Science & Higher Education

The 22 public universities are the backbone of post-secondary education in Austria: first and foremost among them the University of Vienna, the oldest university in the German-speaking region, founded in 1365. With 91.830 students (winter semester 2017), it is one of the largest universities in Central Europe. The Universities of Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt, as well as the three medical universities in Austria (the Medical University of Vienna, the Medical University of Graz and the Medical University of Innsbruck), the two technical universities (the Technical University of Vienna and the Technical University of Graz) as the other specialised universities naming the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, the University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences Vienna, the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, the University of Mining and Leoben, the six art universities (the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna, the University of Music and Dramatic Arts „Mozarteum“ Salzburg, the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz, the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz and the Academy of Fine Arts) as well as the University of Continuing Education Krems (called Danube University Krems) complete the Austrian higher education landscape. Altogether 303.757 students (winter semester 2017) are enrolled at public universities in Austria.

Compared with the universities of applied sciences (56.273 students) and private universities (13.530 students), public universities account for the major part of post-secondary education in Austria.