Immigrants face particular obstacles in attaining higher education levels in Austria


The OECD published its latest study on education which provides an overview of the education systems in the 35 OECD countries and a number of partner countries. Covering 150 indicators, Education at a Glance allows international comparison in terms of education participation and funding, as well as on the organisation of schools.

In Austria, the study finds that immigrants face particular obstacles in attaining higher levels of education:

  • In Austria, as in many other OECD countries, upward educational mobility among 25-44 year-old non-students whose parents are foreign born appears to be lower than among those whose parents are native born.
  • Among adults aged 25-44 years old whose parents were both foreign born and did not attain upper secondary education, 50% did not complete their upper secondary education either (OECD average 37%). The same is true for only 16% of their counterparts whose parents are native-born (OECD average 27%). 
  • Upward mobility to tertiary education is less common in Austria than across OECD countries: only 6% of 25-44 year-olds whose parents were foreign born and had below upper secondary education attain tertiary education, whereas the OECD average is 22%. Among those with native-born parents, 23% attain tertiary education on average in OECD countries, but only 12% in Austria.
  • Austria spends considerably more on each vocational student than on each general student per year. Upper secondary students in Austria are more likely to follow vocational programmes than on average among OECD countries.
  • Gender gaps persist in fields of study in tertiary education and in earnings later in life. Women earn less than men across all educational attainment levels.
  • The share of adults with tertiary education is still increasing, but is still slightly lower than the OECD average


Report focused on Austria

OECD wide report


Source: European Web Site on Integration

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