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The higher education system in Austria

Health insurance for the semester abroadAustria’s higher education system is made up of four different educational institutions:

  • 22 public universities
  • 16 private universities
  • 21 universities of applied sciences
  • 14 teacher training colleges

Courses of study are divided into the winter semester (October 1 to January 31) and the summer semester (March 1 to June 30). The degree programs have been converted to Bachelor and Master degree programs with the exceptions of medical and dental degree programs.

Public universitiesPublic universities

Public universities in Austria are divided into general, technical, medical and art institutions. The majority of the degree programs offered are rather theoretically oriented. If you prefer a more practical course of study, you should have a look at the various universities of applied sciences in the country.

General universitiesGeneral universities

  • BOKU (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien):
  • Johannes Kepler Universität Linz:
  • Universität Graz:
  • Universität Innsbruck:
  • Universität Klagenfurt:
  • Universität Salzburg:
  • Universität Wien:
  • Veterinärmedizinische Universität: Wien
  • WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien):

Technical universitiesTechnical universities

  • Montanuniversität Leoben:
  • Technische Universität Graz:
  • Technische Universität:

Medical universitiesMedical universities

  • Medizinische Universität Graz:
  • Medizinische Universität Innsbruck:
  • Medizinische Universität Wien:

Universities of fine artsUniversities of fine arts

  • Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien:
  • MDW (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien):
  • Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien:
  • Universität für künstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung Linz:
  • Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz (KUG):
  • Universität Mozarteum Salzburg:

Private universitiesPrivate universities

In Austria, private universities are always on the cutting edge. They offer students a modern place of education as well as a high quality and innovative education. At the same time, high value is placed on the individual support and continuous development of the student.

  • Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität:
  • Bertha von Suttner Privatuniversität St. Pölten:
  • Central European University:
  • Danube Private University (DPU):
  • Gustav Mahler Privatuniversität für Musik:
  • Jam Music Lab Private University for Jazz and Popular Music Vienna:
  • Katholische Privat-Universität Linz:
  • Modul University Vienna:
  • Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien:
  • New Design University (NDU):
  • Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität (PMU):
  • Privatuniversität Schloss Seeburg:
  • Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität:
  • UMIT TIROL – Private Universität für Gesundheitswissenschaften, Medizinische Informatik und Technik:
  • Webster Vienna Private University:

Universities of applied sciencesUniversities of applied sciences

Universities of applied sciences offer a practical and career-oriented education. This is reflected in particular in the fact that in most study programs various internships must be completed, and, in some cases, admission procedures must first be passed. The full and part-time fields of study at the universities of applied sciences are divided into the areas of business, engineering and IT, media, health sciences and cultural studies, among others.

  • Fachhochschule des bfi Wien GmbH:
  • Fachhochschule Technikum Wien:
  • Fachhochschule Campus Wien:
  • Fachhochschule Vorarlberg GmbH:
  • Fachhochschule Kärnten:
  • Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt GmbH:
  • Fachhochschule Sankt Pölten GmbH:
  • IMC Fachhochschule Krems GmbH:
  • Fachhochschule Salzburg GmbH:
  • Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol Bildungs GmbH:
  • CAMPUS 02 Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft GmbH:
  • Fachhochschule Joanneum GmbH:
  • FH OÖ Studienbetriebs GmbH:
  • Fachhochschule Burgenland GmbH:
  • MCI Management Center Innsbruck – Internationale Hochschule GmbH:
  • FHW Fachhochschul-Studiengänge Betriebs- und Forschungseinrichtungen der Wiener Wirtschaft GmbH (FHW GmbH):
  • Lauder Business School:
  • FHG – Zentrum für Gesundheitsberufe: Tirol GmbH:
  • Ferdinand Porsche Fernfachhochschule: GmbH
  • FH Gesundheitsberufe OÖ GmbH:

Teacher training collegesTeacher training colleges

Teacher training colleges offer teacher training programs for the various levels of education. Their aim is research in all pedagogical professional fields and the practical professional development (initial, further and continuing education) of prospective teachers and educators.

  • Hochschule für Agrar- und Umweltpädagogik:
  • KPH Edith Stein:
  • KPH Graz:
  • KPH Wien/Krems:
  • PH Burgenland:
  • PH der Diözese Linz:
  • PH Kärnten – Viktor Frankl Hochschule:
  • PH Niederösterreich:
  • PH Oberösterreich:
  • PH Salzburg Stefan Zweig:
  • PH Steiermark:
  • PH Tirol:
  • PH Vorarlberg:
  • PH Wien:

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