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Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

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Named both a "Cultural Capital of Europe" in 2003 and a "City of Culinary Delights," Graz is the perfect place to start your European adventure. Its six universities help make up a city with more than 44,000 students and Grazís "Old Town" is one of the best-preserved city centers in Central Europe. The birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenegger, this modern student city is not just for history buffs. Students can study in both English and German, as well as take courses at the Technical University of Graz, to round out their academic experience. Activities for international students also include excursions to nearby countries, hiking trips and a student mentoring program.

Graz, the second largest city in Austria, is located in the southeastern province of Styria-called the green heart of Austria because of its extensive forests. Graz has many parks and cultural activities and provides easy access to sports such as skiing. A popular event is the annual Steirischer Herbst (Styrian Autumn), which encompasses a number of musical, theatrical and literary performances as well as accompanying lectures and exhibitions.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: early October to late June/July;
Semester 1: early October to early February;
Semester 2: early March to late June/July.

Fast Facts
Graz, Austria (pop. 240,000)
Student Enrollment: 23,000
Language of instruction: German, English
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Course Information
Courses in English

Faculties of Humanities (ancient Greek, ancient history, art history, archaeology, cultural studies, English & American philology, European ethnology, French, gender studies, German philology, history, Italian, Latin, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Spanish); Institute of Translation Sciences (Arabic, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Spanish, Turkish); Law; Natural Sciences (astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, geology, mathematics, meteorology & geophysics, mineralogy-crystallography, mining geology, paleontology, petrology, physics, psychology, technical geology, toxicology, zoology); Social and Economic Sciences (business administration, economics); Catholic Theological Faculty; Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education (education, geography, economic pedagogy, sports science, sustainable development).

Courses taught in English
KFU Graz can also accept students with less or no German background provided they find enough courses offered in English to meet their home universitys requirement.

Please find English-taught courses at the University of Graz at: Courses Offered in English.

Apart from the intensive German courses, KFUG offers a range of German language courses during the semester (grammar, conversation, oral text competence, presentation techniques, Austrian literature and civilization, Austrian German, Business German). Students will have to pay a small fee for each course (50 Euro), ISEP students receive one voucher of 35 Euros.

The language center of the University of Graz also offers a language partner program and supports students in finding language buddies.

Academic Notes
Popular fields of study are: Austrian civilization and literature, German language and literature, education, English and American studies, ethnology, European studies (including East and East Central European studies), history, Slavic languages and literatures, media, interdisciplinary studies, linguistics, philosophy, and English/ German translation.

ISEP students enrolled at KFUG may also sign up for courses offered at Technische Universitšt Graz at no further cost.


Transcripts are generally released in April for Semester 1, in October for Semester 2 and in October for the Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the studentís home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Notes: A minimum of 3-4 semesters of university-level German or the equivalent must be completed prior to program to follow courses in German. Typically, full year exchange students concentrate on improving their German skills during the first semester. During the second semester they also take subject-specific courses to complete their studies at home.
Language Courese: Semi-intensive German language courses are offered for 2-hours a week for beginning-advanced levels during the academic year, included in ISEP benefits. Apart from the intensive German courses, KFUG offers a range of German language courses during the semester (grammar, conversation, oral text competence, presentation techniques, Austrian literature and civilization, Austrian German, Business German). Students will have to pay a small fee for each course (50 Euro), ISEP students receive one voucher of 35 Euros.
Pre-Session: A 3-week pre-session German language course for beginning-advanced levels is also included at a reduced rate for ISEP students. Early move-in to the student dorms can be arranged for the duration of these courses at no additional cost.

Additional Information: I-I applicants do not need a TOEFL score to study at KFU Graz, but should have enough proficiency to follow courses and exams in their specific field.
For more information on courses and language options, see the:

German Options-at-a-Glance
German Language Advising Chart

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
There are no course restrictions for international program students. However, placement in some fields (psychology, sports sciences) and labs may be difficult.

Hints for Researching Courses
Researching courses in English on an Austrian university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a university website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study.
Download the ISEP Guide to Course Selection

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in spacious single- or double-occupancy rooms in modern student dorms. Karl-Franzens-University of Graz can try and make arrangements for spouses and/or children of ISEP students. However, there are only a limited number of family appartments available at the dorms and we cannot guarantee such a placement. If such an arrangement is possible, ISEP students and their families have to cover the additional costs. A monthly stipend is provided to cover the cost of meals.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 200-300 Euros per month. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

At the Graz airport or the train station, students who signed up for a buddy with the student union (highly recommended) will be met by him or her.

Upon arrival at the university, there will be a Welcome Program for all new international program students. During orientation, students will be formally registered at the university and during the first week a offer a number of information sessions on various aspects of life in Graz, insurance, visa, sports facilities, academic advising, course registration and the Austrian system of higher education in general are offered. Orientation is a general overview of services and support, UniGrazOnline is a session about our online system and class enrollment, in the health insurance session students are supported in signing up for Austrian health insurance.

At the beginning of each semester students are also invited to attend a reception by the Vice-Rector of International Relations and another reception by the mayor of Graz. The central event of the welcome weeks is the registration which is when students are officially enrolled.

Student Activities
The citys location provides ample opportunities for trips and weekend excursions to cities all over Europe including neighbouring countries in South-Eastern Europe. Various associations of the City of Graz arrange hiking trips to the surrounding areas.

The international section of the student union offers a mentoring program whereby returnees or Graz students interested in international exchange support incoming students with their first steps and help them settle in. They organize regular meetings (Stammtisch) where exchange students can get together and also meet Graz students interested in intercultural exchange. In addition they offer a variety of activities for international exchange students throughout the year, including trips to Vienna and other cities, ski trips, etc. Costs differ according to the length of the excursions or the type of acitivity and are covered by students themselves.

All exchange students can sign up for a variety of sports classes offered for a small fee by the universityís sports center.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Students can go for volunteer work. Although, there is no official support service providing students with placements, sometimes possibilities can be found in some fields of study.

Originally founded in 1585, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (KFUG) is the second largest university in Austria. The Franz Nabl Institute for Literary Research focuses on the literature of Styria. Total enrollment: 23,000.