Study Abroad

University of Graz

An HPU Exchange Program
Graz, Styria, Austria

Poster_UniversityOfGrazThe oldest university in Styria and the second-oldest in all of Austria, the University of Graz is home to approximately 32,000 students, and is the second largest university in Austria. The city of Graz is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an important gateway to neighboring countries and foremost South-Eastern Europe, providing many opportunities for travel. Graz was named the European Capitol of Culture in 2003. It is located only 2 hours from Vienna and 4 hours from Venice, giving students many chances to explore Europe.

Top 3 reasons to study here:

  1. Culturally diverse with more than 3,000 international students.
  2. Centrally located within Western Europe providing easy travel to a variety of destinations.
  3. Visually stunning location–truly a photographer’s delight.


Quick Facts

Location: Graz (population: 265,000)

University enrollment: 32,000

Terms available: 

  • Fall (Graz “Winter”) (early September to end of January; exams can be taken early for all courses except Business courses)
  • Spring (Graz “Summer”) (early February to early July)

Minimum Application Requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status

Application deadlines: 

  • Fall Term Abroad: March 15
  • Spring Term Abroad: May 15, the year prior

Visa Information: See the Visa Information: Austria page for detailed information.


Academic Program

Established in 1585, The University of Graz is located in Styria, the second largest state in Austria. Main campus is located in the center of the city, while some buildings are scattered throughout Graz. Six Nobel Prize winners have taught and researched at this university adding to its prestige. Along with renowned professors, The University of Graz offers an outstanding variety of classes. There are six different faculties to choose from and more than 100 course options. While most are taught in German, various courses are offered in English. All of these options can be viewed in The University of Graz Course Catalog, click on “Search” at the top of page, and then select “Courses” from the drop down menu. Note: you can change the language to English by click on the flag icon at the top right of the page.

Fall Semester Students: Early exams have to be arranged individually for students attending the University of Graz for the Winter term; professors have the last say in the matter. Early exams are NOT available for lecture-type courses at the Faculty of Business (pro-seminars, seminars are OK) and Prof. Wolf in the English Department. Students wanting to study business courses during the fall term should look for course types KS, SE, AG, or PT. 

For more information, go to The University of Graz’s website.


Pre-Session Language Course

A pre-session German language course worth 6 ECTS (3 HPU credits) is offered for 3 weeks prior to the start of either the winter or summer semesters. The cost is 160 Euro, but is not covered under exchange. Class sessions are held Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm with occasional afternoon hours.

The German intensive courses are offered at all levels from A1 to C1, with levels A1 to B2 being offered in two phases (1 phase per course, e.g., A1/1st phase for total beginners).


Credit Transfer

For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.

Note: In order to satisfy General Education (Core) requirements, a course must earn a minimum of 3 credits (or 5 ECTS). While HPU is able to accept a relevant course worth one or two credits, one and two credit courses earned at the University of Graz will not satisfy your General Education requirements. It may be possible to combine 2, 4-ECTS courses to satisfy one Core requirement.

For More Information…

For more information, visit The University of Graz’s website or email a study abroad representative. To schedule an advising appointment, contact the Office of Study Abroad at (336) 841-9280.


The Office of Global Education is located in Cottrell Hall, Suite 142. Building #12 on the HPU Campus Map.

Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280

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