University of Graz

University of Graz

Universitätsstraße 15, 8010 Graz, Austria

The University of Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria’s second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. Many excellent scientists, amongst them six Nobel laureates, have taught and researched here.

With some 31,500 students and 3,900 employees the University of Graz contributes significantly to the vibrating life of the Styrian capital. Its location in Europe encourages a lively scientific, economic and cultural exchange with South-East Europe, from which not only the city benefits, but also its educational institutions.

University of Graz offers over 600 courses in English in the fields of Arts, Business, Economics, Environmental Systems, Public International Law, Science, etc

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Shared flats (self-contained) in student dorms with cooking facilities, single/double occupancy available from beginning of Sept or Feb (exact start date will be communicated to nominated students). All dorms in Graz are co-ed.

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Cost: Medium
External Funding Available: No
Availability: 5
Academic Dates:

Semester 1: mid-October to mid-February
Semester 2: early-March to mid-July

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Course Timetable:

Online timetable

Courses taught in English

Fact sheet

Program Type: Exchange , Summer school
Language: English , German
Available Subjects: archeology , biology , business and entrepreneurship , chemistry , environmental studies , economics , geology , history , information and communication studies , kinesiology and sports sciences , law , linguistics , mathematics , music , philosophy , political science , psychology , sociology , world literature and culture studies
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Welcome guide:

Arrival pick-up: Students signing up for the buddy program will be assigned a buddy (= Austrian student) who will pick them up upon arrival and help them settle in. Students staying for one semester are allowed to bring health insurance coverage from abroad. Students staying for a full academic year must buy Austrian National Health Insurance.

Cost of living: Average cost of living per semester (rent, food, books, health insurance, local transportation) is € 2.600 - 4.600 / semester, depending on the type of housing. Additional fees to pay: appr. € 20 per semester (Student Union fee + student ID)
Visa Requirements: Students must apply in person for a Visa D and residence permit through the Austrian Embassy/Consulate in their country of residence.
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Additional Information:

1. German Language Courses (included in transcript): at a reduced fee of € 160 exchange students can participate in 3-week German Intensive Courses at all levels in September/February (; 60 hours total equalling 6 ECTS credits.

“Treffpunkt Sprachen”, the language center at Uni Graz also offers German Semester Courses at all levels at € 60. Exchange students pay the reduced price of € 35 for one of these courses ( )



Simon Marmura Brown, Political Science, on exchange in Winter 2016

Where did you live when you studied abroad?

In an apartment with two other international students

What were the easiest and most challenging moments when you arrived to your host destination? How did you overcome the challenges?

Easiest: getting along with room mate. Hardest: Initially finding my way around the city and learning the language.

Which courses did you take, and which was the most enjoyable? Why?

Mainly philosophy courses (its my minor) and one in particular was really great. Contractualism and Applied Political Philosophy. The professor was really great, and my classmates (all Austrians) were excellent as well.

What is the most important thing you learned about yourself when abroad?

Mainly that stress and anxiety, especially about being far from home and in a new place, passes. Food you miss the most and could not get abroad? Steak was really expensive and that was a bummer. Otherwise very similar to what we eat here in Canada.

What did you miss about Canada when you studied abroad?

My little sister. What was your favorite experience when you were abroad? Travelling with friends, making new friends, falling in love... the usual I think.

Which experience had the most impact on you personally?

Having a group of friends from all over the world with different cultures, religions etc. was eye opening and absolutely wonderful. What was the biggest difference in culture that you experienced while abroad? Probably how big bike culture is in Graz, also the antiquity of the city. How everyone drinks beer everywhere and all the time.

What surprised you the most about your time abroad?

How quickly you can make life long friends and relationships in such a short period of time. How has this experience changed you? I'm more cultured, I'm more independent.

What are your future plans?

Finish my last year here at UNB and travel more. Go to grad school someplace cool. Avoid student loans. Do you have any advice to future students, who may wish to study abroad? Just do it! Seriously, it will be the best time of your life.