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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Technische Universität Graz: Courses in English

Study in Austria!

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.

TU Graz is a progressive institution focusing on architecture, computer science, engineering, technology and the natural sciences. Offering over 400 courses in English, students do not need any prior German to study at TU Graz, and pre-session language courses are offered at a reduced rate to ISEP students. Numerous competence centers, the Christian-Doppler laboratories, special research fields, research focus, and large EU projects are only a few examples of the University’s extremely active and successful research. For more information, see also the STEM Featured Programs

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus 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.

Learn more about Technische Universität Graz here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange

Locations

Graz, Austria

Languages of Instruction

English

Program Dates

Fall 2018: Beginning of October to End of January

Spring 2019: End of February to End of June

All dates are tentative and may change. ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  
  • Students do not need any previous German in order to enroll at TU Graz, although 2-4 semesters is preferred.

 

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.


ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.

Location

Graz, previously named European Cultural Capital, is situated in the southeast of Austria at the focal point of southeast Europe. The city is well situated for travel. The Old Town is among the best preserved in Europe and was added to UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Heritage sites in 1999. The city hosts numerous festivals, and the unique architecture representing styles ranging from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century offers a fascinating mix of tradition and modernism.

Graz, as a vibrant community with over 40,000 students, provides numerous opportunities for free time activities. As an ISEP student, you will be assigned a student mentor, who will introduce you to the Austrian way of life. The student union organizes regular’s tables where you can meet other exchange students, and trips all around Styria (e.g. Styrian vineyards, spa, hiking) and Austria (e.g. Vienna). The Sports Institute of Graz offers inexpensive courses for students. There are also numerous opportunities to enjoy cabaret entertainment, theatre, and the opera, as well as concerts in Graz. During the summer months, many students like to gather in the city’s biggest park (Stadtpark) to study, play sports or music, or simply hang out.

Academics

Technische Universitat Graz was founded in 1811 by Archduke Johann. The core areas of the university are teaching and research in technical sciences and technical natural sciences. The total enrollment at TU Graz is about 10,000 students, of which about 15 percent are international students.

Based on scientific bachelor’s programs, TU Graz concentrates on research-oriented master’s and Ph.D. programs.

Technische Universitat Graz produces top performers and managers much in demand and contributes to the sustainable development of society, economy, and environment in a responsible way.

TU Graz is a progressive institution focusing on architecture, computer science, engineering, technology and the natural sciences. Offering over 400 courses in English, students do not need any prior German to study at TU Graz, and pre-session language courses are offered at a reduced rate to ISEP students. Numerous competence centers, the Christian-Doppler laboratories, special research fields, research focuses and large EU projects are only a few examples of the University’s extremely active and successful research. 

Course Description

Researching courses in English 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. 

Website for Course Availability

Fields of Study

  • Architecture
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry,  Geochemistry and Petrology,  Geology/Earth Science,  Physics

  • Business:

    Construction Management,  Economics,  Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management

  • Health Sciences

    Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

Over 400 courses in English are taught annually. 
Follow these instructions to Search for Courses in English: Select “Englisch,” choose your term (“Winter” for the fall semester and “Sommer” for Spring) and hit “Suchen” (search).

Here is a quick link to all the courses offered in English.

Registration and Credit Issues
Students typically register for individual classes with the aid of the international office. Students often must register for each course at the institute that specializes in the target field of study.  Students must take 30 ECTS credits to earn the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest credits.
Please note that courses will not be available for registering until shortly before the semester begins.


A Transcript of Records contains the grades of all successfully completed courses. Exchange students are typically permitted to enroll in a variety of courses. However, prerequisites for all courses must be met before the time of enrollment.

 

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette. 

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities

 

 

Student Life

ORIENTATION

At Graz airport, students will usually be picked up and taken to their accommodation. Otherwise, public transportation in Austria is easily reliable and students can take a bus or taxi to their location.

The ’Orientation for Exchange Students” will be held at the beginning of the semester. At the orientation, students will do their registration at the university with the Office of International Relations and will receive information about how to register for courses at the University. There will be a library and campus tour. Students will also get appointments with their academic coordinators and a special appointment at the university sports Institute (USI) where international students can register for sports courses. The office of international affairs of the student union provides mentors for the ISEP students (this is a student who the ISEP students can talk to if they need anything, who takes care of the ISEP students, etc.) and ISEP students can sign up for their pick-up service. Furthermore, the team of the office for international affairs organizes social events for international students (Welcome Party, weekly pub meetings, guided tour through Graz, trip to Vienna, etc.). There is usually also a reception for all international students at the mayors of Graz.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Graz, as a vibrant community with over 40,000 students, provides numerous opportunities for free time activities. As an ISEP student, you will be assigned a student mentor, who will introduce you to the Austrian way of life. The student union organizes regular’s tables where you can meet other exchange students, and trips all around Styria (e.g. Styrian vineyards, spa, hiking) and Austria (e.g. Vienna). The Sports Institute of Graz offers inexpensive courses for students. There are also numerous opportunities to enjoy cabaret entertainment, theatre, and the opera, as well as concerts in Graz. During the summer months, many students like to gather in the city’s biggest park (Stadtpark) to study, play sports or music, or simply hang out.

Housing and Meals

ISEP students are housed in single or double rooms in student dorms and receive a monthly stipend for meals.

Financial Information

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 semester:

Budget Item

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

$5,100

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

$27,512

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 

 $325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP

 $360

Additional Meals

 $400

Estimated Airfare

 $1,200

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

 $2,500

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $5,035

Total

 

$32,547 

 

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2017.  We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

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, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.