International Degree Students
Students from countries listed in appendix of Tuition Fee Regulation - which are the poorest countries on Earth - only have to pay the student union fee (ÖH fee) of € 20,70 each semester.
Students from all other countries, so called Third Countries (exempt of the countries listed in appendix 3), generally have to pay each semester the tuition fee of € 726,72 plus the student union fee (ÖH fee) of € 20,70 . There are, however, reasons for exemptions. If these apply, students can be exempt from the tuition fee.
Students possessing a "student" residence permit can only be exempt from the tuition fee if they
- own a secondary school leaving certificate (A levels) from an Austrian school abroad,
- or if their main living interest (valid proof of residence, income in Austria proven by a national insurance statement (Versicherungsdatenauszug)) has been in Austria for at least five years at the date of the first admission or if this applies to a person with the obligation of maintenance (e.g. a parent or spouse).
If one of these points applies, an application of remission of the tuition fees has to be handed in within the application period. If the request is granted, only the ÖH fee of € 20,70 has to be paid during the tuition fee free period (minimum study duration plus tolerance semester).
Students with a residence permit other than “student”, f.e. permanent residency EU, family member, Rot-Weiß-Rot card etc. can be exempt from the tuition fee since they have an equal status as EU-citizens based on the residence permit. This means they only have to pay the ÖH fee of € 20,70 during the tuition fee free period. To be exempt from the tuition fees, an application of remission of the tuition fees has to be handed in within the application period.
The equal status and the exemption is only possible if the above mentioned requirements are fulfilled, the application of remission of the tuition fee is handed in within the statutory regulated deadline and is granted. An exemption is not granted automatically.
In case the tuition fee free period is exceeded, students with an equal status have to pay the tuition fee of € 363,36 (within the general admission period) plus the ÖH fee of € 20,70. During the grace period, the tuition fee is raised 10%, the ÖH fee stays the same.
However, if students fulfill the statutory regulated reason for an exemption, remission or reimbursement of the tuition fee is possible. Detailed information can be found under remission of the tuition fee and reimbursement of the tuition fee.