As one of the most popular university cities in Central-Europe, Graz lives with - and from - its students. In 2012, every sixth inhabitant was a student. The city's vivid and vibrant cultural scene is closely tied to the over 40 000 students.
Life in Graz has been an inspiration to academia for centuries - Johannes Kepler, Ludwig Boltzmann and Erwin Schrödinger are but a few scientists who studied and worked in Austria's second largest city.
Things you should know before you come
Today, a good share of students comes from outside Austria - mostly from Europe but also from all other continents. If you are one of them - or about to become one - there is a lot to know about taking up a course of study in Austria. From application for admission and requirements for studying to general organisational conditions and affordable accommodation - the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD - Österreichische Austauschdienst GmbH) will help you find your way. The special guide Study in Austria explains more.
Six universities - one city
The city's main university, the University of Graz, founded in the 16th century, is one of the oldest in Europe. From archaeology to experimental physics - Graz' main university with six faculties has a lot to offer. Its former medical institutes today form an independent university, the Medical University Graz today. Both universities are located on the university campus in the city district of Geidorf, east of the city centre.
Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), founded in the 18-hundreds, covers technical studies in the wider sense - from architecture to electro-mechanics. The city's second largest university has two main locations in Graz-St. Leonhard and Graz-St. Peter.
With more than 2,000 students, the University of Music and Performing Arts (‘Kunstuni Graz') is an internationally renowned place of education - 17 institutes and 2 doctoral schools offer highly qualified training..
The programs at the three universities are complemented by the ones at two universities of applied sciences, the FH Joanneum and the Campus 02. These specialised institutions do not follow the 'classical' university approach but focus more on specific, close-to-job issues - from geriatric care to web engineering.
Whoever needs help in choosing right courses or finding accommodation, can get in touch with Austria's official student association, the Österreichische Hochschülerschaft (ÖH). It is present at all Austrian universities. Non-profit organisations like ESN Graz, AISEAC or the Afro-Asian Institute Graz offer additional support to students. Scholarship holders including ERASMUS students should also get in touch with the OeAD Office Graz.
MMag. Dr. Alexander Ferstl