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The Education System in Austria

2016.12.07

The Austrian educational system offers you a broad spectrum of educational opportunities. This is why Austria is an ideal place for studying and living.

Austria combines a long tradition of higher education with state-of-the-art research – it’s higher education institutions have accomplished outstanding achievements on an international level and gained a high reputation. Austrian higher education institutions offer an ever-growing number of degree programmes: you can choose between first-class research-based courses, a world-famous education at any of the universities of the arts, high-quality practice-oriented degree courses at the universities of applied sciences, and sound, up-to-date teacher education and innovative courses at private universities.

In the last few years the Austrian university system has introduced the European three-tier system of degrees according to the Bologna process. Besides, the old two-tier system still exists in some subject areas and universities.

International Study Programmes conducted in English                                                                                    

Though the common language of instruction remains German, an increasing number of programmes is offered in English. There are no universal language requirements valid for all universities in Austria. For the specific required language level please refer to the respective university.

As Austria is a German-speaking country, student might wish to attend a study programme in German. They should start learning German early enough to ensure that their German level is high enough in order to follow an academic class.

 

Tuition fees and other expenses                                                                                                                           

Tuition Fees

University Public University (less than HK$9,000 per year)
  Private University (less than HK$100,000 per year)
Secondary school Free of Charge (mainly taught in German)

The above chart is solely for reference. Please contact the Austrian institution for the latest information.

 

If you would like to know more about suitable programmes from Austrian schools, universities and education providers for students from Hong Kong and China, then check out our New Education Brochure [pdf, 1,441.0kb].

Living Expenses                                                                                                                                                         

One academic year comprises two semesters, each of around four to five months. Taking into account the living costs, the living expenses is between HKD 6,000 - 7,000 per month. For information on various grants and scholarships, please visit the website http://www.grants.at/ .

 

Application Procedures                                                                                                                                          

Please send the application and necessary documents to the universities directly.  

 

Visa Application Procedures

Study Visa, Residence Permits

As to study in Austria, students need to apply for a residence permit for study purposes. They should apply for this at least three months before entering into Austria with the receipt of the notification of admission attached. In addition, they will have to proof sufficient financial means. For details please visit: www.bmeia.gv.at/hongkong

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