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FAQ for International Students

You do not live in Austria but you want to complete a full degree programme at TU Graz? It is only natural that you will want to ask quite a few questions first. We provide the answers to frequently asked questions from international applicants on these pages.

  1. General requirements
  2. Admission/enrolment
  3. Admission deadlines
  4. Documents
  5. Submission process
  6. Language
  7. Scholarships
  8. Tuition fees/costs
  9. Assistance/guidelines
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What are the admission requirements for studying at TU Graz?

In order to start studying at TU Graz, you have to meet a number of requirements. The specific requirements depend on the degree programme. The requirements for bachelor’s degree programmes and master’s degree or a doctoral degree programmes are different. All information on the requirements for admission to TU Graz can be found on the page "Admission Requirements".

 

I have decided on a degree programme. Where can I find the admission requirements for this particular degree programme?

Each degree programme offered at TU Graz has its own page on the website. You can find an overview on the page “Overview: Degree and Certificate Programmes”. It includes comprehensive information on the respective programmes, including all admission requirements.

What are the admission requirements for English language master’s degree programmes?

The admission requirements for each master’s degree programme are listed on its respective webpage. Some English language master’s degree programmes at TU Graz have a specific admission procedure for which interested prospective students can apply one year in advance between October 15 and December 15.

 

What is the grade point average (GPA) required? Is there even a GPA requirement?

No specific grade point average is required at Austrian universities and is therefore not relevant for studying at TU Graz.

 

Which courses or exams do I have to catch up on in order to be admitted to TU Graz?

This is clarified on a case-by-case basis during the application process, when a decision is made on whether you need to catch up on specific supplementary exams or courses, and if so which ones.

For bachelor's degree programmes, this can include additional and supplementary exams. Which additional and supplementary exams are available for which degree programmes at TU Graz along with any relevant further information can be found on the page “Additional and Supplementary Examinations”.

In some cases, you might have to catch up on individual courses (requirements) in order to study in a specific master’s degree programme depending on the curriculum of the respective undergraduate degree programme.

 

What is the University Preparation Programme?

The programme prepares international students who have been admitted to TU Graz for any additional or supplementary exams. By this means, we aim to ensure that all students in the degree programmes are adequately prepared for studying at TU Graz.

If the higher education entrance qualification obtained abroad is not equivalent to an Austrian Matura, the necessary supplementary examinations must be completed before the start of studies.

If you do not yet have adequate language skills in German (level C1 acc. to CEFR), you can be admitted to TU Graz as an extraordinary student with knowledge of German at level A2 until you can provide proof that you have reached the language level C1.

You can find more information and details on the fees for the website "University Preparation Programmes".

 

 

What language skills do I need to have?

All information on language certificates can be found under the point 6 “Language”.

When does the semester start?

The academic year begins with the winter semester, followed by the summer semester. The winter semester usually starts on the first weekday in October, and the summer semester starts on the first weekday in March. The exact semester division can be found on the page “Academic Calendar”.

 

 

 

When is the next possible admission to TU Graz?

Admission is possible at any time within the respective general admission period and, under certain conditions, in the additional admission period. Details can be found on the page “Admission Periods”.

PLEASE NOTE: Some degree programmes require a special admission procedure before you can be officially admitted. This applies, among other things, to the Bachelor's Degree Programme Architecture and Molecular Biology as well as the English language master’s degree programmes. Information on the schedule and the admission procedure can be found on the page “Overview: Admission of International Degree Programme Applicants”.

What steps are necessary for admission?

Detailed information is available on the page “Overview: Admission of International Degree Programme Applicants”.

First and foremost, choose your degree programme. Then, find out what documents are required and whether there is an admission procedure. After completing the admission procedure, submit your application for enrolment within the deadlines. Once your application is processed, you will be notified via e-mail by TU Graz. If you are accepted, you will receive a notice of admission containing all the information about the next steps you have to take. Please pay close attention to these steps. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us (preferably the person named on your letter of admission).

The following steps are necessary for international applicants for degree programmes without an admission procedure:

  • Fill out the "Application for Admission" form in its entirety.
  • Gather all necessary documents for admission (in German and English, if necessary certified and translated).
  • Send the form and the documents by post or submit them in person to the TU Graz Registrar's Office within the respective deadline.
  • Your application will then be processed by TU Graz. You will be notified if you have been admitted without conditions, admitted with conditions or rejected by post.
  • If you are admitted to TU Graz, you will receive further information on the enrolment procedure at the TU Graz Registrar's Office.

How does the admission process for the English language master’s degree programmes work?

Some degree programmes are subject to an admission procedure. These include a number of the English language master’s degree programmes, the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes Architecture, Molecular Biology and Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering, as well as the Teacher Education Degree Programme for Secondary Schools (General Education) – Subjects “Computer Science” and “Discriptive Geometry”.

The admission procedure for English language master’s degree programmes is held in advance for the next academic year. Interested parties have to register between October 15 and December 15. You can find more details on the page for the respective degree programme (see English-language master’s courses). In March you will be informed via e-mail as to whether you have been admitted to the university and, if necessary, you will be asked to send us the originals of all documents. With a positive notice, the earliest possible start of studies would be in the winter semester of the following year or the following summer semester. Details on the admission procedures for the degree programmes concerned can be found on the page “Overview: Admission Procedure”.

Are students admitted at the start of every semester?

Yes, students may be admitted to TU Graz starting both in the winter and summer semester within the respective admission periods.

 

 

What deadlines apply to EU citizens?

EU citizens who want to start a bachelor's degree programme at TU Graz must submit the required documents within the general admission period:

  • Winter semester:
    from May 1 to September 5 (exception for the winter semester 2020/21: September 30)
  • Summer semester:
    from December 1 to February 5

If you are admitted to TU Graz, you must personally enrol in a degree programme with your notification of admission until the end of the additional admission period.

EU citizens who apply for a master’s or doctoral degree programme at TU Graz must submit the necessary documents within the general admission period and the additional admission period:

  • Winter semester: from May 1 to November 30
  • Summer semester: from December 1 to April 30

Please ensure that you submit the documents in good time and, ideally, with a generous time buffer so that ‒ if you are admitted to the degree programme ‒ you can still enrol in the respective semester within the additional period.

What deadlines apply to non-EU citizens?

NON-EU citizens must submit the required documents for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programmes within the following deadlines:

  • Winter semester: from May 1 to September 5
  • Summer semester: from December 1 to February 5

If you are admitted to TU Graz, you must personally enrol in a degree programme by the end of the additional period regardless of citizenship.

Why are there so many different deadlines?

The many different deadlines are due to various applicable legal provisions and various regulations.

There are, for example, different deadlines for degree programmes that require an admission procedure (e.g. English language master’s degree programmes or the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes Architecture, Molecular Biology, Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering, as well as Teacher Education Degree Programme), therefore please pay close attention to these deadlines beforehand.

What documents will I need to provide for admission to TU Graz?

On the page "Required Documents for International Applicants", you will find a list of the documents required for admission depending on your intended study type (bachelor’s/master’s/doctoral).

 

What is a “curriculum of the study programme (course outline)”?

The curriculum of a degree programme defines all the modules, learning objectives, learning processes and learning content students must master within a specified time period. This is dependent to a great extent on the subject matter and its complexity. In addition, the framework conditions for studying and other organisational matters are defined in a curriculum. International applicants need this document in order to provide evidence that the requirements for a subsequent master's or doctoral degree programme at TU Graz have been met. You can obtain this document from the university at which you completed your bachelor's or master's degree programme.

 

What is a “transcript of records”?

The “transcript of records” shows the ECTS credit points and semester course hours completed within a degree programme. It is a performance overview for the respective degree programme. In the English-speaking world, such a document is also sometimes called Academic Records.

International applicants need this document in order to provide evidence that the requirements for a subsequent master's or doctoral degree programme at TU Graz have been met. You can obtain this document from the university at which you completed your bachelor's or master's degree programme.

What is a “proof of completion of studies”?

The “proof of completion of studies” is the degree certificate or the diploma you receive upon completing a degree programme.

 

What is the “special university entrance qualification”? Is there an example? Is a letter of recommendation from my previous university sufficient?

The Austrian Universities Act 2002 requires all applicants from non-EU and non-EEA countries to provide a so-called “special university entrance qualification“. This document confirms that you would also be entitled to study the degree programme you have applied for at TU Graz at a state-recognised/accredited university in the country in which your certificate of eligibility for university entrance was issued.

The Islamic Azad University is not recognised, so any “special university entrance qualification” documents issued there are not accepted by Graz University of Technology.

More detailed explanations of the “special university entrance qualification” can be found on the page “Required Documents for International Applicants”.

 

 

Which degree programmes require the “special university entrance qualification”? What do I do if there is no comparable degree programme at my home university?

The “special university entrance qualification” must be provided for the same degree programme or a degree programme closely related to the subject area of the one you wish to study at TU Graz.

An example: If you want to enrol in the English language Master's Degree Programme Computer Science at TU Graz, you must provide a “special university entrance qualification” proving that you are allowed to study the same or a subject-related degree programme at a state-recognised university in your home country. If the exact same degree programme does not exist at your home university, proof must be provided that you are entitled to enrol in a subject-related degree programme.

Is there a template for the “special university entrance qualification” that can be used for the home university?

No, there is no template for this. This document is created by your respective home university. Please ask the department responsible there.

 

Is submission of the “special university entrance qualification” mandatory?

Yes, this document is mandatory for all applicants from non-EU and non-EEA countries.

 

Are letters of recommendation required for admission?

No, a letter of recommendation is not required for admission.

 

Do documents need to be translated? By whom?

Depending on the country in which your documents are issued, you may need to have them translated and/or certified for the TU Graz admissions process. On the page “Overview: Certification and Translation of Documents”, you can check a list of countries to find out about the requirements and procedures for translation and/or certification of your documents.

The question of who is allowed to translate documents differs depending on the country of issue, so please thoroughly research any legal requirements yourself as we cannot provide this information.

The translation must be inseparably linked to the translated document by the translator (e.g. using stamps, staples, etc.). It must be clear that the document is the unquestionable source text of the corresponding translation.

 

Do documents have to be certified? By whom?

Depending on the country in which documents are issued, you may need to have documents translated and/or certified for the TU Graz admissions process. On the page “Overview: Translation and Certification of Documents”, you can check a list of countries to find out about the requirements and procedures for translation and/or certification of your documents.

Award certificate(s) other official documents and certificates as well as the transcript of records and the so-called “special university entrance qualification” must be certified.

The question of who or which institution is authorised to certify documents differs depending on the country of issue, so please thoroughly research any legal requirements yourself as we cannot provide this information. The list of countries also provides information for the individual countries.

 

 

Can uncertified documents be uploaded during the online admission procedure for the English language master’s degree programmes?

Yes, certification is not a prerequisite for this step of the admission procedure. It is sufficient that the documents are uploaded in PDF format without additional certification. Only once the admission committee decides to admit you to the university do you have to send the original documents including certification by post or hand them in personally.

 

How must I submit the required documents for admission? By post, by e-mail, in person or via an online tool?

You can send in the required documents by post or in bring them in person to the Registrar's Office of TU Graz. The address is:

Graz University of Technology
Registrar's Office (Studienservice)
Rechbauerstraße 12, 1st floor
8010 Graz
AUSTRIA

Can individual documents also be submitted at a later date? When is the deadline?

The Registrar's Office of TU Graz will contact you if your submitted documents are not complete and ask you to submit any missing documents. It is therefore important to ensure that the documents are submitted in good time and, ideally, with a generous time buffer to the end of the deadline. This is especially important because, once you are admitted to the university, you still have to complete the enrolment process for your degree programme within the grace period.

 

What is the postal address to which the documents for admission must be sent?

Please send the documents to:

Graz University of Technology
Registrar's Office (Studienservice)
Rechbauerstraße 12
8010 Graz
AUSTRIA

Do I get a confirmation of receipt as soon as the original documents sent have been received by TU Graz?

No, you must clarify this with the respective delivery service with which you are sending the documents. We recommend you send the documents by registered post. This is the only way for the delivery service to receive confirmation that your documents have reached their destination.

Please note that for organisational reasons, TU Graz cannot provide any information about the status of your application. We will notify you as soon as your application has been processed.

When is an English language certificate required?

In order to be admitted to an English language master’s degree programme at TU Graz, you must prove that you have English language skills at the level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 

What proof of the required English skills is accepted?

You can find more information on how to provide proof of your English skills on the page “Proof of English Language Competence”.

 

 

What is the deadline for submission of the English language certificate?

Proof of English language competence is not yet required during the admission process. However, you must submit proof together with the application for admission to the degree programme. This means that after the admission procedure and the subsequent granting of a study place, you still have time to submit a corresponding proof of your English language skills. You must submit this along with the required original documents during the enrolment process.

 

Do I have to provide proof of English language proficiency if my previous degree programme was taught in English in my home country?

No, in this case the language of instruction is accepted as proof of English language competence. You must, however, provide proof that the language of instruction in the degree programme was actually English.

 

Do I also have to provide proof of the required English skills if English is my native language?

No, in this case no proof is required.

 

When is a German language certificate required?

International applicants must provide proof of German language proficiency if they want to be admitted to a German language bachelor's or master's degree programme at TU Graz as regular students. Knowledge of German at level C1 according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages is required.

If you do not yet have adequate language skills in German (level C1 acc. to CEFR), you will have to be admitted to TU Graz as an extraordinary student with knowledge of German at level A2 until you can provide proof that you have reached the language level C1. You can find more information on this on the page “Proof of German Language Competence”.

 

 

What proof of the required German language skills is accepted?

You can find more information on how to provide proof of your German skills on the page “Proof of German Language Competence”.

 

 

What scholarships are available at TU Graz?

You can find an overview of the scholarships for which you can apply on the page “Overview: Scholarships for Students”.

 

Does TU Graz offer full-time scholarships?

No, TU Graz does not offer full-time scholarships.

 

What fees/dues/costs are there for international students?

You can find current information on the page “Tuition Fees and Austrian Student Union Fee”.

 

How much does the University Preparation Programme cost?

A semester fee is charged for the University Preparation Programme. You can find more information and details on the fees for the University Preparation Programme at https://vorstudienlehrgang.at/en/.

 

Are any instructions, guidelines or other support measures provided for admission?

We have provided a step-by-step explanation of the admission procedure specifically for international applicants on the page “Overview: Admission of International Degree Programme Applicants”.

General information on the admission procedure for first-time students, including for domestic applicants, at TU Graz is available on the page “Initial Registration for a Degree Programme”.

If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact us at any time by e-mail at studynoSpam@tugraz.at.

 

 

How does online pre-registration work (and when is it necessary or possible)?

If you have decided to study in a degree programme that does not require an admission procedure, you can go directly to “Online Pre-Registration Procedure”. Only then can you personally enrol in the degree programme with the Registrar's Office of TU Graz. Please read the instructions for online pre-registration.

If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact us at any time by e-mail at studynoSpam@tugraz.at.

 

 

When is online pre-registration possible? (time frame)

Online pre-registration is possible shortly before the start of the general admission period until the end of the grace period. For degree programmes with an admission procedure, registration is only possible within the specific time frames. Information on the process and the start date of online pre-registrations can be found on the page “Initial Registration for a Degree Programme”.

 

How do I create a Basic User Account in TUGRAZonline?

If you do not have an account for TUGRAZonline yet, create a Basic User Account:

  • Go to online.tugraz.at and click on Login. Under the item Basic Users, go to Create an Account. After complete registration, you will receive an e-mail with the activation link. If you do not receive an activation e-mail, please contact it-supportnoSpam@tugraz.at.
  • Once you click on the activation link in the e-mail, a confirmation page opens in your browser. Please click on Next.
  • You can now freely choose a user name and password. PLEASE NOTE: The username cannot be changed later! Please remember your password!

If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact us at any time by e-mail at studynoSpam@tugraz.at.

 

 

Where can I go with further questions?

Please contact us by e-mail at studynoSpam@tugraz.at.

 

Where can I get support after admission to TU Graz?

When having completed the admission, the International Office – Welcome Center is glad to support new international students with their preparations, upon their arrival as well as throughout their entire studies at TU Graz.

Check out the website for further information about the services: Welcome Center.