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 the Technical University of Graz, to round out their academic experience. Activities for international students also include excursions to nearby countries, hiking trips and a student mentoring program.
Graz, Austria (pop. 240,000)
Language of instruction: German, English
Student Enrollment: 23,000
Courses in English
Scholarships are available during the 2010-11 Academic Year!
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for Study in Austria or Germany (for students applying to full-year & semester one programs).
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.
Academic year: early October to late June;
Semester 1: early October to early February;
Semester 2: early March to late June.
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); Pharmacy; Catholic Theological Faculty; Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education
(education, geography, economic pedagogy, sports science, sustainable development).
Courses taught in English
KFU Graz can also accept students with less or no German background provided they find enough courses offered in English to meet their home universitys requirement.
Please find English-taught courses at the University of Graz at: Courses Offered in English
Apart from the intensive German courses, KFUG 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), ISEP students receive one voucher of 35 Euros.
The language center of the University of Graz also offers a language partner program and supports students in finding language buddies.
Housing and Meals
Students are housed in spacious single- or double-occupancy rooms in modern student dorms. Karl-Franzens-University of Graz can try and make arrangements for spouses and/or children of ISEP students. However, there are only a limited number of family appartments available at the dorms and we cannot guarantee such a placement. If such an arrangement is possible, ISEP students and their families have to cover the additional costs. A monthly stipend is provided to cover the cost of meals.
At the Graz airport or the train station, students who signed up for a buddy with the student union (highly recommended) will be met by him or her.
Upon arrival at the university, there will be a Welcome Program for all new international program students. During orientation, students will be formally registered at the university and during the first week a offer a number of information sessions on various aspects of life in Graz, insurance, visa, sports facilities, academic advising, course registration and the Austrian system of higher education in general are offered. Orientation is a general overview of services and support, UniGrazOnline is a session about our online system and class enrollment, in the health insurance session students are supported in signing up for Austrian health insurance.
At the beginning of each semester students are also invited to attend a reception by the Vice-Rector of International Relations and another reception by the mayor of Graz. The central event of the welcome weeks is the registration which is when students are officially enrolled.
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.
All exchange students can sign up for a variety of sports classes offered for a small fee by the university's sports center.
Originally founded in 1585, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (KFUG) is the second largest university in Austria. The Franz Nabl Institute for Literary Research focuses on the literature of Styria. Total enrollment: 23,000.
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