The tuition fee exemption for Ukrainian students has been extended for the winter semester 2022/23
The BMBWF continues to help Ukrainian students in the winter semester 2022/23. These students do not have to pay tuition fees at public universities or university colleges of teacher education.
Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, the BMBWF has been supporting Ukrainian students with unbureaucratic and rapid assistance. As a result, they are exempted from paying tuition fees from the summer semester of 2022. As third-country nationals, they would normally have to pay double that amount, at €726.72 per semester. The current amendment to the Tuition Fee Ordinance extends this regulation for the winter semester 2022/23 and affects Ukrainian students at universities and university colleges of teacher education.
This affects Ukrainian students at universities and university colleges of teacher education
This regulation applies to all Ukrainian students who are enrolled at one of the 22 public universities or 14 university colleges of teacher education in Austria in the winter semester 2022/23. The BMBWF will reimburse the universities and colleges of education for the amount they lose as a result of this measure. The BMBWF will reimburse universities and university colleges of teacher education for the amount they lose as a result of this measure.
For the universities of applied sciences and private universities, the BMBWF cannot prescribe a general exemption due to their legal and financial framework. However, many universities of applied sciences and private universities have already announced their own support measures.
Special scholarship for Ukrainian students and researchers available in the winter semester 2022/23
The tuition fee exemption is only one of many support measures available for Ukrainians in the field of science and research in the winter semester 2022/23. A further support measure constitutes the special scholarship program „Ernst Mach Scholarship-UKRAINE“. Ukrainian students and researchers, who want to start or continue their studies or research in Austria, will receive €715 per month per person for a period of one month to nine months, with the possibility of an extension to 21 months. Further details can be found on the website of the OeAD, the Agency for Education and Internationalisation, which implements the scholarhip.
Furthermore, many universities, other higher education institutions, research institutions and the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH) offer their own support measures for Ukrainian students and researchers. The University of Graz has set up a website, which offers prospective students from Ukraine information and answers to current questions. The TU Wien has expanded the project „roomTUlearn“ for Ukrainian students by opening its centrally managed teaching rooms as learning spaces, so that they can continue their studies at their home university via online teaching.
The BMBWF offers an overview of the most important information and support measures for Ukrainian students and researchers at Ukraine – current information in the science and research sector (bmbwf.gv.at).