Austria extended the payment of scholarships to Ukrainian students and scientists and exempted them from tuition fees for another year.
The Minister of Education of Austria, Martin Polashek, informed the ARA news agency about this, writes Ukrinform.
“The Ministry of Education is extending the Ernst Mach scholarships for Ukrainian students and scientists, which expire at the end of February 2024, for one more year. This means that around 1,300 people will continue to receive €715 per month for studies or research“, the message says.
The Ernst Mach Ukraine Special Scholarship is effective from the summer semester of 2022 and supports Ukrainian undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and doctoral students, as well as postgraduate students and recognized scientists who wish to continue or start studies or research work at an Austrian university or higher education institution.
Previously, these scholarships were limited until the end of February 2024. All those who will receive a scholarship by that time will have its duration extended by one year (subject to success).
Minister Polaseka notes that about 10 million euros will be allocated for this from the Austrian budget.
“Thus, we continue to provide comprehensive support to students and researchers who were forced to leave their home country, Ukraine, due to the war, or who were already studying or doing research in Austria before the outbreak of war in February 2022“, he said.
At the same time, all Ukrainian students will not have to pay for studying at state universities and pedagogical colleges (PH) for another semester.
Currently, about 2,500 Ukrainians are currently studying at 22 state universities and 14 teacher training colleges in Austria.
As third-country nationals, they must pay €726.72 per semester, which is double the normal tuition fee.
With the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, this obligation was canceled.
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