Technische Universität Graz - Schulich & Science Only

Wander through the beautiful historic city centre of Graz and enjoy some traditional pastry or visit one of the amazing restaurants in the official European "Capital of Delight".

Austria's second largest city has over six universities which makes it a lively student centre. TU Graz is the only university in Europe to have a state accredited body that is authorized to test and certify medical products, according to European standards and regulations. TU Graz is a research-intensive university ranked among the top 151-200 universities worldwide in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, and in the top 250-300 for Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (QS, 2016).  The city of Graz, which is located close to the Alps and around 200 km from the Mediterranean Sea, also has a lot to offer. Visit the 1000+ year old castle on the "Schlossberg" in the middle of the city, which offers a marvelous view over Graz and the surrounding area, or check out one of the many museums and galleries.

Key information

Location

Graz, Austria

Language

English, German

Semester

Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type

Exchange

Application information

Application status

Open

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20/21 deadline

Jan. 8, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

21/22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020

Student experience

Check out this student testimonial from our UCalgary student Frieda Wells

Program details

Areas of Study: TU Graz has a variety of Engineering & Science programs including Astrophysics, Biochemistry and Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Cellular Biology, Chemical Physics, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Science, Electrical and Informational Engineering, Geodesy, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Physics, and Plant Biology. For a full list please see: Bachelor Programs or Masters Programs (TU Graz offers 14 Masters programs taught entirely in English)

You can search for courses taught in English at: www.tugraz.at/go/search-courses Exchange students at TU Graz are allowed to take both Bachelor’s and Master’s courses without any restrictions.

Additionally, students may be able to take 50% or less of their courses at the University of Graz (about a 13 min walk away) through their intra-Graz academic network. 

Course requirements:
In Europe, full-time course load is typically 30 ECTS (European credits), and exchange students at TU Graz are typically expected to take 18-30 credits per semester. 6 ECTS = 3 UCalgary units (1 half-course). 
The amount of credits each course is worth corresponds to the workload/contact hours, and can vary from 1-30 ECTS per course, so please be mindful of this in your selection. 

The Transfer Credit Database contains information on previous courses which have been transferred from this institution, however students are not limited to these courses and are strongly encouraged to contact their academic advisor for any other specific transfer credit information.

Student Tips: "In general, the academic environment is more formal. Eating during lectures is a faux-pas, and questions are generally saved to the end of the lecture. To conclude a lecture, instead of applause, it is common place to tap the table as if you are knocking on a door. Class sizes [were also] significantly smaller (5-10 people)."

The academic year at TU Graz is devided into two semesters. The "Winter" semester runs from October to late January/early February and the "Summer" semester runs from late February/early March to early July.

Please Note: Austrian visa applications may require travel to the Ottawa embassy to submit documentation and take biometrics as needed - please speak with your faculty exchange advisor as soon as possible about whether this will be required for you. 
Semester-long exchange students from the U.S. and Canada, who take part in an academic exchange program can submit their application for Visa D (for a period of more than 90 but less than 180 days) during their stay in Austria at:

This procedure follows Austrian national regulation - if you intend to apply for a Visa D, the first entry point into the Schengen area (Continental Europe) must be Austria.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

    Students should budget an estimated €800 per month for accommodation, living costs and other personal expenses. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning. Please Note: See "Semester Dates" for information on the Austrian visas. 

    TU Graz offers a "Mensa" (Cafeteria), and there are a variety around the various campuses of Graz. These offer a very different "cafeteria" experience, with a variety of nutritious and delicious meals for a very reasonable price. Mensa meals consist of a main course with salad and a soup or dessert for under 5 euros, with reduced costs for students. For more information, visit the Mensa page

    Graz Cost Comparison vs Calgary: Click Here

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? 
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any 
    awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Graz offers various accommodation options for exchange students including student housing and flat shares. For more information, visit the "Where will I live?" section of the Preparation page. Monthly accommodation costs range from €315 to €505 per month.

The earlier you start looking for accommodation, the more options you will have. Also be sure to make your payments in time, otherwise you cannot be guaranteed a place organized by TU Graz's International Relations and Mobility office.

There are a variety of options here:

  • OeAD WohnraumverwaltungsGmbH provides in-depth descriptions of different student housing in Graz. You can register for a room directly on the website.
  • The Austrian Student Union has a list of all student housing in Austria. In case you don’t know, the City of Graz is in the County of Styria (Steiermark).
  • There are also external accommodation sites, which can be viewed on the "Where will I live?" section. 

Student Tips: "With respect to climate: one day the temperature high was about -1 C, and the city issued an extreme cold warning. With respect to transit: it is a small city, and possible to get around on foot or by bicycle."

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in Schulich School of Engineering and Faculty of Science at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-) or permission of the exchange advisor.

For courses in English, no German skills are necessary, however if you wish to take courses in German you must have completed at least two 300-level courses in German (4 semesters of German or equivalent language skills). A language level of at least B2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR), is also acceptable. Certification of language proficiency may be required. (see "Additional Information/FAQs" for pre-semester course details).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Do I have to speak German?

If you are taking courses in English, no prior knowledge of German is required for this exchange. If you wish to take courses in German, please review the eligibility section for more information. 

What options are available for improving my German at TU Graz?

Before every semester Graz offers intensive German language courses at different levels. The courses cost €260 for exchange students. Students also have the opportunity to do German language courses during the semester for a cost of €60 per course. 

What resources are available to new students?

TU Graz offers helpful orientation sessions before each semester explaining some of the formalities of your exchange, the Austrian university system, and tips for living and studying in Graz - it is mandatory to attend as important information and registration processes take place at this time. There is also an Intercultural Orientation session.  

What supports or services are available at TU Graz?

TU Graz offers support for students and staff with temporary or permanent accessibility needs, and provides support for accessible learning as well as for those with chronic conditions. For information on accessibility of campuses across Europe, ESN has created "MappEd!" which allows you to check the accessibility of universities and cities across Europe. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.

What's special about Graz?

Museums, armouries, and botanical gardens; annual music and art festivals; a vibrant cabaret scene. It's understandable that Graz was named the European Capital of Culture in 2003. The city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in part because of its well-preserved medieval city centre. Additionally, Graz's setting near the Alps has made it an active stop on the European train network. For instance, from here it's only an hour to Maribor, Slovenia, or four hours to Venice, Italy.

For more information on food and dining in Graz, visit the "Life in Graz" page listing on Restaurants. 

Please also view our student testimonial about TU Graz. 

Student Tips: "Very extensive sports courses in a huge range of activities (skiing, diving, climbing) were all available at a very low cost to students. Lots of orientation activities were [also] planned. Additionally, the mayor hosted a reception for all incoming foreign students. Casual, bi-weekly meetups took place in a local pub."


Have questions?

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Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Saskia Schaelicke

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.

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International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.