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Welcome Events

The Welcome Events are a bundle of sessions, designed expecially for the needs of our exchange students.

To make sure that you can enjoy your stay from the first day without doubts about needs and musts, attendance of every part of the welcome events is compulsory for all incoming exchange students.

Summer Semester 2022/23

Last day of arrival for German course participants:
5 February 2023

Last day of arrival for non-participants:
15 February 2023

We plan to offer our activities on-site, unless stated otherwise, but please be aware that due to COVID-19 a switch to online could be inevitable on short notice:

  • Welcome Activity for students who participate in the German intensive course, on site, 6 February,
  • First Orientation Sessions (Part 1) for all exchange students, on site and online, 7 February;
  • First Orientation Sessions (Part 2) for all exchange students, on site and online, 8 February;
  • Intercultural Awareness Sessions in small groups for German course participants, starting with 9 February;
  • Welcome Activity for non German course participants,
    16 February;
  • First Orientation Sessions (Part 3) for all exchange students, 17 February;
  • Intercultural Awareness Sessions in small groups for non German course participants, starting with 20 February;
  • Campus Survival Tour in small groups, 21 February;
  • Welcome Reception, 22 February;
  • Academic Advising Sessions according to your field of study, 22, 27 or 28 February.

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

Welcome Activity

The Welcome Activity marks the beginning of your time abroad at TU Graz. In this session, you receive your TU Graz Card and your personal Welcome Bag. The Welcome Activity is a fun get-together where you can meet your new peers for the first time and get to know each other better while playing some icebreaker games. A great opportunity to start your exchange experience and make new friends!

In the end, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) section of TU Graz presents their programme for the ongoing semester.

First Orientation Session

The First Orientation Session takes place in a hybrid way, on site and online; in early September for the winter semester and in early February for the summer semester. It is comprised of 3 parts. 

There, you receive crucial advice in terms of red tape and administration with the authorities in Graz and Austria. We explain all health insurance matters, how to register for courses at TU Graz and other universities, and talk about German courses, sports courses, and public transport. You will receive answers to all questions that may arise during your first days in Graz.

Please be aware that due to COVID-19 changes could be inevitable on short notice.

Intercultural Awareness Session (ICAS)

In this interactive session we focus on the impact of culture on our lives. We are going to look at cultural differences and similarities. The aim of this session is to prepare our incoming students for their stay in Austria at TU Graz and provide them with tools and strategies for coping with new and perhaps difficult situations when studying abroad.

Academic Advising

TU Graz provides special academic guidance for incoming exchange students: We offer a special academic advising unit, given by the Departmental Coordinators of the specific field of study at TU Graz. The Departmental Coordinator will explain how things work in their faculty, and offers to discuss your personal learning agreement in order to achieve all scheduled ECTS credits. When there is no special unit offered (due to few fellow students), you are invited to see the Departmental Coordinator during his or her office hours. So, every exchange student will benefit from an academic advising.

Campus Survival Tour

Incoming students are grouped by their fields of studies at TU Graz and are guided by an Austrian fellow student who has passed the previous semester in a study abroad exchange. You will be shown all interesting sights on the 3 campuses of TU Graz, according to your needs in your fields of study. You will know where to print and copy, how to activate your student ID card, where to find the student union and the computer labs. But we will also talk about public transport, bikes and traffic, food and prices, opening hours and bank accounts. This tour ends up individually in a students pub (sadly, at your own charge).

Welcome Reception

All international incoming exchange students are invited to an official welcome event, which takes place in the ceremony hall of TU Graz. The director of the International Office will welcome them, and then we will enjoy food and drinks from an Austrian buffet.