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Austria, Graz
Graz, Austria (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
Fact Sheet:
3.0 (may be flexible) Language of Instruction: German
Year in School: May apply as freshman; must have at least soph. standing by program begin Academic Pre-requisites: Must successfully complete German 202 prior to departure.
Coordinator: Cheryl Lochner-Wright
Program Description:

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Graz have been exchanging students since 1986. If you want to truly immerse yourself in the life of a German-speaking university student, Graz is the place for you!

As a UW-Eau Claire student at Uni Graz, you will live the life of an Austrian university student, taking classes from Austrian professors, with Austrian classmates, and living in university-arranged housing with Austrian and international roommates.  When you have finished your time abroad, you will be able to say that you truly experienced student life in another culture!

Graz (population 254,000) is the capital of the  province of Styria (Steiermark).  Known for its cultural offerings, Graz has a post-modern art museum, as well as an array of theaters, jazz clubs, an opera house and many  cafés.  Graz is nicknamed "die grüne Stadt" (the green city) due to its many parks.

Karl-Franzens-University was founded in 1585. With 27,000 students, "Uni Graz" is the 2nd largest university in Austria.  The "campus" is in the center of Graz, but as with most European universities, its buildings are scattered throughout the surrounding areas.


Uni Graz arranges housing for international exchange students.  The housing may be in a residence hall or a shared apartment.  In the residence halls, you generally have a double room and share kitchen and bathroom facilities with several other students on the floor.  If you are placed in an apartment, it is likely that you will have a single room and share common space only with your apartment-mates.  Costs will be correspondingly higher.

You will have use of a kitchen, either in your apartment or shared with those on your floor in the dorm.  You can also choose to eat some meals quite inexpensively in the campus cafeterias. 
  • Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
  • Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.




Students can choose courses in a variety of disciplines including German Language, Music Studies and History. To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar;  click here:  Academics - Austria.

Below you will find more information on program costs:
Fall 2017  Spring 2017

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There are many opportunities to get involved while in Graz. Upon arrival, you will meet your Austrian student mentor, who will introduce you to student life in Graz. You may also choose to join the "Tandem" program that pairs native German speakers with native English speakers for language exchange. And there are all sorts of extra-curricular activities and weekend trips through the Universitaet Sport Institute (USI). Past students note that community events were posted clearly around the dorm and in the city, making cultural experiences easily accessible. They attended operas, sporting events, plays and concerts.  

"For me this program was perfect. It gave me a balance of responsibility and freedom that allowed me to choose what my experience was. Also, I personally think a year is much better when traveling to a foreign country to learn the language. I felt that after 4 or 5 months I was finally fitting in and Graz was now my home. I couldn't have imagined going home at that time. It was a great program for me and I would recommend it to anyone."  Andrew S.

Graz is a great base for exploring eastern and western Europe--and the semester break in February is a wonderful opportunity to see Europe in the off (read: cheap!) season.  Hop a train to Vienna or Innsbruck.  Cross the border and you're in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, or Slovenia.

To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 04/03/2017 04/04/2017 TBA TBA
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