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Preparing the stay

When planning your trip and arrival take into account the relevant deadlines and also register in time for the buddy program and German intensive course.

Your designated arrival time will depend on whether or not you participate in the intensive German course prior to the beginning of the semester.

Note that participation in one of the “Welcome Weeks” is mandatory for all exchange students. Make sure you arrive in time for the Welcome Week you signed up for in the context of your Uni Graz application.

WINTER SEMESTER - for students arriving at the beginning of September:

  • Arrival: by 2 September 2019
  • German intensive course starting on 3. September 2019
  • mandatory “Welcome Week” starting 5 September 2019

WINTER SEMESTER - for students NOT participating in the German course:

  • Arrival: by 15 September 2019
  • mandatory “Welcome Week” starting 16 September 2019

SUMMER SEMESTER - for students participating in the German course:

  • Arrival: by 3 February 2020
  • German intensive course starting on 4 February 2020
  • mandatory “Welcome Week” starting 17 September 2020

SUMMER SEMESTER - for students NOT participating in the German course:

  • Arrival: by 16 February 2020
  • mandatory "Welcome Week” starting 17 February 2020

If you intend to arrive before your dorm room is available, you can always make arrangements at the youth hostel in Graz.

Depending on your mobility program you will have to make the arrangements as follows:

  • Hendrix, HightPoint and ISEP students – will be contacted by the IRO Uni Graz concerning the dorm arrangements. Note that IRO Uni Graz does not arrange private accommodation.
  • All other students - apply for housing either via the housing office of the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) or at the dorms directly. For deadlines of housing applications at the individual dorms, please check the respective websites. The earlier you send your housing application, the better your options!

Depending on your program you will be informed by dorm of your choice or the Office of International Relations about your housing and payment arrangements once placements are complete. Make sure you make all the necessary payments in time as otherwise, your placement cannot be guaranteed! Note that all apartments in dorms in Graz are co-ed.

  • EU/EEA citizens can enter with just a valid passport and then need to register with the provincial government if staying for more than 3 months ("Anmeldebescheinigung").
  • NON-EU/EEA citizens nominated for 1 semester - stay
    • need to apply for a visa D via the Austrian embassy in their home country before departing for Austria. Visas CANNOT be applied for or extended in Austria! Please contact the Austrian embassy in your country of residence for more information. You will receive an acceptance and a visa confirmation letter that covers some of the documentation needed for your visa application as soon as your complete application has arrived in our office via surface mail.  Note that students nominated for 1 semester CANNOT apply for a residence permit!
    • US and Canadian citizens studying at US or Canadian universities and nominated for a one semester exchange in the context of a bilateral or network agreement, will be informed about their visa application options by their IRO Uni Graz contact person.
  • NON-EU/EEA citizens nominated for 2 semesters need a residence permit for their stay in Graz.
    • Citizens of the USA, Australia, Canada, etc. (for a complete list check  this page) can enter Austria with a valid passport and then apply for the residence permit in Graz. Check with the Austrian embassy in your country of residence which documentation you will need for your application in Graz and make sure you take it along when coming to Graz. In this case, make sure you make to fly directly to Austria (Vienna or Graz) and no other Schengen country when commencing their exchange!
    • Citizens of all other countries need to apply for the residence permit via the Austrian embassy in their country of residence. Note that the process can take up to three months and make sure you contact the Austrian embassy right away to start the application process. You will receive an acceptance and a residence permit letter that covers some of the documentation needed for your residence permit application as soon as your complete application has arrived in our office via surface mail.
  • NON-EU/EEA-citizens who also hold a citizenship and a valid passport of an EU/EEA country can use their EU/EEA passport for the trip to Graz and then register with the City of Graz and the Province of Styria using their EU/EEA passport. In this case, there is no need for a visa application since the stay will be based on the EU/EAA nationality.

For further information, please visit this page.

Make sure you contact the Austrian embassy concerning your visa or residence permit application and any questions you might have in relation to travel plans within Europe during your stay at the University of Graz. Make sure you are aware of the rights and limitations in context with travel within the Schengen area and Austria.

  • All EU/EAA students need to bring their European health insurance card to Austria as it will be valid during their stay in Graz.
  • ALL ISEP students (1 and 2 semester stay) need to sign up for the ISEP MER plan. However, they do not sign up for full coverage with ISEP as the University of Graz requires all NON-EU students to sign up for Austrian health insurance. Austrian health insurance is offered for currently €59,57/month. This insurance will not cover your journey to Graz including medical evacuation and repatriation – please make sure you purchase travel insurance accordingly.
  • ALL non-EU/EAA exchange students nominated for 2 semesters are required by law to register for Austrian health insurance upon arrival (assistance and more information available during the mandatory WELCOME WEEK). Austrian health insurance is offered for currently €59,57/month. This insurance will not cover your journey to Graz including medical evacuation and repatriation – please make sure you purchase travel insurance accordingly.
  • Non-EU/EAA exchange students nominated for 1 semester are free to choose their insurance as long as this insurance is in accordance with the requirements for an Austrian visa application. For details please contact the Austrian embassy in your country of residence. The insurance must also cover your journey to Graz including medical evacuation and repatriation.

The University of Graz offers an Intensive German course before the beginning of each semester (Sept/Feb) in order for exchange students to brush up their language knowledge before the start of the semester. Courses are offered at all levels and last three weeks (Mo-Fr 9-12.15). Participation is highly recommended for those of you who have little to no German, so please make sure you register in time!

Winter semester 2019/20:

Summer semester 2020:

Semester courses

The language center also offers semester courses at all levels. More information about these courses and registration during welcome events.

The International Section of the Austrian Student Union at the University of Graz works closely with the International Exchange Erasmus Network to organize the "buddy program".

Buddies are Austrian students interested in supporting international exchange students during their time in Graz (pick-up service, support in practical matters, etc.).

Please be aware that all buddies are unpaid volunteers interested in intercultural exchange using their limited free time supporting incoming students.

If you sign up for the program, please get in touch with your buddy as soon as you are provided with his/her contact details. Update both your buddy and your landlord/lady or dorm administration of any changes to your arrival dates.

Buddy program information & Link

  • Registration is possible exclusively during the following timeframes:
    • for winter semester 2019/20: starting in Mid-August
    • for summer semester 2020: to be announced in the fall
  • ESN Facebook

PRE-REGISTER for the ESNcard NOW, get a head start and receive your ESNcard already in the Orientation Session during welcome week. The ESNcard will give you access to a multitude of advantages offered through ESN’s many local, national and international cooperations, such as discounts on events and excursions organized by ESN Graz and a large variety of additional discounts with ESN’s cooperation partners in Graz and all over Europe.

Make sure you have all relevant paperwork according to the requirements of your home university and your exchange program signed before you leave for Graz and take the relevant originals with you.

  • Erasmus+ / Erasmus+ International students need to complete their learning agreements and have them signed at the home university before leaving for Graz.
  • Students nominated in the context of other exchange programs must make sure they discuss the necessary procedures and paperwork for transfer and recognition of their Uni Graz courses at the home university with their home coordinator before leaving for Graz.

Changes to the learning agreement / planned courses are still possible during welcome events. Actual course registration takes place in September (for the winter semester) and February (for the summer semester). Students can consult the academic advisors for any questions concerning course content and requirements during the meetings arranged for them during welcome events.

Information concerning course registration as well as appointments with academic advisors at University of Graz will be announced in the relevant sessions. 

Responsible for CEEPUS, Erasmus+, Erasmus+ International, ELAN, SEN/UN:

Contact

Georg Göschl, Bakk. rer. soc. oec. MA.
Universitätsplatz 3, 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 1246
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9155

Mon - Fri von 9.30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Wed 1 – 3 p.m.
(During holidays: Monday-Thursday 10-12 a.m.)
and on appointment

ERASMUS + mobilities:

Erasmus+: erasmus.incoming(at)uni-graz.at

Erasmus+ International: erasmusplus.intl.incoming(at)uni-graz.at

Responsible for Joint Study, ISEP, AEN, MAUI, Best of South-East, Go Styria:

Contact

Christa Grassauer
Universitaetsplatz 3, 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 1254
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9156

Office hours:
Mon-Fri 9.30-12pm, Wed 1-3pm
(During holidays: Monday-Thursday 10am-12pm)
and by appointment

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