Austria, located at the heart of Europe by the beautiful and impressive Alps, has greatly contributed to enrich the European culture with renowned thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, Ludwig Wittgensteign or Franz Kafka, or musicians such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Austrian cities like Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, or Graz are ideal places to meet Austria's history, literature, philosophy and art.
In addition to its historical and cultural appeal, you would like to study in Austria because of the high quality of its universities and institutions of higher education, its low tuition fees or the possibility of learning one of the world's most important languages: German. No wonder Austria is one of Europe's most popular study destinations. Over 59000 international students chose to study in Austria in 2009.
The higher education location of Austria unites three very important aspects: a great number of high quality tertiary education institutions in all nine federal provinces, a long academic tradition and an open-minded atmosphere for creativity and innovation. In many areas the Austrian institutions have institutions have accomplished outstanding achievements on an international level and gained high reputation. The Austrian educational system offers you a broad spectrum of educational opportunities, making Austria an ideal place for studying and living.
At www.studienwahl.at you can find an overview of all degree courses at all Austrian institutions of Higher Education.
Many institutions, however, also offer courses in other languages, see www.studienwahl.at for further information.
Please have the nostrification (recognition) of your Austrian degree checked in your home country. See www.enic-naric.net for further information.
Most universities and universities of applied sciences offer the following:
• Bachelor’s programmes: 6-8 semesters
• Master’s programmes: 2-4 semesters
• Doctoral/PhD programmes: at least 6 semesters.
Moreover, the following is also an option:
• Diploma programmes: 8-10 semesters
• Doctoral programmes: 4 semesters.
The academic year in Austria, as a rule, begins on October 1st and ends on September 30thof the following year.
It consists of two semesters:
• Winter semester (October 1st to January 30th)
• Summer semester (March 1st to September 30th)
There are also periods during in which no lectures are held (Christmas, semester and summer breaks). Exceptions to this schedule are possible; please enquire at the educational institution of your choice.)
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