Tyrol – to many people that’s mountains, beards, brass band music. As a first thought only a few, however, think of a versatile educational offer. However, it is exactly these wide-ranging fields of study along with the breathtaking landscape and ample recreational opportunities that attract many young adults from Austria or abroad to Tyrol.
In addition to the very well-known universities in the Tyrolean capital (University of Innsbruck and Medical University of Innsbruck), Tirol is also home to the UMIT (Private University for Health Sciences, Medical Computing and Technology) in Hall in Tyrol, as well as the universities of applied sciences MCI (Management Center Innsbruck), University of Applied Sciences Kufstein and University of Applied Health Sciences in Innsbruck. In addition, Austria’s third-largest province has two teacher training colleges (Teacher Training College Tyrol and TheEcclesiastical Teacher Training College – Edith Stein).
40,000 adults study at the eight universities. The study programs range from training in the medical field, to a focus on business and a variety of pedagogical fields of study.
More than 28,500 students make use of the 125 subjects offered at the University of Innsbruck. The small provincial capital is therefore the third largest student city in Austria after Vienna and Graz.
Around 4,000 courses per year are offered at the 15 faculties. With an offer like this there is something for everyone. Less well-known studies, such as banking and finance, atmospheric sciences, environmental management of mountain areas or material and nano-sciences, are offered along with traditional programs such as law, economics and humanities.
The Faculty of Law at the University of Innsbruck, which was founded in 1671, offers not only the popular diploma degree in law, but also the business law program and a doctoral degree in Italian law. The Law Faculty at the University of Innsbruck is one of the best in Austria.
The fields of study in humanities at the University of Innsbruck are also particularly popular. In addition to literature, culture and media, languages are still very popular among undergraduate students. More than one-third more women than men study at the Faculty of Philology and Cultural Studies, while male students continue to dominate in STEM subjects. These STEM subjects are experiencing increasing popularity. Mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology are programs that are increasingly chosen by students. The Tyrolean academic institutions are constantly upgrading this area and offer those interested in studying a varied educational program at various different sites.
All those interested in economics will find state-of-the-art learning possibilities at the SOWI (Social and Economic Faculty), which was established in 2003. The glass complex offers undergraduate studies, such as economic sciences – management and economics, international economic and business studies and sociology, as well as a large number of master programs, such as business education, business information systems, organisation studies and European and international politics. The institutes of finance, statistics and economic theory, economic politics and economic history also offer economic, health and sports tourism as well as applied economics.
Just opposite is the MCI, built in the same style. More than 3,000 students managed to get one of the coveted study places. The Management Center Innsbruck enjoys a high reputation worldwide in a wide variety of fields of study, including, amongst others, industrial engineering, environmental, process and energy technology, mechatronics, biotechnology and food technology, management and law, nonprofit, social and health management.
Many students take the opportunity of getting in touch with participating companies and organisations at such events – like the CAREER & Competence – or of getting an overview of the numerous job offers. Recruitment fairs address a broad target group: from freshmen who want to get information about internships, to students who are about to graduate, to graduates from all universities in Tyrol who are eagerly looking for their first job. Owing to the wide range of courses offered in Tyrol, such career fairs are literally stormed by students, as exhibitors from a variety of branches are on site and can present themselves to those interested in the respective fields of study in the best possible manner.
The Tyrolean academic institutions have a lot to offer: In addition to classical old buildings and modern architecture, quiet learning areas outdoors with breathtaking panoramic views and plenty of opportunities for leisure activities, they offer extensive and varied study programs as well. Tyrol, this little country, really has a lot to offer when it comes to academic education. Tyrol – for many that’s mountains, beards, brass band music… and now lots of educational as well!