The 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.
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Location: Graz (population: 265,000)
University: University of Graz (32,000 students)
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: March 15 for Fall term abroad; October 1 for Spring term abroad
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: Austria page for detailed information.
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.
For more information, go to The University of Graz’s website.
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).
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.
HPU students studying abroad at The University of Graz are housed in shared apartments in student dorms.The dorms come equipped with cooking and bathroom facilities. Single or Double occupancy is available. Accepted students are requested to book their accommodations early to secure their room and their preferences.
Meals at The University of Graz are self-catered. HPU students will receive a monthly stipend from the University of Graz to use towards meals. Students may choose to cook their own meals or eat in student restaurants, or Mensae, at the University. They offer students quick and affordable meals. Students who are eligible for a study grant or whose previous year’s net income does not exceed 10,000 euros are entitled to the so-called Mensa stamp which is available at the office of the Austrian Students’ Union. With it, they receive a discount on daily meals. In addition, there is a number of cafés and restaurants in the vicinity of the University of Graz and on the campus which also offer affordable midday meals and snacks.
The application fee is non-refundable. Due at time of application.
The program fee is payable to High Point University and includes tuition, fees, room, and board for one semester. Participants are billed at the HPU All-Inclusive Fee rate of $22,988.50.
Nicknamed “the green city” due to its many parks, Graz is a beautiful city with many cultural attractions like theaters, jazz clubs, an opera house, and numerous cafes. Graz is also home to the longest grotto railway in Europe known as Schlossberg Cave Railway. Graz also has a large population of university students. To make the study abroad process easier, the university provides a buddy system for international students. Students who sign up for the buddy program will be assigned Austrian student who will pick them up upon arrival and help them settle in.
Read about HPU student Alexandra Jones’ semester at the University of Graz…
“The city of Graz is a great example of old school Europe—red tile roofs and each building a beautiful, different color from the next. During the warmer months, I swear there are more bikes on the road than there are cars! And all the Vespas! Central Graz is not too large; although admittedly, I found myself not needing to travel much further beyond where the city buses take you for daily activities. The city park (Stadtpark) was always full of students, families, couples, and so on enjoying a picnic, playing frisbee, or enjoying ice cream. I spent many afternoons on one of the benches. For anyone who likes to go running, this is a great place to do so.”
“There may not be a WalMart, but they do have a McDonald’s and a Subway at the central transportation stop of Jakominiplatz just south of Main Square (Hauptplatz) if you are really craving a piece of home (although I don’t suggest you spend too much time there, as Graz has so much more worth exploring!). There are pharmacies, convenience shops, grocery stores, and a thousand other family-owned restaurants and shops within mere walking distance from the University.”
“If you wind up going to Graz, you must make a trek up to the top of Schloßberg in the center of the city. It does not matter the time of day or the time of year—the sights are worth it. Not only are the views beautiful, but the history behind this hill is also worth looking into. Dozens of museums and historical sites are all within range of the public transportation, as well. Between activities that the University held and events or locales throughout the city, I never had an excuse to be bored.”
“You couldn’t tell by looking at it, because the central campus is only about the size of High Point, but the University of Graz is home to several thousand more students than HPU. The University has a far different feel to it than here in High Point, too—it is purely academic. You go to campus for classes, and that is about it. There aren’t amenities like gyms, pools, or rec centers. The closest thing to a student center is a café on the second floor of the Business/Law building (RESOWI). From the perspective of someone studying abroad, though, I think that the University, by not serving as an all-in-one to its students, is a great opportunity—you don’t have much choice but to explore the city, and I am grateful for that.”
“English programs are some of the largest on campus, and the international students are nearly 10% of the student body, so there are more than enough English-spoken courses you can choose from, if you can’t speak fluent German (which I could not!). Just because the classes are in English, though, do not expect all your classmates to speak English as their mother tongue. Because of its location, thousands of people from the Baltic states (Serbia and Croatia especially) and other Central and Western European nations both live and study in this city. I spent far more time getting to know internationals that were NOT American than other U.S. citizens, and I am happy for such a unique experience.”
“I lived in an apartment complex one block from campus and shared a bedroom and bathroom with one roommate (she was from Croatia and English was not her strength, but she was amazing to live with and I could not have asked for a better roommate). It was a typical dorm-room-sized situation, and I shared a kitchen with everyone else on the floor. In a shared kitchen setting, utensils and cookware are not provided, so be sure to befriend at least one person with a cutting board and frying pan! Otherwise, there is always IKEA, which is only a short trip away on the tram. Having access to these things will make meals much easier and cheaper than going out every day.”
“Internet, in most student housing, is not unlimited—so be very careful with how much you intend to Skype your friends and loved ones back home! I had a hard time with this initially, because I feel like I rely so heavily on the internet for staying occupied and keeping in touch. But being forced to realize that 30gb does not go very far in the span of a month meant I had no choice but to go out and experience, rather than just be.”
“More likely than not, there will be no air conditioning. Most residential buildings in Graz simply aren’t outfitted with AC, but the city is not unbearably hot like here in North Carolina! Temperatures are fairly mild, and you won’t miss having it.”
“Around the city, traveling is incredibly simple. One student pass gets you access to the entire bus, tram, and train system within the city limits. Additionally, you can find cheap bikes for your stay for sale online or in stores that rent, or have buy-back programs for, bicycles.”
“Around the country, trains would be your best option to travel. Relatively cheap, travel by train is the European way. By train, Graz is 2 hours from Vienna, 4 hours from Salzburg, and 6 hours from Innsbruck. All three of those cities are beautiful and well worth a weekend visit, at the least. Hallstatt is another beautiful little town near Salzburg. It is very touristy, but was one of my favorite locations to visit. Google it. You’ll want to go, too.”
“Due to its location, traveling internationally from Graz is fairly simple. Nothing is too far away. Again, by train, you have cities like Prague, Venice, and Budapest mere hours away. For those Game of Thrones fans out there, scenes of King’s Landing were filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, which is not too far away. The Graz airport is small and Ryan Air does not fly out of there; but, you can still reach several locations from Graz or take the train to Vienna and fly out from there. Personally, I always preferred the trains.”
“Don’t be afraid to approach someone and ask a question or say hello, even if you don’t know the language. Almost everyone our age can speak English fluently enough to hold a decent conversation, and several people you may come across are really as friendly as they look and just want to help. Don’t let the language differences become a language barrier, and don’t be afraid to befriend someone who isn’t from the States.”
“Try to live like an Austrian. Recognize that Graz is not your home town or High Point—it is an entirely different culture. While we share many similarities, we are far from the same. It is well worth the experience to not only take the opportunity and travel, if that is what you wish, but also just simply to see how another country lives.”