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 can take an optional 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 many 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 in 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 language 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. Early exams are not available for courses in the Faculty of Business or in the field of English and American Studies.
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 62 Euro per month. This insurance will not cover the student's journey to Graz nor medical evacuation and repatriation, so students must have travel insurance accordingly. Students who take German language courses during the semester must pay out-of-pocket (about 175 Euros) and will be reimbursed by Willamette upon your return.
Willamette students are considered "Joint Study" Non- EU exchange students, this should assist with the navigation of Graz's website.
- Graz's website for incoming exchange students (very detailed! lots of good information)
- Graz guide to apply as exchange student (do not fill out application forms until instructed by the OIE)
- Student Housing by OeAD (do not fill out housing application until instructed to do so by the OIE)
- Local Weather
- Embassy of Austria: historical and government information
- CIA World Factbook
- Lonely Planet Guide