Study in Austria

Study in Austria, and you will be nestled in the heart of Europe in a country home to one of the oldest and most influential cultures on the continent. As well as a warm summer climate and tall mountains in the Southern Alps, Austria plays host to some incredibly vibrant (and historical) cities, such as Salzburg, Innsbruck and of course the capital, Vienna. 

It is no surprise therefore that Austria is a popular destination not only for students, but also for European tourists. Its location and good transport links allow easy access for its residents to the sights and sounds of the rest of Europe. 

Despite its small size, Austria has given the world a huge number of enormously respected individuals, from renowned scientists such as Sigmund Freud, Erwin Schrodinger and Wolfgang Pauli to athletes like footballer David Alaba. Austria is also notable for having provided a home for many influential people who weren’t themselves Austrian, such as Ludwig van Beethoven. 

With such a rich history of excellence, it is therefore no surprise that Austria has much to offer prospective students. Perhaps the most famous university in Austria is the University of Vienna, an ancient institution, founded in 1365, with a remarkable list of alumni including Erwin Schrodinger, Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Hayek. 

If you want to study in Austria, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Austria has 6 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Austria is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Austria below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Austria’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Austria is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

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Top universities in Austria

Statistics about Austria

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 10.95%
  • Of which, on higher education 32.34%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 80%
  • Population 8,611,088
  • Unemployment 5%
  • Annual GDP 0.86%
Data source: The World Bank