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.

If a foreign higher education institution in Austria would like to carry out degree programmes in cooperation with an Austrian educational institution, this is only possible if AQ Austria certifies on the basis of an evaluation of the Austrian educational institution that the services provided by the Austrian educational institution are used in the foreign studies (eg Partial teaching and examinations) meet international academic standards.

If, within the framework of the cooperation, the Austrian educational institution only assumes administrative tasks and provides the infrastructure for the execution of the studies, then on the basis of an inspection of the room and equipment by AQ Austria a confirmation is issued only with regard to room and equipment required for studying at the Austrian educational institution.

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

At its meeting on 6 November 2014, the Board of AQ Austria issued a guideline on the performance of the processes according to § 27 HS-QSG. The guideline not only governs the notification process of degree programmes of foreign HEIs in Chapter II, paras. (4) to (6).

In Chapter III, paras. (7) to (35), it also organises the procedure necessary to receive certification according to § 27 para. 5 HS-QSG for Austrian educational institutions, which offers the degree programme or components thereof as the foreign HEI’s collaboration partner.

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)