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Work in Austria

Price $350 Up to 12 Months
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Work in Austria

$350 per person

What better way to experience Europe than to live and work in the heart of it all? With its central location, cozy mountain villages, charming cities, and world-renowned ski slopes, Austria is the perfect home base for city-dwellers and nature-lovers alike.

In Austria, you can find yourself swimming in a lake deep in the Alps, followed by a cold beer and schnitzel at an alpine pub, or admiring architectural achievements and tasting your way through the traditional coffeehouses of one of the world’s most liveable cities, Vienna. Austria is home to Europe’s most prominent mountain range, the Alps, that delights in both summer and winter activities, with some of the best hiking and skiing in the world! Known as the Capital of Classical Music, Austria produced musical masterminds like Mozart, Strauss, and Beethoven, a beloved opera, and, yes, even an opera toilet (a street toilet with world-class interiors, décor, and music… it doesn’t get any more Viennese than this!)

If you’ve always wanted to improve your German, live in cities rich with history and culture, eat delicious (and we mean delicious) pastries, conquer the Alps, or work in a country that still holds 19th-century balls in palaces – waltz your way over to Austria!


Up to 12 Months
16+ Age

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  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
Work in Austria
Thinking about taking the leap?
International travel is not without rules. Check these conditions to see if you qualify.
Age: Canadians ages 18-30.

Language Requirement: Applicants must be proficient in German. For our partners in Austria to be able to assist you, you will need to be confident that you can attend a job interview held completely in German. Without this level of language, we do not recommend you choose this program.

Nationality: These adventures are open to Canadians only.

Required Savings: You need to have savings of at least $2,500 CAD prior to your arrival in Austria.

Criminal Check: Must have no criminal record.

Health Insurance: Health insurance is required for the duration of your stay.

Registration Timeline: Please apply for SWAP Austria at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Duration: You can stay in Austria for up to 12 months. This visa is multiple-entry.

Start Date: You can start at any time of the year!
What's Included?
  • Expert guidance and SWAP support to have your Austrian visa approved
  • Checklist and participation letter provided for your trip to the Austrian Embassy
  • Your GO SWAP Kit, which has valuable information on your visa, pre-departure tips, as well as information on employment and accommodation
  • Arrival orientation with our local staff: learn vital information on red-tape issues, how to find work and accommodation, and what to expect while living and travelling in Europe!
  • Access to our Vienna hosting centre for the duration of your visa, which includes phones, Wi-Fi, and computers
  • Ongoing guidance and support services from our local staff for the full duration of your stay
  • After-hours emergency line
  • Mail-drop services
  • Excellent budget travel advice
Important Notes About the Visa and Extra Costs:
For your convenience, we have separated the visa and biometric fees from the SWAP Work in Austria program, since they must be paid directly to the Austrian Embassy. The visa cost is €150. Don’t worry though, we’ll still be there to help you figure this out during your application. You must attend an appointment in person at the Austrian Embassy in Ottawa as no other consulates in Canada offer biometrics. Appointment availability is limited and wait times can be long. Before registering, please ensure you can travel to Ottawa to have your biometrics completed. We can assist you in arranging an appointment, but we do not recommend booking travel to Ottawa until your appointment has been scheduled. You will pay for your Austrian working holiday visa and biometrics at your appointment. We will lay out each step of this process so that it’s easy for you to understand. This visa can only be acquired once, making it (literally) once-in-a-lifetime (and totally worth it)!
Working and living in Austria with SWAP is easy!  Feel free to contact us with any questions you have as you get ready to take the first step.
Step 1: Make sure you’re eligible to apply.

Step 2: When you're ready to move forward, sign up here.

Step 3: SWAP confirms your registration and welcomes you to the program, sending you instructions on how to book your biometrics appointment, apply for the visa, what you need to prepare for your trip, and a proof of registration letter to take to your appointment.

Step 4: Your visa gets approved, and we book your arrival accommodation and send your pre-departure guide for you to review.

Step 5: You arrive in Vienna and start the best year of your life in beautiful Austria!

*Don’t forget to budget for your flight, health insurance, and your required savings
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