WWU Exchange in Austria:
Karl-Franzens Universität Graz
Named both a "Cultural Capital of Europe" in 2003 and a "City of Culinary Delights," Graz is the perfect place to start your European adventure. Its six universities help make up a city with more than 44,000 students and Graz's "Old Town" is one of the best-preserved city centers in Central Europe. The birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenegger, this modern student city is not just for history buffs. Students can study in both English and German, as well as take courses at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (University of Graz) which has a student enrollment of 23,000. The university if perfect for German language students wanting to study history, literature, and philosophy. Activities for international students include excursions to nearby countries, hiking trips and a student mentoring program.
Graz, the second largest city in Austria with a population of 240,000, is located in the southeastern province of Styria-called the green heart of Austria because of its extensive forests. It is about 120 miles southwest of Vienna. Graz has many parks and cultural activities and provides easy access to sports such as skiing and biking. 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, also referred to as the University of Graz, is the city's oldest university.
Academic Program and Courses
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)
Karl-Franzens Universität 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 Univeristy 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).
Housing is in dorms or off-campus apartments and is guaranteed for exchange students. Austrian dorms are shared, self-contained apartments with cooking facilities. Single and double-occupancy rooms are available. Housing is located in the city center about 15 to 20 minutes by foot, public transportation, or by bicycle from the campus. There are 3 student cafeterias on campus that offer meals at a reasonable price.
Exchange program participants will pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individucal student. Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which 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 not that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangement and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
There are two applications for exchange students to complete. The first application is the International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) application. After students are selected for nomination, they must complete the Univeristy of Graz application process
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University of Graz International Student page (in English)
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