Graz, Austria- population 240,000
Student enrollment: 23,000
Language of instruction: German & English
Length of exchange: semester or academic year
Graz, the second largest city in Austria, is located in the southeastern province of Styria-called the green heart of Austria because of its extensive forests. Graz has many parks and cultural activities and provides easy access to sports such as skiing. 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.
Faculties of Humanities (ancient Greek, ancient history, art history, archaeology, cultural studies, English & American philology, European ethnology, French, gender studies, German philology, history, Italian, Latin, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Spanish); Institute of Translation Sciences (Arabic, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Spanish, Turkish); Law; Natural Sciences (astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, geology, mathematics, meteorology & geophysics, mineralogy-crystallography, mining geology, paleontology, petrology, physics, psychology, technical geology, toxicology, zoology); Social and Economic Sciences (business administration, economics); Catholic Theological Faculty; Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education(education, geography, economic pedagogy, sports science, sustainable development).
Popular fields include: Austrian civilization and literature, German language and literature, education, English and American studies, ethnology, European studies (including East and East Central European studies), history, Slavic languages and literatures, media, interdisciplinary studies, linguistics, philosophy, and English/ German translation.
Language notes: A minimum of 3-4 semesters of university-level German or the equivalent must be completed prior to program to follow courses in German. Typically, full year exchange students concentrate on improving their German skills during the first semester. During the second semester they also take subject-specific courses to complete their studies at home.
Homestay for the first semester may be available.
The citys location provides ample opportunities for trips and weekend excursions to cities all over Europe including neighbouring countries in South-Eastern Europe. Various associations of the City of Graz arrange hiking trips to the surrounding areas.
The international section of the student union offers a mentoring program whereby returnees or Graz students interested in international exchange support incoming students with their first steps and help them settle in. They organize regular meetings (Stammtisch) where exchange students can get together and also meet Graz students interested in intercultural exchange. In addition they offer a variety of activities for international exchange students throughout the year, including trips to Vienna and other cities, ski trips, etc. Costs differ according to the length of the excursions or the type of acitivity and are covered by students themselves.
ISEP Exchange: Students pay their UM in-state, out-of-state, or WUE tuition and housing and meals to UM.
ISEP Direct: Students pay a program fee through UM to ISEP which may include either tuition and housing and meals, tuition and housing, or tuition only. The options available are noted on the ISEP Directory Page.