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


brochure header-Karl-Franzens University Graz

The University

For more than 400 years, the University of Graz has been an important influence on the character of the life and image of the Styrian capital. Many famous scientists worked here and made revolutionary discoveries. More than 20, 000 students now attend the university, including both graduate and undergraduate levels. A wide range of subjects are taught in English. This university draws many students from southeastern Europe.

The City

The city of Graz, composed of 17 districts, is located in the southeast of Austria and is home to about 250,000 people. The city itself is extremely old and much of the medieval and baroque architecture can still be seen when walking the streets. The Old Town or "Altstadt" is home to many picturesque cafes and is the social center of the city. While much of Graz is urban, the outer districts and surrounding area have a rural feel, creating an attractive combination of city and country life and giving its visitors a unique view of Austrian culture.

The cultural scene caters to the 37,000 students who study here at one of the four universities, as well as more than 2,000 students at the universities of applied sciences. They all appreciate what Graz offers them: the highly developed student infrastructure, with many good bookshops, nice little pubs, affordable prices in canteens and the friendly atmosphere. Rent is affordable on a student budget. The city has a lot of green spaces and an excellent network of bicycle paths.

About the Program

Students who want to be in a unique destination in a German-speaking environment will find this an ideal program.  The city is a good choice for students who think they would be  overwhelmed  by a metropolis.  Participants have the opportunity to meet students from southeastern European countries, giving the classroom experience a different flavor than at some of the other German-speaking destinations.

Academic Calendar

Fall: beginning of October - end of January
Spring: beginning of March - end of June
The whole month of February is a semester break.
Two "Welcome Sessions" for orientation of new students are offered at the beginning of each semester.

Eligibility and Availability

Students planning on taking regular courses should have a minimum of four semesters of university-level German. Students choosing to remain within the Deutsch als Fremdsprache curriculum may go with as little as one year of German study. This destination is occasionally competitive for places but not every application cycle. There is some flexibility with numbers from both sides.

Starting with the Fall 2014 semester, all students who want to study in Austria for one semester only need to submit their visa application at an Austrian Embassy or Consulate in person before about 6 weeks their departure. Students staying in Austria for an entire academic year can continue to enter Austria without a visa and will apply for an Austrian residence permit in Graz after arrival.

What could I study?

Catholic Theology; Law; Economics; Business Administration; Economic Pedagogy; Sociology; Ancient History; History; Art History; English and American Studies; Language Studies: German, French, Italian; Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Slovene, Spanish; Linguistics; Translation and Interpreting (Arabic, German, English, French, Italian, Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Slovene, Spanish, Turkish, Hungarian); Classical Archeology, Latin, Greek (ancient Greek), Pedagogy, Philosophy, European Ethnology, Musicology, Sports Sciences, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Mathematics, Meteorology and Geophysics, Pharmacy, Psychology and Physics.

Exchange students may take a three-week German language preparatory course in September or February for a total of 60 contact hours. Although the course is not free the cost is reduced for exchange students. Several courses every semester are taught in English. When the search engine opens up, choose "Englisch" under Suchgebiet, then "Englisch" again under Vortragsprache. Click on Suchen. By clicking on course titles you will get a short course description..

For more information about credits and OU course equivalencies for this program, please review the following website:

Karl-Franzens University Graz - Course Equivalency Information

Most courses at this university meet for only two hours per week. OU students need to take six courses in Graz to equal 12 credits here.

Where would I live?

Most OU students have chosen to 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 live in shared private flats. There is a recommended source of information on available rooms/flats:

How much does it cost?

Costs at OU: All students participating on semester or academic year reciprocal exchange programs are enrolled at OU for 12 credits each semester abroad. Tuition and fees are billed through and paid directly to OU at the appropriate resident or non-resident rate. Fees are charged at the Arts and Sciences College rate, even if the student's major is in a different college. Please note that students on reciprocal exchange programs pay all fees as if they were on campus in Norman for the semester. In addition, all participants pay a $10/credit hour study abroad fee, for a total of $120/semester.

Costs not Billed through The University of Oklahoma: Students pay passport and visa fees, room and board abroad, any fees charged to exchange students by the host university, travel, and miscellaneous personal expenses.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 TBA TBA
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 09/26/2014 TBA TBA

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