Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a federal republic and a landlocked country of over 8.7 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,879 square kilometres (32,386 sq mi). The terrain is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 metres (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 metres (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speak local Bavarian dialects of German as their native language, and Austrian German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.
1. Quality European education
From music and the performing arts to hotel and tourism management, mining and petroleum engineering, and even wine making or coffee studies (just to name a few), Austrian universities offer a combination of tradition with state-of-the-art facilities
2. Cost of living and affordable tuition
Even as an international student, university tuition fees in Austria are incredibly fair! Higher education (undergraduate degree) as a non-EU/EEA student currently costs approximately €750 per semester or €1,500 per year. These are some of the lowest tuition fees in the European Union and – even when combined with your cost of living – just a fraction of the cost of your first year in the USA, UK or even Australia!
3. Future prospects
Austrian degrees are internationally recognized and respected. So whether you choose to continue your education elsewhere, work in the EU or return home – your credentials will be accepted. This means, you have international mobility and global employment prospects!
4. International competitiveness
One of the other advantages of studying and being immersed in Austria is the opportunity to learn the language. And why wouldn’t you want to learn it? German is one of the most important languages in the world – politically, economically – and the most widely spoken first language in Europe. And with many small and large German-speaking companies in various industries around the world, your first-hand experience in Austria – and knowledge of the language – sets you apart from the competition!
5. Studying in Austria is fun!
Austria is a truly great place to live and study. Universities have a diverse study body, numerous clubs and plenty of student events to keep you busy! Cities are vibrant and social as well as steeped in culture and history. They’re also safe, which means peace of mind for you and your parents. Coupled with very high standards of living and excellent infrastructure to ensure comfort and convenience, you’re sure to enjoy your time studying here. And did we mention it’s incredibly easy to travel around Europe from Austria? Major European cities are no more than a 2.5-hour flight away. In addition to your studies, you’ll have incredible memories from your adventures.