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The higher education location of Austria unites three very important aspects: a great number of high quality tertiary education institutions in all nine federal provinces, a long academic tradition and an open-minded atmosphere for creativity and innovation. In many areas the Austrian institutions have institutions have accomplished outstanding achievements on an international level and gained high reputation

The Austrian educational system offers you a broad spectrum of educational opportunities, making Austria an ideal place for studying and living. Please refer to the subsections on the left side to find out more about Austrian Higher Education.

Academic calendar

The academic year in Austria, as a rule, begins on October 1st and ends on September 30thof the following year.

    It consists of two semesters :

  • Winter semester (October 1st to January 30th),
  • Summer semester (March 1st to September 30th)

There are also periods during in which no lectures are held (Christmas, semester and summer breaks). Exceptions to this schedule are possible; please enquire at the educational institution of your choice.)


Admission to Austrian higher education is organised 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.

Please visit the section on the Higher Education Institutions where you can find all relevant information and contact addresses.

Please note that the OeAD does not handle any study applications. This site only provides general guidelines on issues related to studying in Austria. For detailed information concerning your eligibility, the admission procedure or the application requirements, please contact the Admissions Office of the institution you are applying to.

University Preparation Programmes

The University Preparation Programmes offer intensive courses for foreign university applicants in order to prepare them for supplementary examinations prescribed by the universities.

    The institutions offer courses in the following :
  • German as a foreign language
  • English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography

Please note: You can only enrol in a University Preparation Programme German course if you have already been admitted by an Austrian university. Meaning, you have to first apply for admission at the university at which you want to study after finishing your German course.

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