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Austria’s higher education system has four sectors

Across our four higher education sectors, a total of over 350.000 students registered to study here in Austria for the winter semester 2017. The majority of these enrolled at one of the 22 public universities. The number of students at the 21 universities of applied sciences is increasing constantly, as you can see from the overview. The same can be said of numbers opting for one of the 16 accredited private universities.

Our universities vary according to their legal basis and funding models, as well as the subjects they offer. This is particularly the case with the fourth sector, the 14 university colleges of teacher education. Together with the public universities, these colleges are responsible for the initial and continued training and development of teaching staff (teacher education).

Public universities

268,586

Degree programme students of which 143,650 were women (winter semester 2018, counted on 28.02.2019)(1)

38,519

Newly-enrolled degree programme students of which 21,661 were women (academic year 2018/19, provisional)(1)

36,655

Degree programme graduates of which 19,548 were women (academic year 2017/18)(1)

Universities of applied sciences

53,401

Degree programme students of which 26,616 were women (winter semester 2018, counted on 15.11.2018)(1)

21,424

Newly-enrolled degree programme students of which 10,772 were women (academic year 2018/19, provisional)(1)

14,380

Degree programme graduates of which 7,400 were women (academic year 2017/18)(1)

Private universities

13,656

Degree programme students of which 8,265 were women (winter semester 2018)(1)

3,986

Newly-enrolled degree programme students of which 2,448 were women (winter semester 2018)(1)

2,247

Degree programme graduates of which 1,452 were women (academic year 2017/18)(1)

University colleges of teacher education

14,595

Degree programme students of which 10,734 were women (winter semester 2018)(2)

4,411

Newly-enrolled degree programme students of which 3,286 were women (winter semester 2018)(2)

2,268

Degree programme graduates of which 1,580 were women (academic year 2017/18) (2)

Student Mobility & Student Beneficiaries

4,280

Number of students in public university mobility programmes – incoming (winter semester 2018, reporting date 28 February 2019) (1)

3,960

Number of students in public university mobility programmes – outgoing (winter semester 2018, reporting date 28 February 2019) (1)

45,000

Number of students in the higher education sector receiving a study grant (2018/19 academic year)

(1) source: unidata. (2) source: statistics austria

Contact:

Nikolaus Franzen
Department IV/10b – Application of Higher Education Statistics
Minoritenplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
T +43 1 531 20 5896
nikolaus.franzen@bmbwf.gv.at