Beige houses with red roofs in Graz, Austria with a construction crane in the background all under a double rainbow

Exchange in Graz, Austria

  1. Program Details

    Study at the University of Graz and integrate into Austrian life on this affordable exchange program.

    Location Graz, Austria
    Term Academic Year, Spring Semester
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Exchange in Graz, Austria

    The University of Graz is located in southeastern Austria. Graz is a picturesque university town offering theatre, music, parks, forests, and access to ski areas.

    Exchanges provide an affordable study abroad option and offer complete immersion at academic institutions specifically selected to meet the needs of University of Minnesota students.

    Housing & Meals

    The majority of international students live in student dorms, as it is the most cost-effective option and the best way to meet fellow students. The student dorms contain shared flats with cooking facilities and single or double occupancy is available. 


    The Office of International Relations organizes a Buddy Program and various social activities throughout the semester.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students having participated in a bilateral exchange program will:

    • Develop a stronger sense of confidence by engaging in a highly independent study abroad program and foster second language acquisition whenever possible 

    • Learn to appreciate diverse world views, accept complexity, and embrace ambiguity; added benefit of reciprocity to foster mutual respect and understanding

    • Experience a new culturally specific academic system and incorporate different academic perspectives

    • Identify and communicate how your experience abroad has impacted you personally, academically, and professionally

    Faculty & Staff

    The Office of International Relations will provide onsite support while you are in Graz.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level Various levels

    Students are required to maintain a minimum of 15 credits (30 ECTS credits) per semester.


    Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

    You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.

    A wide variety of classes are available in humanities, law, natural sciences, social and economic sciences, theology, translation and interpreting.

    All classes are regular university classes taught in German or English. German-taught courses can be found on the Online Course GuideEnglish-taught courses are also available.

    Special note for German majors / minors:  Students wishing to apply coursework in Graz to a German major / minor must take coursework in German.  Courses taught in English are not eligible to fulfill major / minor requirements. 

    You can also enroll in an intensive German language session prior to regular classes, for an additional fee. Learn more about the intensive pre-session and semester German language courses.

    Finding Course Information

    Learn about country-specific academic terminology and how to find host university course information

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Academic Year 2020-21 Mid September - End of Jun Apr 1, 2020
    Spring Semester 2021 Mid February - End of June Sep 20, 2020

    Spaces on Exchange programs are limited, students are encouraged to have a backup program in mind if applying for an exchange program.

    - Optional three-week intensive German language course begins in early February for Spring students.  Optional three-week German language course begins in early September for Academic Year students.  

    - While applications may be considered after the deadline, only students applying on or before the priority deadline will be guaranteed on-campus housing in Graz.  Late applicants will need to find their own housing arrangements. 

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Academic Year 2020-21 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for Exchange in Graz, Austria

    Spring 2020

    Academic Year 2020/21

    Spring 2021

    Exchange costs may vary from year to year and are subject to change.   

    Students participating on exchanges are charged a program fee which is inclusive of University of Minnesota-Twin Cities tuition and fees, University of Minnesota Advising, Placement, Academic and Administrative Costs (APAAC) and international health insurance. The APAAC covers application processing, advising services, orientation, course registration, grade transfer and posting for resident credit as well as program billing and assistance with financial aid when applicable.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Program Dates for term options
    Program Name Exchange in Graz
    Track Name Karl-Franzens University
    Country Austria


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

    • Application Essay
    • 1 Academic Recommendation
    • 1-page résumé

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    Application Review Process

    Once you submit your completed application, it will be reviewed by the Learning Abroad Center. The Learning Abroad Center will nominate the top students that meet the eligibility requirements.

    Nominated students will be required to complete the University of Graz’s application. The University of Graz will make the final acceptance decision. More information about this process will be sent to the nominated students.

    All applicants will be notified of their application decision by email.

    If nominated, you will also be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.

    If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancelation request.

  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Cathy Huber or call at 612.624.9016.

  8. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.

    Abigail Anderson: Spring 2019; Supply Chain & Operations Management major and Health & Wellness minor

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.