Nationals of EU and EEA member countries, as well as Swiss nationals, do not need study visas for Austria. However, when staying in Austria for longer than 3 months, they have to apply for a confirmation of registration at the immigration office.
Other foreign students have to apply for a residence permit for study at the Austrian representative authority before entry to Austria, after they have received the notification of admission. You have to apply for a student visa in person at the Austrian embassy or consulate before traveling to Austria.
There are three types of visas available for foreign students:
1) Travel visa C ("Schengenvisa"): entitles you to stay in Austria and in all other Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days.
2) Visa D (Austrian National visa, Aufenthaltsvisum D) - for stays of at least 91 days up to a maximum of 6 months. Visa applications should ideally be submitted at least 3-4 weeks but no more than 3 months prior to departure. This visa is not necessary if you are a Japanese national.
3) Temporary residence permit for students (Aufenthaltsbewilligung Studierende) - for stays longer than 6 months. Your visa application should be submitted at least 3 months before the intended arrival in Austria.
For more information about studying in Austria and Austrian student visas, visit https://studyinaustria.at/en/useful-tips/questions-and-answers/visa/
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