Insurance requirements for studying at Central European University (CEU)

This page has information from Central European University (CEU) and Austria combined. This might have resulted in repetitive info. Please read carefully and in case of questions please contact Central European University (CEU)

Based in Vienna, Central European University (CEU) brings together students and faculty from over 100 countries to exchange ideas in an open and dynamic community in the heart of Europe. Accredited in Austria and the U.S., CEU offers 50 English-language graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines, and three undergraduate programs in the social sciences and humanities. 

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Insurance information for Austria

If you are going to study and live in Austria, you want to be fully prepared before starting your adventure. Among other things, you want to make sure your insurance covers everything you need, without paying too much.

Students admitted to an Austrian university or UAS degree programme as regular degree programme students may take out comprehensive health insurance with one of the local public carriers (Österreichische Gebietskrankenkasse). This insurance is only available to Austrians and foreigners who have established legal residence in Austria (and fulfil several requirements regarding duration of studies, change of study programmes, income, and study programmes already completed). Forms to apply for this insurance coverage are available at the respective Gebietskrankenkasse branch offices and the Austrian Student Union (ÖH – Österreichische Hochschülerschaft).

For EU citizens it would be good to have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when going to Austria. This is a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland or the United Kingdom under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.

It is important to understand that the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is not always enough and that local mandatory health insurance will probably not cover:

  • Additional medical costs
  • Repatriation
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

Via our partner Aon, you can easily discover details that apply to your specific situation. To get advice and insight in the costs of insurance, you can freely request an instant quote.

About Austria

In Austria, you can find some of the most affordable education institutions in Europe. At public universities, degrees are free for all EU/EEA citizens, while non-EU/EEA students pay affordable fees, usually under 2,000 EUR per year. The Austrian education system achieves this without sacrificing academic quality, as local universities are regularly ranked among the best on the continent.

Austria is also one of the safest nations in the world, where you will enjoy a high quality of life and top-notch infrastructure and services. For art lovers, there are many museums and galleries to explore, and we shouldn’t forget Austria’s gifts to music, which include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, and others. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy activities like alpine skiing, mountain biking, hockey, swimming, etc.

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