why study in austria?

    For many years Austria has been the ideal destination for students from our region. In the last few years, academic mobility has fallen, and Austria has remained reserved for individuals with a high level of knowledge of German or a solid financial situation. What’s more, Vienna was recently declared the city with the best living standards for the third time in a row.


    Apart from Vienna, as far as study is concerned, Graz is an important city, and there are a couple of very good universities in Salzburg. In the past, significant benefits for students coming from the countries of the former Yugoslavia were reflected in a very cheap semester of education that was the result of the signed interstate agreements. Unfortunately, except for students from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is no longer the case for other former federation members.


    In addition to its undeniably beautiful nature, Austria offers excellent quality of life, medieval architecture and the most significant there is a large number of international students. Vienna has never lost its attractiveness and baroque look. The renowned state university – Universität Wien – continues to be quite well-known in the world of education, as does the famous Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

    how much does it cost to study in Austria?

     

    The price of studying is the same at all the state universities, regardless of the city – about €1,500 per year. The monthly expenses are about €1,000, since Vienna, although it is the capital, is similar to our regional cities, when it comes to the cost of living. What is very important is that at WU undergraduate studies are conducted in German and only one course is available in English. Other private universities, such as Webster (an American university) and MODUL University have significantly higher tuition fees.


    The tuition fee at Webster is $20,000, while MODUL costs around €12,000 per year. Webster offers programmes in economics, communication and psychology in English, while MODUL is oriented towards studies in hospitality and business. Studies at the University of Vienna last for a period of four years and require OSD certification or the GOETHE certificate in German language, and since last summer, officially this has to be level C1.

    visas for studying in Austria

     

    The greatest obstacle to enrolment is not one’s level of German language, but the Austrian visa. Since last year, this process has become long-lasting and requires great patience. Firstly, you have to wait about 3 to 4 months to schedule an appointment, with another month required until a decision is made, and it must be borne in mind that finances are the most significant factor in whether you will get a visa or not. A guarantee that you have €7,000 on your foreign currency account is required, as is a certificate of the legality of your income and other application documents. The visa can be obtained at the Austrian Embassy in Belgrade or in Austria, which, according to the experiences of our clients, is a much simpler process.

     

    The documentation required for the issuing of the visa, as well as for extending it is:

     

    • A certificate of full-time study
    • Registration of residence
    • Insurance (GKK)
    • Confirmation of the number of ECTS
    • A bank statement (which proves that you have at least €7,000 for undergraduate studies in your account and €10,000 for master studies)
    • A photograph for the visa
    • Your passport
    • A rental agreement or confirmation from a student dormitory
    • The cost of the visa itself – €120

    living in Austria during and after studies

     

    An important difference compared to most European countries is that Austria offers accommodation in student dormitories, which are extremely clean and well-equipped. To get a place in a dormitory, you must start looking into this before the foreseen start date of your visa. Dormitories are very affordable and the monthly cost ranges from €250 to €500, depending on which one you get. There is a long wait and the process is very selective, but it is far from impossible. There is always the option for you to live in a flat. Wohnung Zimmer groups are available on Facebook, in which you can easily find a reliable flat to rent. Prices go from €700 and upwards, depending on the location and the number of people you would live with.

    Most shops are open until 8pm. Therefore, make sure you go shopping in good time, while on Sundays all the shops are closed. Vienna has a very well developed metro which, apart from running very much on time, is very easy to navigate, and a year ticket costs €365. A student season ticket which lasts for a semester (4 months) costs €75. Students over 26 are not entitled to this discounted price. You should always carry your ticket with you because the fines for travelling without one are high.


    You are allowed as a non-EU student to work 20 hours a week, but there may be problems if you do not know German, because for most jobs this is a requirement. Student insurance is €56 per month and must be paid every month in order to renew your visa. If you want to stay after graduation, the process can be quite complicated, since Austrians give priority to their citizens and EU citizens.