All third-country nationals, who would like to start their studies in Austria need a Residence Permit “Student”.
In order to be granted the Permit which fixes the students´ legal status in the host country, it is indispensable to have a valid health insurance in Austria.
The Austrian state has a very efficient health system and is offering a student health insurance for 55,40 € per month.
Students from EU-countries dispose of an European Health Insurance Card, which is valid in state hospitals and is being accepted by doctors who have signed a contract with the Austrian national health insurance (Gebietskrankenkasse). Please inform yourself prior to your departure to Austria.
All non-EU students are required to provide a valid health insurance for Austria. It doesn´t necessarily mean that it has to be from the Austrian government (Gebietskrankenkasse).
If you find an insurance company that offers an insurance which covers the cost of €60,000.00 and more, it will also be accepted (check the plan before signing the contract)! If something happens and you need to go to the hospital, you will have to pay the bills out of your pocket and then send the bills for the money refund. Sometimes the insurance companies don´t pay 100% of the money back that you have paid.
For more information about the insurance, please visit the website of the Austrian Gebietkrankenkasse:
For more information on the entry regulation, please visit the website of the Austrian the Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research: https://www.oead.at/index.php?id=694&L=1