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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 11th

Climbing five places in this year’s Best Student Cities ranking, Vienna is home to Austria's two highest-ranked universities, the University of Vienna at 154th in the world and the Vienna University of Technology at joint 182nd. It's also frequently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities, and offers some of the lowest tuition fees around for international students, earning it a top 50 score for affordability.

One of Europe's most historic capitals, Vienna is awash with cultural riches, from the theaters and concert halls that witnessed the earliest performances of masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, to the Sigmund Freud Museum, and numerous galleries displaying the works of Viennese artists such as Gustave Klimt and Egon Schiele.

As well as consistently ranking strongly for desirability, Vienna also scores within the top 10 for student mix, thanks to its relatively large and internationally diverse student community. So while its selection of universities is much smaller than cities such as London or Paris, Vienna is pretty hard to beat as a European city offering high quality of living combined with cultural activity and affordable tuition fees.

Vienna’s climb from 16th to 11th in this year’s Best Student Cities is thanks to its much improved score for student view – which takes into account the student experience and the proportion of students staying and working after graduation. Vienna rose a whopping 49 places for this indicator, now rating among the top five cities as rated by students themselves.

Would Vienna get your vote? Tell us why.

Internationally ranked universities in Vienna

 

More about Vienna

Number of universities ranked by QS

2

Highest-ranked institution

University of Vienna (154th in the world)

Population

2,600,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$1,200

Desirability rank

7th

Employer Activity rank

38th

Affordability rank

38th

Student View rank

5th

 

 To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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Hi how can I study in Austria on a scholarship?

Hi Nezzy, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in Europe, which includes options to study in Austria. Hope this helps!

I WILL LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS PROCESS, I WISH I COULD STUDY IN VIENNA

Hello, have you seen our guide to studying in Austria? This should answer any questions you have about the process of applying to study there. We also have a general Frequently Asked Questions page on studying abroad. Good luck!

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I WANT TO APPLY TO STUDY CIVIL ENGINEERING IN YOUR INSTITUYION PLEASE HELP ME BUT I DON'T NO HOW TO APPLY

Hello. I'm afraid we're not actually a university - we just provide information about universities. The application process will vary depending on the country you want to study in, and the level of study. For more information, check the 'Practical Info' section provided in our country guides: https://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study

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what does a low/high quality of living rank indicate.?

Hi Krishnendu. Currently the Quality of Living score is based on the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. This takes into account 39 factors covering 10 categories - you can find out more here: http://www.mercer.com/qualityoflivingpr#city-rankings

For the upcoming QS Best Student Cities, due out on 20 November, the Quality of Living score will also take into account data from the GaWC index of global cities: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/index.html

You can see the full methodology for the QS Best Student Cities here: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings-articles/qs-best-student-cities/qs-best-student-cities-2014-methodology

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