Graz is the second-largest city in Austria and has the reputation of being a “student city” because of the large number of universities it holds. In 2003 Graz was named the Cultural Capital of Europe by the European Union. Students will study at Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, or Uni Graz. Willamette students are considered "Joint Study" exchange students, this should assist with the navigation of the Graz website. Minimum GPA required by host program: Based on WU approval.
Students will take an intensive month of German language classes upon arrival then continue with normal university courses as language ability allows. Students can continue with German language courses if necessary. Uni Graz has courses suitable for most majors, search for courses on Graz's website. Some courses in English are available; set the search function to 'English'.
Students live in single or double-occupancy dorm rooms on-campus or off-campus student residences managed by the housing office of the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD). Find more accommodation information under Housing on Graz's website, do not fill out a housing application until advised to do so by the OIE.
The Graz program is available in both fall and spring semesters and as a full-year option. The intensive sessions are during the months of September and February. After the intensive sessions, regular courses in the fall begin in October and concludes in February; the spring semester begins in late February and concludes in late June. Because of the academic calendar, students are advised to study abroad for a full year or spring semester only, if possible.
Finals for the fall semester are in the last weeks of January. Students studying at Graz for the fall semester only must make arrangements with their professors upon arrival to take the finals early or after they are back in the U.S. Students must return to the U.S. for the beginning of the spring semester at Willamette. Professors are not obligated to allow changes to the finals schedule or location.
Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for a detailed explanation of the cost of each program. Prices vary greatly according to the standard and amount of service that’s included in the rent, see "Housing" for more information. Full-year (not semester) students are required by the Austrian government to buy the Austrian National Health Insurance which costs approximately 23 Euro per month. This policy covers students not just in Austria but in all EU countries. In Austria, dental and eye examinations, as well as medication costs, are included. Students will need to pay the cost of the intensive language month (150 Euro, 2011 figure) up front and then will be reimbursed by Willamette as soon as possible.
Willamette students are considered "Joint Study" Non- EU exchange students, this should assist with the navigation of Graz's website.
- Uni Graz
- Graz's website for incoming international students (do not fill out application forms until instructed by the OIE)
- See the Welcome Guide for students.
- Student Housing by OeAD (do not fill out housing application until instructed to do so by the OIE)
- Residence Permit and Visa information (do not start this process until advised by the OIE)
- Local Weather
- Embassy of Austria: historical and government information
- CIA World Factbook
- Lonely Planet Guide