Irrespective of the fact that Austria have a reputation of been so costly to tourism, is also not news one of the most important country to hit on. What usually thrill the world till today is the unexpected, that’s for tuition fee to be completely free for both EU students and EEC.
As an international student whoes country is amony the EU or EEC, that’s probably a great news for you while reverse might the be case for non-EU and EEC students. Despite that, studying in Austria is an experience you will never regret. However, institutions in Austria are divided into different kinds. Universities (Public and Private) University of applied science and colleges of education. Tuition fees in Austrian universities is low and affordable.
You’re exempted from paying tuition fees at public universities provided you are an EU student intending to study a complete degree in Austria. You are only required to pay a little 18 EUR per semester to the student union. You will only begin to pay 363.36 EUR when you exceed the period of study defined. However, if you aren’t an EU student, you will have to pay 726.72 EUR per semester plus and additional fee of 18 EUR for the student union.
Universities of applied science have a different legal background and thus, can independently decide whether they levy tuition fees.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Austria as a student is very cheap compared to other European countries. To spend less on accommodation, it will be paramount staying in hostel or either share an apartment with a fellow student. Sharing an apartment will cost about 600 EUR per month and 200 EUR for sharing with a student in a hostel. I will advice you consider these options than staying alone in an apartment which will definitely cost more. Apart from the low price you pay in sharing wih a fellow student, it also provides a platform to learn more of your study domain if your roommate happens to be a permanent resident in Austria.
When it comes to food, a lot of restaurants are scattered all over town across Austria and also at the cheapest price for buying food. Restaurants,mainly targeted at students may be very affordable but you will agree with me that supermarket are a lot cheaper than you think.
Going to a restaurant, you will marvel when you buy a product thrice the amount you usually used in buying from a supermarket.
Austria is well connected by reliable transport system. Even at that, public transport in Austria isn’t expensive but also not entirely cheap. An hour journey cost 2.20 EUR and when you think of cycling around your residency, you will need to rent a bicycle for 5 EUR an hour in major urban centres.
Recent price of goods in Austria
- Milk (1 liter) at 1.20 EUR
- Cheese (500g) at 7.50 EUR
- Dozen eggs at 3.50 EUR
- Taxi rate ler km at 1.50 EUR
- Petrol per liter at 1.10 EUR ans many more…
Austria is a big destination and a major center of attraction in Europe because of the ability of immigrants to adapt quickly without much headache. Going to Austria to study will be a thrilling experience you will never forget.