Accreditation and Other National Bodies in Austria

Accreditation is a formal quality review process, based on set criteria and standards, thereby, leading to state recognition of higher education institutions and their study programs.

Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria)

The Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) is an autonomous institution, established as the system of external quality assurance in Austria. AQA applies international standards of quality assurance within the Austrian higher education system. It checks the quality of studies and higher education institutions in Austria.

Contact Details
Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria
Address: Renngasse 5, 4.OG 
 1010 Vienna 
 Tel:   43 1 532 02 20-0  

National Bodies -

Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture

The Ministry BMUKK is in charge of matters linked to the public education and the related management and funding.

Contact Details: 
BMBF - Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs 
Minoritenplatz 5
1014 Vienna 
Tel:  43 (0)1 53 120-0 
Fax: 43 (0)1 53 120-3099 

Austrian Rectors' Conference

Universities Austria is the representative of the Austrian public universities and strengthens the universities' role in the economy and society. It coordinates the policies of universities and universities of the arts and represents the universities' collective interests and promotes the exchange of information.

Contact Details
Universities Austria
Floragasse 7 / 7
1040 Vienna
Tel.: 43(0)1-3105656-0 
Fax: 43(0)1-3105656-22

Austrian Accreditation Council

The Austrian Accreditation Council (Osterreichischer Akkreditierungsrat, OAR) is an autonomous and publicly funded national authority that assesses, accredits, manage and control the private higher education institutions offering university education in Austria. 

Contact Details:
Teinfaltstr. 8
1010 Wien
Tel: 43 (1) 53120 5673
Fax: 43 (1) 53120 81 5673

FH Council

The FH Council established in 1993 is the public authority responsible for external quality assurance, accreditation and evaluation in the Austrian FH sector.

Contact Details
Address: Liechtensteinstrasse 22A
1090 Wien
Tel: 43 (1) 3195 034 0
Fax: 43 (1) 3195 034 30

Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (FHK)

The FHK is an association of Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) offering young people in Austria a practically-orientated university-level education. The FHK supports Universities of Applied Sciences in achieving common educational goals.

Contact Details
Bosendorferstrabe 4/11
A-1010 Wien
Tel.: 43 (0)1/890 6345 DW 10

Recognition of Credentials -


The National Information Centre for Academic Recognition, ENIC NARIC Austria is in charge of issues linked to the international recognition of academic degrees and titles. It is part of the international networks ENIC- European Network of Information Centres, founded by euro Europe and UNESCO and NARIC- National Academic Recognition Information Centres, established by the European Union. ENIC NARIC AUSTRIA is the official point of contact for all cross-border recognition matters in higher education.

Contact Details
Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economics 
Division III / 7  
Teinfaltstrabe 8  
A-1014 Vienna  
Tel : (0043/1) 53120/5921 
 Fax: (0043/1) 53120/99/5921 
E-mail: NARIC (at )
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