Visa, Entry and Residence

Get yourself familiar with visa, entry and residence requirements for AUSTRIA. Check this FAQs on visa as well as information provided in the OeAD databaseThe EM CDE Student Handbook provides you with guidance on steps-to-do for pre-arrival arrangements and first things to do upon arrival in Salzburg, at the University of Salzburg (PLUS). 

Residence Permit Student (EU/EEA nationals)

EU/EEA nationals need neither a visa nor a residence title. They, however, have to register with the authority in charge of residence within three months of entering Austria; see

Residence Permit Student (non-EU/EEA students)

Austrian Representations, in your country of residence.

Your prime contact should be the visa authority.

Residence Permit – Student. Participants in Erasmus+ projects staying in the destination country for more than three months need a long-stay visa and/or a residence permit before travelling. A short-stay visa is not the appropriate authorization when the stay exceeds three months.

Check admission to studies at a higher education institution. Entry and residence in Austria for nationals of third countries.

Your passport should be valid for your entire stay.

Be aware of schedules concerning your personal visa application, housing and travel arrangements.


The academic year at PLUS starts in October, we expect students to arrive Mid-September. An application for housing from Mid-September to Mid-July shall be submitted to student houses. The first week in July students shall attend the GI_Forum conference in Salzburg, and then will move on to either their internship or to the specialization track university.

Apply for a residence permit. Then apply for a Schengen (Visa D) to be able to enter and stay in Austria.

Schengen Visa

If the residence authority in Austria decides to grant you with a ‘residence permit student’, you have to apply for a Visa D at the representative authority to be able to enter Austria, see more.

This must generally be submitted in person at the competent Austrian representative authority (embassy, consulate general) in your country of residence. Visa types ‘Visa D’ is the (national) Schengen visa allowing you to enter and stay in Austria for a certain period of time. In combination with a valid travel document it entitles the visa holder to move freely across the other Schengen states’ territory for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days, see more.

Clarify if you are entitled to submit your application ‘residence permit student’  in Austria.

 A Schengen (Visa D) to be able to enter and stay in Austria will be required, though.


A student visa which allows to pursue studies in France or Czech Republic must be validated upon your arrival. Apply for a visa at the competent authority outside of France or Czech Republic. French Embassy in Vienna | Czech Embassy in Vienna

Official website for visas in France. Students travelling under a European Union programme, a multilateral programme with mobility measures in one or several European Union Member States or under an agreement between at least two higher education institutions in at least two European Union Member States are issued a specific visa marked “Student – Mobility”.

Long-term residence permit for the purpose of study is intended for foreigners who will study in the Czech Republic for a period longer than three months, more information.

latest update: March 9, 2020