How to Study on Low Tuition in Austria: Tuition Fees, Admission Deadline and Universities

Austria  found at the heart of Europe by the beautiful and impressive Alps, has massively contributed to enriched European culture with renowned thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, Ludwig Wittgensteign or Franz Kafka, or musicians such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.They are also a bunch of low and affordable tuition universities for locals and international students. Austrian cities like Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, or Graz are ideal places to meet Austria’s history, literature, philosophy and art. Little wonder Austria is one of Europe’s most popular study destinations.Well over 59000 international students chose to study in Austria in 2009.

Tuition Fees

Public higher education institutions in Austria charge  small tuition fee on a per-semester basis depending on whether you are an EU student or you come to study in Austria from a country outside Europe. That said, tuition fees vary depending on whether you study at a university or at a university of applied sciences as explained below.

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Tuition fees for degree-seeking EU students and exchange students at public universities

Note that if you are an EU student and intend to study a complete degree in Austria, i.e., you are a so called “Ordentliche Studierende”, or you are an exchange student, you will be exempted from paying tuition fees at public universities. However, note that you will be required to pay a small fee of approximately 18 EUR per semester to the Student Union.

If you have exceeded the period of study defined in the curriculum in two semesters you will have to pay 363.36 EUR per semester.

Tuition fees for students from outside Europe and non-degree seeking students at public universities

Again if you are not an EU student you will be required to pay 726.72 EUR per semester plus a fee of ca. 18 EUR per semester to the Student Union. In the event that you decide to take courses at more than one university, you’ll have to pay your tuition fee only once.

If you are not a degree-seeking student, you will have to pay 363.36 EUR per semester.

Tuition fees for studies at universities of applied sciences

Both EU and non-EU students may have to pay tuition fees, which vary depending on the program and institution.

Tuition fees for students from the least developed countries

Full time students from the least developed countries according to the list below are exempt from paying tuition fees at public universities in Austria:


  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tomé and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen
  • Zambia

General requirements


If an applicant has successfully completed upper secondary studies in a recognized institution and are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you may also qualify for higher education studies in Austria. However, note that you’ll be requested to prove your level of English and/or German. In some cases, you are also required to take additional qualifying courses. 

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If you are applying for a master’s program at university in Austria,likewise you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor’s or equivalent degree diploma.


When you are applying for doctoral studies at university in Austria, you are required to be in possession of a relevant diploma or master’s degree diploma.

Application deadlines in Austria

There are generally two admission periods for studies at university in Austria with the deadlines as explained below:

  • September 1: submit your application before September 1 for studies in the winter semester.
  • February 1: for studies in the summer semester.

Documents for Visa Application

Documents required to apply for your student residence permit in Austria (Aufenthaltsbewilligung Studierende)

  • The filled-in application form.
  • A valid passport. Make sure your passport is valid throughout the entire period of your stay in Austria.
  • A copy of your health insurance plan.
  • Two recent passport size photo.
  • Proof of accommodation in Austria.
  • A criminal record certificate.
  • A proof of sufficient financial means or copy of your grant/scholarship stating you can support yourself financially throughout your time as a student in Austria.

Please, connect with your local authority in Austria or Austrian embassy in your country if you need to provide additional documentation.

Additionally,if your documents were not initially issued in German, you’ll be required to have them translated by an authorized translator.

Note that the cost of the application is 120 EUR and the normal processing time is up to 3 months.

In order for your student residence permit in Austria to be granted, in addition you’ll be required to prove you have, at least, 872.31 EUR per month if you are 24 years old or above, or 481.75 EUR per month if you are up to 24 years old.


The opportunity to study in Austria is a once in a lifetime opportunity given the low tuition cost structure.Endeavor to avail yourself of this opportunity as an international student.

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