Choice of study

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The following links can provide you with some helpful information regarding study subjects and locations. In case you don't understand everything right away: Don't worry! That's normal. Contact us if you have questions, we're happy to help you out.


Austria general: ÖH page:

Information regarding semester start (deadlines etc.)  

Experience reports:

Austria Fachhochschulen:

Germany general: or --

Application medicine:
Application general:


Czech Republic:

France: oder




San Marino:









All universities and courses in Germany in comparision on studiVergleich:

University rankings

Over the past years, media and universities have increasingly put emphasis on university rankings, with several institutes vying for attention. These lists try to objectively asses the quality of the world’s universities according to various criteria, in order to give both students and employers a tool to decide which university to go to or which institution to hire from. However, there are several problems with reducing a complex topic like higher education into a single number and with the increasing popularity of these rankings, universities are incentivized to boost their rankings by any means. One common trend is for several smaller universities to join together to boost their absolute research output which is generally highly valued by ranking institutes, though this does not always translate to a better education in a particular subject or improve the overall infrastructure of the university. For this reason, the focus has recently shifted to modified and specialized rankings that take other factors into account. Subject specific rankings are generally more meaningful to the student than overall rankings and ew multidimensional rankings allow for students to specify their own criteria and more directly compare potential candidates.

Classic world rankings:

Times Higher Education World University Rankings:

QS World University Rankings:

Academic Ranking of World Universities:

National rankings:

CENSIS università: – Italy 

CHE: - German-speaking universities

Multidimensional ranking initiated by the European Commission:


Criteria for the course choice

Nowadays it's unlikely that a choice for a profession will be a choice for life. Nonetheless the choice what to study still constitutes an important milestone for the future path of life.

It's important to gather information in time and to make up your mind concerning your own objectives. You can do so by:

-engaging study and job counellors

-talking to parents, teachers, friends and acquaintances

-following news coverage on the topic

-maaking research: via internet, at the different information and counselling centres, directly at the university


1. Make up your mind

-detect your own expectations, interest, abilities, affinities, whishes and fondnesses

-your expectations: what are the most important expectations you have towards you future job? Enjoyable job, security, carreer, lots of free time, high income...

-your interests: do you like working with people, goods, data, technology, culture, media, on social tasks, creative projects, research, on structured, straightforward, periodical, defined tasks?

-mental abilities: what are you good at, what do you enjoy doing? logical reasoning, spatial sense, developing ideas, language competences...

-social skills: are you able to listen actively, persuade, be considerate...

-physical abilities: do you have allergies? Do you like being active or do you prefer sitting? Outdoor tasks (heat, cold)


 2. How to reach your goal?

Studies, apprenticeship/vocational training, university of applied sciences/polytechnic


 3. Gathering information

The more information you have, the easier it is to take a decision.


 4. Make sure that interests and options are matching

Comparision of own and course requirements


 5. Where to get information?

-at the sh.asus!

-at the study information service of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-Bozen

-directly at the university