WWU Exchange in Austria:
Karl-Franzens Universität Graz
Fun Facts About Austria and Graz
- According to a 2010 report of the European Environment Agency on recycling of municipal waste, Austrians are the top recyclers in Europe (almost tied with Germany), with 63% of waste being recycled.
- 62% of Austria's total land area is covered by the Austrian Alps
- The world's largest emerald (2860 carat) is displayed in the Imperial Treasury of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in Vienna
- The founder of the German sports car company 'Porsche' was the Austrian Ferdinand Porsche. He also designed the Volkswagen (the "people's car").
- The old core of Graz has over 1,000 different architectural styles of works and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site
- University of Graz is also a member of ISEP.
- It has a student population of around 32,500
- Western has been partners with The University of Graz for over 15 years
- The University of Graz is a comprehensive university offering coursework in more than 100 fields
- Popular areas of interest for incoming students are: Austrian civilization and literature, German language, linguistics and literature, English and American studies (language, linguistics and literature), Law, Business and Economics, European studies (including Eastern European studies), History, Languages and Literature, Psychology, Philosophy, Musicology, Education as well as English/German translation.
- Students with little or no German background can attend this University provided they find enough English-taught classes to meet their needs
- 3-week German Intensive Language Courses (6 ECTS credits) are offered in September and February before the start of the semester. German courses are also available during the semester. Click here for further information
Graz is the second largest city in Austria and is located in the southeastern province of Styria. Graz has many parks and cultural activities and provides easy access to sports such as skiing and biking. Graz was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1999 and in 2011 it was designated a City of Design, a part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. Romanic, Slavic, Hungarian, and Alpine-Germanic influences can been seen in the architecture of its buildings. A popular event is the annual Steirischer Herbst (Styrian Autumn), which encompasses a number of musical, theatrical and literary performances as well as accompanying lectures and exhibitions. Founded in 1585, Karl-Franzens-Universität is the city's oldest university.
Academic Program and Courses
Although students are welcome to apply for a single semester, students are encouraged to consider an Academic year as students doing either semester will need to miss two quarters at Western.
- Winter Semester: early October to end of January (Intensive German Course starts early September)
- Summer Semester: early March to late June (Intensive German Courses start early February)
The University of Graz has six faculties (Social and Economic Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Law, and Catholic Theology) and one of the largest teaching hospitals in the world. The language of instruction is primarily in German, although some departments offer courses taught in English.
Link to Courses: https://online.uni-graz.at/kfu_online/webnav.ini
Link to Courses in English: https://online.uni-graz.at/kfu_online/wbENLVSuche.wbEnLvSuchePage
The University of Graz offers an Intensive German course
before the beginning of each semester (Sept/Feb) in order for exchange students to brush up their language knowledge before the start of the semester. Courses are offered at all levels and last three weeks (Mo-Fr 9-12.15). Participation is highly recommended for those of you who have little to no German, so please make sure you register in time!
Registration and Credit
You will register for individual classes with the aid of the international office. In most situations, you will register for each course at the institute that specializes in the target field of study.
Please note that courses will not be available for registering until shortly before the semester begins.
Independent, self-directed study is heavily emphasized at Austrian institutions. Courses often have no set assignments and students are assessed by one examination or project at the end of the semester. For example, students may be asked to write and present a seminar paper and to participate in the discussions. The wise student will take the time to find out how expectations for writing such a paper differs in Austria.
Austrian Universities do not provide partial credit for attendance of participation, so students must stay and complete their finals in order to receive credit. Most lectures cover 2 hours per week (1 hour = 45 minutes). Registration via UNIGRAZonline is recommended but attendance is not checked during the course. However, a continuous attendance of the course is strongly advised.
The University of Graz uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
), which is a standard for measuring credit across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. The conversion rate from ECTS to Quarter credit is .75. A standard full-time course load is 30 ECTS per semester. (30 ECTS X .75 = ~22 quarter credits)
The student workload consists of the time required to complete all planned learning activities, including private study. 1 ECTS credit corresponds to 25 hours.
||US Grade Equivalent***
|1 = Sehr Gut
||Excellent: outstanding performance
|2 = Gut
||Good: above the average standard but with some errors
|3 = Befriedigend
||Satisfactory: generally sound work with a number of notable errors
|4 = Genügend
||Sufficient: performance meets the minimum criteria
|5 = Nicht Genügend
||Unsatisfactory: substantial improvement necessary;
requirement of further work
*** All study abroad coursework is graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
on your Western transcript
Students apply for housing either through the housing office of the Austrian Exchange Service
(OeAD) or at the 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.
International students usually stay:
- in student dormitories
- in shared apartments together with other students
- in inexpensive apartments
Please note that the minimum period of rent in student dormitories is one semester.
Monthly rent (at the time of printing): between € 170 and € 450
Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): ~$2,750 per quarter
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): ~$3,940
- Housing: € 170 and € 450 per month
- Meals: € 50 - 100 week
- Books: € 200 – 300 per semester
- Airfare: $800 – 1,200
- Compulsory Student Union Fee: Unknown, but minimal
- Austrian health insurance: € 58.39 per month (2018 rates)
- Study Abroad Health Insurance: $1.56 per day
The program may allow for time that can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.
How to apply
You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to the University of Graz. Here is the process:
- Create one EdAbroad application
- Complete the following four items:
- Sign the Read & Sign forms
- Pay the application fee
- Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)
- Submit a completed Recommendation.
- There are two other items, but students can complete them later.
- Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.
- Deadline for Submitting Nomination material
- Fall Semester: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
- Spring Semester: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
- Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.
: Accepting the Nomination
- The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed.
- The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
Step 3: EdAbroad Office
- Students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.
The EdAbroad office will submit your nomination to the University of Graz. The deadline for the EdAbroad office to submit your nomination is:
- Winter Semester/Academic Year: May 1st
- Summer Semester: October 1st
Note that late applications cannot be accommodated after these deadlines.
Step 4: Online Application
Upon nomination by the EdAbroad office, you will be contacted by the UniGraz program coordinator and provided with the guidelines and your personal code for the online application through your Western email. Please complete the online application (step 1) and then send the relevant documents as described in the guidelines to the University of Graz by the application deadline. The application deadlines are:
- Winter Semester/Academic Year: June 1st
- Summer Semester: November 1st
Step 5: Acceptance
As soon as your complete application arrives in Graz, they will send your acceptance letter and a welcome pack to your address. If you need to apply for a visa or residence permit, they will send the necessary confirmation letter.
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University of Graz International Student page (in English)
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