OeAD in Solidarity with Ukraine
On this page www.oead.at/ukraineinfo we have collected the following information:
- Information for our project management agencies and funding recipients, whether it is Erasmus+, ESC or scholarship programmes.
- Moreover, we have compiled an overview of teaching materials for teachers for pre-university classes to discuss what has happened.
- You will find information about the Austrian education system and about German courses.
- Under the heading “Useful links” you will find references to support agencies such as the Austrian Student Union (ÖH), Caritas, Public Employment Service (AMS), etc.
- Scholarship: The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) supports Ukrainian students and scientists with a special Ukraine programme.
- Information about education systems and recognition of qualifications in the individual EU member countries
- The OeAD platform studyinaustria.at/ukraine provides the following information for students and researchers/artists from Ukraine as well as for Austrian higher education institutions: general information about studying in Austria, admission, scholarships and German courses as well as information about the ID card for displaced persons, basic welfare support and recognition of qualifications acquired abroad. The information is available in German, English and Ukrainian.
- Moreover, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) has prepared a list of the most important questions and answers for students, researchers and higher education and research institutions: www.bmbwf.gv.at/ukraine_faq
- The UNHCR publishes weekly reports on the current situation in Ukraine at https://reporting.unhcr.org/ukraine-situation.
We will review and update this information on a regular basis!
ACCOMMODATION AND RESIDENCE:expand allcollapse all
Can stays within the framework of OeAD scholarships of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) in Ukraine or Russia be postponed?
Scholarships that have already been awarded can be postponed but must be used by the end of the summer semester 2023. Please contact your project coordinator and the responsible person at the OeAD mentioned in your scholarship award.
Do Ukrainian students have to pay tuition fees now?
Students with Ukrainian citizenship are to have their tuition fees for the summer semester 2022 waived or refunded. They have to prove their Ukrainian citizenship by means of a certificate of citizenship of that country or a passport. See the decree of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) (amendment to the tuition fees decree), issued on 10 March 2022
Can current visas or residence titles for Ukrainian students and academics be extended if an extension of their stay in Austria becomes necessary?
The Federal Ministry of the Interior provides an overview of the current entry and residence conditions for Ukrainian citizens at Registrierung und Aufenthalt (bmi.gv.at). The following questions will be answered there:
- At which Austrian embassy or consulate general can Ukrainian nationals apply for (initial) visas (where required)?
- Can Ukrainian nationals have their visas extended in Austria?
- Can Austrian residence permits be renewed in Austria (because a return journey is currently not possible)?
- What happens if a Ukrainian national’s legal period of stay in Austria has expired but return to Ukraine is currently not possible?
Detailed FAQs in German and English are also available on the above-mentioned page.
Possibilities for accommodation for refugee students, scientists and researchers in Austria
The first point of contact for accommodation for Ukrainian displaced persons in Austria is the Federal Agency for Reception and Support Services (BBU). It has set up a hotline: telephone number +43 1 2676 870 9460 as well as an Infopoint in English, Ukrainian and Russian on its website.
There you will also find the addresses and contact details of the arrival centres in the individual federal provinces, which will then refer you to other, longer-term accommodation.
The BBU and the respective initial reception centres in the federal provinces also provide information about where and to what extent accommodation is offered by individuals and institutions to displaced persons from Ukraine. This includes, among others, student halls of residence, some of which also provide places specifically for Ukrainian students.
If you are a Ukrainian student who needs support with accommodation, please contact the BBU or the respective coordination office of the federal province in which you are staying. This also applies if you yourself would like to offer accommodation for Ukrainian students, researchers and their families.
The Austrian Student Union (ÖH) can also provide information about accommodation possibilities. The non-profit organisation “Homes for Ukraine” also offers help on its website Homes For Ukraine – Offer & Find Shelter.
Information of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) on accommodation, entry and residence, etc.: https://www.bmi.gv.at/Ukraine
OeAD student housing has 35-40 places available for refugees from March to June 2022 (mainly in Graz and Leoben; in Vienna and other university cities according to availability). Anja Lörincz will also be available for you at firstname.lastname@example.org for all questions you may have.
OeAD student housing: Can the payment deadlines of Ukrainian and/or Russian residents be extended?
Deferment of payments can be arranged. OeAD student housing requests you to contact them directly via the self-service platform: Login - OeAD student housing
SUPPORT MEASURES FOR STUDENTS AND RESEARCHERS FROM UKRAINE:expand allcollapse all
Special scholarship program Ernst Mach-Ukraine
The special scholarship program Ernst Mach-Ukraine supports Ukrainian students to continue their studies in Austria. The scholarship is aimed both at Ukrainian students who are already studying regularly at an Austrian university and at students, scientists and researchers from Ukraine who would like to continue their studies or projects here. To the announcement
Are there any support measures of universities for Ukrainian students, researchers, and artists?
All universities have different support measures in place. On the Study in Austria website we have listed the various scholarship options as well as information pages of the Austrian universities. A folder in Ukrainian contains an overview of the Austrian higher education landscape, information about study programmes and scholarships.
The database https://scienceforukraine.eu/ #ScienceForUkraine is run on a voluntary basis by students and researchers from academic institutions in Europe and all over the world. The aim is to collect and disseminate information about support options at university, national and international level for graduate students and researchers who are directly linked to an academic institution in Ukraine.
Can scientific cooperation with Russia be continued?
The European Commission has imposed strict sanctions in science and research due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has suspended cooperation with the Russian Federation, for example in the Horizon Europe research framework programme. Payments to Russian institutions under existing contracts have been stopped and no new projects with Russian partners will be approved or contracts concluded within the EU research framework programme until further notice. Moreover, all Austrian higher education institutions are advised not to sign any contracts and contract supplements for Erasmus+ mobility or cooperation programmes with partner institutions from Russia and Belarus. The decisions of the European Commission are, of course, supported by the federal minister Martin Polaschek. Recommendation of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF): The federal minister Polaschek has therefore called upon the Austrian higher education institutions and research institutions to autonomously make a differentiated assessment of their relations with the Russian Federation and to critically examine individual contacts. It is therefore up to the Austrian higher education institutions and research institutions to decide.
Will there be special funds to support refugee students, academics and researchers? Will additional study places or stays in Austria be available for students from Ukraine?
The OeAD is currently negotiating with the European Commission, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and other education agencies in Europe. We will inform you as soon as we have any news.
Austrian Student Union (ÖH): ÖH emergency assistance package and counselling for students
Where can Ukrainian students and researchers find a quick overview?
Through its “EURAXESS” initiative the European Union has set up its own platform, “ERA4Ukraine”, on which all support options for Ukrainian students and researchers all over Europe are listed and continuously updated. Austria is also involved in this – via the OeAD. It acts as the first point of contact for Ukrainian students and researchers in Austria. Moreover, of course, all other important contacts in the field of science and research are available, especially the individual universities and other higher education institutions as well as research institutions and research funding institutions.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE ID CARD FOR DISPLACED PERSONS (“AUSWEIS FÜR VERTRIEBENE”):expand allcollapse all
Information about the ID card
The following groups of persons can apply for an “ID card for displaced persons” according to the Displaced Persons Regulation:
- Ukrainian nationals and
- internationally recognised refugees in Ukraine and
- their family members (spouses, civil union partners, minor unmarried children and other close relatives who had lived in the same household and are dependent on the applicant (fully or mostly)) and who were displaced from Ukraine on 24 February 2022 as a result of the war
- Ukrainian nationals who held a residence permit from Austria on 24 February 2022 that cannot be renewed because they do not fulfil the requirements for a renewal or that has been withdrawn (a voluntary change to an identity card for displaced persons is not possible) as well as
- Ukrainian nationals who stayed in Austria on 24 February 2022 with a visa or without requiring a visa
can also receive an ID card for displaced persons.
The ID card for displaced persons is valid until 3 March 2023 and can be extended by 6 months at a time (maximum 1 year) unless the right of residence is terminated earlier due to a decision of the Council.
As soon as the ID card for displaced persons has been issued basic welfare benefits (“Grundversorgung”) can be claimed if you are in need of help and protection. Gainful employment with a work permit issued by the labour market authorities (no labour market check) is also permitted with this ID card. If an activity is exempted from the Act Governing Employment of Foreign Nationals (e.g. scientific or research activity), the specific activity can also be carried out with a specific employer without a work permit.
As regards basic welfare benefits (“Grundversorgung”) please note that you are only allowed to additionally earn a maximum of 110 euros per month. If this amount is exceeded, the basic welfare benefits may be reduced and, depending on how much you earn, you may even lose them completely. This may also apply to donations of more than 110 euros per month. The competent authorities will decide in each individual case, and they alone can provide binding information.
Displaced person status is not available for:
- persons who have recently been granted Austrian residence status for another, longer period of stay,
- third-country nationals who worked or studied in Ukraine or who were asylum seekers there. These persons can apply for asylum in Austria or seek a solution according to the Settlement and Residence Act (Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz – NAG)
The ID card for displaced persons is valid in the entire Schengen area and, in conjunction with a passport, generally allows for visa-free tourist travel for 90 days within a period of 180 days.
Information about basic welfare support (“Grundversorgung”), recognition of qualifications
Information about basic welfare support is available from the Counselling Centre for Migrants (coordination of the contact points for persons with qualifications acquired abroad – AST): https://anlaufstelle-anerkennung.at
The OeAD has compiled information at https://studyinaustria.at/en/studium/informationen-fuer-studierende-und-forscher/innen-aus-der-ukraine about basic welfare support, rights (associated with the displaced person status for persons with a displaced person ID card) and recognition of qualifications gained abroad based on information from AST (Ms Aleksandra Panek).