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Tuition Fees and the Austrian Student Union Fee

The Austrian Student Union fee (ÖH fee) must be paid by all students at TU Graz.

Tuition fees must be paid by degree students at TU Graz who have exceeded the standard duration of the degree programme including two additional semesters and by non-EU foreign nationals.

Amount of Fees

Austrian Student Union fee (ÖH fee) per semester

  • currently 20.20 Euro

Tuition fees per semester

  • 363.36 Euro in the general admission period
  • 399.70 Euro in the additional admission period
  • 726.72 Euro for non-EU foreign nationals

Fees for Non-Degree Students

Non-degree students who attend individual courses must pay tuition fees and the Austrian Student Union fee (ÖH fee) from their first semester, irrespective of their nationality. In this case, the tuition fees do not increase in the additional period. Non-degree students who participate exclusively in a university certificate programme for further education or a University Preparation Programme are exempt from paying tuition fees, and only pay the programme fee and the ÖH fee.

You pay the fees every semester as registration to continue your degree programme, university certificate programme, etc. at TU Graz, see Registration for the continuation of studies.


Non-degree students who are taking individual courses and who are employees of TU Graz can apply for exemption from tuition fees beginning from the winter semester 2019/20. The exemption does not apply to the students’ union (ÖH) fee, which has to be paid each semester.
Application for exemption from tution fees

Information and Advice

Registration Office
Rechbauerstraße 12/I
8010 Graz
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studienbeitrag@tugraz.at

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 12 pm

Legal Basis

Austrian Student Union Fee

Degree students must pay the Austrian Student Union fee (ÖH fee) of 20,20 Euro per semester to the Austrian Student Union (ÖH). This allows degree students to be members of the Austrian Student Union (ÖH) and to use the ÖH services, and provides them with personal accident and liability insurance via the ÖH.

Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz

Tuition Fees

Most students at TU Graz do not currently pay any tuition fees, as they are exempt from paying these because of

  • a general tuition fee waiver or
  • a tuition fee waiver within the non-contributory period.

Please submit the relevant proof within the admission period to the TU Graz Registration Office to be exempted from paying tuition fees within the non-contributory period.

If you are participating in several degree programmes at TU Graz, the non-contributory period is calculated for each degree programme. If tuition fees are mandatory, they apply for the degree programme in which the non-contributory period ends at the earliest date. For this purpose, it is irrelevant which degree programme is your main degree programme.

If you are participating in several degree programmes at several universities, each university calculates the non-contributory period independently from the others.

General Tuition Fee Waiver

Non-EU nationals of the following countries are exempt from paying tuition fees for the entire duration of their studies: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros,  the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, the Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia.

 

Tuition Fee Waiver Within the Non-Contributory Period

The following students are exempt from paying tuition fees if they do not exceed the standard duration of the degree programme including two additional semesters (non-contributory period):

  • Austrian citizens;
  • EU and EEA citizens;
  • Swiss citizens;
  • refugees under the Refugee Convention;
  • non-EU foreign nationals with a permanent residence permit for Austria or another EU member state;
  • non-EU foreign nationals who receive a study grant;
  • students to whom the Austrian Regulation on Eligible Groups of Persons (in German: Personengruppenverordnung) applies, and
  • students with a different residence permit from the Student Residence Permit in Austria.

Paying Tuition Fees

If students have exceeded the non-contributory period, they pay tuition fees of 363.36 Euro per semester in the general admission period or 399.70 Euro in the additional admission period.

Non-EU foreign nationals who are not exempt from paying tuition fees pay 726.72 Euro per semester.

Before each semester begins, the TU Graz Registration Office will inform you by email of the mandatory tuition fees for you to pay.

Reimbursement of Tuition Fees

Students from South-East Europe have the possibility of applying for reimbursement of tuition fees if they fulfil certain criteria. This applies to students from:

  • Albania;
  • Belarus;
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Kosovo;
  • Macedonia;
  • Moldova;
  • Montenegro;
  • Serbia;
  • Turkey, and
  • Ukraine.

You can find more information on the criteria and submission on the application form for reimbursement of tuition fees.

Tuition Fee Waiver

If you have to pay tuition fees because you have exceeded the non-contributory period, you can apply for a tuition fee waiver for certain reasons. You can find the reasons and the relevant forms and proof for a tuition fee waiver here.

Please note: The valid grounds for a tuition-fee waiver (items 1 to 6) only apply to students who are exempt from paying tuition fees within the non-contributory period.

Application procedure for a tuition fee waiver

An application for a tuition fee waiver must be made by 31 March for the summer semester or by 31 October for the winter semester.

If you are unable to make an application for a tuition fee waiver on time or are unable to make a complete application by 31 March for the summer semester or by 31 October for the winter semester, you must first pay tuition fees. You can, however, submit a complete application for a tuition fee waiver by the following 30 September for the summer semester or by the following 31 March for the winter semester or you can apply for a repayment.

Procedure

  • Fill out the relevant application form completely and obtain the required proof. Proof from abroad must be issued by authorities that are comparable to the relevant Austrian authorities. Any proof that is not in German or English must be translated by a court certified translator. For this purpose, please submit the copy of the original document and the translation.
  • Please submit the full set of documents to the TU Graz Registration Office:

    • by email (with electronic signature only: Mobile Phone Signature (Handy-Signatur) or Austrian Citizen Card (Bürgerkarte)) to studienbeitragnoSpam@tugraz.at or
      (after sending the email you will receive an entry confirmation; if you don't receive the confirmation email, please call +43 316 873 6126 immediately)
    • by post to the TU Graz Registration Office or
    • in person during the opening hours of the TU Graz Registration Office.

If you have already paid the tuition fees and you submit the complete application for a tuition fee waiver with the application for a repayment (in German: Antrag auf Rückzahlung des Studienbeitrages), this can only be sent by email with an electronic signature: Mobile Phone Signature (Handy-Signatur) or Austrian Citizen Card (Bürgerkarte), by post or submitted in person during the opening hours to the Registration Office.

  • Please retain the confirmation you receive when you send the documents by email or fax.
  • The Registration Office will inform you by email within two weeks as to whether you will receive a tuition fee waiver.
  • If you receive a tuition fee waiver, you only have to pay the Austrian Student Union fee (ÖH fee).
  • If you do not receive a tuition fee waiver because you have not submitted the required proof, you must pay tuition fees and the ÖH fee.

1. Pregnancy and Illness

If you were prevented from studying due to pregnancy or illness in two consecutive months within one semester, you will receive a tuition fee waiver for the relevant semester.

You require:

2. Childcare

If you are primarily responsible for caring for your children until they reach the age of seven or up to school age if later, you will receive a tuition fee waiver for the duration of this childcare period.

You require:

3. Employment

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Constitutional Court of Austria has repealed §92 (5) UG 2012 (Universities Act) on grounds of unconstitutionality and the repeal took effect as of 30 June 2018, it is no longer possible to apply for a tuition fee waiver due to employment for the winter semester 2018/2019.

NEW: as of winter semester 2018/19

4. Military and Civilian Service

If you are prevented from studying because you were performing military or civilian service in two consecutive months within one semester, you will receive a tuition fee waiver for the relevant semester.

You require:

5. Disability

If it has been ascertained that you have a disability of 50% or more pursuant to federal regulations, you will receive a tuition fee waiver.

You require:

6. Extension of the Non-Contributory Period through Mobility Programmes

If you are able to prove that you have completed either study periods or traineeships as part of mobility programmes during your non-contributory period for tuition fees, you can apply for an extension of the non‑contributory period.

You require:

7. Study Grants

If you received a study grant in the previous semester or are receiving a study grant in the current semester, you will receive a tuition fee waiver.

You require:

8. Periods as a Student Representative

If you were a student representative during your bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programme at TU Graz, you will receive a tuition fee waiver for a maximum of four semesters for the entire duration of your studies.

You require:

9. Students of doctoral programmes at TU Graz who have an employment relationship with TU Graz

As of the winter semester 2018/19, students of doctoral programmes at TU Graz can apply for a tuition fee waiver if the following requirements laid down by the Rectorate are met:

  • tuition fee to be paid due to doctoral programme
  • employment relationship with TU Graz
  • continuous enrolment from the winter semester 2018/19 to the final doctoral examination (German: Rigorosum)

Application form for a tuition fee waiver for the winter semester 2019/20 (in German)

If you have already paid your tuition fee, please submit an Application for repayment of tuition fees (in German) in addition to the Application for a tuition fee waiver to the Registration Office. You can send your application to the Registration Office by post, in person or by e-mail with an electronic signature ( Mobile Phone Signature (Handy-Signatur) or Austrian Citizen Card (Bürgerkarte)).

10. Asylum Seekers

Asylum seekers who are entitled to stay in Austria on grounds of asylum-related regulations and wish to register as a degree or non-degree student can apply for a tuition fee waiver.

You require:

11. Leadership Role in a Student Team

Students can apply for an exemption from tuition fees if they can prove that they have played a leading role in a student team for at least two semesters during the last two years of their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral studies at TU Graz. The student team needs to have been formed annually, have taken part in international competitions and, therefore, have been sponsored by the Rectorate.

Students can apply for the waiver for a maximum of four semesters during the entire duration of their studies at TU Graz, whereby they must prove on each application that they have spent two additional semesters in a leading role in a student team. Each student team can only apply for one tuition waiver per semester.

You require:

 

TU Graz Racing Team

From the winter semester 2019/20, all members of the TU Graz Racing Team in leadership functions (team leaders, section leaders) can apply for exemption or reimbursement of tuition fees in accordance with § 92 UG in conjunction with § 36 Subsection 8 (Study Law) of the TU Graz Statutes. The conditions set out in § 36 Subsection 8 (Study Law) of the TU Graz Statutes (in particular: status as student, duration of eligibility/entitlement and proof of activity in a leadership function).

The following leadership functions are eligible: team leader and engineering leader, as well as the leaders of the following modules: Organisation & PR, Electronics, Aerodynamics, Powertrain, Suspension, Chassis, Data Acquisition and IT. The activity in a function of leadership is to be confirmed by the leader of the Racing Team.