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Austria - higher education system

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Country: Austria
Population (mln): 8,4
Official language/s: German
Internet TLD: .at
Calling code: +43
Member of the EU from: 1st January 1995
Unemployment rate Sep 2011 (%): 4,0
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2011 (%): 7,5
Unemployment rate Sep 2012 (%): 4,4
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2012 (%): 9,9
Population statistics 20-29 age group 2011 (%): 12,9
Country codes in education system: AT
Expected duration of education (years): 16,8

Higher education is provided by

  • 22 Public Universities (the biggest sector),
  • 21 Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen, FH, introduced in 1994),
  • 13 Private Universities (introduced in 2000), and
  • 17 University Colleges of Teacher Education (Pädagogische Hochschulen, PH, introduced in 2007).

The higher education institutions offer the following study programmes:

Degree programmes:

  • Diploma (after 8 12 semesters), or, respectively Diploma (FH) (after 8 10 semesters);
  • Bachelor (6 8 semesters);
  • Master (2-4 semesters following the bachelor’s degree, at universities at least 4 semesters);
  • Doctor (at least 6 semesters following the master’s or diploma degree).

Further education programmes:

  • Certificate (“Akademische/r …”);
  • Course at a (tertiary) Educational Institution
  • Postgraduate University Course


Source: Eurydice,
Eurypedia - The European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems , Eurosta, wikipedia.org, Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia, Department of Education and Skills Irelan,  Ministry of Education and Culture - FINLAND

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