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Austria is rich in history, culture, and breath-taking scenery. The country offers something for everyone, from the slopes of the Alps, to the birthplace of Mozart, to the bustling cultural and economic hub of Vienna. Studying in Austria provides students with an enriching educational and cultural experience and memories that will not soon be forgotten.

BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year

BC students wishing to study in Austria have the opportunity to study at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), which offers excellent academic programs and access to the Austrian capital.

Approved External Programs
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Speak to an OIP Advisor

In preparation for your study abroad in Austria, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Austria, your advisor is Sara Brown.

To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment with Sara, please click here.

 

Current Events & News Resources

In preparation for your time in Austria, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Austrian Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.

 

Palatial estate in Austria

Language & Customs

German is the official language of Austria, with Hungarian, Croatian, and Slovene also widely spoken. While the use of English is also widespread, students should be prepared to utilize their own language skills. The Federal Republic of Austria is a member of the European Union.

Austrian customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.

Currency in Austria

Like other members of the European Monetary Union (EMU), Austria’s currency is the euro. In Austria ATMs are known as Bankomaten. Check with your home bank before travelling for charges for using a Bankomat; there’s usually no commission to pay at the Austrian end.

It is important to remember that euros and US dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.

Austrian architecture

Visa Information

You will need a visa in order to remain in Austria for up to 6 months. For stays of more than 6 months a residency permit is required. For more information about the process you should visit this website.

The visa process is currently changing and for now you need to apply in person. Be sure to make copies of all of your documents. Once your application is approved it takes about 25 days for the consulate to issue your Residence Permit (visa) for the rest of your stay. You will find consulate offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Within three working days of your arrival in Austria, and also in case you move from one accommodation to another, you have to register your residency with the municipal authorities (in Vienna called 'Magistratisches Bezirksamt'). You will find information about this registration process at the following website. In order to register you will need the following documents: passport; birth certificate; registration form (Meldezettel), available from the registration office (must be signed both by the landlord/landlady and the tenant).