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Austria

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Study in Austria

Giant mountains, green valleys, forests and lakes make Austria a prime destination for you to spend your Study Abroad experience in Central Europe. For either a semester or academic year, you could live with a host family and study in this beautiful country! Mountain climbing, skiing, hiking, cycling, and boating are just some of the activities that YFU exchange students to Austria can experience.

+ More About Austria

Slightly smaller than the state of Maine, Austria is one place that has rhythm, charm and beauty to spare. This landlocked Central European nation, full of giant mountains, green valleys and romantic lakes, is a wonderful place to spend a year abroad.

The famous Alps cover much of the west and south of Austria, while flatlands dominate the more populated east and northeast. If you love the outdoors, you will definitely enjoy taking a Spaziergang -- that is, a long leisurely walk -- in the gorgeous green countryside. Mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, cycling and boating are all fantastic ways to spend a day in this German-speaking paradise.

While in Austria be sure to sample their delicious dishes and pastries. Learn to cook Austrian dishes like Wiener Schnitzel along with your host family and share some of your own cooking traditions. If you have a sweet tooth you will be dazzled by the variety of pastries like Strudel and Kaiserschmarrn, a pancake-like dish with nuts, berries and jams.

Enjoy the remarkable natural beauty of Austria and be sure to listen for its rich musical history, which includes the world-renowned melodies of Mozart and Strauss. The Vienna Imperial Orchestra entices visitors to experience its unique atmosphere of classicism and behold amazing architecture in the world's music capital. You could also head over to the Salzburg Festival for theater and music, which takes place for five weeks each summer in Mozart’s birthplace.

Education in Austria is among the best in the world, ranking high among the most developed countries. The literacy rate in Austria is 98%. Like the German education system, Austria has two tracks for high school education that are based on primary school grades. Students placed in the Gymnasium are prepared for the Matura, final exams that are required for admission into universities. The Hauptschule option gears students for vocational studies, where they will focus on practical matters in economics, informatics, tourism or education. While there are some school-related clubs and extracurricular activities, many students also turn to private lessons or a local university to take a specialized class.

Austria is a country rich in tradition as well as in modern thinking and multiculturalism. After opening its borders to refugees after World War II, Austria became the gate between the eastern and western world. Many Eastern Europeans seeking freedom of speech and other basic liberties found a new home in Austria during this time period. This might be the reason that many international headquarters of the world's largest businesses are now stationed in Austria, providing creative space to people of all nationalities.

Travel to Austria to see amazing landscapes, drink heavenly coffee, and gain an amazing cultural perspective listening to wonderful concerts in Vienna. Ja!

On-Line Resources

To learn more about Austria, we recommend:

  • Visit YFU Austria's webpage
  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, German language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative websites
  • Embassy of Austria in Washington, D.C. website

+ Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year: $14,995
Spring Year: $14,995
Fall Semester: $12,495
Spring Semester: $12,495

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips.

Important Information

Students who have previously participated in a semester or year exchange program are accepted on a case-by-case basis. YFU Austria cannot guarantee that students will receive transcripts as required by a student's school in the United States. Many host families in Austria have pets, so students should be prepared to live with animals in the house.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

School

While attending a public secondary school, you will stay with a local host family and participate fully in the academic and cultural life of the school. Students are typically placed in the 6th, 7th, or 8th class of "Gymnasium" or "Mittelschule Neu" and are usually in fixed classes, meaning you will spend each day with the same students. This will make it a lot easier to find friends! Each class will also have its own teacher (Klassenvorstand), and she or he is responsible for your class and will be a great resource during your program. Students will also take a range of different classes including German, math, biology, arts, and physical education. YFU Austria prides itself on its ability to dedicate lots of individualized attention to each student, ensuring the best possible exchange experience.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. In Austria, students will participate in post-arrival, mid-year, and re-entry orientations to cover topics including communication, adaptation, integration, values, and perceptions. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

Spring 2019 departure: August 1, 2001 - January 31, 2004 ; Fall 2019 departure: March 1, 2002 - August 30, 2004. Students who are slightly overage will need approval from YFU Austria. Graduated student and students outside the age range will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Language

German. No previous language study is required, however basic German language skills are necessary. Intensive individualized language tutoring can be arranged upon arrival in Austria. Standard German is spoken in most Austrian schools, but you should be prepared for the possibility that the community where you stay may speak German dialects unique to that region.

Host Family Placement

Most students are placed in suburban or rural areas. It is important to note that students are rarely placed in large urban centers. Families typically have the expectation that their host child actively participates in host family life.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year 1055 early September mid July $14,995
Spring Year 1276 early September mid February $14,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Austrian high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Austria Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance
  • German language study support if needed (class, private lessons, online course, or conversation partner, depending on available local options)

+ Semester Programs

School

While attending a public secondary school, you will stay with a local host family and participate fully in the academic and cultural life of the school. Students are typically placed in the 6th, 7th, or 8th class of "Gymnasium" or "Mittelschule Neu" and are usually in fixed classes, meaning you will spend each day with the same students. This will make it a lot easier to find friends! Each class will also have its own teacher (Klassenvorstand), and she or he is responsible for your class and will be a great resource during your program. Students will also take a range of different classes including German, math, biology, arts, and physical education. YFU Austria prides itself on its ability to dedicate lots of individualized attention to each student, ensuring the best possible exchange experience.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. In Austria, students will participate in post-arrival, mid-year, and re-entry orientations to cover topics including communication, adaptation, integration, values, and perceptions. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

Spring 2019 departure: August 1, 2001 - January 31, 2004 ; Fall 2019 departure: March 1, 2002 - August 30, 2004. Students who are slightly overage will need approval from YFU Austria. Graduated student and students outside the age range will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Language

German. No previous language study is required, however basic German language skills are necessary. Intensive individualized language tutoring can be arranged upon arrival in Austria. Standard German is spoken in most Austrian schools, but you should be prepared for the possibility that the community where you stay may speak German dialects unique to that region.

Host Family Placement

Most students are placed in suburban or rural areas. It is important to note that students are rarely placed in large urban centers. Families typically have the expectation that their host child actively participates in host family life.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 1056 early September mid July $12,495
Spring Semester 1261 mid February early July $12,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Austrian high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Austria Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance
  • German language study support if needed (class, private lessons, online course, or conversation partner, depending on available local options)