Education system

Austria has a diverse education system with quite a lot of different school types.

Austrian children start with kindergarten at the age of three and continue with primary school at the age of six.

After four years of primary schooling they have to decide whether to continue with a lower secondary school or with a secondary academic school (mostly grammar school). Recently there’s (once again) a discussion about having a continued common education till the age of 15 (comprehensive schooling). Therefore so called "new secondary schools" are tested throughout the country as an inclusive model for all 10- to 13-year-olds.

Compulsory education ends after 9 years of schooling, usually with the age of 15.

At the secondary upper level there’s a broad choice of different secondary academic, technical and vocational schools. Precondition to attending college or university afterwards is a positive result on the A-levels examination (the “Matura”).

The chart below gives a good overview on the whole system. For a full version please click on the picture!

chart of the Austrian education system


Many thanks to Euroguidance Austria / National Agency for Lifelong Learning for the permission to use the chart on this Infomobil site. All rights reserved.


Updated: 15.10.2012