Vienna is a hotbed of learning in the better sense of the word. It's been a university town since 1365 and elementary schooling has been obligatory since Maria Theresa's day.

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Education in Vienna

Vienna is a hotbed of learning in the better sense of the word. It's been a university town since 1365 and elementary schooling has been obligatory since Maria Theresa's day.

There are a wealth of international educational institutes on offer, from multilingual primary schools to private universities, and not just for Viennese pupils but for the whole international community. Vienna's specialists are in high demand. Of the 12 universities in the country, five are located in Vienna: the University of Vienna, the University of Technology, the University of Agriculture, the University of Veterinary Medicine, and the University of Economics in Vienna. Other notable institutions include the Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the Academy of Fine Arts, and the Academy of Applied Arts.

University of Vienna

The University of Vienna was founded in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe. At present, about 88,000 students are enrolled in 180 courses at the University of Vienna. The University of Vienna is also the largest teaching and research institution in Austria with 8,900 employees, 6,700 of whom are scientists and academics.

The University of Vienna offers over 170 degree programmes of various types. The programmes range from Theology, Natural Sciences and Economics to Humanities and Social Sciences.

Currently you can choose among 54 Bachelor programmes, 111 Master programmes, 4 diploma programmes and a large number of Teacher Training Programmes. For Doctoral programmes you can choose among various fields of study.

Vienna University of Technology

The TU Vienna places great emphasis on the inclusion of students in research programmes (researchbased teaching), considering this an important criterion encouraging new generations of scientists.

Students of the TU Vienna can choose between several fields of study. They are offered with one exeption (teacher training programme) as bachelor and master programmes. Bachelor programmes last for 6 semesters. Master programmes can be completed within further 3 or 4 semesters following a bachelor programme or equivalent postgraduate degree.

According to its status as a university, the Vienna University of Technology offers postgraduate doctoral programmes as a follow up to all master programmes. Besides the already well established doctoral programmes of Technical (DSc Tech) sciences and Science (DSc) social and economic affairs (DSocEcSc) has been introduced in 2004 as a new doctoral programme.

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, the Alma Mater Viridis, sees itself as an education and research centre for renewable resources, which are a necessity for human life. With its wide range of areas of expertise it is the task of BOKU to contribute significantly to the protection of life resources for future generations. With a connection between natural sciences, engineering and economics, BOKU is trying to deepen the knowledge of an ecologically and economically sustainable use of natural resources in a cultivated landscape.


  • Department of Material Sciences and Process Engineering
  • Department of Biotechnology
  • Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment
  • Department of Nanobiotechnology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Integrative Biology and Biodiversity Research
  • Department of Food Sciences and Technology
  • Department of Spatial-, Landscape-, and Infrastructure-Sciences
  • Department of Economics and Social Sciences
  • Department of Sustainable Agricultural Systems
  • Department of Structural Engineering and Natural Hazards
  • Department of Forest- and Soil Sciences
  • Department of Applied Plant Sciences and Plant Biotechnology
  • Department of Agrobiotechnology (IFA Tulln)
  • Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology
  • Institute of Animal Nutrition, Products, and Nutrition Physiology (APN)


Vienna University of Economics and Business

WU placed well again in this year's recently published 2010 Financial Times Masters in Management ranking: WU’s Master in International Management was ranked 24th of the 65 programs evaluated. This puts WU at 4th place among German-speaking universities. International mobility, the improved qualifications of WU’s faculty and value for money were all points in WU's favor in this year’s ranking.

The CEMS program, a joint degree program held in cooperation with 24 international universities and available in Austria exclusively at WU, came in at an excellent 2nd place in the prestigious ranking, putting it in the top three again this year. In addition to the high salaries earned by program graduates and their excellent acceptance on the labor market, the high level of internationality of both the curriculum and the participants were factors contributing to these successful results.

Medical University of Vienna

Building on its research programs, educational facilities, and curricula, the Medical University of Vienna strives to respond effectively to the ever-changing needs of State and society. Our newly established university, with centuries of tradition and experience, should and will excel in the coming years with a research profile best suited to meet these challenges. It also will distinguish itself with a curriculum that guarantees our medical students a state of the art education and conforms to the highest standards.

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna attaches great importance to a research-driven teaching programme. The research activity of the art academy aims at redefining artistic production processes in a changed, globalised society. Its research findings are integrated into the teaching activities in various ways and are also communicated to a wider public through exhibitions, symposia, lectures and a publication series. The formulation of a complex understanding of art for our knowledge-based society is something we regard as an essential task of the Academy, alongside the training of our students.

Konservatorium Wien

Vienna is  the world’s musical capital and also a home to an exceptionally rich spectrum of activity across all cultural fields. Konservatorium Wien University can offer world class training programs for instrumentalists, singers, dancers and actors. Every year, around 850 young people from more than 50 countries study with about 250 renowned artists and teachers.

The courses of study at Konservatorium Wien University offer an opportunity to attain highly qualified artistic and/or music teaching credentials. They form the basis for independent artistic and/or teaching activities, and through the critical examination of artistic, didactic and academic issues contribute to research in and performance of the arts.

University of Music and Performing

As one of the largest arts universities in the world, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna sets out to create unity from diversity.
The university offers an outstanding education in one of the most beautiful cultural cities in the world – Vienna – with curricula ranging from instrumental studies, voice and voice performance, to acting in the Max Reinhardt college, the film academy, music education and research areas.

University of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Veterinary Medicine is the only academic and research institution in Austria that focusses on the veterinary sciences and the oldest such institution in the German-speaking world.  It was founded in 1765.

Since 1996 the university campus has been located in the 21st district of Vienna.  About 1000 employees and 2300 students work on the campus, which also houses the university's animal hospital and various spin-off-enterprises and branches of business partners.

MODUL University Vienna

MU Vienna is an internationally oriented organization for research and education on tourism, new media technology and public governance. It was established by the Vienna Economic Chamber of Commerce and approved by the Austrian Accreditation Council in 2007. MODUL combines a strong academic foundation with a commitment to sustainability and innovation as the key drivers of long-term success. It aims to foster independent and original research and bring the benefits of innovation to the research community and the general public. MODUL builds upon an international network of partner universities, commercial enterprises and public institutions. Its faculty comprises renowned Austrian and international scholars who have a strong commitment to develop this young organization into a leading research platform in its fields.

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