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New programme name

Joint Study is now called iStudy.

Why you should go abroad with iStudy

  • Mobility scheme for attending courses (= study visits) outside of Europe
  • Partner institutions mostly open to applications from all fields of study*
  • No tuition fees at the host institution
  • Financial support between 300-400 euros per month of stay
  • Special subsidy is possible under certain circumstances (e.g.  chronic illness or disability)
  • Classes completed abroad can be recognized
  • Additional 1-2 semesters with tuition fee waiver for EU/EEA nationals

* Partner institutions can have preferences for certain fields of study.

Partner institutions

You can apply for the following partner institutions:

Country Univer Infosheets Additional material
Argentina Universidad Nacional de Cuyo Infosheet  
Argentina Universidad Nacional del Sur Infosheet  
Australia Deakin University



Study Abroad Guide
Australia The University of New England Infosheet  
Australia The University of Queensland Infosheet  
Australia Macquarie University Infosheet  
Brazil Universidade de Sao Paulo Infosheet  
Brazil Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) Infosheet  
Canada Trent University    
Canada Université de Moncton Infosheet  
Canada Université de Montréal Infosheet  
Canada University of Calgary Infosheet  
Canada University of New Brunswick Infosheet  
Canada University of Toronto Infosheet  
Canada University of Waterloo Infosheet Factsheet
Canada York University Infosheet  
Chile Universidad de Concepción Infosheet Factsheet (in Spanish)
China Hong Kong Baptist University Infosheet Factsheet
Application Instructions
China Nanjing University    
China Nankai University Infosheet  
China Wuhan University Infosheet

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China The Chinese University of Hong Kong Infosheet Application Instructions
Israel Bar-Ilan University    
Israel Reichman University Infosheet  
Japan Aichi Shukutoku University Infosheet Exchange Programs
Japan University of Hiroshima Infosheet  
Japan Kobe University Infosheet Factsheet
Japan National University Corporation Nara Women's University Infosheet  
Japan Sophia University Infosheet Factsheet
Korea INHA University Infosheet  
Korea Sogang University Infosheet  
Korea University of Seoul Infosheet  
Mexico Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente Infosheet Factsheet
Russia Saint Petersburg University Infosheet Factsheet
Russia Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU) Infosheet  
United Kingdom Durham University    
United Kingdom Lancaster University  Infosheet  
Uruguay Universidad Católica del Uruguay Infosheet  
USA Arkansas Tech University, AR Infosheet  
USA Hendrix College, AR Infosheet  
USA University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR Infosheet Factsheet
USA University of Florida – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, FL   Factsheet


Bellarmine University, KY



USA Williams College, MA    
USA University of Minnesota, MN Infosheet Academic Overview
USA University of Montana, MT Infosheet  
USA High Point University, NC Infosheet  
USA Montclair State University, NJ Infosheet  
USA Rider University, NJ Infosheet  
USA University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, NM Infosheet  
USA Mercy College, NY Infosheet  
USA State University of New York at Binghamton, NY Infosheet Daily photo
USA Syracuse University, NY Infosheet Additional Information
USA University of Oklahoma, OK Infosheet Factsheet
USA Willamette University, OR Infosheet  
USA Western Washington University, WA Infosheet  
USA University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI Infosheet  

The scholarship

  • Full scholarship, i.e. waiver of tuition fees, paid accommodation and meals (meal cards)
  • A total of 2 students from Graz can be funded from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz University of Technology and University of Graz
  • Duration of stay: academic year
  • 12 credits (full load) per semester
  • free selection of courses

Applicants who have their main residence in Graz are preferred. Otherwise, the same application requirements apply as for iStudy.

Further information: 

You are not sure which university / institution to apply for? Use our experience report portal (auslandserlebnis.uni-graz.at) and find out about the experiences of other students.

Step 1: application

You can find further information on the application process and deadlines below:

In our workshops, we support you with information about the application process, such as:

  • how to find a suitable partner institution,
  • how to create the online application in Mobility-Online,
  • useful advice

Next virtual information event as part of the Travel Tuesdays: November 16, 2021 from 2-3pm via UniMeet

Duration of stay: one semester or academic year

The stay is not intended to carry out academic work, such as master's or diploma theses abroad, but to study at a partner institution abroad.

Maximum length of stay:
Per study level (Bachelor, Master) there are iStudy, ISEP, MAUI, REARI-RJ or AEN stays up to a total of max. 2 semesters (or 4 semesters for diploma degrees) possible. Max. 2 semesters can be completed at the same institution abroad.

  • You must be enrolled for a regular study programme at the University of Graz ("ordentliches Studium")
  • No employment with the University of Graz during the stay abroad
  • The maximum length of stay per degree level may not be exceeded
  • You have to fulfill the language skills as required by the partner institution
  • At the time of starting the mobility (not at the time of application) you must have completed at least the first year of a degree relevant to the stay (only relevant for bachelor level students)

Participation in the information event is recommended.

It is recommended that you complete the equivalent of 30 ECTS points per semester  (= study performance of one semester) during your stay abroad, which can be recognized for your studies at the University of Graz. As a minimum requirement, you must complete 3 ECTS points per month of stay for your studies at the University of Graz.

For the application you have to create a preliminary study plan, i.e. you have to put together the courses you would like to complete at the partner institution(s). The study plan is only a preliminary plan. If you have been assigned to a partner institution (from step 2 onwards), you have to draw up a pre-recognition notification (Vorausbescheid), in which you announce the officially planned study performance abroad.

Note: Consider the processing time of the pre-recognition notification when planning ahead.

Application to the Office of International Relations: When applying to the Office of International relations (step 1), you must be able to prove that you have sufficient language skills. For example, you can submit your secondary school diploma.

Language certificates for host institutions: Some universities require a (standardized) language test in order to meet the language requirements at the host institution. Please inform yourself about this in good time. When you have been assigned to a host institution, you must prove your language level to the host institution at the latest (see step 2).

You apply online with the Mobility-Online database. You can access it via your personal business card in UNIGRAZonline > International Relations.

1) Applying with Mobility-Online:
You have to fill out / upload the following application documents in Mobility-Online (Download: Checklist documents)

  • Application form with photo and signature
    1. Download the form in Mobility-Online and print it out.
    2. Provide the form with a photo of yourself and personally sign this form.
    3. Scan the signed form and upload it to Mobility-Online.
    4. Submit the printed application form (with original signature!) to our office within the application period.
  • English letter of motivation with academic justification
  • Preliminary study plan (template)
  • Curriculum vitae in English + personal signature
  • Proof of required language skills (please note the minimum requirements of the respective partner institution!)
  • Transcript of records (from UNIGRAZonline)
  • English letter of recommendation from a lecturer/professor at the University of Graz. The letters of recommendation must be signed and stamped by the institute and can be sent directly to the programme officers by the person making the recommendation.
  • Confirmation of payment of the deposit (see also "Deposit")
  • If applicable:  supplementary sheet for applications for several programmes: if you are applying for several mobility programmes at the University of Graz at the same time (e.g. Erasmus + and Joint Study)
  • If applicable:  NAWI Graz supplement to the application for NAWI Graz students

2) Submission in person:
Submit the printed application form (with original signature!) to our office within the application period. Without this form, the online application is not complete and we cannot process it.

June 24, 2022

We only accept complete applications.


You have to deposit EUR 100, - stating the mobility programme (iStudy) and the purpose  "KAUTION - ASO702500017" to the following account:

  • Account holder: University of Graz
  • Bank: Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark
  • IBAN: AT363800000000049460
  • Bank code: 38000
  • Account number: 00000049460

Upload the deposit confirmation in Mobility-Online with all other application documents. Detailed information on deposits can be found here.

  • You will receive a grant* of 300-400 euros per month of stay (depending on the university / country)
  • You must notify us of grants from other grant-awarding bodies and this can lead to a reduction or withdrawal of the financial support
  • We are currently not awarding additional travel grants


Please read :  Financial Support Information Sheet

*  No legal entitlement to the grant!

Step 2: selection

Once you have submitted all the necessary documents and after the application deadline, the programme officer of the Office of International Relations will begin selecting students for the available places. This selection is not a fixed commitment for a study place yet and is subject to the acceptance of your application by the host institution. We will inform you by email about the outcome of your application and the next steps in detail.

If you have been assigned to a partner institution, below you can find an overview of the following steps:

After you have been assigned to a partner institution, our office will nominate you to the future host institution. The programme officer will contact you with further information by email.

Please inform yourself in good time about the required language skills at the host institution and how to prove them: If a standardized language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) is required, take the test at this stage of the application the latest.

Prior to the stay abroad, an pre-recogntion document must be requested via UNIGRAZonline. The pre-recognition notice is the legal basis for the recognition of courses. Further information can be found on the website of the respective faculty.

Download: how to apply for a pre-recognition document

Attention: please plan ahead for the preparation of the pre-recognition notice, it can take several weeks to issue it.

Further information:

Step 3: Preparing for your stay

Below you can find an overview of some topics that could be relevant, once your application has been accepted by the host institution:

You are exempt from tuition fees during your stay at your host institution. In addition, you do not have to pay any tuition fees at the University of Graz during your stay abroad. Attention: You must  pay your students union fee (ÖH Beitrag) to stay enrolled at Uni Graz!

Before your stay, you have to  sign an agreement and submit it to the programme officer at the Office of International Relations. Only then will can transfer the financial grant to you. We will send you further information by email.

The grant is paid out in two installments:

  1. Rate = 80% before the stay
  2. Rate = 20% after submitting all required final documents (see "After your stay")

Some partner institutions require you to take out a specific insurance for international students. If this is not the case, you will have to find a suitable insurance yourself. You must conclude a suitable insurance for your stay abroad.

Some host institutions provide accommodation or support you in finding suitable accommodation. Please inquire independently about the possibilities in the host country.

Since your stay abroad as student is not a touristic stay, you have to take care of obtaining a suitable visa or a residence permit in the host country. Please find out about deadlines and the documents required for the application and contact the embassy of your host country (in Austria) in good time for further information.

If you are going to Australia:  You will be given a number with which you can apply for a visa - you will receive further information by email.

If you are going to the USA : the host institution sends the required form for the visa application (DS-2019) to the programme officer at the Office of International Relations. You will be informed by email when your DS-2019 form has arrived.

During your stay

We wish you a successful stay!

Below you can find information relevant during your stay:

If you would like to extend your stay, we will be happy to support you. Please contact the programme officer and your host institution in good time to find out under which circumstances an extension is possible.

Practice has shown that students frequently have to change their study plan at the place of study because some courses overlap, are not offered or fullly booked.

If only the study plan at the host institution changes:

  • Contact the person responsible for recognition issues as to whether changes can be recognized

If the courses to be recognized at the University of Graz also change:

  • Application for a new pre-recognition notification (VB) in UNIGRAZonline
  • If necessary, submit changes to person in charge of recognition (e.g. head of curricular committee)

Should you cancel your stay early, you must inform the programme officer at the Office of International Relations immediately.

Programme officer


Petra Rabitsch

Universitätsplatz 3
Ground floor
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 1243

Mon - Fri: 9.30 am - 12 noon
Wed: 1 - 3 pm
as well as on appointment

(during holidays:
Mon - Thur: 10 am - 12 noon)

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