|Karl Franzens University of Graz|
|Karl Franzens University was founded in 1585 by Archduke Karl II and re-established as a university institution in 1827 by Emperor Franz I, thus the name KarI-FranzensUniversität. One of the oldest universities in Central Europe, Graz combines five centuries of scholarly tradition with a forward looking commitment to teaching and research. The university houses ninety-five academic departments and fifteen university clinics -vital intellectual centers that enjoy an international reputation and which in turn are generally subdivided into departments and working groups. Furthermore, there are eight university facilities for special tasks. Currently the university has around 30,000 students and 3,000 employees. Graz is the second largest city in Austria (pop. 250,000) and has a student population of about 50.000 (the majority of which - over 30,000 - study at Karl-Franzens-University). Graz offers the atmosphere and first class facilities of a vibrant modern city (opera, theatres, cultural festivals, lively pub-scene ...) with the charm and architectural beauty of a historic town. The city center is one of the best-preserved in Central Europe and only a 10 minutes’ walk away from the university. Graz is a clean, safe and beautiful city, which is small enough to feel at home, but large enough to provide students with plenty of entertainment during study breaks.
Graz is the capital of the province of Styria which lies in the south-east of Austria and is often referred to as the 'green heart of Austria' due to its abundance of forests. The city of Graz itself is surrounded by green, rolling hills, so walking, climbing and cycling/mountain biking are popular outdoor activities. And, of course, we also have 'real' mountains with excellent mountaineering and skiing facilities quite close. Besides, due to the special geological conditions in the south of Styria there are a number of thermal spas near Graz - for those who prefer steam baths, Jacuzzis, saunas and 30°C warm water to the skiing slopes. And for those who want to venture out further - Graz is ideally located for trips all over Europe: Vienna, Austria's capital is only a 2, 5 hour's train ride away, Slovenia only 1 hour. Other popular destinations include Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Germany; Switzerland etc.
Karl Franzens University offers students an exceptional environment for both studies and leisure. International students do not have to pre-register for courses at Graz University. Registration for all courses takes place after arrival in Graz. The Academic Advisors in Graz will meet with the exchange students to discuss their study plans and recommend some courses. Additionally, a unique cooperation with the Technical University of Graz (TUG) allows students to co-enroll at TUG at no extra cost (TUG transcripts available). Housing is managed by the Housing Office of the Austrian Exchange Service (ÖAD). International students are usually accommodated in student dormitories, in shared flats together with other students, or in inexpensive apartments. All incoming students are advised to sign up for the buddy program. A buddy is an Austrian student who will help you settle in. Exchange students will then also be picked up by a buddy at Graz airport or the train station. Exchange students should try and plan your trip so that they arrive in Graz during the week and during the day. This makes moving into your room much easier. Those who don’t sign up in time for the program are responsible for their own arrival and the hand-over of keys. Applicants should keep in mind that housing has to be paid per semester – no monthly payment option. Additionally, the University Sports Institute offers more than a hundred different courses (from aerobics to yoga) at a very low price. They also organize a one week skiing & snowboard course for exchange students each semester where skiing and snowboard courses for beginners and advanced skiers/boarders are offered.
|Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2013/2014||4 semesters or more|
|Areas of study open for exchange students||
|Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between the exchanging departments or faculties||None. However, placement of students in labs is generally difficult.|
|Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students||Joint Degree programs are not open for the exchange.|
|Utrecht Network contact person||
|General university web site|
|International office web site|
During and at the end of each semester.MAUI: Students coming for the fall semester ideally would have to stay until the end of our semester (i.e. the end of January) to finish their courses. If they have to get back to their home university in time for the spring term, early exams are an option. They have to be arranged individually and professors are usually very accommodating – only lecture-courses at the School of Business & Economics and courses with Prof. Wolf (English Studies) are not available for early exams per se).
2 Registration Sessions at the beginning of winter semester, 1 at the beginning of summer semester.
|Application deadline(s) for admission||
June 1: academic year or fall semesterNovember 1: spring semester
|Application material on the web site or paper copies only||
|Course registration deadline(s)||There is no course registration before arrival; it takes places just after the registration sessions in Graz.|
|Enrollment in coursework/academic advising support : Are there special issues students should concern themselves with course registration? Any services available to assist in registration or course selection?||
Session explaining the online system and registration procedure offered in the context of the welcome weeks. In addition students have meetings with academic advisors to discuss any academic questions relating to their course choice.
The equivalent of two years of college German is desirable, if students want to follow courses in German. One year is OK as well but the student then should stay for a whole year and concentrate on improving her/his German during the first semester in Graz.Students with no German proficiency can be accepted, if they find enough courses taught in English to meet their home university’s credit requirements (see information under ‘courses taught in English). Participation in our pre-semester German intensive course is mandatory for these students.
|Language test certificate required?||No|
|Preparatory language course for incoming students||
3-week course from 6.-27.9.2013 (winter semester) and 7.-28.2.2014 (summer semester), respectively.
|Courses taught in English||
Most courses are taught in German. A selection of courses at various departments is also taught in English. The courses for 2012/13 will be available online in July 2013 http://international.uni-graz.at/en/stud/incoming/s-in-winfo/courses-taught-english/)
|Internships available?||Not gererally. If a student is interested in an internship it has to be negotiated on an individual basis.|
|Student jobs available/allowed?||Visa regulations make finding a job very difficult (unless students also hold an EU passport). The University of Graz has no facilities to help students secure a job. Students should NOT rely on getting a job in Graz when budgeting their exchange!|
Application via Office of International Relations which will send you information about the housing options
Shared flats (self-contained) in student dormitory with cooking facilities. Single and double occupancy available.Rooms in student dorms are only available from either September 1 or February 1 onwards. Housing has to be paid per semester – no monthly payment option! All dorms in Graz are co-ed.
|Housing application deadline(s)||
June 1: academic year or fall semesterNovember 1: spring semester
|Cost estimates per month||
Euro 620 - 700 per month
Between € 220 and € 300 (based on a double-occupancy room, excluding deposits)
|Optional on campus meal plan?(Y/N)||No|
|Comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed||
Students staying for one semester are allowed to bring health insurance coverage from abroad.Students staying for a full academic year must buy Austrian National Health Insurance. This policy offers covers students not just in Austria but in all EU countries and costs appr. €51/month. In Austria, dental and eye examinations as well as medication costs are included. However, this insurance is only available after students have arrived in Graz and it does not cover medical evacuation or repatriation. We suggest students make sure they have additional travel insurance for their journey to Graz and back home and purchase medical evacuation/repatriation coverage for the entire length of their stay.
|Health facilities at the university||None on campus.|
|Summer courses available?|
|Prior arrangements needed to secure visa before arrival in country?||
Stay of less than 6 months (=1 semester): International students from outside the European Union must apply for a Visa D through the Austrian Embassy/Consulate in their country of residence. Costs: appr. € 100
Stay of more than 6 months (=full academic year): Citizens of a lot of countries (including USA and Australia) can apply for the residence permit AFTER they arrive in Graz. However, they have to make sure to bring along all necessary documents (check with Austrian embassy for details).Costs: appr. € 120
|Last update of this information||January 2013|