Approximate monthly cost of living expenses are listed in the table below. Please note that these costs are average estimates and will vary depending on one’s personal lifestyle. Accomodation costs are based upon dormitory or apartment-sharing pricing, but a small apartment may be financed with approximately EUR 350.00 at all of our sites. The approximate monthly expenses in Carinthia may actually be lower than those listed below.
- Shared Apartment (incl. heating and electricity) € 400.-
- Foods (not including cigarettes, or alcoholic beverages) € 250.-
- Other personal and study costs (books, culture, entertainment) € 300.-
- Total costs € 950.-
Additional costs that should be considered
- Tuition fee per semester € 364.-
- Austrian National Union of students fee per Semester € 20.-
- Austrian Health Insurance by GKK per month € 60.-
Further Information about living costs https://studyinaustria.at/en/living/living-costs/
Each student applying for a visa has to show proof of insurance covering all expenses in case of illness or accident. It is recommended that everyone takes out insurance. The international students can either organize health insurance for Austria in their home country or pay for Austrian national health insurance (GKK) upon arrival in Austria. The cost is estimated at EUR 59.57 per month [status 2017].
Additionally, all students are covered by Austrian National Union of Students Accident Insurance. Note that this insurance does NOT cover all possible accidents and additional private insurance is necessary.
You can the information about the Austrian national insurance system under the following link:
Students, who are not insured due to an employment or in the framework of a scholarship, need to apply for insurance or co-insurance themselves.
For both types of health insurance (self-insurance and co-insurance) you will need to meet certain requirements. For further information please contact the respective insurance company directly, as every health insurance has its individual procedures.
- Age limit: 27,
- Performance record/transcript of records: either 16 ECTS or 8 semester week hours per year,
- Duration of study: the co-insurance is not limited to a certain amount of Semesters.
The free co-insurance with your parents (or grandparents) is only possible until the age of 27. The co-insurance with your spouse or life partner is not limited to a certain age. However, this form of insurance is not always free of charge.
There are two different types of self-insurance: the student self-insurance and the general self-insurance. For further information about the amount of the insurance please contact the respective insurance company.
For this type of insurance you will be required to have a permanent residence in Austria and not have completed a degree programme yet.
- Age: no age limit,
- Maximum income: € 8.000,
- Duration of study: minimum study duration plus 4 extra Semesters,
- Change of study programme: not more than two changes allowed and the change needs to take place the latest after the 2nd Semester.
- Feldkirchen: Paracelsusstraße 12; Tel. 050 5855 4500; e-mail: feldkirchenkgkkat
- Klagenfurt: Kempfstr. 8; Tel. 050 5855 1000; e-mail: kaerntner.gkkkgkkat
- Spittal: Ortenburger Straße 4; Tel. 050 5855 4200; e-mail: spittalkgkkat
- Villach: Zeidler-von-Görz-Straße 3; Tel. 050 5855 4400; e-mail: villachkgkkat
What is the European Health Insurance Card?
A free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country. Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider.
Important – the European Health Insurance Card:
- is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property,
- does not cover your costs if you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment,
- does not guarantee free services. As each country’s healthcare system is different services that cost nothing at home might not be free in another country.
There are no medical facilities on any of the CUAS sites. In case of an emergency, there are hospitals in three of the four CUAS site cities – in Klagenfurt, Villach and Spittal. Furthermore, there are both medical doctors that cooperate with insurance companies and private doctors available almost everywhere. Pharmacies can be found in every city and town.
International emergency number ............................. 112
Ambulance ............................................................... 144
Emergency number (medical doctor) ....................... 141
Information regarding poisoning ............... 01 406 43 43
Emergency number (stand-by doctors) ...... 0900 88 088 + Postleitzahl
- Austrian association of pharmacies
- Association of medical doctors
- Carinthian Hospitals – KABEG
- Psycho-social-services Carinthia – AVS
- National health insurance
English speaking doctors in Villach including their opening hours can be found on:
When it is time for you to complete your preparations for your time at CUAS you should, among other things:
- Make sure you have a valid passport
- Check whether you need to apply for a residence permit or visa
- Start looking for accommodation
- Make sure you are properly insured and bring the insurance proof with you.
- Make sure you have money to cover for living expenses and tuition fees. Also bring proof of sufficient financial means with you (e.g. statement of bank account)
- If you want to drive a car in Austria, organize an international driving license.
- Don’t forget your adapter plugs and transformers that match the Austrian standard (two round prongs, 220 volts)
Information for citizens of an EU/EEA country
In order to travel to Austria a valid travel document (passport, identity card) is required. Ample finances and a health insurance accepted in Austria are also advisable.
If you are staying in Austria for longer than 3 months you have to register with the Bezirkshauptmannschaft) within the first 3 months of your stay and you will receive a confirmation of registration (EUR 15.00 fee). For this registration the following documents are necessary:
- filled in and signed application form
- valid identification card or passport,
- proof of a health insurance covering all the necessary costs (e.g. European Health Insurance Card),
- proof of sufficient financial means,
- students also need a confirmation of admission by the university.
Information for citizens of other countries
Students from non EU countries planning to study in Austria (as Joint-Study/Free Mover or as regular student) for up to six months need a visa. Visa has to be applied personally for at the competent Austrian representation authority (embassy, consulate-general) before leaving for Austria and it will be issued by this authority.
Students from third countries planning to study in Austria for more then six months need a residence permit "student" (Aufenthaltsbewilligung "Studierender") for entry and residence in Austria. On principle the application for this permit has to be submitted personally at the competent Austrian representation authority (embassy, consulate-general) abroad before leaving for Austria. The application will be forwarded and processed in Austria by the competent authority.
Detailed information about residence permits and visa applications in Austria is provided by The Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research at: www.oead.at/en
For further information you can also refer to the Austrian foreign representations: www.bmeia.gv.at/en
or to the website of Help-Service for Foreign Citizens:
DEALING WITH LANGUAGE
German is the official language of Austria, although you will find that many people are at least somewhat capable of conversing in English. The German dialect spoken in Carinthia might be even more troublesome to understand - even fluent speakers of German might have difficulties understanding some Austrian dialects. For quick and uncomplicated English-German dictionaries visit dict.leo.org or http://www.pons.de.
Information for nationals of an EU/EEA country
Confirmation of Registration
If you are a national of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland you need no visa and enjoy freedom of domicile (Niederlassungsfreiheit). If you have sufficient financial means to finance your stay in Austria and a valid health insurance covering all the necessary costs you only need a valid travel document (passport or identity card) for entry to and residence in Austria.
If you are going to stay in Austria for more than 3 months you have to register with the competent municipal authority (Magistrat, Bezirkshauptmannschaft) within 4 months of your stay and you will receive a confirmation of registration.
More information can be found here.
Information for nationals of other countries
Stays of up to 6 months
If you want to study in Austria for no longer than 6 months, you will either need
- a travel visa C ("Schengenvisa"): entitles you to stay in Austria and in all other Schengencountries for a maximum of 90 days; it is not necessary if you are allowed to enter Austria without a visa; or
- a residence visa D (Aufenthaltsvisum D): for stays of at least 91 days up to a maximum of 6 months; not necessary if you are a Japanese national
for entry to and residence in Austria.
Information on procedures and obtainment of visa can be found here.
Please take note that the visa has to be obtained before arriving in Austria (though in some cases, entry without visa is possible)! For further information regarding entrance to Austria and visa requirements, application forms please refer to the Austrian foreign representations.
Stays of more than 6 months
You have to apply for the residence permit in person at the competent Austrian representative authority (embassy, consulate-general) abroad before travelling to Austria. The application will be forwarded to Austria by the representative authority and processed by the competent Austrian authority.
Since you have to await the decision in your home country you should apply at least 3 months before the intended entry to Austria.
Amongst other things, the application has to include the Confirmation of Accommodation as well as the “Proof of Sufficient Financial Means”:
- Proof of sufficient financial means to finance your stay: students up to 24 years of age have to prove that they have at least EUR 515.30 per month, students of 24 years of age or older have to prove that they have at least EUR 933.06 per month [as of 2018] – these amounts have to be proved for a maximum of 12 months – e.g. by means of a savings account or a bank account at a bank (the account has to be accessible from Austria) or a (declaration of guarantee) of a person living in Austria or proof of purchase of traveller’s cheques for the necessary amount or a confirmation of the award of a scholarship/grant; if the costs for accommodation exceed 294.65 euros/ month, you have to prove additional funds.
If the Austrian authority decides to grant you the permit, the representative authority will inform you and issue a residence visa D for entry to Austria. You have to apply for this visa within 3 months of getting the information. You then have to collect the residence permit in Austria within 6 months of getting the information, in any case within the validity period of the visa.
Information on procedures and obtainment of residence permits and visa can be found here.
Please take note that the residence permit and the visa have to be obtained before arriving in Austria (some exceptions exist)! For further information regarding entrance to Austria and visa requirements, application forms please refer to the Austrian foreign representations.
You must register at the local municipal authorities within three working days after your arrival in Austria as well as when you change your accommodation. Registration forms are available at the offices of the local authorities or at the International Office of CUAS. In boarding houses and hotels you will be registered when checking in. When you move or leave Austria you must notify the authorities as well. The landlord or boarding house director must also sign the form. You will need your passport for registration!
9800 Spittal a. d. Drau
Melde- und Standesamt Villach
Magistrat Klagenfurt – Meldeamt
Einwohner- und Sozialamt Feldkirchen
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Please note that normally the authorities are open for clients only until 12:00 noon.
Unter gewissen Umständen ist es Ihnen möglich, in Österreich als Studierender zu Arbeiten. Diese Möglichkeiten hängen von den folgenden Punkten ab:
- Ihre Staatsbürgerschaft
- die Art der Anstellung
- Ihren akademischen Grad.
In dem Fall, dass das Kurrikulum des Studienganges ein Praktikum vorsieht (wahrscheinlich im letzten Semester), sind Studierende berechtigt, als Praktikanten zu arbeiten und in dieser Zeit (z.B. 6 Monate) ohne Beschränkung Geld zu verdienen. Der Praktikumsgeber (Unternehmen) muss allerdings zwei Wochen vor Praktikumsbeginn das österreichische Arbeitsmarktservice AMS informieren, um eine Arbeitsgenehmigung zu erhalten.
Für genaue Informationen besuchen Sie bitte die Websites der OeAD (Österreichsiche Agentur für Internationale Kooperation in Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung) und des Österreichsischen Bundesministarium für Arbeit, Soziales und Konsumentenschutz.
Wer kennt es nicht: man ist zu Mittag am Campus und der Magen beginnt zu knurren.
Wir haben auf unserem FresH Blog ein paar Geheimtipps für Lokale, Imbisse und Restaurants rund um die Campusse in Villach, Klagenfurt, Spittal und Feldkirchen zusammengefasst.
Students are eligible for discounts at the movies, theater performances, or at some gyms. Shopping can be an exciting experience in the following places:
There are a number of events and a busy night-life mostly in Klagenfurt and Villach. The variety of bars and clubs offers entertainment for many different tastes. Please, have a look at the night-biz folder for further information. This folder was designed by students of CUAS and won an award as a biz-kick project.
There is a young, unique, and attractive music scene in Carinthia. Motivated musicians and music lovers organize events, concerts, and festivals in different music genres throughout the year. Above all the ((stereo)) in Klagenfurt offers its visitors a great variety of concerts, ranging from local Carinthian bands to international stars. Jazz-lovers find what they are looking for at the Kamot in Klagenfurt.
Also Feldkirchen offers concerts and events on a daily basis. These take place in the Stadtsaal or in the Bamberger Amthofstatt and are announced by the Kulturforum Amthof.
In the summer time, Carinthia offers many music festivals in midst our beautiful landscape. These offers include unique smaller festivals away from the mainstream.
Check out the Carinthian Festivals such as:
- Woodstockenboi Musikfestival
- Acoustic Lakeside Festival
- Rocking Mountains
- Rock the Lake
- Sauzipf Rocks Musikfestival
There are a number of good and very attractive Carinthian bands that perform regularly across the borders and do extremely well in comparison with national and international competition. Some of those bands are:
The castle-theatre in Finkenstein offers a special experience for all fans of the cabaret. Austrian stars of the cabaret such as Josef Hader and Alfred Dorfer give their performances there, in midst the picturesque nature in an old castle-theatre near the Faakersee, with view of the mountains of Carinthia.
There are numerous events throughout the year in Carinthia.
Sports events such as the Beach Volleyball Grand Slam in Klagenfurt or the Carinthian Iron Man Austria are well known beyond the borders of Carinthia and draw local as well as international spectators to the beautiful Lake Wörth.
But also traditional festivals such as the Villacher Kirchtag, the Bleiburger Wiesenmarkt or the St. Veiter Wiesenmarkt and the Kärntner Heimatherbst offer a colorful combination of tradition, regional foods and entertainment.
The areas surrounding the Carinthian lakes are the center for events in the summer time. You can visit the Fete Blanche around Lake Wörth, the World Bodypainting Festival at the Millstättersee or the Haley-Davidson event at the Faakersee.
You will surely find events you can enjoy. To study at CUAS should not only be hard work, which is certainly necessary for success, but also provide a lot of fun. Let's be real - it is much easier to study by the lake at a sunny afternoon, than in a big city.