GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE INSTITUTION

The legal basis for the Austrian FH (UAS) system was created in 1993. With this a harmonization of the Austrian education system with those of the EU states was achieved.
UAS degree programmes are practically oriented in contrast to traditional universities. An expression of this practical orientation is the internship, which UAS students must complete. Acceptance to all degree programmes is subject to an admission procedure as the number of places annually available per programme is limited. Study at a UAS lasts 6 semesters for bachelor degree programmes and additionally 2 to 4 semesters for master degree programmes. Successful completion of a UAS master degree programme provides entitlement to enrol in an appropriate doctoral programme at a traditional university.
The University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna was founded in 1996. In 2002 the UAS degree programmes BFI Vienna were awarded the label „Fachhochschule“. In the meantime the UAS offers seven bachelor and six master degree programmes. In total the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna has 1700 students. Please visit the following websites for further information on the Austrian universities of applied sciences:

http://www.bmwf.gv.at/fileadmin/user_upload/wissenschaft/naric/english/DS_item8.pdf
http://www.bmwf.gv.at/startseite/hochschulen/fachhochschulen/
http://www.fachhochschulen.ac.at/en