The education system in Austria is essentially uniformly state regulated. In the development of their own school profiles, schools have a certain autonomy and cultivate special points of emphasis (eg foreign languages, musical-creative, sports, scientific-technical, ecological, computer science, etc).

Compulsory education begins in Austria at the age of six and ends after the ninth class.

After the twelfth or thirteenth class, depending on the school, pupils receive the school leaving certificate – the “Matura“.

Because of the often large distances that pupils from rural mountain areas have to travel to school, a varied network of boarding schools has developed. In this context one often comes across so-called “Pupils’ homes“ and “Bundeskonvikte“. These types of boarding schools have no independent school organisation at their disposal. Pupils live together in one building, but go to lessons at day schools.

In addition, however, there are also many boarding schools where pupils live and are taught on the same campus.

When looking for a suitable boarding school, you have the choice of the following types of schools in Austria:

  • Vocational schools
  • Grammar Schools
  • Lower secondary schools (classes 5-9)
  • Upper secondary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Special needs schools
  • Elementary schools

Boarding schools in Austria are classified under the following sponsorships:

  • “Bundeskonvikte (pupils’ homes)“ (secondary schools)
  • State general education schools with boarding
  • Private general education higher schools with boarding
  • Catholic general education higher schools with boarding
  • Other general education higher schools with boarding
  • State compulsory schools with boarding
  • State high schools with boarding (classes 5-9)
  • State special needs schools with boarding
  • Private compulsory schools with boarding
  • Catholic elementary schools with boarding
  • Catholic high schools with boarding (classes 5-9)
  • Catholic special schools with boarding


There are various types of financing available. The possibilities are especially dependent on the region and the school. As a rule parents or legal guardians are responsible for the primary education of their children. In addition to state subsidies, the boarding schools themselves also offer various modes of support, such as scholarships, payment by instalments etc. To find out whether you can claim state subsidies, refer to the site of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Within the framework of pupil subsidies, allowances are paid for school and home stays, participation in school events and reductions in fees for care at all-day schools and pupil homes.

If you would like to find out more about boarding schools in Austria, please contact the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (BMBWK):

Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur

1014 Wien
Tel: +43/1/53 120-0
Fax: +43/1/53 120-3099

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