In order to prepare
Housing in Austia can be expensive and a deposit (rent for 2months) is required. Some University may provide student resisdence hall in which exchange students can apply. Students can also choose to find their own private accomodation. But no matter what, be sure to book a place to stay in advance, usually the students dorms are the best option – example http://stuwo.at/
High cost of living
Except for rent, students are reminded to get some spare money for spending during their stay in Austria. Cost of living can be high and if you come from a non EU country, it is advised that you should exchange some euro perhaps 2000-3000 in cash for the spending of first two to three months.
Learning some basic German is going to help you enjoy Austria even more. You can communicate with locals who do not speak English and you’ll be able to learn more about the Austrian culture. You can become a ‘real’ insider in Austria if you’re able to speak some German. There are a few free online websites where you are able to learn German. One of the best websites is called www.duolingo.com. This website provides free language courses for more than 10 languages! Practicing a few times a week can cause miracles!
Obtaining a visa
If you want to study in Austria you’ll have to be sure that you have the right papers to stay there legally. There are two different kind of papers for a legal stay in Austria, one for residents of the EU and EEA (including Swiss residents) and one for the rest of the world.
Residents of the EU and the EEA need to obtain a confirmation of registration (Anmeldebescheinigung at the immigration office) and do NOT need a visa. Residents of all the other countries in the world need a visa. A residence permit for study purposes (Aufenthaltsbewilligung Studierende) can be obtained I’ve you submit it to the Austrian government. You have to do this at least 3 months before you travel to Austria. Make sure you have the right papers, this is one of the most important things to do.