Austria is considered to be a successful and rich country. The life quality is at a high level here. It is a leading country in such areas as science, business, medicine, technology and education. Austrian higher educational establishments are considered to be the most prestigious throughout Europe. The University of Vienna is well-known. It is the oldest higher educational establishment, founded in 1367. A lot of students dream to enter it. The price of education in higher educational establishments is a little bit less than in other European educational institutions. Diploma obtained in Austrian higher educational establishments is in demand in the labour market in any city and any country.
In 2000, the Federal Ministry became responsible for higher education. Kindergartens are free of charge. There are paid public nurseries. Children start attending the primary school at the age of 6 and finish it at the age of 11. The next stage is a secondary school (gymnasium, regular or academic school). Children finish high school at the age of 18. Since 2009, Austrian universities provide tuition-free education for students having Austrian and EU citizenship. Vienna higher educational establishments are considered to be prestigious and are included in the top 100 world universities. There are 13 public institutions and 3 private higher educational establishments in the capital of the country. People choose mainly medical, engineering, economic and humanitarian fields of study. The following universities are considered to be prestigious:
- Vienna University of Economics and Business;
- Medical University of Vienna;
- University of Graz;
- University of Vienna, which Freud was graduated from.
Features of studying in Austria
The education system gives applicants the opportunity to choose an academic programme. Also, students can make a schedule of lectures on their own. Such a chance teaches them to use their time efficiently. In Austria, academic studies are held 3 days a week. If students wish, they can have more lectures. The rest of time is allocated for self-directed learning. Skills are developed mainly due to practical activities, not just theoretical knowledge. Students have the opportunity to spend one semester abroad practicing in a good company.
Advantages of higher educational establishments:
- Low cost education;
- Students have the opportunity to get an official job;
- Students with good scores in a high school diploma can enter the university without exams;
- Foreigners are enrolled for taking the preparatory course;
- Opportunity to choose academic programme and schedule of lectures;
- Entrance exams are conducted in spring and autumn.
Academic programmes are not unified here. Students are taught to be responsible. They are shown that it is necessary to set priorities. Thus, they may not attend unnecessary subjects. Students can have a student internship in European companies. A lot of applicants know where they will work after graduation. If applicants don’t know German, they can attend preparatory courses and lectures during the whole education process.
Required documents for entering the educational establishment
To enter the university, it is necessary to prepare the following documents:
- High school diploma and Certificate of German language knowledge;
- Application for entering the higher educational establishment;
- Characteristics from the high school.
You need to send an application to the university and wait for an invitation. Also it is necessary to find a place of residence in Austria and make a visa. In 4 years a Diploma of Higher Education is issued. Students gain good experience, a wealth of knowledge and further prospects in the labour market.