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Preparation

Before you start your time at TU Graz, there are several things you need to consider. Here you can find answers to the most important questions. A first tip from us: start preparing for your stay abroad right after your nomination!


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Information and Advice

ERASMUS+
Gitte CERJAK
Mag.
Phone: +43 316 873 6422
gitte.cerjaknoSpam@tugraz.at

OverSEAs, ISEP & ERASMUS+ INTERNATIONAL CREDIT MOBILITY
Andrina DOLINŠEK
BA MA
Phone: +43 316 873 6426
andrina.dolinseknoSpam@tugraz.at

DOUBLE DEGREE PROGRAMME
Manuel AUSSERLECHNER
MA
Phone: +43 316 873 6429
manuel.ausserlechnernoSpam@tugraz.at

CEEPUS, SUMMER PROGRAMMES, BEST OF SOUTH EAST AND MARSHALL PLAN
Karin LEBER
Phone: +43 316 873 6418
Karin.lebernoSpam@tugraz.at

MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
Lena NEUREITER
BA MA
Phone: +43 316 873 6425
lena.neureiternoSpam@tugraz.at

Where will I live?

In Graz, there is plenty of accommodation for students, e.g. rooms in student housing or flat shares. Living together with other people is cheaper and helps you to get to know Austrians or other international students.

The earlier you start looking for accommodation, the more possibilities you have! Make sure that you make payments in time, otherwise you cannot be guaranteed a place.

NOTE: Accommodation for students who are coming to Graz in the framework of the ISEP network will be organised by TU Graz, International Office – Welcome Center.

Please note that male and female students live in all student housing in Graz.

Complete list of students dorms in Graz

Most international exchange students live in dorms from OeAD, WIST, StuWo, greenbox or milestone.

You can also look for accommodation in Graz on the following portals:

Tip: When looking for accommodation, remember to ask what equipment is available in the room and flat. You will then know what items you need to bring with you to Graz or buy here.

Do I need a visa?

Whether or not you need to apply for a visa or a residence permit for your time abroad at TU Graz depends on your citizenship.    

  • The International Office will tell you which documents you need.  
  • You can find an overview on residence permits and visas on the OeAD website.

Where and when can I take German language courses?

As Austria is a German speaking country, attendance of a German language course is highly recommended. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn a new language or improve your German skills!

Many exchange students participate in the German Intensive course prior to the semester and start to make new friends there.You can also take a Geman language course during the semester. Upon successful completion of the course, you receive a certificate with ECTS credit points.

Intensive Course

The intensive German language course is organised by treffpunkt sprachen and takes place before the beginning of the winter and summer semesters in September and February. It lasts three weeks every day from 9:00 to 12:15 and earns you 6 ECTS credit points.

Dates and Registration

NOTE: You need to register for the language course directly at treffpunkt sprachen. You will receive further information at the TU Graz Welcome Events.

Course during the Semester

German courses during the semester start in October or March and are tought on a weekly base. You will receive 3 ECTS for 2 hours a week.

Dates and Registration

NOTE: You need to register for the language course directly at treffpunkt sprachen. You will receive further information at the TU Graz Welcome Events.

When should I arrive in Graz?

This information concerns exchange students who come for one semester or academic year in order to take courses. It does not concern students who come as trainees or for a summer programme.

Last day of arrival in winter semester

Last day of arrival for winter semester and full academic year is one day before the first activity of the Welcome Events in September.

Exchange students who participate in the German Intensive Course prior to the semester have to arrive one day before the course starts, in early September. Exchange students who do not participate in the German Intensive Course can arrive later (mid of September).

Last day of arrival in summer semester

Last day of arrival for summer semester is one day before the first activity of the Welcome Events in February.

Exchange students who participate in the German Intensive Course prior to the semester have to arrive one day before the course starts, in early February. Exchange students who do not participate in the German Intensive Course can arrive later (mid of February).

Which Welcome Events exist for exchange students?

Participating in the compulsory Welcome Events helps you to get the most out of your stay at TU Graz.

Advantages:

  • You get to know other exchange students, who have just the same questions as you. Together, it will be easier for you to come to terms with your new surroundings.
  • You receive information tailored to you.
  • You get answers to your questions.
  • You find out where you can find support after the first week is over.

Welcome Events for Incomings

  • Welcome Activity
  • First Orientation Sessions
  • Intercultural Awareness Sessions (ICAS)
  • Campus Survival Tour
  • Academic Advising
  • Welcome Reception

More about the Welcome Events

Do I need to take out health insurance?

Health Insurance

Whether or not you need to take out health insurance depends on which country you are from:

Citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland

If you are citizen of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, your national health insurance is also valid in Austria. In rare cases the validity must be activated by your health insurance company, please check well before you leave for Austria.

Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey

If you come from one of these countries, your national health insurance is also valid in Austria, but you need to ask for the form A3 from your health insurance company before you leave. This is a voucher which you have to change into a treatment bill before you see a doctor in Austria. We will explain the details during the First Orientation Session.

Citizens of all other countries

Exchange students who live outside the countries/regions mentioned are obliged to take out the Health Insurance from the Austrian National Health Insurance Provider (ÖGK) for their whole study abroad period. Students need to take out travel insurance for the trip to Austria and the first 3-4 weeks in Graz, and be prepared to take out the ÖGK Health Insurance for students upon arrival. A general overview about the ÖGK Health Insurance will be given once students are officially accepted. During the First Orientation Session, students will receive further instructions and support in obtaining this insurance. Obtaining the ÖGK Health Insurance is mandatory for all exchange students who live outside the countries/regions mentioned above - without exception.

Accident and Liability Insurance

In Austria, all students have to pay a small fee every semester (a bit more than € 20 EUR). This is in order to be registered with their university and allows them to take courses and to benefit from an accident and liability insurance on the campus and on their way to an from.

From the moment you are registered as an official student of TU Graz and have paid this fee, you are covered by this student´s insurance.

Is there a pickup service / buddy programme for exchange students?

Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

ESN is the student network that supports exchange students in Europe, no matter whether belong to the Erasmus exchange programme or to any other student exchange programme. The Department for Exchange Students at the TU Graz Student Union offers a Pick-up service and a Buddy Programme to connect national and international students. Students at TU Graz help you at the beginning of your stay in this new country. ESN also offers a weekly newsletter and lots of activities for exchange students. 

Request the Pick-up Service

Register for the ESN Buddy Programme