This exchange is located in the charming university town of Graz, Austria. The University of Graz, also know as Karl Franzens Universitaet, was founded in 1585 and is Austria’s second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. Many excellent scientists, amongst them six Nobel laureates, have taught and researched here. With some 31,500 students the University of Graz contributes significantly to the vibrating life of the Styrian capital. Its location in Europe encourages a lively scientific, economic and cultural exchange with South-East Europe, from which not only the city benefits, but also its educational institutions.
As with all exchanges, you will be largely independent during your exchange, but there is a thriving Erasmus student group (the students on exchange from other parts of Europe) that will offer opportunities to engage with other students and there are support offices available for you. Additionally, all incoming students are advised to sign up for the buddy program to be paired with an Austrian student who will help you settle in. You will then also be picked up by a buddy at Graz airport or the train station. You should try and plan your trip so that you arrive in Graz during the week and during the day.
Comprehensive Welcome Guide for Students
Austria’s second-largest city, Graz, is probably Austria’s most relaxed, and after Vienna it is also Austria’s liveliest for after-hours pursuits. It’s an attractive place with bristling green parkland, red rooftops and a small, fast-flowing river gushing through its center. Architecturally, it has Renaissance courtyards and provincial baroque palaces complemented by innovative modern designs. Styria’s capital also has a very beautiful bluff connected to the center by steps, a funicular and a glass elevator.
Last but not least, a large student population (some 50,000 in four universities) helps propel the nightlife and vibrant arts scene, creating a pleasant, lively and loveable city. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/austria/the-south/graz#ixzz2fNGDhZHR
This exchange offers an educational experience that allows U of A undergraduates to focus on living and studying in Austria, one of the more-interesting historical players on the European stage, with the comfort of a welcoming university town for a semester or year, while keeping on track to graduate from the U of A. Students interested in German language and culture, in particular, will find a solid program already in place combining language with additional options in culture, history, literature, political science, etc. Some of these options will be available in English as well. Students fluent enough to take coursework in German have the opportunity to enroll in many disciplines, from business to arts and humanities to natural sciences and have the entire university at their disposal. Students must have completed at least 4 semesters of German language in order to be considered for this program.
Students can find a list of courses available from KFU at Online-Course Catalogue
– and an instructional guide here: How to use the UNIGRAZonline system.
Additionally, courses in English can be found at English-taught Courses.
Also, there is a list of courses that the U of A has predetermined for this exchange here: https://waprd.uark.edu/web-apps/regr/courseequiv/Main
(Search for the name of the University under Foreign Colleges). For the business course options specifically, students can find a list of courses that the Walton College has predetermined for this exchange here: http://walton.uark.edu/global/course-equivalencies.php
Students will be assessed U of A tuition and fees for 15 credit hours during each semester they study abroad on this exchange. Additionally, students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, housing, meals, local transportation, books, passport, student visa, and personal expenses. The independent nature of this program allows students to determine their own extracurricular activities, leaving flexibility not only in free time but also in the budget.
Click on the Budget above for a break-down of expected costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. Students receiving a Pell grant should look into the Gilman International Scholarship
. And all students should read through our scholarship page
for more info on funding opportunities and deadlines. Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid
to help finance your semester in Austria.
Student dorm housing is organized by the Office of International Relations for you. Please note that only a limited number of single rooms is available and that they are distributed on „first come, first serve” basis. Depending on availability, you may select double or single dorm rooms in student dorms that are close to the main university campus. Do not bring your own linen/bed sheets because the size might differ. Every room has an internet connection. To use this connection you only need a Laptop.
For assistance with applications, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact:
U of A Study Abroad Program Manager and Exchange Coordinator