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Austria

About AUSTRIA

Austria covers an area of 83,878 square kilometres with a population of 8,822,267 residents (as of 1 January 2018), including 1,395,880 foreign citizens (15.8% of total population). In 2017, an average of 1,970 million people with migration background lived in Austria, that is 22.8% of the entire population.

Vienna is Austria’s most densely populated province with 4,500 residents per square kilometre; Tyrol and Carinthia are the least densely populated provinces with 59 inhabitants per square kilometre. The average life expectancy is for woman 83.9 years and for man 79.3 years.

Austria is bordered by Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy.

Economy

The Austrian economy grew by 3.0% in 2017. GDP at current prices amounted to approximately € 369,69 bn (+4.6% in real terms) in 2017 and GDP per inhabitant equalled € 42,020. Austria is in the upper sector not only within the EU but world-wide (source: Statistik Austria).

The Austrian economic structure is mainly dominated by small and medium enterprises. The most important industrial branches are:

  • Food industries
  • Machine and steel industry
  • Chemical and vehicle industry
  • Electric and electronic industry
  • Wood and paper industry

Climate

Austria has a typical central European transitional climate, i.e. warm summers, cold winters and adequate precipitation.

Additionally, there are two distinct climatic regions in Austria:

  • The east shows a Pannonian climate (warm to hot summers, relatively low precipitation and cold winters).
  • `The central Alpine region has the characteristic features of the Alpine climate (more precipitation in summer compared to the east and long winters with heavy snowfall).

Common student visa requirements

Some universities in Austria ask the applicants to send copies of documents, attested by Austrian Embassy. Otherwise, there is no need to send them the documents attested by the Austrian Embassy. Here is a list of documents which Austrian Embassy Attests.

  • Academic Certificate (Metric, FA/FSc, BA/BSc and any other degree issued by a Pakistani University or Institute)

2- Birth Certificate (Embassy verifies your birth by sending an advocate to your local area-union council)

3- Police Clearance Certificate or Police Certificate or Character Certificate (all are same).

First step of this attestation procedure is the verification. Embassy verifies each of your documents from a third party organization linked to the embassy, and you have to pay a “verification fee” for this service. This fee in 2016 was around

Rs. 23,000. When the documents are verified, the embassy will call you to collect the attested documents. Embassy will stamp at the back of your original documents with the signature of Counselor/Ambassador. They will charge 30-Euros per document for attestation. You have to pay equivalent amount in Pakistani Rupees.

You can go there on Mondays for documents submission without appointment. You have to be there early in the morning to have your name written at the gate. Otherwise your turn might not come on the same day.

Embassy only attests your original documents and not the photocopies. You will send photocopies of these attested documents to your university. In some cases, university may ask you to send them original documents attested by the embassy. In this case, if you are not selected, then they will send your documents back to you. But it’s a risky process. So here we can help you to get admission in such universities and our representatives in Austria can go personally to that university.

Language Requirements

If your selected program is in German than the university will require you to prove the proficiency in German language. If the program is in English, then they will require you to provide an English language proficiency certificate (IELTS/TOEFL).

Each university has its own requirement. Many universities accept IELTS band 5.5/6.0 or TOEFL IBT score 80. Some require a higher score of 90 (TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS).

If you are admitted, you will be notified by email and you will also receive an admission letter. You can start the visa process as soon as you have the admission letter.

General Information

ALL visa applicants must apply at the Austrian Embassy or Consulate General in person!

  • All applicants for a visa to enter Austria must submit biometric data (ten fingerprints). Therefore, all applicants need to schedule an appointment at the Austrian Embassy and must appear in person. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the visa application form, is stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) and allows Schengen States to exchange data (for more information please visit: www.ec.europa.eu).
  • Frequent travellers to the Schengen Area do not have to give new finger scans every time they apply for a new visa. Once finger scans are stored in VIS, they can be re-used for further visa applications over a 5-year period.
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  • Please note: Non-EU citizens (incl. U.S. citizens) entering Austria under the Visa Waiver Program must have a passport valid for a period of at least 3 months beyond the planned date of departure from the Schengen area.
  • In addition, travel documents must have been issued within the previous 10 years.
  • You must provide the Embassy or Consulate with all documents and additional authorizations required; otherwise, a visa will not be issued.
  • If you travel to Austria as a tourist, pass through Austria in transit, visit friends and/or relatives in Austria, or if you are on a business trip AND are a citizen of one of the visa-exempt countries (see below) you do NOT need to apply for a visa to enter Austria (and the Schengen zone) for a stay up to 90 days, but please note: your passport must be valid 3 months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area and you are not allowed to take up any employment. However, while a visa is not automatically a work permit, there are specific and clearly defined circumstances under which the holder of a valid visa may temporarily work in Austria.
  • Please note that both your nationality (= citizenship) and the passport you hold determine whether or not you must apply for a visa.
  • Holders of Alien Passports, issued by the United States (USA), need a visa for Austria. Holders of Refugee Passports, Alien Passports, and Permits to Re-Enter NEED a visa for Austria. Due to bi- and multilateral agreements, individuals who hold a valid regular passport of one of the following countries are visa-exempt and do NOT need to apply for a visa to enter Austria for stays of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days. The possibility of entering Austria without a visa does not grant you the right to work there.

STUDENTS

  • For regular and extraordinary studies at a public university, a polytechnic institute, an accredited private university, a public or an accredited teachers’ college, an accredited private study programme or an accredited private university course (University Act 2005)
  • For university courses not intended exclusively for teaching a language Liability declaration permissible
  • For extensions: evidence of study success is necessary. This means students must show progress towards their degree.
  • University of Vienna
  • Medical University of Vienna
  • University of Innsbruck
  • Medical University of Graz 
  • Vienna University of Technology 
  • Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) 
  • Johannes Kepler University Linz 
  • Karl-Franzens University of Graz 
  • Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt

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