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Best of South-East

The Programme "Best of South-East"

In cooperation with the University of Graz, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and TU Graz, the Steiermärkische Sparkasse (Styrian Bank) initiated "Best of South-East", an advancement and continuing education programme for talented and dedicated graduates and students from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. 

The aim of the programme is to offer international work experience, education and training opportunities, as well as facilitate your entry into professional life via a trainee programme or internship.

The scholarship programme lasts 12 months (from September to the end of August) and includes at TU Graz:

  • a scholarship for a 2-semester mobility programme at TU Graz (winter and summer semesters) and
  • a 2-month trainee programme (in July and August)

Events and informative meetings are part of the scholarship programme and ensure that you are integrated into economic, cultural and scientific life in Styria. In addition, you can attend German language courses to improve their language skills. 

Application Requirements

  • Language skills in English or German (level B2)
  • Age: max. 27 years at the time of application
  • Citizenship: Slovenian, Bosnian and Herzegovinian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M)
  • Excellent grades
  • Students need to have completed at least 4 semesters of their Bachelor’s degree by the time of the application
  • Doctoral students require a letter of confirmation from the supervisor of your dissertation at TU Graz (please note that you yourself are responsible for finding a supervisor)
  • Dedication, strong communication skills, adaptability, ability to solve both analytical and practical problems 

Best of South-East scholarship holders with Sava Dalbokov, Member of the Management Board of Steiermärkische Sparkasse, Christa Neuper, Rector of University of Graz and Detlef Heck, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of TU Graz

Application Procedure

Step 1: The Application Documents

  • Confirmation of enrollment from your home university
  • Personal statement in the form of an essay (not exceeding 2 pages) with a particular emphasis placed on your individual interests and motivation
  • Transcript of Records / Diploma Certificate (if the original is in a language other than English or German, a translation in English or German, certified by the home university, is necessary):

    • for Master’s students: Bachelor’s Degree Certificate and your Transcript of Records from the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes
    • for PhD students: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Certificates, as well as the Transcript of Records from the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree programmes

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation: At least one of which must be issued by an academic. The letters of recommendation must be written by teachers who supervised or taught the students during their degree programme.
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form (in English or German)
  • Copy of your passport
  • Proof of German or English language skills: Language certificates may not be older than one year.

    • German language skills (at least level B2); only official certificates from the ÖSD, Goethe Institute or universities will be accepted.
    • English language skills (at least level B2); only official certificates will be accepted.

Step 2: Submitting Your Application Documents

Submit your application documents as pdf files via email to katrin.landfahrernoSpam@tugraz.at no later than 12 December.

Include the following information in your email:

  • First and last name (as in your passport)
  • Name of your home university in both the native language and in English
  • Field of study in which you are currently enrolled your current advancement level
  • If you were registered at an Austrian university in the past or are still registered at an Austrian university, please state the name of the university and your matriculation (ID) number.



Step 3: Online Application

After submitting your application documents via email, you will receive the code required for the online application.

You must complete the online application by 31 December. Only complete applications with the status “applied for” will be considered during the subsequent selection process.

Tips on how to complete the online application

If you have been accepted by TU Graz as part of the mobility programme, your application will be forwarded to the Steiermärkische Sparkasse. The Steiermärkische Sparkasse is responsible for awarding the scholarships.

Application Deadlines

  • Email the application documents: by 12th December
  • Submit the online application: by 31st December




The total scholarship amount for 1 year is at most EUR 10,000 per student and includes the following:

  • A monthly stipend of EUR 750
  • Registration at TU Graz
  • Tuition fees at TU Graz
  • Various social and cultural activities

Scholarship students have to earn 3 ECTS-points per month (10 months in total) and have to prove these points at the end of their 2 semesters at TU Graz.

Your Stay in Graz

At the beginning of your stay in Graz, you need to complete some bureaucratic tasks. Visit the Welcome Events in order to understand what you must do after your arrival.

To make your stay and life in our beautiful city of Graz and in Austria easier, we have put together some information about the local conditions and tips to improve everyday life: Life in Graz