Austria (or Österreich) , officially known as the Republic of Austria, is a central European country surrounded by prominent European countries like Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland. Austria comprises of nine independent federal states: Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Upper Austria, Vienna and Vorarlberg.

A wide variety of diverse educational system is available for foreign education in Austria. It spans from general classical universities, medical universities and universities of technology; moreover a university of economics, veterinary medicine and natural resources and applied life sciences, a university of mining as well as universities of the arts of international renown.

According to the QS World University Rankings (2007), a list of top universities in Austria are

University of Vienna: With a European ranking of 31, the University of Vienna is considered as one of the most reputable universities throughout Europe. The University of Vienna is the largest teaching and research institution in Austria with 9,400 employees, 6,700 being scientists and academics. The faculties and centers of the University include: Law, Business, Economics , Computer Science, Historical Studies, Cultural Sciences, Life Sciences, etc.

Vienna University of Technology: Founded in 1815, Vienna University of Technology is one of the major Universities in Austria with a European ranking of 66 in general and 73 in the Engineering/Technology category in particular.

University of Innsbruck: It is the third largest university in Austria after University of Vienna and University of Graz with a European ranking of 94. The faculties include Architecture, Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacology, Civil engineering, Computer Science, Law and Management.

Karl-Franzens-University of Graz: It is the second largest university in Austria with a ranking of 121. Faculties include Law, Social and Economic Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education.

Some other leading universities of Austria are
  • Medical University of Vienna
  • Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
  • Institute of Science and Technology Austria
  • Medical University of Graz
  • University of Salzburg
  • Innsbruck Medical University
List of Top Business (MBA) Schools in Austria

Vienna University of Economics and Business: Vienna University of Economics and Business is Europe's largest educational institution for business and economics, business law, and social sciences. It is ranked 41 out of 95 MBA programs worldwide according to the Financial Times in 2007.

MCI Management Center Innsbruck: Established in 1990, the MCI Management Center Innsbruck is fully accredited university institution in Austria. The MCI offers bachelor and master study programs for full- and part-time students covering a range of innovative subjects in the fields of business, management, law, IT, social sciences, health, tourism and engineering.

Swiss Management Center (SMC), Vienna: Founded in 1985, the university is headquartered in Zug with campuses in Zürich and Vienna. Ranked 1st in Switzerland, 5th in Europe and 15th in the world by the Financial Times Online MBA Rankings. It is placed amongst the top 1% of universities in the world in its field.

Some other leading business schools in Austria are
  • IMADEC University
  • IMC University of Applied Sciences
  • Lauder Business School
  • Webster University Vienna
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