4 Best Tuition-Free Options to Consider


Austria has become popular international student center — for good reasons. Located in Central Europe, the country ranks 16th in this year’s ranking of the best student cities. Couple that with an estimated cost of living at €1,000and it is no surprise that many choose to study in Austria.

Tuition fees at Austrian universities are also cheap. Like most European countries, Austrian students, nationals of all member countries of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), generally not paying tuition fees at public universities. For students outside of these countries, you can expect to pay 726.72 euros.

In addition, all students must pay 20 euros per semester, which covers student union membership fees and accident insurance.

The best part? You have easy access to some of Europe’s incredible scenery. Take Lake Constance, for example. Here you can soak up the views of idyllic locations, summer castles, charming towns and the majestic Alps. Adventure seekers can take their pick 242 vertices in the country.

If you are a student outside the EU, EEA and Austria and want to study in this scenic country, here is why you should consider these tuition-free options:

Apart from a world-class education, Austria is home to various scenic landscapes. Source: Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Study in Austria: Top Tuition-Free Universities for International Students

1. The University of Vienna

The University of Vienna is known as one of the oldest universities in Europe. It is located in the heart of the city of Vienna and is one of two Austrian institutions included in the QS World University Rankings 2023.

At its core, the university promotes diversity through research. With 15 faculties and five centers, students can choose to study advanced theological studies, law, zoology, and many more. In addition, you will interact with students from 140 countries for a dynamic student experience.

Tuition fees for students who are citizens of a non-EU or EEA country cost 726.72 euros per semester, plus student union dues of 9:20 p.m. euros.

2. Salzburg University

Nestled in architecturally stunning buildings in downtown Salzburg, Salzburg University – also known as Paris Lodron University Salzburg – is Salzburg’s largest educational institution.

The university is home to six faculties, including the Faculty of Catholic Theology, the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, the Faculty of Numerical and Analytical Sciences, the Faculty of Law, Business and Economics, the Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences and the Faculty of Social Sciences. It also offers a comprehensive teacher training program where students can combine a range of 26 subjects.

Generally, you can expect to pay 726.72 euros for an education here. You must also pay student union dues of 8:20 p.m. euros.

3. Johannes Kepler University of Linz

The Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU) – formerly known as the University of Social and Economic Sciences – is one of the youngest universities in Austria. Located in the third largest city in Austria, JKU is distinguished by having all of its education in a location.

The university is well equipped with facilities that allow students to learn by doing. They can research new technologies to laboratories, workshops, medical or clinical research centers, or the LIT Factory too.

Like the University of Vienna, you can expect to pay 747.92 euros for training at JKU.

People sit in the sun on the Danube Canal in Vienna, Austria, on May 5, 2022. Credit: Joe Klamar/AFP

4. Technische Universität Wien

Eager to pursue a career in technology or natural sciences at a university accredited by the QS World University Ranking 2023? The Technische Universität Wien, commonly referred to as TU Wien, might be the place for you.

As a university conducting research, teaching and learning under the motto “Technology for People” for more than 200 years, it ranked 179th in the recent QS World University Rankings. As such, the school is best known for its courses in computer science, engineering, and natural sciences.

Note that all bachelor’s degree programs at TU Wien are only taught in German, so you must prove sufficient knowledge of the language to be admitted to the degree program. Fortunately, most of their masters programs are taught in English.

Tuition fees and student association fees for non-EU or EEA nationals at TU Wien start at same rate than the University of Vienna.

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