Austria, the heart of Europe and home to the great composers Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven is perfect for German-speaking students looking for a taste of history combined with modern studies and technology. Austria’s magnificent landscape lends itself to numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, swimming, and biking.
Named both a “Cultural Capital of Europe” in 2003 and a “City of Culinary Delights,” Graz is the perfect place to start your European adventure. Its six universities help make up a city with more than 44,000 students and Graz’s “Old Town” is one of the best-preserved city centers in Central Europe. Students can study in both English and German, as well as take courses at the Technical University of Graz, to round out their academic experience.
This program is best for a student that is independent. A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed. Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.
To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:
Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).
Graz, the second largest city in Austria, is located in the southeastern province of Styria and is called the green heart of Austria because of its extensive forests. Graz has many parks and cultural activities and provides easy access to sports such as skiing. A popular event is the annual Steirischer Herbst (Styrian Autumn), which encompasses a number of musical, theatrical and literary performances as well as accompanying lectures and exhibitions.
The city’s location provides ample opportunities for trips and weekend excursions to cities all over Europe including neighboring countries. Various associations of the city of Graz arrange hiking trips to the surrounding areas.
The international section of the student union offers a mentoring program whereby returnees or Graz students interested in international exchange support incoming students with their first steps and help them settle in. They organize regular meetings (Stammtisch) where exchange students can get together and also meet Graz students interested in an intercultural exchange. In addition, they offer a variety of activities for international exchange students throughout the year, including trips to Vienna and other cities, ski trips and more. Costs differ according to the length of the excursions or the type of activity and are covered by students themselves.
Originally founded in 1585, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (KFUG) is the second largest university in Austria. The Franz Nabl Institute for Literary Research focuses on the literature of Styria. Students can study in both English and German, as well as take courses at the Technical University of Graz, to round out their academic experience. Activities for international students also include excursions to nearby countries, hiking trips, and a student mentoring program.
As an ISEP student, you can build your own program by choosing your classes from a variety of fields of study thus creating an interdisciplinary set of courses to transfer to your home university. Use the notes for course searching to help you find which courses are available.
Popular areas of interest for incoming students are: Austrian civilization and literature, German language, linguistics and literature, English and American studies (language, linguistics and literature), Law, Business and Economics, European studies (including Eastern European studies), History, Languages and Literature, Psychology, Philosophy, Musicology, Education as well as English/German translation.
ISEP students enrolled at Uni Graz may also sign up for courses offered at Technische Universität Graz at no further cost. Students who are co-enrolled at TU Graz must make sure they take 50% of their classes at Uni Graz.
Researching courses on an Austrian university homepage can sometimes be difficult and confusing. You can use the ISEP Guide to Course Selection to find information about navigating a university website, finding courses in both English and German and some translations of common words and major fields of study. Students who want to take German-taught classes must have completed the equivalent of two years of college German (German level B2) prior to the start of their exchange semester.
You can research courses in the UNIGRAZonline course guide:
Uni Graz can also accept students with less or no German background provided they find enough English-taught classes to meet their home university’s requirements. If you are not only interested in German-taught classes but also want to add an English-taught class to your workload you can research English-taught classes at Uni Graz via our Search engine for English-taught classes.
Typically full year students concentrate on improving their German skills during the first semester and take subject-specific classes during the second semester. Participation in the intensive pre-semester German course is mandatory for students intending to take German-taught classes.
SPECIAL ACADEMIC CONDITIONS
There are no course restrictions for international program students. However, placement in some fields (psychology, sports sciences) and labs may be difficult.
HINTS FOR RESEARCHING COURSES
Researching courses in English on an Austrian university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a university website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study.
For more information on courses in English: click here.
For more information on courses in general: click here.
Registration and Credit Issues
What to Expect
Please review the ISEP country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.
At the Graz airport or the train station, students who signed up for a buddy with the student union (highly recommended) will be met by him or her.
The city’s location provides ample opportunities for trips and weekend excursions to cities all over Europe including neighboring countries in South-Eastern Europe. Various associations of the City of Graz arrange hiking trips to the surrounding areas.
|Students can go for volunteer work. Although, there is no official support service providing students with placements, sometimes possibilities can be found in some fields of study.|
|Housing and Meals|
Students are housed in spacious single- or double-occupancy rooms in modern student dorms. A monthly stipend is provided to cover the cost of meals.
For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.
Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 programs:
Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.
You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.
Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.
Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.
For Questions About the Initial Application Process:
Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office
Spring ONLY: Early March to Late June/Early July
All dates are tentative and may change. ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
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