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Best 7 Universities in Austria

The best Austrian universities for international students, acknowledged worldwide.
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Author : Evgeny Pilnikov,
Luxury Immobilen CEO
10 min
PUBLISHED 28.01.2022
The Austrian educational system is of a high standard and constantly attracts foreign students to its universities.
There are several reasons why international students want to study here, including high-quality and prestigious education, affordable fees, high employment rates after graduation and a vibrant student and cultural life. A wide range of study programmes are also available, from economics and political science to a full range of technical and medical subjects. The following are the top 7 universities in Austria in the QS World University rankings for 2021.

The University of Vienna

The University of Vienna (Universität Wien) is Austria's most prestigious institution of higher education, ranking 151st in the world. It is also the largest and oldest (founded in 1365) German-language university in the world. The high standard of education is shown by the fact that nine Nobel Prize winners in physics, chemistry, economics and medicine have graduated from here in the past.
Students can choose to enter one of 15 faculties and 5 centers, including business, economics and statistics, law, science and others. In addition, 54 bachelor's, 112 master's and 11 doctoral programmes are offered to students.

Furthermore, the 55 education authorities and Studienpräses (the official organisation responsible for the implementation of the Education Act) are responsible for organising courses for students. There are 16 units under the management authority.

Of the total number of students attending the University of Vienna, about 30% are international students from more than 100 countries. Due to a large number of faculties and majors, the institution has several campuses located throughout the city.

  • Main building address: Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna
  • Contact: +43-1-4277-0

TU Wien (The Vienna University of Technology)

Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien), founded in 1815, is one of the world's top 200 educational institutions for 2021. Students have 8 faculties to choose from, including

  • Mathematics and Geoinformation
  • Physics
  • Technical chemistry
  • Informatics
  • Civil engineering
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Mechanical and Industrial engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Although they focus on science and technology disciplines, students also gain knowledge of economics and the social sciences. There are 21 bachelor's degrees, 43 master's degrees and 3 doctoral degrees to choose from. As the institution is expertly equipped, students have the opportunity to carry out research work on a regular basis.

Foreign nationals make up 20% of all students at the Technical University of Vienna, which also indicates the prestige of the institution.

  • Сampus addresses: Karlsplatz 13, Wiedner Hauptstraße 8-10, Getreidemarkt 9 и Gußhausstraße 25-27, Favoritenstraße 9.
Note: If you are considering renting a property in Vienna, we recommend looking at Vienna's 6th district (Mariahilf). For example, just a half-hour walk from the Technical University of Vienna, you can rent a fully furnished 2-bedroom apartment at an affordable price for a limited period of 4 years with an option to extend.

The University of Innsbruck

Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck is located in the federal state of Tyrol, Innsbruck. It has had university status since 1669 and is the 3rd largest institution in Austria in terms of student numbers, around 45% of which are foreign nationals. The university is renowned for its major research developments in chemistry and molecular biology, and alumni include two Nobel Prize winners in physics and chemistry.

The disciplines taught at the university include both the Humanities and the Natural Sciences. There are 16 faculties and 83 departments, where you can choose from 170 different study options and further education programmes from a wide range of subject areas such as technology, theology, humanities, science, law, social sciences and economics. Moreover, the university has signed around 500 cooperation agreements with selected institutes and universities in 50 countries around the world, allowing students of the University of Innsbruck to expand and strengthen their knowledge abroad.

  • Main building address: Innrain 52, 6020 Innsbruck
  • Contacts: +43 512 507-0
Note: The university buildings are located throughout the city, so there is no common campus.

The Graz University of Technology

The Technische Universität Graz (TU Graz), located in the capital city in the federal state of Styria, was founded in 1811 and is one of Austria's two higher technical institutions of higher education along with the Technical University of Vienna. Among the most famous alumni is the physicist Nikola Tesla. The university currently has around 12,000 students, 20% of which are foreign nationals.

There are seven faculties in total:

  • Architecture
  • Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering
  • Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences
  • Electrical and Information Engineering
  • Mathematics, Physics and Geodesy
The Graz University of Technology offers almost all of the study programmes that correspond to the natural science and technical education areas. There are 18 study programmes for bachelors and 17 for masters. The academic study programmes are also offered in cooperation with the University of Graz.

The Graz University of Technology has 3 main campuses: 2 in the center of Graz and 1 south-east of the city.

  • Address: Rechbauerstraße 12, 8010 Graz
  • Contacts: +43 316 873 0
Note: You can find out about all the special features of the Austrian education system, from pre-school education to higher education at Austrian universities here.

The Johannes Kepler University Linz

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (JKU) was founded in 1965 as the "College of Social Sciences, Economics and Business" and was granted university status in 1975. The educational institution is located in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria and is named after the famous astronomer Johannes Kepler, who lived and worked near Linz. Students can choose from over 70 study programmes in a variety of fields such as medicine, law, engineering, computer science, pedagogy, natural sciences, social sciences and economics. The departments of economics and business are especially strong here.

Students have a wide choice of programmes of study, including 25 bachelor's, 37 master's and 8 doctoral degrees. In addition, the JKU is home to the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
The hallmarks of JKU are its modern, large campuses with academic buildings, science parks and a library. Today Johannes Kepler University has around 20,000 students, with one in nine coming from abroad.

  • Address: Altenberger Straße 69, 4040 Linz
  • Contacts: +43 732 2468 0

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The University of Klagenfurt

The Universität Klagenfurt/Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (AAU) was founded in 1970 and is a public university and research center in Carinthia, in its capital Klagenfurt am Wörtherse. The university also has branches in 2 major Austrian cities: Vienna and Graz. The Universität Klagenfurt campus is situated in a picturesque location by Lake Wörthersee and the Klagenfurt Strandbad beach, just a 2-hour drive from the Adriatic Sea.

There are four departments for students to choose from: Humanities, Management and Economics, Technology and Interdisciplinary Studies. There are specifically many areas of study in philology, computer science and various areas of economics. The university offers a wide choice of programmes at different levels of education to choose from, including 18 bachelor's, 27 master's, 5 doctoral and 14 teacher training courses. It is worth noting that this university also offers diplomas in English in fields such as international business and economics, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, computer science, mathematics, etc.

The University of Klagenfurt has more than 11,600 students, approximately 20% of whom are international students from over 100 countries, and many of the professors are foreign specialists. The university has good international relations and actively participates in international student and staff exchange programmes.

  • Address: Universitätsstraße 65-67, 9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
  • Contacts: +43 463 2700

The University of Graz

The Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz was founded in 1585 by order of Charles II. It is one of Austria's leading universities and has been home to a number of prominent scientists, including six Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, physics and medicine. The institution is a member of the Association of European Universities Utrecht Netzwerk, where summer schools, student and teacher exchanges and mutual degree-awarding are organised.
Students can choose from 6 faculties available at the university:

  • Environmental And Regional Sciences And Education
  • Natural sciences
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Catholic Theology
The areas of mathematics, chemistry and molecular biology are considered to be especially strong at The University of Graz. Students can choose from around 120 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programmes. In turn, the university campus houses not only academic buildings and a library but also a sports center which is accessible for all students. There are about 20,000 students in total, 3,000 of whom are foreign nationals.

  • Address: Universitätsplatz 3, 8010 Graz
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