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Tuition Fees

The University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria charges tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes as follows:

  • For students from EU and EEA countries: EUR 363.36 per semester + ÖH (Austrian Student Union) contribution
  • For students from non-EU-member states: EUR 726.72 per semester + ÖH (Austrian Student Union) contribution. Merit-based scholarships are available.

*Tuition fees for students from EU and EEA countries apply to:

  • Nationals of EU and EEA countries
  • Swiss nationals
  • Third-country nationals who, according to paragraph 2 FHStG, are subject to paragraph 1 of the ordinance governing the admission of certain groups of potential students

** Tuition fees for students from third countries apply to:

Third-country nationals not subject to the ordinance governing the admission of certain groups of potential students

Please note: Exchange students are exempt from tuition fees!

Health Insurance

Students on university of applied sciences degree programmes who are not covered by their parents‘ insurance can take out voluntary health insurance with a "Gebietskrankenkasse" (regional health insurance provider).

Accident Insurance

Social accident insurance for around 1.3 million pupils and students is provided by the Austrian Social Insurance for Occupational Risks (AUVA). Further details of this insurance cover can be found here.

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Other Costs

In addition to personal living expenses, accommodation, transport etc. a range of additional costs is to be expected during a course of study for text and reference books, periodicals, stationery, discs, CD-ROMs, lecture notes, copying and printing costs and participation in excursions (travel costs, accommodation, entry fees…) among other things.

Grants / Student Benefit

Students at universities of applied sciences are considered equal to students at traditional universities for state grants (particularly for federal student benefit). Further details of this, in particular of the social prerequisites, can be obtained from the Student Benefit Authority "Studienbeihilfenbehörde" in Linz: www.stipendium.at

There is a Merit Based Scholarship for excellently performing students. It can be awarded to international students to recognise prior achievement and performance during studies. It becomes available only after the first semester, and covers half of the tuition fee.

Performance Related Grants

University of applied sciences degree programmes regularly award performance related grants for excellent student achievement from ministerial funds. The call for applications is made in the summer semester.

Other Grants and Benefits

Large companies (Energie AG, voestalpine etc.) and interest groups (Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber etc.) award individual grants for diploma theses and dissertations among other things that are of particular relevance for their areas of interest. Inquiries must be made on an individual basis.

Scholarships - Portal european-funding-guide.eu

The portal www.european-funding-guide.eu provides free help to all pupils, students and doctoral candidates in search of support for their studies. For the first time in Austria with the help of a matching system from a database with more than 12,000 entries, only those grants and scholarships for study abroad which match the résuméofeach user are displayed.

The portal includes a wide range of funding opportunities from the financing of the cost of living, financial support for study abroad, help with college tuition fees to support for dissertations. In addition, the platform provides numerous articles and templates on the subject of scholarship applications.

FAQs study fees

How can I apply for exemption from tuition fees on grounds of disability?

Please submit a short written application (e.g. by e-mail) to the head of the degree programme including proof of a degree of disability of at least 50% (either disability card of the Federal Social Welfare Office, notification of increased family allowance). The application for exemption needs to be made only once for the entire course of study.

Does the fact that I am receiving a study allowance or maintenance grant mean that I am exempted from tuition fees?

No. Tuition fees also have to be paid in this case. Information about possible grants can be found on the website of the student grant authority.

Can I apply for exemption from tuition fees if I am employed?

No. Tuition fees also have to be paid in this case.

If I am employed, is it possible for the tuition fees to be deducted from income tax?


Is there a social scaling of tuition fees?


Can I be exempted from tuition fees because of maternity leave if I do not interrupt my studies?

No. If you are active as a full student during maternity leave then you are required to pay tuition fees. If you interrupt your studies then for this period, tuition fees do not have to be paid.

Is it possible to have the invoice for my tuition fees made payable by my employer?

No. Since it is the student who enters the educational contract, the invoice will be issued in the name of the student.

Is it possible to pay the tuition fees in instalments?

This is not possible for organizational reasons.

When is the final deadline for payment of tuition fees?

We ask for immediate payment of the tuition fees on receiving the invoice. The final deadline for payment for winter term is 31.10. and for summer term 31.03. If no payment has been received by 31.10. / 31.03. this will result in your deregistration from your degree course. Should you wish to take an examination in the period from 1.-31.10. or 1.-31.3. then the tuition fees must be paid no later than 5 working days before the exam.

Can I take exams or use FH-OÖ services (e.g. access to learning platforms) if I have not yet paid the tuition fees?

No. This requires payment of the tuition fees.

If I interrupt my studies for several semesters, do I have to reapply each semester for exemption from tuition fees?

No. A single request together with notification of the duration of interruption is sufficient.

For third-country nationals who have a close relationship to Austria according to the provisions governing admission of certain groups of students, the tuition fee is not EUR €726.72 but EUR €363.36 as is the case for E.U. citizens. Who can I contact if I have further questions relating to this topic?

The Legal Department of the FH OÖ (recht@fh-ooe.at) is available in an advisory capacity to third country nationals who are affected by this regulation (e.g. regarding documentation needed as proof of the close relationship).