Founded in central Europe, Austria, in the year 1669, University of Innsbruck was famous for its mountains, rugged Alpine terrain and imperial architecture. This university lies within the European country, western Austrian state of Tyrol, which is the number one destination for winter sports lovers. This accounts for the population of 124,579 according to the 2014 census.
University World Ranking ranked Innsbruck 3rd in Austria, 387 in the world. It boasts of a student population of 28,290 (male 47.4% and female 52.6% as of 2016/17 winter semester), an academic staff of 3,206 (227 professors) and an administrative staff of 1,383. One of the notable alumni is the current Austrian president (Alexander Van der Bellen).
The unique aspect of this institution of higher learning is that its buildings spread across the city of Innsbruck. As such, you will be living in the heart of the city, with freedom to move around town while you study.
The University of Innsbruck was ranked the highest in the research performance category; this ranking is based on the prolific publications from its university researchers. This feat emphasizes the University of Innsbruck’s outstanding international reputation in many fields of research.
Other reasons to Study in University of Innsbruck:
- One of Austria’s oldest university with 16 faculties embracing a wide range of field of study, well-equipped laboratories,
- Great place for winter sports, lots of mountains (for the adventurers),
- Opportunity to know the city inside out during the course of your studentship.
3. Catholic Theology
4. Chemistry and Pharmacy
5. Engineering science
6. Economics and Statistics
8. Geo-and Atmospheric Science
9. Humanities 1 (Philosophy and History)
10. Humanities 2 (Language and Literature)
12. Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
13. Psychology and Sports Science
14. Innsbruck University School of Management
15. School of Education
16. School of Political Science and Sociology
The Academic year is divided into two semesters: 1st October – 31st January and 1st March – 30th June with Christmas, Easter and Whit holidays.
A prospective student can only apply online for the programme they want to study; registration is done physically at the admission department with the official “Letter of Acceptance” (Mitteilung) of University of Innsbruck. Pls come with photo ID and other documents required in the acceptance letter.
Passport and Visa requirement (International Student)
EU/EEA member state and Switzerland coming to Austria need a valid passport to enter the country to work and study.
Applicants from other countries that want to stay for a maximum of 6 months will need either:
i. A travel visa C (“Schengen visa”): To be entitled to stay in Austria and in all other Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days or
ii. A residence visa D (Aufenthaltsvisum D): This will ensure they can stay for at least 91 days up to a maximum of 6 months; this is unnecessary if you are a Japanese national.
You have to apply for this visa in person at the competent Austrian representative authority (embassy, consulate-general) before travelling to Austria and the visa will be issued by this authority. A visa cannot be renewed in Austria. Students staying for more than 6 months need a student residence permit, (Aufenthaltsbewilligung„ Studierender“) for entry into and residence in Austria.
The travel document plus visa must be carried with you at all times to prove your entitlement to the residence in Austria. The residence permit for students does not give you the right to work in Austria! This must be applied for separately and is only possible in exceptional cases.
The University of Innsbruck has study programs comprising 180 ECTS-Credits (European Credit Transfer System) and last six semesters. They aim to teach basic scientific methods and knowledge and to develop practical skills.
Applicants must have completed a relevant Bachelor’s program at a university or university of applied sciences or an equivalent study program with 120 ECTS-Credits (European Credit Transfer System) equivalent to four semesters (2 years).
Study programmes designed to further develop applicants’ ability to carry out independent scientific work. Building on the knowledge and skills taught in diploma and Master’s programmes, they aim to educate and support the next admission process for a doctoral study.
Language Requirements (German)
The Official language is German. Lectures are delivered in German; applicants must have spoken and understood German sufficiently with the exception of postgraduate programs. Everyday life communication is in German.
Language test (Exchange Student)
Innsbruck recommends that applicants improve their German before applying except for postgraduate programmes where lectures are delivered completely in English.
Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of German (an official language certificate e.g. Goethe Institute) to register as a degree student; otherwise, applicants will only be accepted as a non-degree student until you pass the official university German language examination. Applicants with sufficient prior knowledge can take the exam at the beginning of each semester and consequently be accepted as a degree student.
German language courses in summer
Preparatory courses are offered in July – August by the InnsbruckerHochschulkurseDeutsch (IHD) at the University of Innsbruck: The basic 3 weeks course (60 lessons) costs €460 and the basic 6weeks course (120 lessons) €920.
|Bachelor||For EU-students: free of charge, students only pay student union and student insurance of 18€/semester.||€1,450/year|
|Master||For EU-students: free of charge, students only pay student union and student insurance of 18€/semester.||€1,450/year|
Cost of living in Austria (June 2017)
|Milk (regular: 1 litre)||1.05|
|Loaf of fresh white bread (500g)||1.74|
|Rice (white: 1kg)||2.00|
|Eggs (regular: 12)||3.20|
|Local Cheese (1kg)||13.75|
|Chicken breasts (boneless, skinless: 1kg)||9.00|
|Beef round (1kg or equivalent back leg red meat)||10.00|
|Water (1.5 liter bottle)||0.68|
|Bottle of wine (mid-range)||5.50|
|Domestic beer (0.5 liter bottle)||0.94|
|Imported beer (0.33 liter bottle)||1.53|
|Pack of cigarettes (malboro)||5.00|
|One way ticket (local transport)||2.70|
|Monthly pass (regular price)||50.00|
|Taxi start (normal Tariff)||6.20|
|Taxi 1hour (normal tariff)||2.00|
|Taxi 1 hour waiting (normal tariff)||30.00|
|Rent per month||Price(€)|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) city center||752.92|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of center||607.00|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||1,412.50|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Center||1,100.00|
Innsbruck is a great university of learning, a research center with campuses scattered all over the city, a great way to know Austria and unleash your adventurous spirit while learning.