Vienna is an international city and very welcoming to international students. Students from all over the world come to study music, art and the sciences in a unique setting of "old culture meets modern innovation". If you come to study from a non-EU country, there are certain visa or work permit requirements that must be met.
Below you can find information about Vienna that will be instrumental in your decision to attend Living the Kingdom.
German is the main language spoken in Austria, although most Austrians have a decent grasp of English. The international community is quite large since Vienna hosts the U.N., OPEC and many other international organizations.
Currency and banking
The currency in Austria is the Euro. There are ATMs (called Bankomat) throughout the city that will accept foreign debit, maestro or credit cards.
For current international exchange rates, click here.
Vienna has a vast selection of grocery stores (from specialty stores to standard grocery shops), furniture and clothes stores, malls and shopping streets. Everything you need to live in the city is readily available and easily accessible by public transportation. A car is not required in the city. Next to cash, all stores accept debit and credit cards.
International students are required to have international health insurance for the duration of their stay.
Click on the link below for the insurance that is required for a residency permit in Austria.
Medical services, doctors and hospitals here in Vienna are among the best in the world.
Non-EU international students will be required to have a residence permit for their stay in Austria. For regulations, click here. (Document is in German and can be translated using online translation tools). For the application form click here.
Your residency permit allows you to work for up to 20 hours a week.
Non-EU citizens are required to prove that they have sufficient funds available for their entire stay in Vienna. This is required to receive your residency/work permit.
Singles: 1000 Euro/month
Couples: 1600 Euro/month
Note: Unfortunately, due to the complexity of and length of time required for the visa process, we are unable to accept students from the African continent at this time, unless the student is already in possession of a residency permit to live in Austria.
Austria is a first world country and is among the safest countries in the world.
Travelling in the city at night is generally safe. It is not unusual to see people walking longer distances even though public transportation is also excellent.
Health requirements for food are very strict, leading to excellent quality standards.
Vienna's water comes straight from the mountains and is clean, pure and safe to drink.
Students are responsible for their own housing or accomodation during their time in Vienna. For more information about housing, click here.