. Specifically, this takes place in specially established research units with fixed terms, in which application-orientated basic research is pursued.

The following CD laboratories are currently set up at Montanuniversität Leoben:

  • Christian Doppler Laboratory for Advanced Synthesis of Novel Multifunctional Coatings
  • Christian Doppler Laboratory for Extractive Metallurgy of Technological Metals
  • Christian Doppler Laboratory for high efficient composite processing


Montanuniversität is traditionally closely associated with industry and economics. With a large number of projects in cooperation with various companies, students are integrated very early into a network that will later provide them with a head start into the professional world. Thanks to the strong application-orientated style of instruction, students are always kept abreast of the latest developments and rapidly find themselves at home in their vocations.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
801 -200
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
1250 -134
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The Montanuniversitaet International Relations Office – in short MIRO – is a service facility, which supports Montanuniversitaet in its international processes.

Housing services

  • Student dorm "Akademikerhilfe"
  • Student dorm "Schlägel und Eisen"
  • Student dorm "Berg- und Hüttenschule Leoben"
  • Student hall of the Austrian Student Union
  • Student dorm "Students City Lodge Leoben"
  • WIST Studierendenwohnhaus

Library services

The library of Montanuniversitaet is a public library. Public services and borrowing are free of charge.


  • Work stations with internet access
  • Using books and journals in the reading rooms
  • Access to e-journals and full texts
  • Borrowing books from the library
  • Access to academic literature from other libraries through interlibrary loan
  • Access to international databases

Medical services

As with every trip abroad, in the case of studying and research in Austria, too, it is important to have a sufficient health insurance that is valid in Austria. People who need a visa or permit for entry to Austria already have to produce proof of health insurance when applying for the visa or permit.

Student Life

Campus life

There are lots of things to do when you are studying at Montanuniversität. Away from the university and research departments, the city of Leoben has a lively social scene and an amazing range of health and fitness facilities, shops and culture.

Sports facilities

As a balance to academic life, the USI Leoben offers a wide range of sports courses and training for small membership fees. For first-year students, it is a great way to try out new sports and meet fellow students at the same time.

Student clubs

Besides classes and academic life at the university, Leoben features active and flourishing student societies. Students can get involved in study-related, cultural, political or sports clubs and thereby make new contacts and pursue their interests.

Student Reviews

Student's review
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have been studying at Montanuniversität Leoben. Pros: relaxing environment, good colleagues and students. Cons: every day is like the other day.

Unforgetable experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good studies beautiful university and full of student life. The dorms are really good and there is also free bike service. The landscape is very beautiful and you have good connections to Wien and Graz. The city is very little but enough to do activities such as cinema , bowling, restaurants and partys. It is not a good place if you want to go out everyday because there is...

Remarkable time at one of the best universities in the world
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My experience with my university was remarkable, In the beginning i faced difficult times because of the language but with time passed by, i learned and spoke very well German which helps me a lot during my time in the university

Leoben, Styria, Austria

Other programmes from this university


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!