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Karl-Franzens University Graz
Graz, Austria (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
University Exchange Language of Instruction: English, German
Non-English Language Prerequisite:
2 Semesters Housing Type: Apartments, Student Dormitories
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Non-English Language Learning Option(s):
Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Study Abroad Adviser: Jennifer Grover
University Name:
Karl-Franzens University
Language Category:
Language Category B Study Level: Graduate, Law, Undergraduate
Program Description:

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  • The University of Graz is located in the Southeastern Austrian city of Graz which is the Styrian capital.
  • The university offers a three-week pre-semester language course and an optional buddy program.
Note - It is recommended that exchange students study for the academic year or only the spring semester due to academic calendar differences.
Program Requirements
  • 2.5 Combined Retained GPA
  • Language Requirements:
    • Four Semesters of College-Level German (Regular Courses)
    • Two Semesters of College-Level German (German as Foreign Language Curriculum)
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • 2 Recommendation Letters from an OU German professor and another OU professor
  • Host University Application
  • Foreign Documentation:
    • Semester: Visa (Prior to Departure)
    • Academic Year: Residence Permit (After Arrival)
For German language courses, exchange students may take a pre-semester, three-week course that is worth 6 ECTS and costs 160 EUR. There are also semester-long German language courses that are worth 3 ECTS.

Exchange students may also take any regular course, except Pharmacy courses, provided they have the appropriate academic background. Some faculties on campus provide courses taught in English

To see courses previously taken by OU students at Karl-Franzens University Graz and their OU equivalents click the following link: Karl-Franzens University Graz - Course Equivalency Information.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester (Wintersemester): October - January
Spring Semester (Sommersemester): March - July
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Money Matters
Since this program is a University Exchange program you will pay OU tuition/fees and insurance to the OU Bursar and housing/meals/living expenses to Karl-Franzens University Graz.

Use this Budget Estimate for the University of Graz** to help you plan for study abroad and compare programs!
** Academic year students must buy Austrian National Health Insurance ($75/month) and their residence permit ($165) after arrival.

There are number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list to get you started! Housing
Most OU students live in the university-owned dorms that offer a wide range of prices and floor plans. Most are easily accessible to the university by public transportation. Occasionally, students will live in shared private flats. Exchange students will be contacted by the IRO Graz concerning the housing arrangements. IRO Graz does not arrange private accommodation but only dorm rooms. 

Get Started
Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as your next steps. Then, schedule an appointment with the study abroad adviser for Austria to move on to Phase 2!

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/20/2015
03/06/2015 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2015-2016 02/20/2015
03/06/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/13/2015 09/23/2015 TBA TBA
Fall 2016 02/21/2016 03/04/2016 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 02/21/2016 03/04/2016 TBA TBA
Spring 2017 09/18/2016 09/23/2016 TBA TBA

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