Study in Austria

Study in Austria

Last edited on 04 Aug 2021

Hi! Welcome to Austria!

Hallo! Willkommen in Österreich!

Located in the heart of Europe, Austria is home to almost 9 million people and shares its borders with eight countries, among them Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy or Switzerland. Relatively small, ideally located and rich in culture there are many reasons to study in Austria, including a number of universities which rank among the world's best. In terms of area, Austria is half the size of Sulawesi, and in terms of population, it is home to roughly the same number of people as Jakarta.

The beautiful Central European country is full of stunning landscapes and exuberant cities. It is known for its pastoral landscapes, stunning mountain vistas and timeless cities steeped in history and culture. Austria combines a long tradition of higher education with state-of-the-art research – its higher education institutions have accomplished outstanding achievements on an international level and gained a high reputation. 

Austria’s past as a European power and its cultural environment has spawned world class artists in various art forms but most notably in music, with composers such as Mozart and Strauss whose works continue to inspire. Austria has also been the birthplace of many famous scientists and Nobel Prize winners.  In fact, as of late 2012, 21 Austrians had been awarded Nobel  Prizes, including eight in Physiology or Medicine, six in Chemistry  and three in Physics and the country has one of the highest number of Nobel laureates per capita in the world.

Austria’s capital city Vienna, also described as Europe’s cultural capital, ranks as one of the most attractive cities in the world and is the number one city in Mercer’s Quality of Living survey since many years and in Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Index since 2018. This metropolitan city has a charm, vibrancy and flair that is unique and found nowhere else. The official language of Austria is German, however, English is widely spoken.

Higher Education System

There are a wide variety of higher educational institutions in Austria.  A total of 22 Austrian universities offer a broad range of study options for students. Some 500 different study options are available in Austrian higher educational institutions. The Austrian universities are very international, about one fifth of the students come from abroad.

The Austrian education system is of a high standard and five Austrian universities recently featured in the Global Top 400 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018 – the highest of which is The University of Vienna ranked overall 165 in the world.