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University of Graz
Graz, Austria (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Spring
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, German Language Requirement: 2 years German, None
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Program Type: Partner Exchange
Program Description:
University of Graz

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University of Graz (UG) is Austria’s second oldest university, is one of the largest universities in the country, with roughly 30,000 students enrolled. Historical buildings and culturally-rich art forms abound, making the campus unique. Exhibitions, concerts, and theatre performances enhance everyday university life.

Academics
While most classes are taught in German, a selection of courses at various departments are taught in English.  Classes are offered in the following faculties: Catholic Theology, Law, Business and Social & Economic Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Natural Science, and Environmental Sciences and Education.  A three-week German Intensive Course is offered before the start of each semester.  To find courses, visit http://www.uni-graz.at/en/studying/for-prospective-students/study-opportunities/study-programmes-from-a-z/ and follow the links for your area of study. 

Housing & Meals
Students may live in residence halls or off-campus in a flat.  Cooking and laundry facilities are available on each floor of the residence halls.
Graz, Austria

Cost Information
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room and board in Graz.  Expected cost of living in Graz is €739 per month.  Rent costs between €800 to €1,900 per semester.  Average cost of living per semester is €2,600 to €4,600. Students must pay an additional €20 per semester for Student Union fees & Student ID fees. Students staying for a full year must buy Austrian National Health Insurance at €51 per month.  UM financial aid can be applied towards tuition, living and travel expenses while on this program.  

Credit Transfer
Students register for classes upon arrival in Graz. The  minimum full-time class load is 24 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits per semester, which transfers to 12 UM credits per semester.
Approximate Program Dates
Fall semester: mid September* to   early February
Spring semester: mid February*  to early July
* Earlier for Intensive Courses

The City
Graz is situated on the Mur River in the southeast of Austria, and is roughly 120 miles southwest of Vienna. It is the capital and largest city in Styria, a green and heavily forested area.  The city is largely cosmopolitan, especially recently with strikingly modern new public buildings being erected. The most famous includes the Kunsthaus, a museum of modern art constructed next to the river Mur, and the Murinsel, an island made of steal which is situated in the river Mur. In such a setting, one may not be surprised to learn the city is a member of the UNESCO  Creative Cities Network.                     1
At the opposite end of the spectrum is Old Town,  a district added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999 for its co-existence of typical buildings from different epochs in various architectural styles.                                                    w
In addition to its historical buildings, museums, towers, and churches, Graz is an eventful city. It is capital of culinary delights. There is a wide selection of restaurants, farmer’s markets, and culinary events.  There are also green events to encourage ecologic sustainability awareness. The possibilities are endless.

Fast Facts
Program Type:  Exchange
Student levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: German and English
Language Requirement:    -None for courses taught in English
-Two  years college-level German prior to exchange for courses taught in German.

University website:  http://www.uni-graz.at/en/
Available Terms: Summer semester or academic year (semesters are winter and summer, not fall and spring)

Graz at a Glance

Population
265,318

Climate
Warm summers, cool autumns, cold winters

Proximity to
Maribor: 43 miles
Vienna: 120 miles
Venice: 261 miles

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 10/01/2014 02/01/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.