Our Services

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The OeAD is the central service centre for European and international mobility and cooperation programmes in the fields of education, science and research. Here you can find an overview of all of our services that we offer for all actors in the field of education: from school pupils and apprentices to students and researchers right down to partners at Austrian and European higher education institutions.

We would also gladly provide you with personal advice. If you have any questions on individual programmes, please contact our experts in the specialist departments directly. Please address all other questions to info@oead.at.

School education

The OeAD supports pupils, teachers and the school system

A whole series of OeAD programmes and initiatives focus on schools and kindergartens.

Erasmus+, the educational programme of the European Commission, supports

  • further education of teachers and other school staff continue reading
  • cooperation of actors in school education (higher education institutions, schools, authorities, NGOs, companies, …) in order to learn from each other and to try new things continue reading continue reading
  • partnerships of schools/kindergartens from different countries continue reading
  • learning periods of youngsters (14 years or older) at partner schools abroad (only within the framework of school partnerships!) continue reading
  • networking of teachers and cooperation of schools in the virtual space via www.etwinning.net

throughout Europe.

Sparkling Science and Young Science promote cooperation between science and schools by means of:

  • Research projects in which researchers and pupils carry out research together
  • The research contest Citizen Science Award where e.g. school classes send data, pictures, evaluations, etc. to the research teams
  • School visits of researchers
  • The Young Science Thematic Platform for young people containing more than 5,000 suggestions for topics for pre-academic papers and thesis projects
  • The awarding of the Young Science Quality Label for research partner schools
  • Information about cooperation possibilities and events

The projects for cooperation between science and schools are funded by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW).

Higher education

The OeAD supports the Austrian higher education institutions

There are a range of international cooperation possibilities for Austrian higher education institutions. The superordinate aim of them is to create innovative teaching and learning options for students and to modernise the higher education system. They span from partnerships within the European area (Strategic Partnerships, Capacity Building in Higher Education and CEEPUS), knowledge transfer and cooperation with partner higher education institutions from countries outside Europe (Capacity Building in Higher Education), such as Myanmar, Paraguay or Morocco, to joint projects with e.g. small and medium-sized enterprises or NGOs (Knowledge Alliances). In order to enhance the internationalisation strategy of one’s own higher education institution and to increase the quality of teaching lecturers at higher education institutions can get financial support for teaching or further education at partner institutions abroad (Erasmus+ KA103 and KA107 Staff Mobility). Further education measures for staff members of International Offices and other administrative departments at higher education institutions can also be funded.

The following things can also be funded:

  • Cooperation within the framework of the educational programme of the EU Erasmus+ continue reading
  • Research projects with partner institutions in the priority countries and priority regions of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) continue reading
  • International cooperations within the framework of bilateral and multilateral projects  continue reading
  • Funding for stays abroad of higher education staff continue reading


The OeAD supports students' stays abroad during their studies

Mobility supported by the OeAD has continuously increased in the last few years: While in 2014 8,105 students went abroad from Austria or came to Austria it was already 8,782 in 2015.

Students from Austria can apply for a study period abroad (Outgoing) and students from abroad can apply for a study period in Austria (Incoming). These are exchange or visiting periods lasting between one and twelve months.

Funding is available for many different disciplines; some scholarships are subject-specific ones while others are open to a broad range of disciplines. The duration, age limits, applications processes and funding sums differ depending on the individual scholarships. Depending on the type of funding study periods or internships can be funded.

Detailed information is available on the pages of the OeAD departments, which focus on different areas:

  • Erasmus+ programmes from EU funds enable stays abroad at partner institutions and in companies during one’s studies continue reading
  • Programmes of the OeAD’s ICM department fund Incoming - (continue reading) and Outgoing mobility (continue reading) by national and third-party funds
  • APPEAR scholarships from funds of the Austrian Development Cooperation enable students from APPEAR partner countries to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree programme in Austria continue reading

The following websites provide information for students and prospective students:

  • www.grants.at: Information about grants and scholarships available in Austria
  • www.studyinaustria.at: Information about higher education institutions and daily life in Austria in German and English
  • www.studienwahl.at: Overview of all study programmes at Austrian higher education institutions in German and English


The OeAD supports researchers, lecturers and their institutions in the following way

The OeAD provides a whole series of scholarships and grants for mobility in research. Moreover, we provide information and advice about funding options in Austria and worldwide by means of the database for scholarships and research grants www.grants.at as well as about entry and residence regulations in Austria. The OeAD Housing Office provides accommodation for OeAD scholarship holders and visiting researchers in many Austrian higher education locations.

The OeAD Regional Offices' duty is the integration of visiting researchers by means of networking events and cultural events. They also support scholarship holders in many questions of day-to-day life. Contact with the OeAD alumni is maintained by means of social media, newsletters and events.

Euraxess Platform supports researchers and doctoral candidates in the whole of Europe

The OeAD is a partner in the EU initiative Euraxess, the European-wide network that supports mobility and careers of researchers. Over 80,000 jobs and fellowships in research were posted at www.euraxess.ec.europa.eu in 2020.

At www.euraxess.at researchers and their families will find information and advice on entry requirements and residence, taxes, social insurance, accommodation and matters of everyday life, such as language courses, family and healthcare.

Funding programmes Sparkling Science and Top Citizen Science

Research projects in which scientists carry out research together with pupils are supported within the framework of the research programme Sparkling Science.

Sparkling Science projects that have already been funded can submit extension projects in which excellent research is carried out together with citizens within Top Citizen Science.

Support for education and research for international development research

Higher education institution partnerships (APPEAR) with scientific institutions in 16 priority countries and priority regions of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) improve the learning, teaching and research conditions in countries with weak infrastructure and create new access possibilities to the international scientific community.


oead4refugees: higher education for refugees

With oead4refugees the OeAD provides an overview for refugees who are living in Austria and want to study here or have their degree recognised in Austria. With this we want to support people who are in the middle of an asylum procedure or have already completed it to identify educational chances and take advantage of them.

We provide information about:

  • Higher education for recognised refugees and people who have been granted subsidiary protection continue reading
  • Higher education for asylum seekers and people who have been granted temporary leave to remain continue reading
  • General information about higher education in Austria, financial support options and housing for students continue reading

On our Facebook page you can find the latest information about courses and relevant news. Contact addresses and contact points are available in our collection of links.

Vocational education and training

The OeAD supports vocational education and training and further education in Austria

People in initial vocational education: The European funding programme Erasmus+ provides funding options for pupils at vocational schools who want to gain experience at a comparable institution abroad. This also applies to apprentices who want to do part of their training at a company in another European country. continue reading

School graduates and apprentices who have completed their training can apply for funds in this programme provided that they complete their internship abroad within one year of graduating from school or completing their apprenticeship. continue reading

Experts in vocational education and training, e.g. teachers and instructors as well as careers advisors and personnel managers in companies can spend further education periods abroad in the form of teaching assignments, work shadowing, etc. continue reading

Vocational education institutions can submit innovative project ideas in Erasmus+; the exchange of good practice between them can also be funded. European project partners – e.g. educational institutions, companies, social partners, authorities, research institutions, etc. – will for example develop new curricula together. In this way e.g. a virtual platform to document the work of dance instructors, courses for teachers and trainers who want to help prevent young people from dropping out of their education and training, or materials destined to make access to the labour market easier for deaf youngsters will be developed together with Austrian institutions. continue reading

Quality development in vocational education and training: The Austrian Reference Point for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training is part of the OeAD (www.arqa-vet.at).

ARQA-VET has three central tasks:

  • As a network node in the EU network EQAVET we act as a link and communication interface to the European Union and thus enhance quality in vocational education and training on the European level.
  • As a national expertise centre we provide information and cross-link the Austrian stakeholders, e.g. by means of the annual quality network conference.
  • As a service and support provider we support the Department of Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy in the implementation and further development of the Quality Initiative Vocational Education and Training (QIBB).

Adult education

The OeAD supports adult education in the following way

Erasmus+ Adult Education provides funding possibilities for all public and private institutions working in adult education. Institutions (not individuals) can submit project applications at the National Agency Erasmus+ Education.

Depending on the content and target group two types of Erasmus+ adult education projects are supported:

  • Educational staff in adult education can attend structured further education measures, do job shadowing, sitting in on classes or teaching assignments in other European countries and enhance their skills in this way. continue reading
  • Transnational cooperation projects, so-called strategic partnerships, are carried out between at least three institutions. Participants either exchange expertise and experiences or develop innovative teaching and learning methods. continue reading

Quality and comparability

Quality and comparability in the European educational area

Since education systems and qualifications in Europe differ between the different countries the European Commission wanted to facilitate understandability and transparency between the different education systems. For this purpose Austria has, just like other European countries, developed a National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The NQF's aim is to assign a specific level to qualifications in vocational education and training, general education, higher education, and education and training and further education according to the learning outcomes. In this way it will be possible in the future to compare Austrian qualifications with qualifications from other European countries.

In Austria the National Coordination Point is responsible for assigning these levels according to the NQF Act of 2016. This Coordination Point is located at the OeAD as a central administration, coordination and information point. General information regarding the national NQF developments as well as qualifications that have already been assigned a level is available at www.qualifikationsregister.at.

Bologna Contact Point

Through information and support we are filling the Bologna Process with life

48 countries in Europe are currently working at adjusting their recognition system in such a way that e.g. students can study abroad for a certain period of time without losing time. The basis for this is the willingness of all higher education institutions to learn from each other, to trust each other and to make allowance for the cultural variety of the education systems. The aim of this is European-wide harmonisation just like an orchestra consisting of many different instruments.

This is what the Austrian Bologna Service Point at the OeAD does:

  • Together with the Bologna Contact Point of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMWFW) it accompanies the further development of the Bologna Process in Austria and abroad.
  • It receives matters of concern and suggestions for improvement of the Bologna Process from the Austrian higher education institutions and the Student Union (ÖH) and passes them on for processing to e.g. the national experts for the European higher education area, the relevant ministry departments or the academic recognition office (ENIC NARIC Austria).
  • It communicates via the Austrian Bologna Coordinators nominated at the higher education institutions via newsletter examples of good practice that can be implemented quickly. Examples: questions regarding recognition (How does ECTS work?) or tips for how to remove mobility obstacles in studying.
  • Via trainings, events and social media the Bologna Service Point provides a discussion platform for dialogue between the higher education institutions and the representations of interests that are dealing with the Bologna Process on the national level. The results are integrated into national recommendations or laws.

Development research

Knowledge and development

"Development" is understood as a holistic concept that endeavours to improve the quality of life of people especially in less and least developed countries within their own cultural framework conditions. The "limits to growth" show that the resolution of global ecological problems is not possible without global social reconciliation of interests – especially through reduction of absolute poverty. This development discourse addresses the question of the relationship between industrialised and poorest countries and that of "desirable" knowledge bases. Internationalisation of science within the context of development-relevant transnational questions also means unprejudiced dealing with different knowledge models.

Development research is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary area of science. Development-relevant analyses and problem solutions for countries, societies and regions with limited infrastructure and which are at risk of poverty are developed on the basis of empirical studies. The thematic framework and the development policy goals of development research are defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs). Research in cooperation between Austrian higher education institutions, scientific institutions and partner institutions in less and least developed countries is supported and accompanied; the results are made accessible to the scientific community and the interested public.

The Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR), which is financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), has put 36 academic partnerships between Austrian higher education institutions and universities and scientific institutions in the priority countries and regions of the ADC into practice since the start of the programme at the end of 2009 and provided guidance to 153 students in master’s and PhD programmes.

The Education and Research for International Development Cooperation department draws up and enables publications, produces radio programmes, organises events (e.g. the development policy Film Days, public information and discussion events) and pursues networking on the national and international level with thematically relevant initiatives and institutions. The aim of the networking and public relations activities is to contribute to the further development of a culture of cooperation between Austria and the partner countries that is based on the strengths of the partners and fulfils the "on equal footing" premise.

The programme Cooperation Development Research, financed by the BMBWF, is a funding programme to support development research projects. The aim is to support application-oriented cooperation projects between Austrian higher education institutions/research institutions and institutions in countries of the Global South in order to contribute to analysing and solving local challenges and to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Eligible costs are mobility and material expenses in the context of one to three year research projects in all scientific disciplines. For further information and the link to the current call please click here.

Law relating to aliens

Help with questions related to entry, residence and employment

The OeAD advises international students, lecturers and researchers in all legal questions related to entry and residence in Austria. Austrian higher education institutions and research institutions can also contact us if they have any questions related to this topic.

General information and guides for entry and employment are available on our website. These documents contain information for:

  • students
  • lecturers
  • researchers
  • family members of these groups of persons
  • hosting higher education institutions and research institutions

Moreover, we offer information events and also individual guidance, if required.

How to contact us

Please address your enquiries to recht@oead.at. Please do not forget to state your nationality, the purpose of your stay and the intended duration of your stay in Austria.

We endeavour to improve the conditions for entry and employment

In close cooperation with the competent ministries and authorities we are working on improving the framework conditions for studying or pursuing research in Austria. Our experience and the questions that we receive form the basis for a continuous development.

We only provide service for students, lecturers and researchers

Please understand that we can only provide advice about entry and employment regulations related to studying, teaching or undertaking research in Austria.

Please also note that we cannot enquire or intervene on your behalf at the Austrian authorities in Austria or abroad.

Higher education marketing

Highlight Your Future. Study in Austria

The international presentation of Austria as an attractive location for higher education is one of the main tasks of the OeAD. We provide information about available courses and places of study in Austria and represent all Austrian higher education institutions (universities, universities of applied sciences, university colleges of teacher education) at international education fairs. The aim is to emphasise and increase the attractiveness and international presence of Austria as a location for higher education and research.We support the higher education institutions in their international activities, we promote internationally relevant courses such as programmes taught in English and we provide information about Austria as a location for studying by means of our brochures, websites and databases. continue reading

Public Science

The OeAD supports cooperation between science, schools and society

The Public Science department funds, supports and coordinates projects in which schools and/or interested citizens work together with researchers. The Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG)'s research team for example involves pupils of agricultural schools in its research project "NaturVerrückt". The youngsters take pictures of plants and collect data which they send to the research team by means of a special app. Both parties benefit from this collaboration: The enthusiasm for research in children and youngsters is aroused and researchers gain innovative findings. 260 such projects (2016) have already been funded within the framework of the research programme Sparkling Science, which is financed by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW). The funding volume was more than 29.4 million euros (2016).

Apart from Sparkling Science there are also many other projects and initiatives that enable schools and all interested citizens to work together with research institutions and thus to gain a deeper understanding of science and research.

Overview of the programmes and initiatives of the Public Science department

  • Sparkling Science supports research projects in which researchers carry out research side by side with pupils.
  • Sparkling Science projects that have already been funded can submit extension projects in which excellent research is carried out together with citizens within Top Citizen Science.
  • The research contest Citizen Science Award invites citizens, associations, school classes, etc. to participate in selected research projects and to send their observations, photos and evaluations to the research teams.
  • Researchers visit schools as Young Science ambassadors and talk about their day-to-day professional life.
  • On the Young Science Thematic Platform pupils will find suggestions for topics from science for their final papers at school.
  • The Young Science Centre provides current information regarding cooperation between science and schools.
  • The Centre for Citizen Science provides information and cross-links researchers and interested citizens who are interested in cooperation.