Nationals of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland are exempt from visa requirements and enjoy freedom of establishment when in Austria. However, the financing for your stay must be guaranteed and adequate health insurance coverage is required.
Please note that any stay in Austria that extends longer than 3 months must be reported to the responsible domestic authority. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a fine.
Please inform yourself in detail about the legal regulations before you arrive in Austria!
Entry and visa requirements for nationals of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland
People who do not have EU/EEA or Swiss citizenship are referred to as "third-country nationals". Third-country nationals need a „Aufenthaltsbewilligung Studierender / Studierende“ (residence permit for students) for the duration of their stay and/or a visa to enter Austria.
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If you want to study in Austria for a period no longer than 6 months:
Total duration up to 90 days:
Total duration of 91 days up to six months:
The visa application needs to be submitted in person at the competent Austrian representative authority (embassy, consulate) in the country of residence and before travelling to Austria. Please note that it is not possible to apply for or extend any Visa from within Austria.
We strongly recommend you to inform yourself well ahead of time about Visa regulations. With the help of the Database Entry and Residence for Students and Researchers from the OeAD you can make individual queries and find the specific regulations applying to your case.
If your stay in Austria is longer than 6 months, it is necessary to apply for a “Residence Permit – Student”.
Information for students who are NOT entitled to visa free entry:
Information for students who are entitled to visa free entry:
We strongly recommend you to inform yourself well ahead of time about the residence permit regulations. With the help of the OeAD Database for entry and residence in Austria you can make individual inquiries about the regulations applying to you.
Please note that all individuals (this applies to Austrian nationals, EU/EEC nationals and third-country nationals) who are residing in Austria must report to the registration office for the community of residence within 3 business days after arrival.
Nationals of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland, who are staying in Austria longer than 3 months, have to apply to the competent municipal authority for a document called "Anmeldebescheinigung" within the first 4 months of their stay. More information can be found on the homepage of the OeAD.
In regards to the registration processes guest students will get support from the team of the International Office.