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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
Housing Type: Apartments, Student Dormitories
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:

brochure header-Karl-Franzens University Graz


  • The university offers a three-week pre-semester language course and an optional buddy program.
  • With over 300 courses in English, the University of Graz is a great option for Business, Social Sciences and Humanities majors!
  • The city's historic Old Town and its castle, "Schloss Eggenberg," have both been named part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A unique cooperation with the Technical University of Graz allows students to co-enroll at TU Graz at no additional cost - providing great options for Architecture, Engineering and Science majors!
Program Requirements
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • 2 Recommendation Letters from OU professors
  • Host University Application
  • Foreign Documentation:
    • Semester: Visa (Prior to Departure)
    • Academic Year: Residence Permit (After Arrival)
* Note - Karl-Franzens University Graz suggests applying early to guarantee housing availability. Early applications for Spring 2017 will be reviewed August 18th.
** OU will continue to receive applications until the September 18th deadline, without the guarantee of university housing.

Exchange students may take any regular course, except Pharmacy courses, provided they have the appropriate academic background. The Faculties of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Law, Social and Economic Sciences, and Law provide courses taught in English.

Courses For Exchange Students

Due to a uniqure cooperation agreement with Graz University of Technology, exchange students at Karl-Franzens University Graz are able to co-enroll at TU Graz at no additional cost. TU Graz has a wide range of courses taught in English in various faculties, to search all courses, please click here.

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.

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):September - February
Spring Semester (Sommersemester): March - Late June
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Money Matters
Since this program is a University Exchange program you will pay OU tuition/fees to the OU Bursar and housing/meals/living expenses to Karl-Franzens University Graz.

Use this Karl-Franzens University Budget Estimate** 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
Exchange 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. If you decide not to live on-campus, you will be responsible for your own housing arrangements.

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
Academic Year 2016-2017 02/21/2016
03/04/2016 TBA TBA
Fall 2016 02/21/2016
03/04/2016 TBA TBA
Spring 2017 09/18/2016 09/23/2016 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/19/2017 03/03/2017 TBA TBA
Fall 2017 02/19/2017 03/03/2017 TBA TBA

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