Notification of foreign degree programmes

Foreign higher education institutions may carry out degree programmes in Austria on the basis of the Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HS-QSG), insofar as these constitute recognized training in the country of their origin or state of residence within the meaning of § 51 para. 2 numeral 1 of the Universities Act (UG). Prerequisite for the implementation is the registration of the studies and their inclusion in a list of AQ Austria.

With the registration of the foreign degree programmes and the inclusion in this directory no equivalence with Austrian degree programmes and corresponding Austrian academic degrees is connected. The degree programmes and academic degrees are considered to be those of the country of origin or the state of residence of the foreign higher education institution.

If you have any questions about equivalence, please contact the
Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

The Constitutional Court has decided with knowledge of 1 March 2018, G 268-272 / 2017-9, to repeal § 27 HS-QSG because of unconstitutionality (violation of the deriving from Art. 18 para. 1 B-VG Determinierungsgebot), because this Provision does not regulate the legal nature or legal effects of the notification and confirmation procedures provided for in § 27 HS-QSG with due clarity. The repeal will come into effect at the end of December 31, 2018.

As a result, the Constitutional Court ruled, dated 6 March 2018, V 9-12 / 2017-20, V 16 / 2017-20, that the "Guideline for the Notification Processes of Transnational Degree Progammes according to § 27 HS-QSG" that is qualified as a regulation as unlawful (for lack of legal basis) to suspend. The Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research was obliged to immediately declare the repeal in Federal Law Gazette II.

Act on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HS-QSG)
Guideline for the Notification Processes of Transnational Degree Programmes according to § 27 HS-QSG (PDF)
Amendment of the HS-QSG to § 27 (Federal Law Gazette RIS) (in German)
Federal Law Gazette I Nr. 10/2018 (in German)
Federal Law Gazette II Nr. 97/2018 (in German)

AQ Austria is in the process of drafting an ordinance for the conduct of the notification procedures.