April 8, 2021
On Wednesday, April 7, interested incoming students and employees were able to enjoy a virtual city tour with Mr. David Zottler, a very dedicated Graz Guide. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, it is not allowed to offer guided tours for groups through Graz. Therefore, in cooperation with David Zottler, the idea was born to organize an online tour via Zoom starting at TU Graz. A total of 24 participants were able to accompany David Zottler in the sunshine and learn about the many details of the buildings at Alte Technik. Mr. Zottler regularly offers online tours through the different districts of Graz.
Further dates will be published under this link: Zoom through Graz (graztourismus.at).
Enjoy exploring Graz!
March 23, 2021
Our annual Study Abroad Fair took place on March 17, 2021, but this time online! Students could get an overview of all European and worldwide mobility programs and grants offered by TU Graz. Besides a presentation about all programs, students who are currently completing a semester abroad presented "live" their own experiences. “Success Stories” from former outgoings, who were able to broaden their professional horizons through their stay abroad, were also part of the program. Afterwards, students were able to ask their questions to the program coordinators in smaller question and answer sessions. Also the student organizations IAESTE and AIESEC took part in the event and presented their mobility options.
Many thanks to everyone who participated, but especially to Raffael (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology), Dominik and Larissa (Inha University), Lucia (Chalmers University of Technology), Tobias (Politecnico di Milano), Franz and Anita (US)!
March 23, 2021
In February, the new students of all exchange programmes arrived to spend the summer semester at TU Graz. Despite these uncertain times almost 70 students from all over Europe, Asia and both Americas decided to take the risk and stand up to the pandemic. We think that´s great!
Not only the courses take place online at the moment, but also the German Intensive Course, the First Orientation Sessions and the Academic Advising according to their fields of study have been held online. The Campus Survival Tour had even to be postponed – who needs to be familiar with a campus without having any access? Well ... right.
Nevertheless, the Intercultural Awareness Sessions could take place in real life, in small groups keeping the distance needed and all precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Therefore, the incomings could at least meet a few co-students and we are confident, that they will meet in classes at some point during the semester.
Up to then please keep a safe distance from others, stay healthy and safe.
The winter semester 2020-21 is soon coming to an end. It has been a turbulent semester with distance learning and many restrictions due to COVID-19. Despite these challenges around 100 exchange students decided to start and complete their exchange semester at TU Graz. It was great to see some of our exchange students again at the online farewell session and to recap this semester.
Especially the first 1-2 months from September to October with fewer restrictions were precious because students could get to know each other during various Welcome Events in small groups and make friends for the whole semester. The months from November to January were defined by COVID-19 regulations and more distance learning. However, the time in Graz was well spent by our students: with a busy and self-organized schedule of courses to complete, small hikes in and around Graz, sportive indoor sessions and some online events organized by the International Office.
We are happy that we could support you along your exchange journey and we wish all our exchange students who go back home all the best for their future!
your incoming coordinators
Gitte, Natalia, Lena & Karin
October 2, 2020
Working with our incoming students made me once again realize that moving away from home and surroundings you are used to can unsettle yourself deeply. You need to adapt to a new culture, new language, different climate zone, different eating times, and much more. This adaptation needs time and some good coping strategies.
Here are some tips from our incoming students: Talk to people who are in the same situation, go outside, explore the new place, find your favorite spot in town, make your dorm room your new home, do things you’ve always enjoyed doing … and most of all be patient, it will get better!
Intercultural Awareness Sessions, WS 2020
September 23, 2020
The exchange semester in the winter semester 2020 starts a little bit different than in the past semesters. After the Online Orientation Sessions, our Incomings participate at the Welcome Activity - a guided City Tour through Graz in small groups. We had our first tours yesterday: we met outside of the main building of TU Graz (Campus Alte Technik) to start the tour.
To support them as best as we can we do not just provide them with useful information about studying at TU Graz, living in Graz, behaviour in COVID-19 times, but they also receive a mouth-nose-protection mask. Certainly an item that will be a really useful companion during their exchange.
September 9, 2020
The last three days we held our Orientation Sessions for exchange students. Due to COVID-19 we restructured our Welcome Events and held the sessions online: no matter if students already arrived or will arrive soon, everyone had the chance to participate and receive valuable information about TU Graz, registration matters and living in Graz/Austria, Austrian culture and cultural adaption in order to be well prepared for the exchange at TU Graz. In small break-out rooms we also talked about what everyone brought from home and the expectations students have about Austria.
However since social interaction is an essential part of an exchange stay we also have planned on-site activities in small groups to enable students can get to know each other and make new friends.
An overview about our Orientation Events can also be found in the section Welcome Events.
September 2, 2020
Best of South East, is the name of a program for talented and dedicated students with the aim to offer its scholars excellent education opportunities, international work experience and financial support.
This year was a challenging but also a very exciting year for Gabriela and Omar, our two Best of South East students who have just ended their exchange year at TU Graz. Their awards ceremony has been celebrated at the Schlossberg and we are happy to congratulate both on their outstanding results.
Good news is that both students are going to stay at TU Graz, their chosen place for finishing their master degrees.
The International Office wishes you all the best for your future life!
July 2, 2020
Challening times, such as COVID19, lead to creative ways how to cope with difficult situations. One of your exchange students from our strategic partner Tongji University, Shanghai (China) chose music to cheer him up and get through these challenging times:
Chen Wentao experienced the lock-down twice. First before his departure in China and again only a few weeks after his arrival in Austria in February.
He is passionate about music and playing the violin and at the beginning of the lock-down in Austria he asked at our International Office if there is a way that someone can borrow him a violin, his favourite music instrument. One of our staff members who is a music enthusiast could help out!
Now, at the end of his stay after practicing a lot during the semester Chen Wentao gave a small Corona style concert at the balcony of our International Office – Welcome Center.
A huge thanks to Chen Wentao for the concert and to TU Graz Educational Technology for recording this video!
May 28, 2020
What a nice afternoon! Last week we had our first outdoor activity with international students after a long break due to COVID-19. We did a small hiking tour to Plabutsch, our well-known local hill of Graz, and enjoyed a beautiful view over the city- of course while complying with the social distancing rules.
Preparing for their study abroad experience TU Graz students reflected on their cultural background. For the first time the preparatory session took place online. In two sessions students spent three hours talking about culture. With the BigBlueButton it was possible to send students into breakout rooms and let them interact on different topics like coping strategies for culture shock. The whole session was divided into four parts, each with an interactive task. In the last part returnees joined the group and reported about their experience. They gave advice on how to prepare well for studying abroad as well as they talked about activities that helped them to adapt more easily to the culture of the host country. The session had a huge success and students even wished it could last longer.
April - May 2020
When mid-March the Austrian government ordered a nationwide lockdown, the spring semester at Graz University of Technology had started only shortly before and we had welcomed lots of international students. All of a sudden we all heard: “Stay home! Stay safe!” The lecture halls were empty and the students home alone in their rooms or at their dorms, where they were supposed to join in the newly invented distance learning. Usually international and local students meet at regularly held events and get to know each other. This year things are different. To support international incoming students, the International Office – Welcome Center startet a set of online social events. We offered a weekly regulars’ table “Beer, Juice und Deutsch”, an online pub quiz, egg-dying in the Holy Week as well as an online “black stories” riddle in order to bring some fun into the students’ dorms.
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Polytech University) is a strategic partner of Graz University of Technology. This partnership allows a vivid exchange of students and staff to take place as well as guest lectures and joint research to be conducted. Right now the Student Welding Project Marathon is taking place, which aims to unite young scientists from different countries, develop student exchange and receive new research results. Graz University of Technology and Polytech University are implementing 6 projects as part of the International Student Marathon. Prof. Norbert Enzinger and Prof. Sergio Amancio from Graz University of Technology, who are supervising projects in the area of Mechanical Engineering, consider this project work to be an opportunity for the development of joint publications in the future.
November 11, 2019
For the first time the “East Asia Info Event” took place, in which students could receive information about study abroad possibilities in East Asia (China, Taiwan -Republic of China- and South Korea. Especially presentations from current incoming students, who talked about their university and country, were amazing, so that an insight could be gained into the partner universities in those countries. Alexander Wehr, currently studying at Tongji University in Shanghai, also told us about his experience via Skype. A big thanks to all incoming and outgoing students, who contributed to this event.
More Information and pictures can be found on our TU Graz International Facebook page.