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Graz University of Technology

Graz University of Technology
Spend a semester or year at the Technische Universität Graz (TU Graz), one of Europe’s leaders in cutting-edge scientific research and international collaboration.
Location: 
Graz, Austria
Language of Instruction: 
German
English
Term: 
Academic Year
Spring Semester
Academic Disciplines: 
Architectural Engineering
Chemistry
Electrical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Mechanical Engineering
Math
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Highlights: 
  • Study Engineering, Science, and Math at one of Europe’s leading research institutions.
  • Experience the student-friendly city of Graz, Austria, a UNESCO cultural heritage site and once named the “European Cultural Capital”. 
  • Courses available in English and German.
Program Summary: 

Spend a semester or year at the Technische Universität Graz (TU Graz), one of Europe’s leaders in cutting-edge scientific research and international collaboration.  This program is an ideal location for Engineering and Math students interested in studying among innovative researchers with a passion for high-quality academic instruction.  The research-focused climate of TU Graz lends itself to unique opportunities for students to experience academic life at an institution known for its basic and applied research, international collaboration, and innovative use of technology.

Located in the student-friendly city of Graz, Austria, students will enjoy the youthful and vibrant energy of this once-named European Cultural Capital city.  With architecture dating back to the Middle Ages alongside contemporary buildings and sculptures, Graz is a fascinating mix of old and new.  Graz offers ample green space and a lively cultural scene to explore and its location in Europe is well situated for travel.   

Students can take courses in German or English and also have the option to take courses at three other universities in Graz including the University of Graz, the Medical University, and the Music University.  

Location: 

Technische Universität Graz (Graz University of Technology)

Technische Universität Graz (or TU Graz) has a 200+ year history of providing high quality, innovation-oriented education in the fields of science and technology.  Founded by Archduke Johann in 1811, today the university is an international leader in scientific research and collaboration.

The university enrolls more than 12,000 students with an international student population of approximately 15 percent.  TU Graz offers bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programs in more than 30 disciplines.  Its degree programs are spread across the following Faculties (Schools):

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences
  • Electric and Information Engineering
  • Mathematics, Physics and Geodesy
  • Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering, Biotechnology
  • Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering

Graz, Austria

Graz is a student-friendly city of approximately 300,000 in the southeast corner of Austria.  Located near the borders with Slovenia and Hungary and two hours south of Vienna, Graz is Austria’s second largest city and the capital of the province of Styria.  Graz was previously named the European Cultural Capital and its well-preserved Old Town is on UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Heritage sites.   

Graz is home to four different universities and a large student population, lending the city a vibrant and youthful atmosphere and many student-friendly amenities.  The beautiful Mur River runs through the city center and there are numerous architectural, historic, cultural, and outdoors features to explore.  Each year the city hosts numerous festivals.  Students will enjoy the many green spaces, its well-preserved medieval city center, the lively arts scene, and the relaxed feel of this hidden gem in Austria. 

Academic Information: 

Visiting exchange students may take courses in any of the 7 Faculties (Schools) at TU Graz:

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences
  • Electric and Information Engineering
  • Mathematics, Physics and Geodesy
  • Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering, Biotechnology
  • Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering

Explore the 30+ academic departments at TU Graz here.  

Courses at the bachelor’s level are taught in German, however, many courses in English are also available each semester, especially in the following departments: Chemical and Process Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information and Computer Engineering, Software Development and Business Management.  Most courses at the graduate level are offered in English.  Students with at least 2 semesters of German language may take any course at the university.  Explore course offerings in English here.

Students have the option to take German language courses on campus prior to the semester or concurrently with other courses during the semester.  Courses are offered at all levels, from beginning to advanced, and credit is awarded for German language study.   

Through a unique enrollment agreement, students studying at TU Graz may also take courses at the University of Graz, the Medical University, and the Music University.  Similarly, TU Graz students can take a variety sports courses through the Sports Institute of Graz (a small additional fee may apply).  Sports course offerings range from paragliding, windsurfing, and snowboarding, to flamenco, weightlifting, fencing, and more.   

Housing: 

Students are housed in student residence halls within walking distance or a short bus or tram ride of the TU Graz campus.  Several rooming options are available, including single or double bedrooms with a shared kitchen, dining area, and bathroom, or single apartments with private bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette.  All facilities offer basic amenities such as WiFi and laundry.    

All students will have access to kitchen facilities in their apartment or suite.  Students can also purchase inexpensive meals at the TU Graz cafeteria (“mensa”), with many options including vegetarian and vegan selections.  Restaurants near the university also offer student specials with inexpensive meal options.   

Eligibility: 

Applicants must be at least a sophomore by the beginning of the program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Two semesters of college-level German are required for German language courses, but there is no language requirement for students wishing to take courses in English.


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