It is a culturally vibrant city with a great European history.
Following is some helpful information for your transfer to Vienna.
Immigration and Admission
Host country formalities
EU Citizens do not need a visa for entry into and residence in Austria if they are in possession of a valid passport and have entered Austria legally. EU Citizens who have proof of sufficient funds for their subsistence and adequate health insurance (the E-card) are entitled to reside in Austria.
EU Citizens who wish to establish their permanent residence on Austrian soil must register with their passport and Meldezettel (registration of abode) at the police.
For non-EU citizens, it will be necessary to get a temporary residency permit (Limited leave to remain for pupils), which will take at least 6 months to obtain. We are a certified education institution and can assist qualified applicants to get the necessary documents from us to apply for such a permit. For more information, please click here.
Secondly, it is important to secure student accommodation before arrival – we suggest getting in touch with the following organization: https://www.home4students.at/en/. Along with the permit application, proof of accommodation is necessary.
Thirdly, you will need health insurance – again, we will assist qualified applicants to receive required health coverage at reasonable cost.
Arrival by plane The closest airport is Vienna-Schwechat International Airport, approx. 20 km south-east from the centre of Vienna. There are express trains from the airport to the station Wien Mitte every 30 minutes. A regular bus service operates between Vienna Airport and Central Vienna (“Wien City Air Terminal Hilton”), the Central Train Station (“Hauptbahnhof”) and West Train station (“Westbahnhof”). Journey time: 20 minutes; Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver or at the ticket machine.With a lot of luggage, taxis may be more convenient though slightly more expensive. Taxis are located near the arrivals building. The journey from the airport to downtown Vienna costs approx. EUR 40 depending on traffic and time of day.
Arrival by train From Western directions, you will most certainly arrive at the Westbahnhof where you can take a bus, tram, metro or taxi to your further destination. The second major railway station is the Hauptbahnhof.
Arrival by car Please bear in mind that all inner districts of Vienna are short-term parking zones. If you want to park your car for more than 2 hours you need a resident’s parking permit. Parking vouchers can be bought at the tabacconist´s shop, der Tabak – Trafik. Nevertheless, there are park and ride facilities around Vienna.
Due to the large number of students living in Vienna, there is great demand for student accommodation. Students should start looking for a place to stay as soon as possible. Most of the time, you have to rent for a whole year, but renting monthly is also possible. The average rent is quoted (between EUR 300 and 450). You could be asked to pay a refundable deposit, in case of any damage. Student rooms can be found in the various student houses, die Studentenheime, in every district of the city. Unfortunately, there are no dorms available at EWS-Vienna on campus. You can rent an apartment on your own, share with other students, etc , EWS will assist you.
If you are a non-EU citizen wishing to study in Vienna and need a temporary residency permit, you will have to obtain accommodation before leaving your home country as the authorities in Austria require proof of it. Get in touch with https://www.home4students.at/en/ for additional information and to secure such housing.
The cost of living in Austria for you as a student will be anywhere between EUR 290 to 510 per month – this is an approximation and depends on your style of living. In any case, it is important that you have sufficient financial resources before coming to Vienna and you will have to prove this ability to the authorities.
In any case, it is important that you have the financial resources before coming to Vienna.
Vienna has a very reliable public transport system. Within the greater area of Vienna, called Kernzone 1, you need tickets from the Wiener Linien. Tickets for bus, tram and metro can be bought at the tabacconist’s, information counters of the Wiener Linien or from a ticket machine in the stations. You will find single tickets, tourist tickets, weekly and monthly tickets and if you plan to stay longer you might want to choose the Jahreskarte which is valid for one year.
Students/pupils attending the Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen benefit from a 50% reduction on the ÖBB fares when showing their EWS student card. The ÖBB stands for the Österreichische Bundesbahnen (Austrian National Railways).
The monetary unit is the EURO, which is divided into 100 Cents. Major credit cards are widely accepted. Most automated teller machines accept the EC bank card.
Health & Insurance
In all towns and villages there are pharmacies and doctors. Pharmacies (Apotheken) operate a rotation system for night and Sunday duty; when closed a notice is displayed giving the address of the nearest open pharmacy.
Emergency Numbers: Ambulance/Doctor on call: Tel. 144
Before arriving in Austria, international students are advised to make their own arrangements concerning health coverage and insurance. For the citizens of the EU Member States, an E-128 form (E-Card) is required from the Health authorities of the sending country. The E-128 form entitles you to seek necessary medical care while abroad, free of charge.
For non-EU citizens we recommend to get private health insurance which is generally very costly. We can advise you on finding reasonable health coverage. Again, you will have to show proof of health insurance coverage prior to arriving in Austria.
In case of illness, the EWS students should contact the International Office for advice.
Vienna’s shops are generally open
Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 7 pm,
on Saturday from 9:30 am to 6 pm.
Shops at major railway stations are normally open for business daily between 7 am and 10:30 pm. Shops at the Vienna airport are open from 7 am to 8 pm.
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