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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

Best of South-East scholarship holders

Application Procedure

Step 1: Login data for the application process

To apply for a Best of South East scholarship at TU Graz, you need the login data for the application process from TU Graz. In order to receive the login data, you must send the following data to karin.lebernoSpam@tugraz.at:

  • First given name
  • Surname
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Gender (female, male)
  • Home institution (university)

You will then receive the login data to start your application process.

The online application must be completed by 20th of December!

Step 2: Upload application documents

With the login data (step 1) you can start your application and upload the application documents. The online application must be completed by 20th of December.

The following documents are required for the application:

  • 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.

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

  • Submit the online application by 20th December (the online application including the upload of all necessary documents must be completed)

Scholarship

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