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Technische Universität Graz

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TU Graz is a progressive institution focusing on architecture, computer sceince, engineering, technology and the natural sciences. Offering over 400 courses in English, students do not need any prior German to study at TU Graz, and pre-session language courses are offered at a reduced rate to ISEP students. Numerous competence centers, the Christian-Doppler laboratories, special research fields, research focuses, and large EU projects are only a few examples of the University’s extremely active and successful research. For more information, see also the STEM Featured Programs.



Location
Graz, the European Cultural Capital of 2003, is situated in the southeast of Austria at the focal point of southeast Europe. The city is well situated for travel. The Old Town is among the best preserved in Europe and was added to UNESCO's list of World Cultural Heritage sites in 1999. The city hosts numerous festivals, and the unique architecture representing styles ranging from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century offers a fascinating mix of tradition and modernism.

PROGRAM TYPE
ISEP Exchange: undergraduate 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 Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
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: beginning of October to end of June;
Semester 1: beginning of October to end of January;
Semester 2: end of February to end of June.

Fast Facts
Graz, Austria (pop. 240,000)
Student Enrollment: 9,766
Language of instruction: German, English
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Course Information
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Programs
Faculties: Architecture; Civil Engineering; Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences; Electrical Engineering and Information Technology; Technical Mathematics and Technocal Physics; Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering, Biotechnology; Computer Science
Study Programs: Architecture; Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedical Sciences; Biomedical Engineering; Biotechnology; Chemical and Process Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering Sciences (various programs); Computer Science; Construction Management - Civil Engineering; Earth Sciences; Electrical Engineering; Electrical Engineering - Sound Engineering; Geomatics Engineering; Geomatics Science; Geo-Spatial-Technologies; Mechanical Engineering; Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; Molecular Biology; Molecular Microbiology; Paper and Pulp Technology; Production Science and Management; Software Development - Economy; Technical Chemistry; Technical Mathematics (various programs); Technical Physics; Telematics

Courses taught in English
Over 400 courses in English are taught annually.
Follow these instructions to Search for Courses in English: Select "Englisch," choose your term ("Winter" for fall semester and "Sommer" for Spring) and hit "Suchen" (search).

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Students will be enrolled in undergraduate programs but they will also be allowed to take graduate courses if subject-related requirements are fulfilled.



Academic Notes
ISEP students enrolled at TU Graz may also sign up for courses offered at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz at no further cost.

The study programs Chemistry; Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedical Sciences; Biotechnology; Earth Sciences; Geo-Spatial Technologies; Molecular Biology; and Molecular Microbiology at NAWI Graz are offered as joint programs of TU Graz and Karl-Franzens Universität Graz. For students this means that they can profit from the outstanding achievements and the competences of two universities - an absolute novelty in Austria!



TRANSCRIPT DETAILS

Transcripts are generally released in March for Semester 1, in July for Semester 2 and in July for the Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
  • Students do not need any previous German in order to enroll at TU Graz, although 2-4 semesters is prefered . Students who wish to take all courses in German should have a minimum of 4 semesters of German or the equivalent. Students with less than three semesters of German are required to enroll in the German pre-session and take one German language course during the semester.
  • Semi-intensive German language courses for two hours a week at the low-intermediate to advanced level are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year at the "treffpunkt sprachen," a language school that is part of Karl-Franzens-Universitat Graz. A one-semester coupon for German language instruction (grammar, conversation, oral competence, Austrian German etc.) at a reduced price is included in the ISEP benefits.
  • A three-week pre-session intensive German language course is offered in February and September for low-intermediate to advance speakers at the rate of approximately 150 Euros. Housing is included for ISEP students. More information is available online (http://www.uni-graz.at/treffpunktsprachen/).

I-to-I applicants at TU Graz who are not native English or German speakers need to receive a proof of sufficient language qualification. This proof can be a university entrance examination, an examination taken at your school, your home university or at a language school, or, in case that the student does not have an official document, the language proficiency report.

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

For more information on courses and language options, see the:

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

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
ISEP students are housed in single or double rooms in student dorms and receive a monthly stipend for meals.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES

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: 500 € per month. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Orientation
At Graz airport, students will usually be picked up and taken to their accommodation. Otherwise, public transportation in Austria is easily reliable and students can take a bus or taxi to their location.

The ’Orientation for Exchange Students" will be held at the beginning of the semester. At the orienation, students will do their registration at the university with the Office of International Relations, and will receive information about how to register for courses at the University. There will be a library and campus tour. Students will also get appointments with their academic coordinators and a special appointment at the university sports institute (USI) where international students can register for sports courses. The office of international affairs of the student union provides mentors for the ISEP students (this is a student who the ISEP students can talk to if they need anything, who takes care of the ISEP students, etc.) and ISEP students can sign up for their pick-up service. Furthermore, the team of the office for international affairs organizes social events for international students (Welcome Party, weekly pub meetings, guide tour through Graz, trip to Vienna, etc.). There is usually also a reception for all international students at the mayor’s of Graz.

Student Activities
Graz, as a vibrant community with over 40,000 students, provides numerous opportunities for free time activities. As an ISEP student you will be assigned a student mentor, who will introduce you to the Austrian way of life. The student union organizes regular’s tables where you can meet other exchange students, and trips all around Styria (e.g. Styrian vineyards, spa, hiking) and Austria (e.g. Vienna). The Sports Institute of Graz offers inexpensive courses for students. There are also numerous opportunities to enjoy cabaret entertainment, theatre and the opera, as well as concerts in Graz. During the summer months many students like to gather in the city’s biggest park (Stadtpark) to study, play sports or music, or simply hang out.

Profile
Technische Universitat Graz (TUGraz) was founded in 1811 by the Archduke Johann. The core areas of the university are teaching and research in technical sciences and in technical natural sciences. Total enrollment during the academic year 2007-2008 is 9,766 of which 14.3 percent are international students.