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Information and Advice

ERASMUS+
Gitte CERJAK
Mag.
Phone: +43 316 873 6422
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ERASMUS+ INTERNATIONAL CREDIT MOBILITY
Kordula FABIANI
Mag.rer.soc.oec. Bakk.rer.soc.oec.
Tel.: +43 316 873 6415
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ISEP AND DOUBLE DEGREE PROGRAMMES WITH TONGJI UNIVERSITY
Natalia PROSKURNIA
bak.
Phone: +43 316 873 6429
natalia.proskurnianoSpam@tugraz.at

OverSEAs (previously Joint Study) AND MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
Lena NEUREITER
BA MA
Phone: +43 316 873 6425
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CEEPUS, SUMMER PROGRAMMES AND BEST OF SOUTH EAST
Katrin LANDFAHRER-BERGLEZ
Dipl.-Ing.
Phone: +43 316 873 6417
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MARSHALL PLAN
Gerlinde MÜLLER-REINISCH
Mag.phil.
Phone: +43 316 873 4922
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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.

Here you can find a variety of different options:

  • OeAD WohnraumverwaltungsGmbH provides in-depth descriptions of different student housing in Graz. You can register for a room directly on the website.
  • The Austrian Student Union has a list of all student housing in Austria. In case you don’t know, the City of Graz is in the County of Styria (Steiermark).

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 semester 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?

The language of a country tells you a great deal about the people who live there. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn a new language or improve your German skills! TU Graz recommends the language courses organised by treffpunkt sprachen, the Centre for Language, Plurilingualism and Didactics at the University of Graz. You can participate in an intensive German language course before the start of the semester and/or take a German language course during the semester. Upon successful completion of the course, you receive a certificate with ETCS credit points.

Intensive course

The intensive German language courses are organised by treffpunkt sprachen and take place before the beginning of the winter and summer semesters.

Cost of course: € 270,-

Dates and Registration

NOTE: You need to register for the language course at treffpunkt sprachen and register as a co-registered student at the University of Graz. You will receive further information at the TU Graz Welcome Events.

Courses during the semester

Course programme, Dates and Registration

Cost of course: € 70,-

NOTE: You need to register for the language course at treffpunkt sprachen and register as a co-registered student at the University of Graz. You will receive further information at the TU Graz Welcome Events.

When should I arrive in Graz? What events are there at the beginning of the semester?

You must plan your journey so that you can take part in the compulsory Welcome Events.  

Only if you are writing a research paper during your stay at TU Graz or are participating in a short programme, e.g. a summer programme, and are not participating in any courses, you can also start your stay during the semester.

Last arrival dates for the academic year 2019/20

Winter semester 2019/20, if you are taking the intensive German language course:

  • Arrive 1 September 2019 at the latest
  • Start Orientation Events: 2 September 2019, 2 p.m.
  • Welcome Day for the German Course: 3 September 2019, 8 a.m.

Winter semester 2019/20, if you are NOT taking the intensive German language course:

  • Arrive 17 September 2019 at the latest
  • Start Orientation Events: 18 September 2019, 2 p.m.

Summer semester 2020, if you are taking the intensive German language course:

  • Arrive 2 February 2020 at the latest
  • Start Orientation Events: 3 February 2020, 2 p.m.  
  • Welcome Day for the German Course: 4 February 2020, 8.30 a.m.

Summer semester 2020, if you are NOT taking the intensive German language course:

  • Arrive 18 February 2020 at the latest
  • Start Orientation Events: 19 February 2020, 10 a.m.

More about First Orientation Sessions and other Welcome Events

Which orientation 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.

More about the Welcome Events

Welcome Events for Incomings

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

More about the Welcome Events

Do I need to take out health and accident insurance?

Health insurance

Whether or not you need to take out health insurance depends on which country you are from and how long you are staying in Graz. Make sure that you contact your insurance company in your home country before you come to Graz! If you are staying in Austria for longer than 6 months, you must take out GKK health insurance in order to receive a residence permit. 

If you are planning to study at TU Graz for a maximum of 6 months, it is recommended that you take out GKK insurance in Austria.  

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens:  

If you have studied in an EU/EEA country or in Switzerland up until now, you can use the E-card from your home country. It is also valid in Austria. Make sure that you contact your insurance in your home country before you come to Graz!  

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

These countries currently have a social insurance agreement with Austria. If you come from one of these countries, you do not need any additional health insurance in Austria. Before you leave your home country, make sure that you get the A3 form from your health insurance company. In Graz, you can exchange this form for health insurance vouchers at Steiermärkische Gebietskrankenkasse (GKK), which you need if you visit a doctor in Austria.  

Citizens of all other countries:

You need to take out health insurance in Austria. You need to take out your own student insurance at Steiermärkische Gebietskrankenkasse (GKK) in Graz. Further information will be given at the TU Graz Welcome Events.

Austrian Student Union’s accident and liability insurance

All students in Austria have to pay the students union fee every semester. This fee includes an accident and liability insurance which covers all damages which occur on campus and on your way to and from.

It also applies to

  • Accidents on your way to and from university facilities
  • Accidents on study trips
  • Accidents in student housing
  • USI courses

Further information and advice is available at the Department for Social Policy at the TU Graz Student Union.  

Contact: sozialesnoSpam@htu.tugraz.at

How can I register for the mentor programme for exchange students?

The Department for International Affairs at the TU Graz Student Union organises the mentor system. This programme brings international and national students together. Students at TU Graz help you at the beginning of your stay in this new country. They help you to choose courses, introduce you to the Graz night life, and much more. At the same time, you learn more about Austrian culture, give others an insight into your own culture and improve your language skills.

Further provisions of the Department for International Affairs at the TU Graz Student Union:

  • Meet-Ups
  • Trips
  • Pick-Up Service etc.

Request the Pick-up Service

Register for the mentor system