Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students.

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Study in Austria General Information for Pakistani Students
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Muhammad Adnan February, 2011

..................................................Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students..................................... 6 4................................................ Page 2 Table of Contents Table of Contents ................................................. Health insur ance in Austr ia ................................................... 3 The Stor y .............................. Par t time J obs ....................................................................2011 Reason For Changes Ver sion Original Document Version 1................ 7 5.......1 on Admission criteria for Masters and Bachelors.............. How to sear ch for your field of study .................................................................................................................... 2 Pr eface ....................................... 6 3............................................................................................................................................................ 10 12........................................... 14 Revision Histor y Name Muhammad Adnan Muhammad Adnan Date January 9................................ 10 13...................................................................................................................................................... Admission Dates .... Some Useful Links ................ 10 11....................................................................... 8 7...................................... Language Requir ements ............ 9 10.. 8 8.................................................................... Differ ence between Univer sity and Univer sity of Applied Sciences ............................................... New topic Version 1................... 6 2......................................................................................................................................... 9 9.. 2011 February 17.......0 Added section of FAQs............................. .......... 2 Revision Histor y ..... Money matter s and Bank statement ................................................................................................................................................ Admission to Austr ian Univer sity ......................... 4 1.............................................................. 13 Fr equently Asked Questions ................................................................................................................................ Step-by-step pr ocedur e for study in Eur ope.......................... 12 14......... Fees and Expenses in Austr ia ............................................. Eligibility Cr iter ia for Admission in Master s and Bachelors .............................. Visa Pr ocess......................... Document Attestation fr om Austr ian Embassy ......... 7 6........................

we will be able to carry it on with up to date information. I decided to write this document after receiving many questions on admission and study in Austria. Also. Even. Many of these questions were very simple and irritating. the collective effort cannot be perfect at all. like “how can I get admission in Austrian university?” This question itself is enough to tease your mind when a Bachelor degree holder asks this. virtually by pointing his finger and saying that “DO THIS”. This makes visa process more difficult along with the verification and attestation fee and ambiguity of whole process. Behavior of person at Austrian embassy is really demoralizing and not helpful at all. some information may get wrong. lack of details on some topics and may be some wrong information (I did not put anything wrong intentionally but I may not be updated). and then they get it. as very few students come here. In this way. Ask some questions on topics which may be left un-touched so that I may add it here for next version of document. Either they don’t know or they don’t clarify this to the applicant. Page 3 Preface This document contains information on admission and visa process for Europe in general and for Austria in particular. Embassy even does not know about how to prove your financial status to the authorities in Austria. There will be some discrepancies in this document. if it was written there before and they had read it hundred times before. everything will be clear to you. usually with majority of Pakistani students is that they don’t understand something by just reading it somewhere. for Pakistani students. the case of an individual’s work is worse than that. it seems that still there is a lack of information on ‘how to google’ topic or people are too lazy to do that. No feedback will not only stop its development. Also. Austrian embassy does not clarify any matter regarding visa process and Residence permit application. Since. That is why I decided to write this document and categorically elaborate each step for admission in some European university in general and for Austria in particular. also some grammatical mistakes as well. but also with time. Another reason to write this document is the lack of information about Austria. The reader is required to give his feedback. . But I hope. He will not tell you anything in detail. but they were not getting it. This habit will also take some time to get rid of. some people ask simple questions which they may know by themselves by just analyzing one particular situation or just by Googling this over internet. But. Someone has to dictate them.Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students. after you read this documents. Another problem.

its Allah who has created and made me this way that I like to help others and share knowledge and information. when I started applying at Austrian Universities.. At the very beginning. either Germany or Austria and not both because I had financial proof of one year only. I also got admission in Germany. I decided to apply for Austrian visa. the perseverance. literally demoralized and criticized me on my decision to apply for Austrian visa and not for German for which everything was clear. yes! . studies. U U During my visa process.Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students.it is in fact about me!!!!. but they don't help out. In other words I just decided to be a "qurbaani ka bakra". I came across this verse of Holy Quran ( ‫ ")ﻓﺎﺯﺍ ﻋﺰﻣﺖ ﻓﺘﻮﮐﻞ ﻋﻠﯽ ﷲ‬When you have taken your decision. Also. I encountered a big hurdle and was almost turning back on my decision when one day. where I saw this verse on a wall painting and thought for a while . I ask you to pray for me so that I will be successful in fulfilling that. "is this verse saying something to me?". He is more than happy to be here and me too. I appreciate from my heart. this is the key to success. So. Though. Though. I just remained firm on my decision and I continued to cope with the hurdles.. This way I must say that I have found a clue. I encountered another guy from Lahore. who was also struggling for Austrian visa and he was a student of same university where I had got admission.. I remained stick to my decision and believed in help from Allah Almighty and in fact. and after creating me like this. I've helped him and I'm helping many other people to the extent I can. Since. And I said. I succeeded and arrived here around 3 months ago. there was no one to help out to clarify matters regarding Austrian visa. my whole year or in other words. I had been through the visa process... You won't find any of them on forums or groups.. the statement from Germany would not be accepted by Austrians. Apart from that. people around me heavily discouraged. related his personal experience of his Austria study application and its lengthy Visa process.. As. Most of them are beneficiaries of HEC and since HEC handled their visa process. but I believed in success and finally after a long and tiresome visa process. put your trust in Allah".g Visa process. future and previous effort that I had done in getting admission in Austrian and German university was on stack.. after a long thought. My intention was to come here and then help more students from Pakistan to come here and clarify the ambiguities surrounding Austrian visa application. Once I started Austrian visa process. the program in Austria was a little more attractive to me than the one in Germany.. He was around 2 months late in applying for visa and knew nothing about the process.. there were a lot of difficulties that I faced. I decided to go to Austria to clarify different ambiguities related to Austria. a golden rule to every success and every successful decision. I asked on different groups but could not find anyone. bank statement etc. This one verse has given me a formula for my whole life.. they are there. I think Mashhood Sheikh. I am especially thankful to group moderators of Norway and Finland as one of them. but I bear no credit for helping others and giving favors. e. On every hurdle that I faced. patience and . he is late to be here but the success has its worth and a nice taste and heavenly smell. He is now giving me the opportunity to deliver others what I've got. work. After that. At this decision. they know nothing about actual difficulties which one encounters when one apply for visa at his own. I helped him out and I think it’s my first success that he has just arrived here around 3 week ago.. Apart from that I really appreciate their effort in maintaining a group related to studies abroad in one particular country. Job situation etc. I could only apply for one country. It’s not because there are no Pakistani students in Austria. I just stopped there. For Germany I had to send this money to Germany and if I sent it there. Page 4 The Story Around 10 months ago..

wealth and prosperity in life and hereafter. Page 5 helpful attitude of group moderators. who repeatedly answer to stupid straight forward questions of many people.com . Muhammad Adnan adnan_199@yahoo.Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students. May Allah give them health.

You can sort your search results by country as well. However. Please look at university database of respective country to find info about that. Page 6 1. you have to do Masters from Pakistan and complete your 16 years of education and then apply for Master Degree here in Europe. Eligibility Cr iter ia for Admission in Master s and Bachelors To apply for a Master degree program in Europe.Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students. If. The search tool here is very nice and sophisticated. Germany and Austria. Almost all Bachelor degree program in European countries are taught in their local languages e. you can Google the name of that university to access university website to get more information and details about study program. Which makes this site more attractive for program search and off course this site is in English. To apply for Bachelor degree. Here you can search for your field of study. then you will have 14 years of education and you are not eligible to apply for Master degree courses. . admission procedure fees and everything else. Please look at the website of your university to know details about admission procedure. 3. Italian and Finnish etc. After this step. but at least you will know that which university is offering this program. So. you must have your 12 years of education completed. however. http://www.eu/  Whole Europe. How to search for your field of study To find the program of your interest is a primary task when you decide to go abroad for studies. Admission to Austr ian Univer sity Unlike Sweden.g German. The first link actually is in German language but you can open it in Google Chrome which automatically translates pages in foreign language into English. The second link also gives some description of the program and in some cases its curriculum with the link to course home page. For details on ‘Universities’ and ‘University of Applied Sciences’ please see the section “Difference b/w ‘University’ and ‘University of Applied Sciences’ ” First site is not very much detailed and you may not know the details for the program you are interested in. Finland or Germany.mastersportal. there is no central authority for receiving and verifying documents in Austria. you may find some Bachelor programs in English in some countries like Finland. one has to have a Bachelor degree of 4 years from Pakistan. This will make your life easy. It means that Intermediate (FSc) degree holder can apply for Bachelor program provided that he/she fulfils language requirements. 2.at/  Particularly for Austria http://www. Each university conducts its admissions separately and they have their procedure different from each other. This accounts of 16 years of education (Intermediate + Bachelor = 12 + 4 = 16 years of education). in this case. Here are links from where you can have a look at the study programs offered by Austrian Universities. your Bachelors degree is of 2 years.studyguide.

it is better to make an appointment with the embassy. 5. embassy will call you to get your original documents Attested. In this case you have to be there early in morning to have your name written at the gate. I have a friend who applied for such a program in Finland in 2010. If university intake is also available in summer semester. this is a standard procedure which you have to follow. FSc. Embassy pays them for this purpose. Keep in mind that this is Verification fee. You will send photocopies of these attested documents to your university.000 (Twenty Three Thousand Rupees Only). November. So it’s good to make an appointment. if university conducts that entry test there. there is no need to attest your documents from Austrian Embassy. admission starts usually in February. Dates vary from university to university. If your university says so. This fee at my time (2010) was around 23. For fall semesters. then you have to send them attested documents by Austrian Embassy. 1. So. You have to consult website of your selected university to know final dates and information about intake. Embassy will put a stamp at the back of your Original Documents with the signature of Counselor/Ambassador. for attestation. but you can go there on Monday for documents submission without appointment.Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students. Most universities intake is annual and it is usually in fall semester. . If university website does not say so. For verification/attestation.Birth Certificate (Embassy verifies your birth by sending and advocate to your local areaunion council) 3. just like Pakistan. you will have to attest them. If you apply in such a program and your university does not conduct entry test in Pakistan. admission dates are usually in October.Police Clearance Certificate or Police Certificate. Embassy verifies each of your document by a third party organization linked to the embassy. passed it and now he is in Finland studying his Bachelors degree. So. Some universities conduct entry tests in foreign countries if they have sufficient Bechelor degree applicants from that particular country. But for visa. He went there. When documents are verified. Document Attestation from Austr ian Embassy Some universities in Austria ask applicants to send documents attested by Austrian Embassy. you have to pay Embassy to get your documents verified. 4. But your turn may not come if there are too many people there. then for admission. in either case you have to get your documents attested by Austrian Embassy. as according to Embassy. Here is a list of documents which Austrian Embassy Attests. Page 7 Admission to Bachelor degree program is usually accompanied by an entry test. then for summer semester. BSc and any other degree issued by a Pakistani University or Institute) 2. March. His university conducted entry test in Nepal and he has to go to Nepal for that test. First step of this attestation procedure is the verification. Embassy only attests your original documents and not photocopies. it will call you inside. appeared in entry test.Academic Certificate (Metric. After embassy is done with people with appointment. Admission Dates Admission dates are not specific in any country of Europe. then you may have to visit India or Nepal for that test. You have to pay equivalent amount in Pakistani Rupees. They will charge 30-Euros (Thirty Euros Only) per document of yours.

In Austrian case. Note: Although you’re selected university may accept a Proficiency Certificate issued by your own previous university. application for visa is called “Application for Residence Permit”. you get your visa in 10 days. I found it on the Austrian foreign ministry website (I don’t remember it now). you may lose your position if your competent are providing IELTS/TOEFL as compared to you. After you fill in that form and submit visa fee and submit your passport. Visa Process In general. At first sight you may not be able to recognize even a word out of it. Otherwise. they will do so first(this process takes 4-8 weeks) even if your university does not require you to get them attested by Embassy. it would be nice if you strive for the maximum score in your Language Certificate to increase number of universities you can apply. But at least don’t pay anyone to fill out this form. As.pdf or . Language Requirements Usually. The form for Residence Permit Application is a little complicated and is in German. then they will require you provide English Language Proficiency Certificate (IELTS. You can contact me if you don’t find any way out.5(IELTS). It is called ‘International’ because it is in English. The fee for Residence Permit Application is around 80-Euros (Eighty Euros only). You apply for Residence Permit and once your application is approved (It usually takes 4-6 weeks). There are very few universities which offer Bachelor degree courses in English. you start your visa process. Some may require a higher score of 90 (TOEFL) or 6. if your documents are not Verified and Attested by Austrian Embassy. it would always be better to provide an internationally recognized English Language Proficiency Certificate. Almost same amount you will pay when you apply for Schengen Visa at last step.5. this certificate will always be below the scores of IELTs and TOEFL. But with a little effort you can find the soft copy of this form on Google. visa process is same for all countries accept Austria. Bachelors degree programs all over the Europe are taught in local language of that particular country. you can give this .Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students. Page 8 6. majority of universities which offered Masters courses have started Master degree courses in English. If program is in English. Once you get the soft form. 7. you have to check your university website. which you have to submit while submitting your application. But for Masters. they may accept a Proficiency Certificate from your university). TOEFL iBT score 80. If your selected program is in local Language then university will require you to have a certificate in their Local language e.g German. So. They say these courses as “International Master Degree Program”. Each university has its own requirement. Once you get your admission letter from university and your documents are attested by embassy.0 or even 5. . If someone of yours knows German language can fill this form. It has around 10-12 pages. Since competition for admission is more and more every year. case is different. So. embassy will call you to submit Schengen visa form. To know about the score requirements in TOEFL or Band requirements in IELTS.doc to Google translator to get a Translation and then fill in the form. From last decade. Italian etc. Many universities accept IELTS band 6. TOEFL or in some cases.

the monthly cost should not be more than 400 Euros. So. I know. But it would be nice. Money matter s and Bank statement If you are not holder of a scholarship then you have to prove that you have sufficient funds to cover the expense of one or two years. it will not be a problem. as I estimated here is around 50 to 80 Euros. Submit this amount of Euros (9500-euros or whatever is required) into that account. Actually. they will give you a form to fill. Students who want to come to Austria for one semester or less than six months. increases). money doesn’t need to be there for last six or 12 months. 4 months. Master degree program is of two years. This form will have some fields asking you to enter annual income of your family. you can reduce your monthly cost to around 250 Euros. get your bank statement. This is because Austria is a little bit more expansive then other countries. 9. You may have opened your euro account just a week ago. The rest of countries. and attach it to your Residence Permit Application form. internet. As. if you know how to save money. Sweden requires the proof of two years. I don’t have any further information about the visa process for this kind of students. electricity cost and food). they require you to either open a bank account in some Austrian bank or provide them with equal amount of Traveler Cheques. you can just fill this form in to show that your family income is sufficient to support you. can afford it very easily. Austria is a little expensive country in compared to other countries of Europe. For single person living alone in single room. For Austria. Usually. it will not be over 80 Euros. if it is there for last 3 or 4 months to avoid any risk. university doesn’t need any proof at this time. Both things are not possible because you cannot open a bank account in Austrian bank unless you are in Austria and also Traveler cheques are not available in Pakistan. Room rent is usually from 200 to 250 Euros/month. Food cost per month. For Austria. require you to show sufficient money for one year. 8. You don’t need to have money in your bank at this time. they don’t need to apply for Residence Permit. Page 9 Residence permit application is necessary for people (students) who want to stay in Austria for more than six months. Money for One year for Austria is around 9500 Euros (Nine Thousand Five Hundred Euros only). (Usually. your local bank account statement which is in rupees will not be accepted. Furthermore it also depends on the city where you live.Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students. But even if you don’t know. But even if you live in Capital. . the cost will be from 300 to 350 Euros per month (this includes rent. including Austria. Usually. This fee is not too much and one who has studied in any private or semi-government university of Pakistan. But if you share your accommodation. If your university requires you to show proof of funds while applying for admission. sixty three Euros only) per semester in Austrian universities. Even if it was not there for last 3. The solution is to open a Euro account in an internationally renowned bank like Standard Chartered or HSBC etc. Fees and Expenses in Austr ia Usually. Capital and large cities are expansive as compared to small and remote areas. It changes a little bit every year. there is a tuition fee of around 363 Euros (Three hundred. This amount of money is more than any other country in Europe. You cannot buy them either.

After your Master degree. Still. but it is usually of 6 months only. In Germany. part time jobs are available in Austria. if they get an internship/trainee-ship in some company. students. it’s always hard to find such internships related to your field of study. You have to get Insurance of at least 3 or 4 months from your expected travel/arrival to start of your study period. Difference between Univer sity and Univer sity of Applied Sciences Before 10. Companies are asked to hire local Europeans unless absolutely necessary. This health insurance is in fact local to whole Europe. In big cities like Vienna. You have to get it once you arrive here. Work permit is hard to get everywhere in Europe because of policy of European Union. there were only Universities and there was nothing named like University of Applied Sciences (Fochhochschule in German abbreviated as FH). If you are technical person. If you want to work here. then you will have no problem in getting a work permit. there is no “work-search” visa here in Austria. there are more opportunities here in the technical field as compared to Norway. The purpose was to enhance industrial and practical courses in Bachelor and Masters. Par t time J obs Due to small number of students. It costs you 25 Euros per month which is low as compared to Germany. But. while at University study is more Resear ch Or iented. they usually get admission into another Master to prolong their stay and earn money from that internship/trainee-ship. You have to get some travel health insurance when you apply for Residence permit from Pakistan. Finland and Sweden. Then with time. Then the government in German speaking countries (Germany. Here in Austria. it is better to get admission into another Masters to get a visa/residence permit for a year. Page 10 10. You can also get a visa on basis of your internship/trainee-ship. So. they usually give you a work-search visa once you complete your Master or Bachelors degree. Study at FH is more pr actical or iented in collaboration with industry. Health insur ance in Austr ia Health insurance is must is Austria. This job is easy to get in winter because people avoid doing it due to cold. . company may hire them if they are good enough and in that case they get a work permit. 12 years ago. Austria) established this new type of university and named it “Fochhochschule” (FH)University of Applied Sciences. If you are too good in your field. if someone wants to work in Industry after his Bachelors or Masters. student work in restaurants and earn reasonable amount to support themselves for their study period. You will submit this insurance certificate with your Residence Permit Application. So.Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students. 12. For example you can do a newspaper delivery job and earn 500 Euros a month. you will apply for student health insurance at a local insurance company. then for that you have to get work permit. where you have to pay 68 Euros per month. Once you are here. 11. you can work in some company as and internee and they may pay you from 400 to 800 Euros (it is just a rough estimate).

Also. a degree from University is considered superior to a degree from FH. a Master degree holder from an FH is eligible to enroll into PhD anywhere. but I wanted it to share this with you. one who has done his Bachelor from an FH is eligible to enroll in Masters in a University. then he should prefer University. people and universities don’t know the difference b/w FH and University. They consider both as university and degree of both as equivalent. . So. Generally. then FH degree would be preferred over University degree. that guy has no other way except to enroll in a Master course at some FH. outside German speaking countries. In. But. but he was denied admission in Masters in a University saying that you hold a degree from FH and you need to take more study courses to be eligible to enroll in Masters. This is one example which may not be implied as a general rule. Generally.Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students. they may not consider this little difference and he will not have any problem in getting admission. when you want to enroll for further studies. I know one of my friends who did is Bachelors from an FH in Germany. the case that you go for a practical work in an industry. degrees from both FH and University are equvalent when compared by credit scores earned. Similarly. This means that if an FH master degree holder goes to some non-German speaking country to enroll in PhD. this may not be exactly the case. Page 11 he should enroll in an FH and if someone wants to have more research in his study. According to the definition or law. unfortunately.

1. Get your documents attested from Austrian Embassy whenever you have time. Get your passport if you haven’t made it yet. 6. 8. The process depends on your university. Usually visa process takes 4-6 weeks. Apply for admission in time. HEC and Foreign Office whenever you have time. Step-by-step procedure for study in Europe 1. Contact the embassy to make an appointment to apply for visa. this may not be required for admission but it will eventually be required for visa. 5. Page 12 13. You have to ask them for that. Look around for people who may help you out. It is better to apply as soon as possible when admission starts. Passport is needed not only for IELTS/TOEFL but also it is required by every university where you want to apply for admission. if your Residence Permit Application is accepted. Your university will usually arrange you a proof of accommodation if you are admitted. 14. After you receive your admission letter. Apply for visa (Residence Permit) as soon as possible. 13. you have to show proof of accommodation arrangement. 12. you will be notified by email as well as you will receive an admission letter. 4 universities. 11. Meanwhile. If you are admitted. 4. book a flight and get yourself on a study abroad tour. If you are preselected. once you get admitted. Get your documents attested from BISE. Proof of accommodation is necessary for Residence permit application. In some cases they may conduct an interview. They will call you in that case. . But it may prolong if there is some problem. and have your passport stamped by the embassy. you can start your visa process. then they will ask you to send paper copies of your documents. For Austrian visa. When you get your visa. This will make you eligible to apply for admission anywhere. 7. 2. In case of Austria. Look at university website in detail to know about admission procedure and fee matters. 10. Get your IELTS or TOEFL done on priority bases. Make some Recommendation letters (2 or 3) from university professors you know. you apply for Residence Permit. Also. Make them general and not particular to any university so that you can use them while applying anywhere. 9. think about arrangement of money which you have to show. Get sufficient copies attested from BISE and HEC so that you can apply to at least 3. It’s better to make a list of universities where you think yourself eligible to apply and prioritize them. In some cases they may defer your documents until you have been preselected. Submit that Schengen visa form and you will get your visa in 10 days. 3. Get your original documents attested from Foreign Office. Note down admission procedure and mark deadlines on your Calendar so that you may have no problem in future in meeting deadlines. As. pray for yourself so that some resources may appear out of nowhere. Find your field of study in some university which is free or which has some nominal fee which you can afford. If you want to apply for Austria. Some universities may want you apply online and then send your documents along with a printed copy of the online form. In case of Austria. 12. embassy will ask you to submit Schengen visa form.Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students.

php?id=1916&L=1  Austrian Exchange Server. over three years. Some Useful Links www.asp  Site created by Pakistani Students (by HEC scholarships holder).daad. I think. You may find some useful info there but this site is not updated for.eu/  Master portal for all Europe.at  Austrian Universities guide. part time work and work permits in Austria. http://www. It also contains detailed information on visa process. www.mastersportal. .Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students. Page 13 14. This is a very useful and informative link about study in Austria.pakscholars.de  German universities and scholarships data base www. http://www.at/index. You will find up-to-date information about financial proof and scholarships available in Austria.org/austria/index. http://www.oead.studyguide.studyinfinland.fi  Admission for Finland.

you can do that from Austria as well. If he gets admitted then he has to apply for German residence/student visa. your source of income and about your financial support etc.Can I go to Ger many or any other Eur opean countr y. Page 14 Frequently Asked Questions 1. because with this Austrian residence. he can live in Germany for maximum of 3 months in a 6 month period.Is ther e any inter view at embassy while applying for r esidence per mit or visa? If you are a student and you are applying for residence permit after your admission. You can go to Germany or any other European country after you get Residence Permit Card from here. your job. if someone plans to apply for some German university then he can apply there. then there will be a short interview at embassy. you will have to fulfill all the requirements laid by Germany for a student e.Study in Austria-General Information for Pakistani Students. . Usually interview questions include enquiry about your profession. 2. If you plan to apply for any other European country. Since you are living in a Schengen country. once I am in Austr ia after my admission to an Austr ian Univer sity? Yes. And again. For example.How univer sity conduct Inter view of an applicant? If your university conducts interview for admission to Master degrees then this interview will be on Skype. you can go to other Schengen countries (25 countries) and live there for maximum of 3 months in a 6 months period. deposit of one year expanse money in German bank etc. 3.g.

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