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Karl Franzens University Graz
Graz, Austria (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Language of Instruction: English, German Minimum GPA: 3.0
Credit Type: Resident
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Karl Franzens University was founded in 1585 by Archduke Karl II and re-established as a university institution in 1827 by Emperor Franz I, thus the name KarI-Franzens Universität. One of the oldest universities in Central Europe, Uni Graz combines five centuries of scholarly tradition with a forward looking commitment to teaching and research. The university houses ninety-five academic departments and fifteen university clinics - vital intellectual centers that enjoy an international reputation and are generally subdivided into departments and working groups. Furthermore, there are eight university facilities for special tasks. Currently the university has around 30,000 students and 3,000 employees.  Graz is the second largest city in Austria (pop. 250,000) and has a student population of about 50,000 (the majority of which - over 30,000 - study at Karl Franzens University). Graz offers the atmosphere and first class facilities of a vibrant modern city (opera, theatres, cultural festivals, lively pub scene ...) with the charm and architectural beauty of a historic town. The city center is one of the best preserved in Central Europe and only a 10 minutes’ walk away from the university. Graz is a clean, safe and beautiful city, which is small enough to feel at home, but large enough to provide students with plenty of entertainment during study breaks.
Karl Franzens University offers students an exceptional environment for both studies and leisure. International students do not have to pre-register for courses at Graz University. Registration for all courses takes place after arrival in Graz. The Academic Advisors in Graz will meet with the exchange students to discuss their study plans and recommend some courses. Additionally, a unique cooperation with the Technical University of Graz (TUG) allows students to co-enroll at TUG at no extra cost (TUG transcripts available).

All incoming students are advised to sign up for the buddy program. A buddy is an Austrian student who will help you settle in.  Exchange students will then also be picked up by a buddy at Graz airport or the train station. Exchange students should try and plan your trip so that they arrive in Graz during the week and during the day. This makes moving into your room much easier. Those who don’t sign up in time for the program are responsible for their own arrival and the hand-over of keys.  Additionally, the University Sports Institute offers more than a hundred different courses (from aerobics to yoga) at a very low price. They also organize a one week skiing & snowboard course for exchange students each semester where skiing and snowboard courses for beginners and advanced skiers/boarders are offered.

Graz is the capital of the province of Styria which lies in the southeast of Austria and is often referred to as the 'green heart of Austria' due to its abundance of forests. The city of Graz itself is surrounded by green, rolling hills, so walking, climbing and cycling/mountain biking are popular outdoor activities. And, of course, we also have 'real' mountains with excellent mountaineering and skiing facilities quite close. In addition, due to the special geological conditions in the south of Styria there are a number of thermal spas near Graz for those who prefer steam baths, Jacuzzis, saunas and 30°C warm water to the skiing slopes. And for those who want to venture out further - Graz is ideally located for trips all over Europe: Vienna, Austria's capital is only a 2.5 hour train ride away, Slovenia only 1 hour. Other popular destinations include Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Germany; Switzerland, etc.

Academic Calendar
OSU Karl Franzens University Graz
Fall Winter
Early October- Early February
Spring Summer
Early March- Late June

Please note, these dates are subject to change. For the most accurate information, please visit the host university website

Before going abroad, you will need to investigate the courses available at potential host institutions. OSU students studying abroad must take at least the equivalent of 12 OSU credit hours during their exchange semester. Please be sure to read the course descriptions provided by the host institution and compare them to your coursework at OSU. 

OSU students studying at Karl-Franzens have taken courses in American studies, German language and literature, political science, philosophy, physics, English, art history, European studies, business, and more! Click here for more information on coursework taught in English. Most business courses are taught in German. 

Students participating in a reciprocal exchange program must have completed at least 45 credit hours and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above at the time they intend to participate.

For estimated expenses, please refer to the budget sheets located at the top of this brochure. 

Housing is managed by the Housing Office of the Austrian Exchange Service (ÖAD). International students are usually accommodated in student dormitories, in shared flats together with other students, or in inexpensive apartments. The university helps coordinate housing for their exchange students. Applicants should keep in mind that housing has to be paid per semester – no monthly payment option. For more information, please refer to the host university website

Visa Information
Students studying for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa or residency permit. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to obtain visa information.

Helpful Links
Website for International Students
Welcome Center

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