Austria is a popular destination for foreign students all over the world. Austria student visa offers affordable tuition fees and it’s home to some of the best public universities in Europe. Moreover, it offers great job prospects for students who wish to continue living and working in Austria after they finish their studies.
As a non-resident of Austria, you should know that you’ll most likely be required to apply for an Austria student visa. And it is also important you should know if you are a NON-EU student then what kind of visa you should be applying for a stay in AUSTRIA.
For getting more information about it read this Article AUSTRIAN Student Visas for Non-EU/EEA/EFTA National-Student.
In this article, you’ll find all the important information regarding the student visa so that this process will be easier for you.
The Austrian authorities are likely to ask for the following documents when you’re applying for a visa or residence permit:
- Your passport/Travel document:
- Valid for at least 3 months beyond your planned date of departure from Austria (the Schengen zone).
- No older than 10 years.
- And it should contain at least two blank pages.
- it won’t expire during your stay.
- Visa Application Form. You have to print out the visa application form and fill it out. Make sure it’s filled in with all the correct information and signed. (available from the Embassy or Consulate or downloaded from the Internet).
- Identity Pictures. The photos should be of passport format – a recent whole-face capture with a light background. Please make sure to follow the Schengen visa pictures guideline.
- Travel Insurance. In order to receive an Austrian student visa, you must have Schengen travel insurance. Your insurance must cover any type of emergency up to the amount of 30,000€.
(insurance cover well over 30,000 Euro including a guarantee to cover possible recovery and repatriation costs and costs for treatment of the COVID-19 disease).
Travel health insurance policies for foreigners traveling to Austria that fulfill Austrian Visa requirements can be purchased online from AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance. Both companies are accepted by Austrian Embassies and Consulates worldwide.
- Itinerary for your travel. This includes the correct flight dates, flight number, and departure date.
- No objection certificate from your school or university.
- Proof of Enrolment. You must provide a letter of confirmation from the Austrian University you’ve applied to that proves your status as a student.
- Proof of paid tuition fee. You must provide a copy of the receipt/bank statement that your University fee has been paid.
- Proof of accommodation:
- Proof of accommodation by providing a contract or rental agreement from the student services if you live in student accommodation or your landlord if you live in a private flat. i.e. Hotel reservation for the whole duration of the intended stay in Austria.
- Proof of Financial means: Proof of sufficient financial means to cover your living costs for 12 months at least. Could be provided for example by a
- Savings book, bank deposits, and account; or
- a letter of guarantee from the person that finances you; or
- a Declaration of Guarantee from a person living in Austria; or
- proof of purchase of traveler’s cheques for the necessary amount; or
- a confirmation of the award of a scholarship/grant.
- You have to prove that you are capable of financing yourself during your stay for the duration of your study program. The amount required depends on the student:
- For students up to 24 years old: 515,30 euros/month.
- For students 24 years old and older: 933,06 euros/month.
Please Note :
If the costs for accommodation exceed 294,65 euros/month [as of 2019], you will have to prove additional funds.
- Proof of Health Insurance for AUSTRIAN Student Visa.
- A Cover Letter. In which you state the purpose of your visit to Austria and present a detailed trip itinerary.
- Proof of Receipt for paying the student visa fee.
- Proof of Police Clearance Certificate.
- University records from your previous universities (if applicable). If you’ve attended a previous university you must also provide a copy of those records.
Visa Processing Time :
Although Austria has a relatively quick visa process, it’s still best to give yourself plenty of time.
During busy spells, you might have to wait 6 weeks to get an appointment at an Austrian embassy. You’ll then need to submit your application and wait up to another 4 weeks for a decision. In total, the process can take over 2 months.