Austria has a lenient university admissions program that offers entrance to all students who have completed a secondary qualification--the U.S. equivalent of a high school diploma. What’s even better is the fact that all public universities in Austria offer free tuition to student--though it should be noted that universities charge small tuition fees for foreign students. Still, those fees are lower than public colleges and universities in the United States.
The University of Vienna
In 2008, the University of Vienna was listed on the Time Higher Education Survey’s list of the Top 200 Universities in the World. Like all public universities in Austria, tuition is free for Austrian students. Having been founded in 1365, it is the oldest university in the German-speaking world, and it is one of Central Europe’s largest universities, with a student body of approximately 85,000. The University of Vienna is acclaimed for its programs in the social sciences. It ranked 46 out of 50 of the best social science universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education Survey. As of 2010, the university has 8,600 employees, including 6,500 academics and scientists.
The University of Vienna Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring 1 1010 Vienna Austria +43 1 4277 0 univie.ac.at/?L=2
The University of Innsbruck
The University of Innsbruck has been in existence since 1669. It has a student body of about 20,000. In 2004 the university’s Faculty of Medicine separated from the University of Innsbruck to become its own school, the Innsbruck Medical University. Among its other distinctions, the University of Innsbruck has produced several Nobel Laureates in the sciences, including Julius von Ficker Ritter von Feldhaus, Victor Francis Hess and Heinrich Ficker.
The University of Innsbruck Christoph-Probst-Platz Innrain 52 6020 Innsbruck Austria +43 512 507 0 uibk.ac.at
The University of Graz
The University of Graz has produced several Nobel Prize Laureates, including Julius Wagner von Jauregg (medicine), Gerty Cori (medicine), Karl von Frisch (medicine) and Fritz Pregl (chemistry.) Having been established in 1585, it is the second oldest university in Austria, behind the University of Vienna. Currently, the University of Graz supports a student body of about 27,000 and has 3,500 employees, of which 2,500 are scientists. The university has 74 academic departments.
The University of Graz Universitätsplatz 3 8010 Graz Austria +43 316 380 0 uni-graz.at/E/
Zach Feral has been writing and editing professionally since 2003. He has a B.A. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York and pursued postgraduate studies at the Open University in the U.K. His writing has appeared in numerous international publications, including "Dazed & Confused," "Artforum" and "Think Again."