May 05th, 2021

University of Graz

UGraz Feature
Semester Abroad
University of Graz
Graz, Styria, Austria
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. Six Nobel Prize winners have taught and researched at Uni Graz adding to its prestige. Along with renowned professors, Uni Graz offers an outstanding variety of classes across six faculties. It's a culturally diverse campus with more than 3,000 international students.

The main campus is located in the center of the city of Graz, 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 Capital of Culture in 2003. It is located only 2 hours from Vienna and 4 hours from Venice, giving students many chances to explore Europe.
Program Fees
Tuition, Fees, Room & Board
Standard HPU rates to be paid to HPU.
Health & Safety Plan
At the time of publishing, the rate is estimated at $325 per semester, to be paid to HPU.
Additional Expenses
Students will be responsible for all travel, immigration, and personal and other expenses.
University of Graz
Graz, Styria, Austria
Applications are due during the spring semester prior to the study abroad term.
Fall Semester Study Abroad:
- October through January
- Application Deadline: March 1

Spring Semester Study Abroad:
- March through July
- Application Deadline: May 1
2.75 GPA & Sophomore Status
Office of Global Education, Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Academic Information
Courses at Uni Graz are valued using the European Credit Transfer System. HPU will award 1 credit for every 2 ECTS earned (e.g., 6 ECTS = 3 HPU credits, 5 ECTS = 3 HPU credits). A full semester at Uni Graz is 30 ECTS.

Students can choose from among the courses for which they are qualified (at the appropriate degree level, pre-requisites, and language of instructions); however, Pharmacology, as well as Joint Degree Programs, are not open to exchange students, and lab placements are generally difficult and cannot be guaranteed. Additionally, an application for translation/interpretation/transcultural communication with German is only possible if students are enrolled in a translation/interpretation degree at their home university.

Students wanting to study the German language at Graz have the opportunity to earn up to 12 ECTS (6 HPU credits) their first semester at Graz. Uni Graz recommends students have a minimum proficiency of B1 before coming on exchange, at which point they can progress to the C1 level through a 3-credit pre-sessional course and 3, 1-credit semester-long courses.

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. It is offered for all levels of German proficiency and students have to take a placement test before the course. The cost is 170 Euro for exchange students (it is not covered under the exchange). Class sessions are held Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm with occasional afternoon hours.

In the semester following the German Intensive Course, students can take the following semester-long language courses worth 3 ECTS each. Each meet for 2 hours per week. These also are not part of the exchange, but are discounted for exchange students for only 70 Euro per course. General Language Course (offered on all levels)

- General Language Course (offered on all levels)
- If the students are on level B2 after the Intensive Course, they can take these semester courses in addition to the General Language Course:
1. German Language Proficiency B2 and up
2. German Reading and Writing Proficiency
- Should the students still be on level B1 after the Intensive Course, they can take one semester courses in addition to the General Language Course:
3. Grammar Training

While most are taught in German, various courses are offered in English. Access the University of Graz's course catalog to see the courses available taught in English.

To see all courses taught at Uni Graz, visit the full 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.)

Note for 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) nor the English and American Studies departments. It is the student’s responsibility to contact each professor as early as possible in the application process and definitely before finalizing travel plans in case they need to return to their home universities before the end of the exchange semester at Uni Graz. Students wanting to study business courses during the fall term should look for course types KS, SE, AG, or PT.
Credits Information
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.