Liechtenstein has four main higher education institutions: the University of Liechtenstein, the private University in the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Liechtenstein Institute, and the International Academy of Philosophy. The first is the largest and oldest HEIs in the country and said to have over 1200 foreign students from 40 countries. The private university focuses on two main fields: Medicine and Law. The institute undergoes research related to Liechtenstein in the fields of Law, Politics, Business, social affairs, and History. Lastly, the academy has only a Doctorate in Philosophy. Tertiary education is regulated by the Law of 25 November 2014 on the Higher Education issued by the Government. For further information, the official website of the Government is available at https://www.liechtenstein.li/.
Students have the opportunity to study at all three usual levels: Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD. The duration of an undergraduate course is at least 6 semesters and at most 12. Graduates can finalize with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Science and 120 ECTS. In order to be accepted into a course, students need to prove 12 years of schooling through a secondary school leaving certificate. Moreover, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration or Master of Arts is awarded after at least 4 semesters and at most 6. You earn 180 ECTS for the duration of this cycle. Admission to a Master’s degree programme requires a Bachelor’s degree. Lastly, Doctorate degrees are awarded after 3 to 5 years and credits varies, depending on coursework and thesis work. Example of available degrees include the title of Doktor der Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Dr. of Economics), Doktor der Philosophie (Dr. Phil.) and Dr. Scient. Med (Doctor of Medical Sciences). Applicants need a Master’s degree. Teaching is provided in German or English, so foreign students need evidence of language proficiency. The application process takes place on the university’s chosen platform.
In general, tuition fees do not exceed 4000 € per academic year, but students are advised to personally check that with the desired institution. The public University of Liechtenstein charges approximately 800 € per semester.
Information for International Students
Students from EU countries are able to study in Liechtenstein without a visa, but they need to apply for a short-term residency permit. All other foreign prospective students need to have been confirmed a place into a course, to have been paid all visa costs, to have a sufficient budget to support oneself, and to have a health insurance cover. In terms of living costs, Liechtenstein tends to be quite expensive and you will need at least 13,000 € in monthly expenses, including accommodation. The country is small, so costs are about the same in every part of it.