Austria - Education

The Austrian educational system has its roots in the medieval monastic schools that flourished toward the end of the 11th century. The present state education system goes back to the school reforms introduced by Maria Theresa in 1774. In 1869, the Imperial Education Law unified the entire system of compulsory education.

In 1962, Austria's education system was completely reorganized under a comprehensive education law, and compulsory education was extended from eight to nine years. Since 1975, all schools are coeducational and education at state schools is free of charge. Financial support is provided for postsecondary schooling. Primary education lasts for four years. Disabled students either attend special schools or are mainstreamed into regular classrooms. After primary education, pupils may either attend a general secondary school ( Hauptschule ) or an academic secondary school, which covers two four-year courses of study.

Students may also attend an intermediate or higher vocational school for a period of five years. Those who complete their studies at secondary or higher vocational school are qualified to attend the universities. At the primary level in 1997, 381,927 pupils and 31,251 teachers were registered with 3,703 schools. Student-to-teacher ratio stood at 12 to 1. At the secondary level in the same year, there were 79,806 teachers and 793,485 pupils enrolled.

Austria maintains a vigorous adult education system. Almost all adult education bodies owe their existence to private initiative. The Ministry of Education, under the auspices of the Development Planning for a Cooperative System of Adult Education in Austria, has joined private bodies in setting up projects for enhancing the quality of adult education programs. As of 2002, the adult literacy rate was estimated at 98%.

There are 12 university-level institutions and six fine-art colleges offering 430 subjects and about 600 possible degrees.

In 1997, there were 240,632 students enrolled full time in universities and all higher-level institutions. The teaching staff numbered 26,356. As of 1999, public expenditure on education was estimated at 6.3% of GDP.

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Jul 22, 2007 @ 11:11 am
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nazrul islam
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Jun 23, 2009 @ 4:04 am
I have completed my four year bachlor programme in computer & information systems from sudan university of science technology,sudan and now I want to get admission in Austria for higher education /MBA therefore I would like to know about admission procedure.
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Dec 14, 2009 @ 1:13 pm
I am in final semester of my four year in computer science and i am planning to study in Austria for higher education with free of cost course wise.I would like to know about admission procedure.
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Jul 2, 2010 @ 5:05 am
Dear Sir,

I had passed my bachelor 9 years ago and I had worked for various company,like in Hotel Industry, Corporate Industry, Export Industry, but again I want to study an international Business Management in Austria, plese let me know, if I can continue my education in Austria, for which act of yours I shall remain very greatful to you.
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Mar 25, 2011 @ 7:07 am
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May 19, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
I am requiring help from anyone that has the information to reply to this very important inquiry...
now, my father would like to move from london to austria, but then the problem comes to education and how will it work, because ofcourse he has 6kids that need learning!
we would like to know what will happen to us with the schools in austria and how can we setal in if we dont know the country language..
please, anyone with any information that could help us to come forward and reply .
thankyou so much!
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Feb 24, 2012 @ 6:18 pm
I really like Austria because it snows alot there and its very pretty. Also my mother was named after a character in the sound of music (Liesl)
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Dec 27, 2012 @ 11:11 am
I have completed my two year bachelor in computer science from Iran and now I want to get admission in Austria for higher education therefore I would like to know about admission procedure.

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