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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.

Start of Welcome Events 2022/2023

Winter Semester 2022/23

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 are already in Graz, 5 September;
  • First Orientation Sessions (Part 1) for all incoming exchange students, on site and online, 6 September;
  • First Orientation Sessions (Part 2) for all incoming exchange students, on site and online, 7 September;
  • Intercultural Awareness Sessions in small groups for students already in Graz, starting with 8 September;
  • Welcome Activity for students who arrive later,
    19 September;
  • First Orientation Sessions (Part 3) for all incoming exchange students, 20 September;
  • Intercultural Awareness Sessions in small groups for students who arrive later, starting with 20 September;
  • Academic Advising Sessions according to your field of study, 22 or 23 or 26 September
  • Welcome Reception, 27 September;
  • Campus Survival Tour in small groups, 27 September.

Last day of arrival for German course participants:
4 September 2022

Last day of arrival for non-participants:
18 September 2022

Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz

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

First Orientation Session

This session gives crucial advice for incoming exchange students 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 your personal welcome bag with a handout about all this information and additional gimmicks. The ESN section of TU Graz presents their programme for the ongoing semester, and we will hand the TU Graz student ID to you.

These First Orientation Session takes place once for all incoming students in early September or early February online. There will be an additional Welcome Activity for all incoming students either in early September or early February for students who participate in the German Intensive Course prior to the semester, and a second time later for students who do not participate in this intensive course.

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.