University of Graz

University of Graz, Austria



Information Sheet: 2021 Information Sheet

The University of Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria's second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. Many excellent scientists, amongst them six Nobel laureates, have taught and researched here. With some 31,500 students and 4,000 employees the University of Graz contributes significantly to the vibrating life of the Styrian capital. Its location in Europe encourages a lively scientific, economic and cultural exchange with South-East Europe, from which not only the city benefits, but also its educational institutions. 

Graz is the second-largest city in Austria with a long tradition as a student city: its six universities have more than 44,000 students. Its "Old Town" is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999. In the last few years some strikingly modern new public buildings have also been erected in the city. The most famous include the Kunsthaus (house of modern art) designed by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, a museum constructed right next to the river Mur, and the "Murinsel" (island in the Mur), an island made of steel, situated in the river. The city has a wealth of museums, and has been the first official "Epicure Capital of Austria" since 2008.

The International Office at Graz is a welcoming and friendly placed staffed by dedicated, enthusiastic and delightful people who will do all they can to assist AEN students. The Director is Sabine Pendl and Doris Knasar & Elisabeth Müller are the primary contact people for AEN students.
See their website here: International Office website for exchange

This is guaranteed for exchange students, provided they apply in time, and is usually in University apartments, which are of a very high standard, with one double room, 2 singles, 2 bathrooms, living room and kitchen. Some apartments have all single rooms. There are excellent laundry facilities in each apartment block. There is also a sauna, recreation and barbeque area on the roof. Each apartment block has a quiet room for study and research and all rooms have internet access which is included in the cost of the room together with heating and electricity. The apartments are 15-20 minutes from the University campus and the old town by public transport, but most students have bikes.
AEN students must get Austrian Health Insurance which costs approximately €23 per month. This covers students for medical expenses, dentist, eye examinations and can include the cost of new glasses. The insurance is valid in the whole of Europe including Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegowina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegra and Turkey but not for the former Soviet Union. Prescriptions will, however, be charged at a nominal rate of €4.70 per prescription.
The public transportation system in Graz is highly efficient, buses and trams run frequently. A monthly pass costs 33 Euro. The Federal Railway (ÖBB) has a special offer for people under the age of 26; the ‘Vorteilscard’ costs €20, is valid for a year and allows up to 50% off all train trips in Austria, e.g. a trip to Vienna would normally cost €30 so for a student with the Vorteilscard, the cost if €15.

It is strongly advised that AEN students join the Student Union (IXESN) as it organises many social functions and this is a good way to meet both other international students and local Austrian students. Also sports courses at the USI-department are a great way to meet local people and students. The choice is wide – snowboarding, skiing, skating, running, aerobics, tae kwan do, archery, polo, hip hop dancing, water skiing and most sports you can think of.

Faculty of Catholic Theology
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education