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A Study programme for every person

It doesn’t matter if full-time, extra-occupational or as distance-learning: UASs offer innovative study models for all life situations and career paths.
Dive in and study on site, study while working or while spending time with the family, or learn online anywhere? This is all possible at Austria’s Universities of Applied Sciences – while being perfectly organised and tailored to the needs of modern work and life. Students highly appreciate the flexibility their UASs offer: In a recent survey of Austrian UASs, over 60 percent of the student respondents confirmed that these institutions “offer innovative study models for employed students”.


One graduate who can testify to this from his own experience is Jakob Winkler, who is a successful IT product specialist for patient data management systems at Sanitas and is, among other activities, currently training all anaesthetists at the new hospital “Nord” to use the new digital patient documentation system. On his way to getting here, the 34-year-old father of three children studied in the bachelor’s programme “Biomedical Engineering” in Vienna from 2015 to 2017 and then in the extra-occupational master’s programme “Digital Healthcare” at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. “It was easy to manage my studies with my job since we had blocked seminars on the weekend and digital workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings”, reflects Winkler on that time. “It was great when I had my laptop with me and could get started right away”, he tells. Although his peers were spread out all over Austria, the exchange with other students did not fall by the wayside during the week.


In contrast, Hannah Pellegrini’s focus was on completing her studies quickly and holding a bachelor’s degree in her hands after three years. “It was important for me to get done fast and to fully concentrate on my studies”, she reports. The plan of the 25-year-old was a full success: From 2014 to 2017 she studied “Biotechnology” in the bachelor’s programme at the MCI Management Center Innsbruck, “I spent my last semester in the USA at the University of California. I was also granted a Marschall Plan scholarship to do my PhD there, which I am finishing at the moment”, she reports on her accelerated university career.


For Tanja Lampl, distance-learning was the only way to combine her studies with work without having to move or change jobs. Born in Carinthia, she had been working for three years as an electronics developer at the Durst Phototechnik AG in Brixen and studied from 2016 to 2018 as a career changer in the distance-learning bachelor’s programme “Electronics & Business” at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien. “The student advisors, the administrative assistants and the professors were always available to help in word and deed – and the contact to my peers in the programme was existent throughout my studies”, she recalls the conditions which motivated her to start working on her next degree: “Two colleagues of mine from the university and I decided to do the master’s distance-learning study programme in ‘Electronics’ at the University Gävle in Sweden”, says the 22-year-old.


  • 477 accredited study programmes (247 of which are bachelor’s, 230 master’s) were available in the 2018/2019 academic year.
  • 233 of the study programmes were organised exclusively as full-time.
  • 165 of the study programmes were offered solely as extra-occupational.
  • 79 of the study programmes were available in both full-time and extra-occupational form.

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