Information for international academic visitors to TU Wien

Are you coming to TU Wien as an international academic visitor?

We recommend you to take care of legal formalities even before your arrival. These may be visa and work permit and residence questions that result from your personal situation. Aside from legal formalities, we recommend informing yourself about the housing situation in Vienna, required insurance or necessary language skills.

On these pages we give you an initial overview of the statutory provisions regarding your stay, key infrastructure in Vienna, life and culture in Austria, and funding options.

Persons who do not have Austrian citizenship will require an entry permit and a residence permit to enter and stay in Austria.

Stays of up to 6 months
If your research residence in Austria amounts to no more than six months, then to enter and stay in Austria you will require either
a Travel Visa C with entitlement to work (‘Visa C – employment’): for stays amounting in total to 90 days within a 180-day period, during which it is possible to stay anywhere in the Schengen region. The right to work, however, may be exercised only in Austria (even if you are allowed to enter the country without a visa).


a Residence Visa D with entitlement to work (‘Visa D – employment’): for stays of between 91 days and a maximum of 6 months in Austria; this entitles you to travel for up to 90 days during the period of validity to other Schengen states. The right to work, however, may be exercised only in Austria.
A personal application for the visa must be made to the Austrian diplomatic mission (embassy, consulate-general) responsible before entering Austria.

Please note:
A visa (Travel Visa C or Residence Visa D) cannot be extended in Austria.

Stays of more than 6 months
For paid employment lasting longer than six months, a residence permit is required.

For academic work, the following residence permits are relevant:

  • Residence permit – researcher (if you have a hosting agreement with TU Wien)
  • Residence permit – special cases of paid employment (without a hosting agreement)
  • "Red-White-Red" Card (for those intending to settle permanently)


The question of whether you are allowed to work in Austria depends on your nationality, the nature of the work and – for nationals of third countries – the type of residence permit.

Who needs what?
No work permit: Nationals of EU states (Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Cyprus) and EEA States (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein):

No work permit: Swiss nationals

Croatian nationals: Work permit (transitional arrangements until 2020) – except for work in academic teaching and research

Nationals of all other states (‘third countries’):
Work permit – except for work in academic teaching and research



is a service and jobs portal for researchers. It is part of the Europe-wide initiative ‘EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion’. Its purpose is to promote mobility and career development for researchers. For more information at TU Wien please contact our service provider  "European and  International Research Support".

EURAXESS contains four key components:

EURAXESS Jobs & Funding, opens an external URL in a new window
A free portal for researchers and research institutions

EURAXESS Information & Assistence, opens an external URL in a new window
A network of more than 260 service centres in 40 countries providing information and advice services to researchers and their family members in host countries.

EURAXESS Research Working Environment, opens an external URL in a new window
Information about improving the recruitment and working conditions of researchers in Europe and the support given by research institutions to enable researchers to develop their careers.

EURAXESS Worldwide, opens an external URL in a new window
Information services and networking activities for European researchers working outside Europe.

You did research and teaching at TU Wien as a scientific guest and you are already connected to TU Wien? Would you like to join our faculties and permanently apply your expertise knowledge in research and teaching at the TU Wien? Then apply!

Guidance for newly appointed professors and professors currently in the appointment process is offered at  Dual Career Advice at TU Wien.

The following pages contain important information for your apartment search in Vienna:

Studio apartments for shorter stays (reasonable prices):

    good transport connections to Karlsplatz (approx. 25 min directly by U2); contact:

Serviced apartments for shorter stays (upscale prices):

Apartments for longer stays (at least 2 months)

If you need a one- to three-room apartment for at least 2 months, we can recommend the "Vienna Academic Guesthouse". For booking as an academic guest of the TU Wien you need a booking code. Please contact Rosmarie Nigg for this.

Vienna is a lively and liveable city rich in history and culture and is considered one of the most liveable cities in the world by international standards. You can get an overview of cultural and leisure activities here: