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Entry and residence requirements

1. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries (third country citizens)

Exchange students with a citizenship of non-EU/EEA countries might require a visa for Austria, even if they have a residence permit from another European country

Please note that incoming students are responsible for their visa application by themselves. The International Office is not involved in the application process. As processing a visa application may take up several weeks or even months, we strongly advise you, to file your application as early as possible. As you will have to await the approval of your application in your home country, you should submit your application at least three months before you are going to arrive in Austria. 

Insurance

Students can purchase health insurance with the "Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse" (currently 56,74 € per month). The necessary forms for the insurance application will be provided by the International Office during the orientation session or you can download them here:

Application health insurance WGKK

Sample form

Cancellation of health insurance WGKK

Student self-insurance

Students who do not have public health insurance are advised to obtain a student self-insurance policy (student self-insurance) with the Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse, if they have taken up residence in Austria.

The student self-insurance policy can be obtained by any international student, regardless of their nationality. Students from non-EU/EEA countries who arrive in Vienna already in September or February (for example in order to attend a German course) can apply for this insurance plan only from October 1st or March 1st, respectively. 

The insurance premium is currently € 56,74 per month and covers treatments that are medically necessary during your stay in Austria; regular medical check-ups or screenings are not covered.

You will need the following documents to apply:

  • application form for self insurance (see sample form)
  • enrolment documents ("Studienblatt" and "Studienbestätigung")
  • Passport or Personal ID (which might contain your visum for Austria)
  • confirmation of registration from your Municipial District Office (Magistratisches Bezirksamt)

You can either submit your application to the headquarters of the Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse or to one of the branches in the districts. The branches, however, don’t process your application but just forward them to the headquarters – which prolongs the process. If you require the insurance as soon as possible, you might want to submit your application to their headquarters directly. 

Useful link:

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