FH Upper AustriaUniversity of Applied Sciences

Useful Information

Entry to Upper Austria

Before travelling to Austria please bear in mind the legal regulations pertaining to foreign nationals regarding visas and residence permits. After arriving in Austria you have to fulfill the regulations and register yourself at your place of residence within 3 days after your arrival in Austria.

Click on the category of persons you belong to and you will find detailed information about the necessary entry or residence permits:

If you have any further questions about the legal regulations pertaining to foreign nationals please contact info@oead.at

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Financial Matters

Tuition Fees
In order to support the internationalisation policy of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, the state of Upper Austria currently covers the tuition for (international) students who meet the entrance requirements and are enrolled in one of our regular degree programmes. However, there are fees for the German Preparation Programme.

Cost of Living
The costs for accommodation vary according to the city in which the school is located. Of course the cost of living depends also very much on your personal life style. In average you must calculate appr. EUR 600 - EUR 850 per month.

For example:

Accommodation incl. heating & electricity EUR 250-450
Food EUR 220
Public transport EUR 20
Study & personal requirements EUR 70
Health insurance ca. EUR 60

Grants & Scholarships
Information about possible grants and scholarships can be found at www.grants.at. Grants.at is Austria's biggest online database for scholarships and research grants for all academic areas.

Outgoing FH Upper Austria students click here for further information about Erasmus+ and IPS scholarships. 

Health Insurance

National Health Insurance
Austria has a good public national insurance system with local public providers (Gebietskrankenkassen) in all nine federal states. Under certain conditions foreign national insurance carriers cover the costs for medical treatment of acute illness in Austria. Therefore we recommend you to contact your health insurance provider in your home country and enquire about this and if available, procure the necessary forms from them.

If you are a student or visiting researcher from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and are in possession of valid national health insurance in your home country, you need the European Health Insurance Card. This card is issued by your health insurance provider.

Bachelor's or Master's Degree students as well students of Preparation Programmes who do not fall into the above-mentioned categories may themselves take out a health insurance policy ("Studierendenselbstversicherung") with the relevant Gebietskrankenkasse. 

Self-insured students have to pay an insurance fee of EUR 57 per month at the moment. 

Services for Students

In Austria reductions for students are available for theatre tickets, concerts, museums and for many other things. For further information please contact the student welfare departments (Sozialreferate) of the ÖH (Austrian Student Union) and from the OeAD Regional Offices.

Culture
For students reduced-price tickets for theatre, concerts and cinema are available. For further information please contact the ÖH (Student Union) of your School. 

Sports
Information is available from the FH sports team.

Travel
The STA-Travel offers reduced travel rates for students. 

Recruitment 
Degree-seeking students from India may contact Mr. Murali Krishna Penmetsa (Advisor for Marketing and Student Recruitment) for support during the application process at krishna@krimsh.com 

Working in Austria Gainful Employment on Contract Basis

Students from EU countries can pursue gainful employment in Austria without a work permit.  Exception: Citizens of Croatia will need a work permit until the year 2020 (see below).

Students from non-EU countries who are in Austria on a student visa need a work permit to start gainful employment. This is tied to a number of preconditions: 

  • Max. 10 hours/week (undergraduates) /20 hours/week (graduate students) without labour market test
  • Exceeding those limits only subject to labour market test
  • Work permit must be obtained from AMS (Public Employment Service Austria) through employer prior to employment
  • For further information please refer to the following websites OeAD and AMS

Exceptions from Employment of Foreign Nationals Act not requiring Work Permit

  • Activities within the framework of exchange or research programmes of the EU
  • Activities in scientific teaching or research

 Special arrangements for voluntary work/internships

  • Internship: for projects/internships required in the curriculum no work permit is needed, a confirmation of notification is sufficient
  • Voluntary work: up to 3 months per calendar year without obligation to work and remuneration, a confirmation of notification is sufficient
  • Confirmation of notification sent to AMS (Public Employment Service Austria) by employer at least 2 weeks prior to start of occupation, costs app. € 20

 Students from non-EU countries in Austria on Visa D

  • The legitimacy of any type of employment (e.g. voluntary work, internship) must be applied for and noted on the visa by the authorities

Residence Permit Special Cases of Paid Employment

  • For employment not subject to the Employment for Foreign Nationals Act (teaching and research activities) instead of residence permit B for students without admission to university

Red-White-Red Card „Graduate“

  • For graduates of a master´s programme (or a diploma programme after the first diploma exam)
  • Prospective occupation matches education/training
  • Gross monthly salary at least 45% of maximum pensionable earnings according to §108 Abs. 3 ASVG (section 108, paragraph 3, General Social Insurance Act), plus special payments. In 2014, this was equal to € 1,998.
  • Employer declaration according to Employment of Foreign Nationals Act (AuslBG)
  • Application prior to expiration of residence permit/confirmation of search for employment at Immigration, Citizenship and Registry Offices
  • Temporary residence permit may be granted for up to 6 months for the purpose of finding employment (not the same as permanent residence permit!) as long as there is proof of financial means, health insurance and accommodation

Legal Basis

Employment of Foreign Nationals Act (Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz: AuslBG, version BGBl. I 78/2007) or condensed version in English.

Contact AMS

AMS OÖ Ausländerinnenfachzentrum,
Tel: +43/732/6963-0,
Fax: +43/732/6963-20990,
E-Mail: afz.oberoesterreich@ams.at