WWU Exchange in Austria:
Karl-Franzens Universität Graz
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz is often referred to as the University of Graz
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
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 Academic Calendar
The academic year is divided into 2 semesters; each winter and summer semester is comprised of 15 teaching weeks. All subjects at the University of Graz run over one semester.
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.
Apart from the intensive German courses, the University of Graz offers a range of German language courses during the semester (grammar, conversation, oral text competence, presentation techniques, Austrian literature and civilization, Austrian German, Business German). Students will have to pay a small fee for each course (50 Euro).
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 EuropeanCreditTransferandAccumulationSystem (ECTS), 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)
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. Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses. Students participating in a single semester exchange will pay a semester rate for tuition (based on in-state tuition rates)
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
Step 1: Nomination
You have to be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to the University of Graz. In order to be nominated, you must create an EdAbroad application and come in for an interview. There are four items in the EdAbroad application you must complete prior to the interview. Those items are:
Sign the Read & Sign forms
Pay the application fee
Answer the Questionnaire
Submit a completed Recommendation.
Nomination decisions will be made as soon as possible after all potential candidates have been interviewed. Students will be notified by email about the nomination decision. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination. Students will be provided with information on when and how to complete their host site applications once they have been nominated.
Deadline to submit EdAbroad application material: February 1st
Deadline for completing the Graz application: June 1st
Deadline to submit EdAbroad application material: June 1st
Deadline for completing the Graz application: November 1st
Step 2: 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
Step 3: 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.