We have gathered the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for you. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
How does the admissions process work at AV?
AV accepts applications throughout the school year; an admission decision is normally communicated within 3-5 business days when a student’s application is complete. Applicants from non-EU countries are advised to foresee, at least, an additional 4-month period to apply for the Austrian visa.
Please visit our page Admissions Procedure for a more detailed description of our admissions procedure.
Does AV accept mid-year applications?
AV welcomes applications and admits students throughout the school year. Should your child require intensive EAL support, we do recommend starting at the beginning of the school year.
How do I know if my child can be accepted into AV?
Please refer to our Admissions Policy to find out more about the admissions requirements at AV.
What is the tuition for studying at AV?
A comprehensive list of our school fees can be found on this page.
What are the tuition payment options?
Here at AV, we offer families various ways to pay tuition. One of them is to pay on a termly basis. Currently, to pay termly, there will be a 6% finance fee attached to the payments each term for administrative fees. The 6% fee is based on the tuition rate. Please note, there are 3 terms in each school year.
How can we arrange to visit the school?
Families are invited to visit AV during our Open House events hosted on campus. Individual school tours may also be scheduled by contacting the Admissions department directly.
Does AV offer a trial day/stay?
After the application fee has been paid, we welcome students to come and experience a day at AV. As a day-student, this means that a student comes for one day. If students are travelling from abroad, they are welcome to come and stay in our boarding for one night as well as joining classes with their peers. Extensions of stay are determined on a case-by-case basis and will incur extra charges.
Where can I find a calendar for the school year?
The yearly school calendar is available here.
Does AV provide student insurance?
Medical health care coverage is mandatory in Austria. All AV students are required to have valid health insurance during their studies. All Boarding students are required to purchase medical insurance with AV. AV is partnering with Allianz Insurance Company. The service fee is listed in our School Fee Policy.
Does AV provide visa services for students?
AV requires all students to have legal permission to live in Austria. For DAY students, parents are responsible for the residence permit.
All Boarding students are required to purchase AV’s residence permit service. AV has a partnership with a relocation service that includes the coordination of the residence permit. The service fees are listed in our School Fee Policy.
Please note that visa applications can vary from country to country. There is no guaranteeing how long a visa process can take which is why we recommend applying as early as possible to avoid a delayed start. Some visa applications can take longer than 3 months. Therefore, for non-EU citizens, we recommend applying 4 months in advance.
Does AV provide visa services for parents?
At AV, we are proud to work with RANDOS Relocation to welcome students from abroad. However, the fees that are paid are only for the students, not the parents. Should a family wish to relocate with their child, they would need to obtain a visa on their own. We highly recommend using RANDOS Relocation privately should you wish to relocate. You may find their contact information or read more on their website.
How can I terminate the contract?
At AV, we understand that there are times where families have to relocate or change jobs, etc. As we try to be flexible with every situation, we ask that you let us know as soon as you are aware that you need to withdraw your children. We do have a 2 term notice policy, meaning that you must let us know in advance to avoid any charges for the next term.
What is the withdrawal process?
Once you have notified the Admissions team and the Head of Section of your scheduled departure, the admissions team will schedule an exit interview with our Head of School. Afterwards, a withdrawal form will be sent for you to fill out for your child. This form will need to be returned to AV as soon as possible.
School Related Questions
How does a school day look like at AV?
The school day begins at 8:00 and ends at 15:20 every day. In the afternoon AV offers complimentary* Additional School Activities (ASAs) and Afternoon Care (AC) Mon-Thu from 15:40 until 17:00.
*For Grades 1-12
How many students attend AV?
AV currently welcomes between 270-300 students in the ages of 3-18 years. The students are from nearly 50 different countries around the world. The school offers superior boarding for up to 60 students (30 girls and 30 boys) and welcomes day students from Vienna and the surroundings.
What are the class sizes at AV?
The average class size is 15 students. The maximum is 22 students in our Primary grades and 24 students in our Secondary grades.
Does AV have a school uniform?
At AMADEUS, school uniform is mandatory. We proudly work with Der Walter here in Vienna, who have provided our students with their uniforms for several years. Der Walter is glad to take online orders and they offer delivery. You can learn more about our school uniform here.
Does AV cater food?
We believe good nutrition is essential to student health and balance, and our on-site chefs prepare fresh seasonal meals for the students daily.
It is important to us that the food is fresh and of high quality. Therefore, we buy most of our fruit, vegetables and eggs from the local farm Biohof Burkhart, which is a certified organic farm. Our high-quality meat is delivered by our local butcher, Fleischerei Metzker, who is also the chosen butcher by more than 70 restaurants in Vienna.
Our menus change daily, with day-students receiving a morning snack, a hot lunch, and afternoon snack. Boarding students are also provided with breakfast and dinner. Vegetarian options are always available and we accommodate religious and dietary concerns.
What is AV’s nationality mix?
At AV we are proud to say that we welcome students from all over the world. We appreciate diversity, and we have students that represent more than 50 countries.
What is the profile of the teaching staff at AV?
What is the language of instruction at AV?
English is the language of instruction at AV. The German language lessons are mandatory for all classes, from Grade 1 through to Grade 10. It is not required that students have any prior knowledge of German when applying to AV. While English proficiency is not required in order to begin studies at AV, a student’s acceptance, particularly to the Diploma Programme, will often be contingent on his/her level of English. An EAL (English as an additional language) programme is available for students who require extra help with English.
Does AV support children with Special Educational Needs?
At AV we support all students with their well-being and social and emotional learning. When additional resources are required for a child’s continued success at AV, these arrangements are agreed upon by parents and the school, based on our Special Educational Needs (SEN) programme and offerings. For more information, please see our “Students with Special or Specific Needs” section under Admissions Policy.
Does AV offer the Austrian “Matura”?
AV offers only the IB Diploma, which is considered the gold standard in international education and is recognized worldwide. The IB Diploma examination is accepted for the purpose of admission to studies in Austria. For further information on how the IB is recognized in other countries, please visit this page on the IB website.
What are AV’s average IB scores?
For the 2018-19 school year, AV had an average IB score of 32 points, which is above the world average. You can read more about the general IB assessments and exams here.
Where do AV students go after graduation?
The most popular university destinations among our graduates are the UK, USA, Canada, and Austria. AV graduates are now attending diverse programmes at universities such as Berklee College of Music, Northeastern University, University of Bath, McGill University, Australian National University, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien, Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien, and the Franz-Schubert-Institut.
You can find out more about AV Graduates and read their stories on our Alumni page.
IB Career-related Programme Questions
Who is the Career-related Programme for?
AMADEUS Vienna’s unique version of the CP has been developed for students who, during their final two years at the school, wish to focus on career-related, applied learning in a field which genuinely interests them before progressing to a higher education programme (and, ultimately, a career) in music.
What Universities can I get into with my IB Career Related Programme Certificate and BTEC Level 3 International Diploma in Music?
A growing number of renowned higher education institutions ‘like’ the CP, and the programme provides a strong foundation for future academic achievement. This is because successful CP learners combine skills and good habits such as time management and critical thinking with the subject knowledge obtained from studying DP courses and their career-based programme.
Admissions requirements vary from university to university. An up-to-date list of universities and other institutions of higher education which are known to accept the BTEC Level 3 International Diploma in Music and the Career-related Programme Certificate as entrance qualifications is available from the CP Coordinator. It is essential that your son or daughter checks the entry requirements for his/her chosen tertiary education programme before embarking upon the CP.
Often, there are additional requirements, such as SAT for American universities and auditions for many other music courses. Our Careers Counsellor supports all students through their application and admissions processes.
has a valid guardianship arrangement or enters into the boarding programme
Which academic courses do I have to take?
Students must choose a minimum of two courses; one from the IB Diploma Mathematics block (Group 5), and one from the IB Diploma languages block (Group 2). For students wishing to enter a conservatory or University in Austria or Germany, we recommend German Ab Initio or German B, though students wishing to continue their study in the UK, USA, Canada, or Australia may prefer to focus on their English language development.
Can I continue to study with my own professor / music teacher?
Yes. You are welcome to continue to study with our current professor, be introduced to a professor from our Music and Art Academy, or not study with a professor at all.
Can I change back to the IB Diploma track if I change my mind?
January 1st in the student’s first year is the final day to switch tracks if students wish to change back to the IB Diploma from the Career-related Programme.
Do I have to play an instrument to a high level to complete this course?
Not necessarily. The course is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in the music industry. This need not be as a solo performer as there are many other elements making up the industry as a whole. However, within the course, there are elements of composition and music collaboration for which knowledge and skill in some areas will be beneficial.
Which is more challenging: the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme?
Both are demanding and rigorous: the Diploma Programme is known the world over as a challenging programme for academically-minded all-rounders, while the CP, with its focus on career-related learning, may best be described as a practice-oriented option for specialists who have discovered a specific interest at the age of 15 or 16. A large degree of commitment and motivation is essential for success in both programmes; the CP is definitely not the ‘easy option’.