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You are currently enrolled at a University of Applied Science (UAS), or in the process of choosing your higher academic institution and wondering if an UAS could be the right choice for you?
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Universities of Applied Sciences are one of the fastest growing sectors in higher education.

Did you know that currently over 58.000 students are enrolled at Austrian UAS within 643 study courses? Regarding the student numbers (2020/21), this corresponds to a UAS:UNI ratio of around 1:5!
However, UAS students are waling on thin ice when it comes to their rights during and after their studies as UAS fall into private law.
Since 2009, the ÖH has had its own department for FH matters, which specialises in intensive counselling and representation of FH students.
The tasks of the Department for University of Applied Sciences Affairs are diverse and range from (among other things)

  • advising students and applicants at UAS
  • statements on draft laws and government bills
  • the organisation of trainings for local student representatives
  • lobbying all bodies relevant to UAS issues for equal treatment of UAS students in the education sector.

The Department for UAS Affairs strives to provide individual counselling and support for all UAS students and also for those who want to enrol as UAS students.
The UAS team is in regular contact with the Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBWF), the UAS Conference (FHK) and other actors in the education sector. In this way, an attempt is made to shape admission regulations, examination regulations and legal provisions in the interests of students. Through training with and exchange between local student representatives, the co-determination possibilities of students are strengthened locally.

Remember to mention the university where you are studying at as well as your program of study. Your request is confidential, we will not take any measures without your approval. If necessary, you may also contact a member of the team for Universities of Applied Sciences directly (see contact list below).

Also, the representatives of your "local" student union (who are acting directly at your university) may help you. In many cases they know the circumstances at your university better than the team of Austrian Students’ Union (which is acting on a national, federal level).

You can find a list of the local student unions here.

Interested in studying at a University of Applied Sciences in Austria?

Here you find some links that might probably be helpful:

Guidance Counselling for Students and Prospective Students, Studienplattform and Studieren Probieren.

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