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Austria's education response to the influx of Ukrainian students

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Interactive map of the education response

Context

The Ministry of Education provides an overview of Austria’s education system in Ukrainian and Russian and a list of contacts in education departments for refugee families.

Higher Education

All universities have implemented support for Ukrainian students, researchers, and artists, including simplified admission conditions, flexible leave of absence processes, and access to counselling.

The Austrian ENIC-NARIC will be carrying out the evaluation and nostrification of foreign certificates, supporting displaced Ukrainians with academic qualifications by fast-tracking and prioritizing their applications for recognition.

At compulsory education levels, the MoE is providing teaching resources on the conflict and has set up a school counselling hotline in both Ukrainian and Russian. The Agency for Education and Internationalization (OeAD) collected a wealth of information to support the education sector, including teaching materials for teachers and compact information on the Austrian education system in German and Ukrainian.

Tuition fees for some 2,700 Ukrainian students who are currently enrolled in Austrian universities have been waived and financial support for Ukrainian higher education students, researchers and artists is being raised.

The EU issued operational guidelines for the implementation of Council implementing Decision 2022/382, establishing the existence of a mass influx of displaced persons from Ukraine within the meaning of Article 5 of Directive 2001/55/EC, and having the effect of introducing temporary protection (2022/C 126 I/01). As such, EU Member States shall grant access to their education system to persons under 18 years old enjoying the temporary protection status under the same conditions as their own nationals and EU citizens.

Bibliography

Government Source:

"Krieg in Der Ukraine – Hilfe Und Unterstützung Durch Das BMBWF." Bundesministerium Für Bildung, Wissenschaft Und Forschung. Accessed March 22, 2022. Source.

 

Other Source:

"In Österreich Haben 7.000 Ukrainische Flüchtlinge Um Schutz Gebeten." Kurier.at. Last modified March 17, 2022. Source.