Tuition fee exemption for Ukrainian students in force
In order to provide Ukrainian students with fast and unbureaucratic help, the BMBWF has amended the Tuition Fee Ordinance. As a result, these students are exempt from having to pay tuition fees for the entire summer semester 2022. If necessary, this regulation can be extended.
The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) is providing emergency assistance specifically for Ukrainian students. These students do not have to pay tuition fees for the summer semester 2022. As third-country nationals they would normally have to pay €726.72 per semester, twice the standard amount. Under the amendment to the Tuition Fee Ordinance, which came into force today, 10 March 2022, they are now expressly exempt.
This affects Ukrainian students at universities and university colleges of teacher education
This regulation applies to the 2,295 Ukrainian students who are currently already enrolled at one of the 22 public universities or 14 university colleges of teacher education in Austria and also to new Ukrainian students who come to study at one of these universities because of the war in Ukraine. The BMBWF cannot make any stipulations on this matter with regard to the universities of applied sciences and private universities due to their legal and financial framework. However, many universities of applied sciences and private universities have already announced their own support measures. The BMBWF will reimburse universities and university colleges of teacher education for the amount they lose as a result of this measure.
The tuition fee exemption is the first step taken by the BMBWF to provide Ukrainian students in Austria with fast and unbureaucratic help; further measures are already being developed.
In addition, many of the 73 higher education institutions in Austria as well as the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH) have also announced their own assistance programmes and support measures. For instance, the ÖH is setting up its own crisis fund for students affected by the war in Ukraine; for details, visit: www.oeh.ac.at/service/funding-pool
Almost 2,700 Ukrainians currently studying in Austria
At present, 2,695 Ukrainian students are enrolled at one of the 73 universities and other higher education institutions in Austria, 2,270 at a public university, 25 at a university college of teacher education, 190 at a university of applied sciences and 174 at a private university in Austria. The highest numbers of Ukrainian students are recorded in particular at the University of Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).