GENERAL INFORMATION

FULL NAME AND LOCATION OF UNIVERSITY

The University of Graz
Graz, Austria

NUMBER OF UTRECHT NETWORK SEMESTERS ACCEPTING DURING 2021/2022

4+

MAIN UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

INTERNATIONAL OFFICE WEBSITE FOR INCOMING STUDENTS

CONTACT PERSON FOR INCOMING STUDENTS

Christa Grassauer
Office of International Relations

Universitatsplatz 3, A-8010

Graz, Austria

0043 316 380 1254

christa.grassauer@uni-graz.at

CONTACT PERSON FOR OUTGOING STUDENTS

Petra Rabitsch
Office of International Relations

Universitatsplatz 3, A-8010

Graz, Austria

0043 316 380 1243

petra.rabitsch@uni-graz.at

APPLICATION WEBSITE

STEP 1: After being nominated to Uni Graz via the network, students receive an email providing them with the code and the guidelines for the online application.

 

STEP 2: Nominated students will receive an access code for the application tool and complete the entire application incl. all uploads in the application tool! After having completed the online application process, students will receive an online generated Acceptance Letter and a Visa/Residence Permit Letter (if required).

HOW DOES THE APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS PROCESS DIFFER FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS?

In the case of graduate applications, academic advisors at Uni Graz assess the bachelor degree and current enrollment to determine whether graduate enrollment in the master program applied for is possible.

 

ACADEMICS

 

AREAS OF STUDY OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENTS

UNDERGRADUATE AREAS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

Language of instruction is German. However, many programs offer a limited number of English-taught classes: Search for English-taught courses

AREAS OF STUDY OPEN TO GRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENTS

http://studien.uni-graz.at/en/degree-programmes/

All programs except Pharmacology and Joint Degree programs are open to exchange students.

Lab placements are generally difficult and cannot be guaranteed.

An application for Translation/interpretation/transcultural communication with German is only possible if students are enrolled in a translation/interpretation degree at their home university.

Co-enrollment: A unique cooperation with the Technical University of Graz (TUG) as well as Kunstuniversität Graz (KUG) allows students to co-enroll at TUG and/or KUG at no extra cost (TUG and KUG transcripts available). A min of 50 % of courses during the exchange must be taken at University of Graz.

CAN GRADUATE STUDENTS TAKE UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL COURSES

Yes. In order for students to be enrolled on graduate level, they must have completed a relevant bachelor program and be able to provide both complete bachelor documentation (bachelor diploma + transcript) and proof of master enrollment in a field of study corresponding to the one they are applying for at Uni Graz

CAN ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TAKE GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES?

No

AREAS OF STUDY RESTRICTED TO PRIOR BILATERAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN EXCHANGE DEPARTMENTS OR FACULTIES

None

AREAS OF STUDY THAT ARE NOT OPEN TO EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Pharmacology and Joint Degree programs are NOT open to exchange students.

WEBSITE FOR COURSE OFFERINGS

REQUIRED MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CREDITS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE EXCHANGE

Students coming to Uni Graz follow the credit requirements of their home university.

A full semester workload at Uni Graz equals 24-30 ECTS.

ARE SUMMER COURSES AVAILABLE AS EXCHANGE (NON FEE-PAYING)? IF SO, WHAT IS THE WEBSITE?

No

DO STUDENTS REGISTER FOR COURSES IN ADVANCE OR UPON ARRIVAL?

Upon arrival.

COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE(S)

Course registration takes place after arrival in Graz during welcome weeks. Deadlines differ from faculty to faculty. Students participating in the mandatory welcome events are offered a session on course registration incl. all relevant information as well as academic advising sessions.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The University of Graz recommends language level B2 in German in order to take full advantage of the mobility. Students who will only take courses in English must have B2 English knowledge.

Students who will only take courses in English must check whether they can find enough English-taught courses to fulfill their home university’s credit requirements.

LANGUAGE TEST CERTIFICATE REQUIRED? IF SO, WHICH AND WHEN: BEFORE ADMISSION OR UPON ARRIVAL?

No

PREPARATORY LANGUAGE COURSE FOR INCOMING STUDENTS? DATES AND COSTS?

Yes. 3-week German Intensive Language Courses (6 ECTS credits incl. in transcript) are offered in September and February before the start of the semester at a reduced fee. Also German courses during the semester are offered. Further information: https://treffpunktsprachen.uni-graz.at/en/teaching/german-as-a-foreign-language/.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL ADVISING OR REGISTRATION CONCERNS THAT STUDENTS SHOULD BE AWARE OF? ARE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO ASSIST IN REGISTRATION OR COURSE SELECTION?

YES, for dates – see registration sessions for incoming students indicated above.

Welcome Week sessions are NO walk-in sessions, they are MANDATORY. They include sessions about orientation / registration / course system / residence permit / health insurance.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

CREDIT INFORMATION:

The student workload consists of the time required to complete all planned learning activities, i.e. contact hours (lectures, seminars etc) and private study (preparation for exams, writing of paper, reading etc.): 1 ECTS credit = 25 hours.

Each semester is comprised of 15 teaching weeks, therefore a course indicated as a 1 hour course in the online system equals 15 contact hours, a 2 hour course equals 30 contact hrs etc. For exchange students we consider a range between 24 to 30 ECTS per semester as a full time study load.

TRANSCRIPTS:

Transcripts are electronically signed via UNIGRAZonline. Thus, according to Austrian legislation a signature / stamp / underprinting paper for a printout are no longer necessary. In addition, the transcript is electronically verifiable.  All students who hold an active UNIGRAZonline account are expected to access and download the electronically signed transcript by themselves. Transcripts can be verified by using the following link: https://www.signatur.rtr.at/en/vd/Pruefung

DATES

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR EACH TERM

Nomination deadlines: 1 st May - winter semester / academic year 1 st October - summer semester

 

Application deadlines: Nomination deadlines: 1 st May - winter semester / academic year 1 st October - summer semester

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

EXAMINATION PERIOD

During and at the end of each semester

IF THERE IS A BREAK BETWEEN THE ACADEMIC COURSE CALENDAR AND EXAMS, CAN ARRANGEMENTS BE MADE SO THE STUDENT MAY TAKE EXAMS EARLY?

Early exams / alternative exam arrangements CANNOT BE GUARANTEED!! Please note that each professor decides for his/her course whether early exams / alternative exam modes are possible. It is the student’s responsibility to contact each professor as early as possible in the application process and definitely before finalizing travel plans in case they need to return to their home universities before the end of the exchange semester at Uni Graz.

 

Early exams are NOT available for lecture-type courses at the Faculty of Business and of the field of English and American Studies. For other types of courses such as proseminars, seminars professors have the last say.

ORIENTATION SESSION(S) FOR INCOMING STUDENTS. ARE THEY MANDATORY? DATES AND COSTS?

Winter semester - Welcome Week I Beginning of September 2021

Winter semester - Welcome Week II Mid-September 2021

Summer semester - Welcome Week Beginning of February 2022

ADDITIONAL NOTES

COSTS

 

TOTAL COST ESTIMATE PER MONTH (IN EURO)

EUR 700-800

HOUSING

EUR 250-400

MEALS

depends on student’s personal preferences

1 cafeteria meal – approx. EUR 5-6

BOOKS/COURSE MATERIALS

Depends on courses taken

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

EUR 50

HEALTH INSURANCE

EUR 62 / month + EUR 11 (one-time payment for ecard) – mandatory only for full year students (subject to change)

OTHER

EUR 21/semester (student union fee)

IS COMPARABLE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FROM ABROAD ALLOWED?

All EU/EEA students need to bring their European health insurance card to Austria as it will be valid during their stay in Graz. All non-EU/EEA exchange students nominated for 2 semesters are required by law to register for Austrian health insurance upon arrival (assistance and more information available during the mandatory WELCOME WEEK). Austrian health insurance is offered for currently approx. € 62,- per month. This insurance will not cover the student’s journey to Graz including medical evacuation and repatriation – the student has to make sure s/he purchases travel insurance accordingly. Non-EU/EEA exchange students nominated for 1 semester are free to choose their insurance as long as this insurance is in accordance with the requirements for an Austrian visa application. For details students have to contact the Austrian embassy in their country of residence. The insurance must also cover their journey to Graz including med

ADDITIONAL NOTES

None

HOUSING AND STUDENT LIFE

 

IS HOUSING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE? IS IT GUARANTEED? HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY?

Students make their own housing arrangements directly with the dorms (links provided on our incomings website). Students can apply for housing either via the housing office of the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) or at the different dorms directly. For deadlines of housing applications at the individual dorms, please check the respective websites. Information on living expenses can be found in the welcome guide.

HOUSING OPTIONS

Shared flats in student dorms with cooking facilities, single/double occupancy available. Note that all dorms in Graz are co-ed.

HOUSING WEBSITE AND CONTACT PERSON(S)

DO STUDENTS APPLY FOR HOUSING WITH THEIR UNIVERSITY APPLICATION OR IS IT SEPARATE? IS THERE A DEADLINE?

Students can apply for housing either via the housing office of the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) or at the different dorms directly. For deadlines of housing applications at the individual dorms, please check the respective websites. Information on living expenses can be found in the welcome guide.

WHAT KINDS OF HEALTH FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE UNIVERSITY?

The university does not have a medical facility on campus. However, there are two university clinics in Graz as well as general practitioners and specialists in all fields.

ARE INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE?

No

ARE STUDENT JOBS AVAILABLE/ALLOWED?

No

ADDITIONAL NOTES

VISA / RESIDENCE PERMIT: For detailed information see: https://oead.at/en/to-austria/entryand-residence/

 

BUDDY PROGRAM: Buddies are Austrian students interested in supporting international exchange students as unpaid volunteers during their time in Graz (pick-up service, support in practical matters, etc.). More information on the ESN website.

 

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: The Disability Resource Center is the central information and contact point.

 

CREDIT INFORMATION: The student workload consists of the time required to complete all planned learning activities, i.e. contact hours (lectures, seminars etc) and private study (preparation for exams, writing of paper, reading etc.): 1 ECTS credit = 25 hours. Each semester is comprised of 15 teaching weeks, therefore a course indicated as a 1 hour course in the online system equals 15 contact hours, a 2 hour course equals 30 contact hrs etc. For exchange students we consider a range between 24 to 30 ECTS per semester as a full time study load.

 

TRANSCRIPTS: University of Graz no longer issues paper transcripts. Students are expected to initiate and download their electronically signed transcript from their UNIGRAZonline account themselves within the timeframe of their enrollment. Transcripts can be verified online via the following link: https://www.signatur.rtr.at/en/vd/Pr uefung

Instructions for both transcripts download and verification are available on the incoming website: https://international.unigraz.at/en/incomingexchange/exchange-students/

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS