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Location: Graz, Austria, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium

Language of Instruction: English and/or German

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: October - July
Spring Semester: March - July

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Academic Year: February 16 (priority), March 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. UMSL Students looking to take courses taught in German should have at least two years of academic German prior to departure. Students with only one year of German may be considered but only if they apply for the Academic Year.

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Subjects Available: 

  • Anthropology
  • Business - Accounting
  • Economics
  • History
  • Languages - German
  • Political Science
  • Biochemistry & Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Business - Accounting
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • History
  • Languages - German
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

The University: The University was founded in 1585 by Archduke Karl II and re-established as a university institution in 1827 by Emperor Franz I, thus the name KarI-FranzensUniversität'. One of the oldest universities in Central Europe, Graz combines five centuries of scholarly tradition with a forward looking commitment to teaching and research. The university houses ninety-five academic departments and fifteen university clinics -vital intellectual centers that enjoy an international reputation and which in turn are generally subdivided into departments and working groups. Furthermore, there are eight university facilities for special tasks. Currently the university has around 30,000 students and 3,000 employees.

Academics: International students do not have to pre-register for courses at Graz University. Registration for all courses takes place after arrival in Graz. The Academic Advisors in Graz will meet with the exchange students to discuss their study plans and recommend some courses. 

Additionally, a unique cooperation with the Technical University of Graz (TUG) allows students to co-enroll at TUG at no extra cost (TUG transcripts available).

The University of Graz offers an Intensive German course before the beginning of each semester (Sept/Feb) in order for exchange students to brush up their language knowledge before the start of the semester. Courses are offered at all levels and last three weeks. Participation is highly recommended for those of you who have little to now German, so please make sure you register! There are costs associated with this course.

Housing: Housing is managed by the Housing Office of the Austrian Exchange Service (ÖAD). International students are usually accommodated in student dormitories, in shared flats together with other students, or in inexpensive apartments. Applicants should keep in mind that housing has to be paid per semester – no monthly payment option.

Activities and Programs: All incoming students are advised to sign up for the buddy program. A buddy is an Austrian student who will help you settle in. You will then also be picked up by a buddy at Graz airport or the train station. You should try and plan your trip so that you arrive in Graz during the week and during the day. This makes moving into your room much easier. Those who don’t sign up in time for the program, are responsible for their own arrival and the hand-over of keys. 

Additionally, the University Sports Institute offers more than a hundred different courses (from aerobics to yoga) at a very low price. They also organiz a one week skiing & snowboard course for exchange students each semester where skiing and snowboard courses for beginners and advanced skiers/boarders are offered. 

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Location: Graz is the second largest city in Austria (pop. 250,000) and has a student population of about 50.000 (the majority of which - over 30,000 - study at Karl-Franzens-University). Graz offers the atmosphere and first class facilities of a vibrant modern city (opera, theatres, cultural festivals, lively pub-scene ...) with the charm and architectural beauty of a historic town. The city center is one of the best-preserved in Central Europe and only a 10 minutes walk away from the university. Graz is a clean, safe and beautiful city, which is small enough to feel at home, but large enough to provide students with plenty of entertainment during study breaks.

Graz is the capital of the province of Styria which lies in the south-east of Austria and is often referred to as the 'green heart of Austria' due to its abundance of forests. The city of Graz itself is surrounded by green, rolling hills, so walking, climbing and cycling/mountain biking are popular outdoor activities. And, of course, we also have 'real' mountains with excellent mountaineering and skiing facilities quite close. Besides, due to the special geological conditions in the south of Styria there are a number of thermal spas near Graz - for those who prefer steam baths, Jacuzzis, saunas and 30°C warm water to the skiing slopes.

And for those who want to venture out further - Graz is ideally located for trips all over Europe: Vienna, Austria's capital, is only a 2,5 hour's train ride away, Slovenia only 1 hour. Other popular destinations include Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Germany, Switzerland etc.

International Office Website: http://international.uni-graz.at/en/stud/incoming/

Course Offerings in English: http://international.uni-graz.at/en/stud/incoming/s-in-winfo/courses-taught-english/

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Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $40.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $175.00
Accommodations $2125.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1650.00
Airfare $1400.00
Local Transportation $250.00
Other $650.00
Total $10079.60*

Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a five month semester. 
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes German course, Approximate Visa cost, and Austria Health insurance.

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Some photos and text courtesy of Karl Franzens University, Graz