Austria, located at the heart of Europe by the beautiful and impressive Alps, has greatly contributed to enrich the European culture with renowned thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, Ludwig Wittgenstein or Franz Kafka, or musicians such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Austria cities like Vienna, Salzburg or Innsbruck are ideal places to meet Austria’s history, literature, philosophy and art.
In addition to its historical and cultural appeal, you would like to study in Austria because of the high quality of its universities and institutions of higher education, its low tuition fees or the possibility of learning one of the world’s most important languages: German. Come study in Austria!
Today, higher education in Austria has a very similar structure to the rest of Europe with the introduction of the Bologna Declaration. With the reform to the new European system, degree structures are much the same as in the UK where a bachelor degree is earned in 3 years, and an additional master degree can be earned in a further one to two years of study.
Although most courses last between three and five years, it is very common for students to be enrolled at university for far longer.
The last stage of higher education – the Doctoral degrees or PhD courses in Austria still differ from most other countries. Doctoral degrees generally last two years and include only little if any course work. Focus is instead placed on the doctoral thesis – 150 to 300 pages long, publishable as a book or in a refereed journal. This too is changing, and more coursework is being added to conform to the Bologna Declaration within the EU.
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