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AUSTRIA: UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ

Graz, Austria

GENERAL INFORMATION

FULL NAME AND LOCATION OF UNIVERSITY

The University of Graz
Graz, Austria

NUMBER OF UTRECHT NETWORK SEMESTERS ACCEPTING DURING 2019/2020

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: Completed application form and study confirmation need to be printed off from the online system, signed and together with all necessary documents sent to the Uni Graz as one PDF-document via email.

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

List of Areas

  • All programs except Pharmacology 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.

UNDERGRADUATE AREAS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

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

https://online.uni-graz.at/kfu_online/wbENLVSuche.wbEnLvSuchePage

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

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

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

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR EACH TERM

Semester 1/Winter
Nomination deadline: 1 May
Application deadline: 1 June
 

Semester 2/Summer
Nomination deadline: 1 October
Application deadline: 1 November

After having handed in the complete application documents, students will receive an Admission Letter, a Visa/Residence Permit Letter and our "Welcome Guide".

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Click here.

Semester 1/Winter

beginning of Oct – end of Jan

01 October 2019 – 31 January 2020
 

Semester 2/Summer

beginning of Mar – end of Jun

02 March 2020 – 26 June 2020

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 pro-seminars, seminars professors have the last say.

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

Semester 1/Winter
Welcome Week I: 05-11 September 2019
Welcome Week II: 16-20 September 2019

Semester 2/Summer
Welcome Week: 17-20 February 2020

None

COSTS

 

TOTAL COST ESTIMATE PER MONTH (IN EURO)

EUR 700-800

HOUSING

EUR 250-400

MEALS

EUR 300

BOOKS/COURSE MATERIALS

Depends on courses taken

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

EUR 50

HEALTH INSURANCE

EUR 60. Mandatory for students staying 2 semesters.

OTHER

EUR 20/semester (student union fee)

IS COMPARABLE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FROM ABROAD ALLOWED?

FULL YEAR STAY: All 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 also includes basic dental and eye examinations. This insurance will NOT cover the student’s journey to and from Graz or medical evacuation and repatriation – the student must purchase travel insurance accordingly.

SEMESTER STAY: All 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 medical evacuation and repatriation.

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?

Housing application is separate and is taken care of by the students themselves (links for dorms in Graz provided on our incoming student website).

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:

Semester Stay: Non-EU/EEA students must apply for a Visa D through the Austrian Embassy in their country of residence BEFORE arrival in Austria. 
Costs: approx. EUR 150 (info 2018).  Additional fees may apply.

Exception: students holding a  US or Canadian passport and studying at US or Canadian universities coming to University of Graz for their mobility semester, can apply for the visa after arrival at the Austrian embassy in Ljubljana (Slovenia). The process must be completed within the first 90 day of entry into the Schengen Area. These students must make sure that they fly directly to Austriawithout layover in any other Schengen country when commencing their exchange!

Full Year Stay: Depending on their nationality students either need to apply for a residence permit via the Austrian embassy in their country of residence or can apply in Graz after arrival > details: https://oead.at/en/to-austria/entry-residence-and-employment/nationals-of-third-countries/exemption-from-visa-requirements-visumfreiheit/  

Students who are eligible to apply after arrival in Graz must bring along all necessary documents incl. legalization/Apostille and translations where necessary (check with Austrian embassy for details).

Students who must apply for the residence permit before travelling to Graz have to send their Uni Graz application documents timely enough to receive the Acceptance & Residence Permit letters by regular mail.

Costs: approx. € 160 (info 2018). Additional fees may apply. Further information: https://oead.at/en/to-austria/entry-residence-and-employment/ 

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 at 
http://unigraz.esnaustria.org/buddy-program-karl-franzens-uni-graz-0.

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS:

The Disability Resource Center is the central information and contact point: https://www.uni-graz.at/en/university/interdisciplinary-affairs/barrier-free-university/

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS UNIVERSITY

University Video:

University Image Library: https://public.sharepoint.uni-graz.at/sites/bilderpool/SitePages/Bilder.aspx?Kategorie=Campus/Geb%C3%A4ude

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University Logos: 

University Incoming Student App (German): https://apps.uni-graz.at/#

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