The University of Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria's second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. Many excellent scientists, amongst them six Nobel laureates, have taught and researched here.
With 32,500 students and 4,000 employees the University of Graz contributes significantly to the vibrating life of the Styrian capital. Its location in Europe encourages a lively scientific, economic and cultural exchange with South-East Europe, from which not only the city benefits, but also its educational institutions.
Facts and Figures
As a comprehensive university, the University of Graz regards itself as an international institution for education and research committed to research and teaching for the benefit of society.
It is our policy to maintain freedom in research and teaching, which permanently commits us to social, political and technological developments. Increasing flexibilisation and globalisation are the essential frame conditions.
Besides our ambition to create profile and visibility in a European and global context, it is above all one of our most outstanding characteristics that our university has acquired a special position in the south-eastern European region.
Basic and applied research belong to our excellences, based on the foundations of scientific and ethical integrity. We foster topical and methodological variety within an international cooperation network. We build our profile by determining research focuses under the consideration of socially relevant research questions.
Innovative interdisciplinary research and cooperation are amongst the subjects especially encouraged.
We involve our students in research in the context of research-based teaching. We cooperate with excellent European and non-European universities and participate in important networks. We actively provide our knowledge and the results generated through research to society.
Teaching and Studies
At our university, students are trained to become autonomous and, as graduates with great technical and social skills, to acquire interdisciplinary and critical thinking. Teaching has the same value as research and is developed according to high quality standards. Research-based teaching allows for the needs of students and requirements of science, society and business. Innovative and interdisciplinary teaching plays a similarly important role as does student counselling and comprehensive education of students. We acknowledge that students must take responsibility for their own learning processes and we support the principle of active participation in the further development of teaching. We encourage students’ mobility by providing international mobility and mutual study programmes.
We regard ourselves as being a both nationally and internationally sought-after partner for young scientists. Our doctoral students and postdocs work in a research group network and acquire thorough preparation for successful careers as scientists in a global context. We support young scientists by providing special training and mobility programmes as well as networking and cooperation with other scientific institutions and businesses.
Our international networking in the fields of teaching, research, organisational and HR development has increased considerably in the context of building the European Higher Education Area. Our profile includes cooperation programmes with excellent European and non-European universities. One of our special features is the close collaboration with South-East Europe and networking participation in the Coimbra Group and the Utrecht Network in the frame of which there are additional possibilities for mobility and project cooperation. Austria’s unique internship programmes for members of teaching, research and administration staff as well as the continuous increase in short-term lectureships in the frame of the EU Socrates programme are part of our internationally oriented HR development measures.
Location Development and Infrastructure
The scientific and economic environment is very important for the development of our university. We grasp the opportunity to participate in cooperation with other academic institutions and businesses, thus contributing to regional development.
Developing an excellently equipped and short-distance campus with state-of-the-art infrastructure and efficient administration is the key to research and teaching.
The members of our university – academic and non-academic staff, students and alumni – support the university’s social role through active communication. Both research results and educational policy issues are communicated and discussed beyond the boundaries of the university. It is our central concern to promote the concept of life-long learning. Hence, we offer a comprehensive range of adult education courses for all generations.
Within the scope of our social responsibility, one of our focuses is maintaining and fostering ecological, economical and social responsibility. We dedicate ourselves to issues of sustainability not only in teaching and research, but also in the field of university development.
Members of Staff
We promote the intellectual, technical and personal development of our employees. We respect social principles and foster an atmosphere of open communication and mutual esteem. Human resource management is implemented as a common responsibility supported by all members of university staff, especially by senior officials and other responsible people.
We create organisational frame conditions which help our members of staff to cope with family and work satisfactorily.
Gender Equality, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action for Women
At our university, gender equality, equal opportunity and affirmative action for women have special priority. We strive for a balanced ratio between men and women, especially on the executive level. In the frame of affirmative action for women, we focus on supporting young scientists. We also develop and encourage cooperation models concerned with female and gender studies at academic and non-academic institutions.
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As an information hub for people who want to find out more about studying at our university, 4students - Studien Info Service offers individual guidance and information for all students and prospective students via telephone, e-mail, skype and our website. All queries are answered within 24 hours on work days. Should you require specific information about university studies, our help-hotline connects you directly to the director of studies office.
Our Disability Resource Centre offers support and advice to students with special needs in all matters of everyday university life. The Centre provides solutions for problems with building accessibility, information barriers, study funding and search for accommodation.
If you have any specific enquiries concerning doctoral programmes, our DocService for doctoral students offers you all the support you need. This service point supports young scientists in all phases of their doctoral programme, as well as with projects related to enhancement and internationalisation of doctoral programmes at the University of Graz.
As an inter-university child supervision service point, unikid supports people who are confronted with the challenge of studying and child-care. “Studying parents” can apply for assistance in organising child supervision throughout the year. Our service facility unicare is your partner in helping you to solve family care problems and provides you with information and advice in organising assistance for all those who are involved in caring for other family members.
The transition from school to university is not always easy, especially if you are the first one of your family to attend university.
Everything is new to you and you don’t know how to sign up for lectures, you need help organizing your studies and you can’t find your way around the campus? We’ll try to help you!
Our peer mentors Eva and Nicole will support you during the first phase of your studies.
Upon your successful entry into the University of Graz, the information management system UNIGRAZonline provides you with all the information you need for organising your study programme. After enrolment, students receive their own personal account and a semester schedule proposal, which enables them to organise their studies and to get information about their academic progress. Besides that, they can print study records and change their current status via UNIGRAZonline.
Our office for Academic Affairs will help you in all matters concerning dual enrolment, change of studies or academic leave. At the same time, the workshop series 4students:live helps to make academic life more comfortable.
The 4students:live workshop series focuses on matters of interest related to students’ everyday life, offering a number of inputs in order to support you during your entire studies. Our workshops deal with all kinds of issues such as organizing stays abroad, writing academic papers or employing gender-inclusive language.
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“A picture is worth a thousand words”… and even more are moving pictures. The following podcasts are online tutorials meant to support you during your studies.
UNIGRAZonline - the information management system at the University of Graz - provides all students with authorised access to university data. It enables authorised persons to access information about study courses and examinations, to manage their personal data and to follow their academic progress.
By way of individual access to UNIGRAZonline, all students also receive an individual E-mail account and their own mailbox. All information about the University of Graz, its departments and organisational units will be sent exclusively to this university E-mail address.
Another IT service for students with WLAN capable terminals is the university’s WLAN. Should the terminal be within its range, it can be connected via the UNIGRAZonline access data.
The virtual campus is also available on the university’s teaching and learning campus. Working materials and interactive study contents for courses at the University of Graz are available via the learning platforms Moodle, Blackboard and WebCT.
Director of Studies
The Director of Studies at the University of Graz is responsible for the enactment of university study provisions at first instance. He is in charge of coordinating and planning academic affairs and teaching. The Director of Studies delegates the aforementioned tasks in the area of the faculties to the Deans of Studies or the Vice Deans of Studies and the President of the curricular committees. However, the Director of Studies manages all interdisciplinary affairs himself.
Martin Polaschek, Vice Rector for Studies and Teaching, is the Director of Studies at the University of Graz.
The University of Graz cooperates in research and teaching with some 500 universities worldwide - an international profile which is also experienced by our students. Students at the University of Graz increasingly take advantage of possibilities to gather experience abroad during their studies. In order to obtain additional qualifications, they can enhance their knowledge of foreign languages by studying abroad for one or more than one semester.
In the framework of various mobility programmes and networks such as ERASMUS, Joint Study, ISEP, AEN, MAUI, CEEPUS, etc. as well as the University’s own scholarships, students have the choice amongst numerous partner institutes for their studies abroad. Moreover, summer schools and Joint Degree programmes bring internationality into everyday student life.
The University of Graz accompanies people in educational issues throughout their lives. Numerous institutions provide valuable supplementary opportunities beyond regular studies and offer an excellent platform for continuing education beyond the limits of the traditional university. The Centre for Social Competence fosters communicative special knowledge, “treffpunkt sprachen” offers language courses for students and university staff. The Sports Centre of the University of Graz presents an extensive range of activities from aerobics to paragliding and yoga.
Studying and Working
Besides their studies, many students at the University of Graz work part or full-time in order to fund their studies or to acquire additional qualifications and initial experience in their later professions.
The Career Center at the University of Graz helps students to find internships, spare-time and vacation jobs and provides graduates of the university with a professional service for preparing their careers. The first point of contact for launching and continuing careers is the Career Center which offers individual counselling, workshops and events related to this subject.
Besides national student grants bestowed by the Austrian Study Grant Authority, the University of Graz also offers numerous financial possibilities to support students. Student grants, endowments and funds support students in specific phases of their studies. University-related grants are amongst others granted for outstanding performance in the form of merit scholarships, mobility grants for studying abroad as well as research promotion grants and printing cost subsidies. The Dean’s offices are responsible for dealing with merit scholarships. In addition, the Coordination Centre for Gender Research, Women's Studies and Affirmative Action for Women offers special support to female students.
Accommodation and Food
The university town of Graz provides students with a variety of accommodation possibilities. Depending on individual requirements, students can choose from a wide range of student hostels, apartment sharing, rented or freehold properties. In any case, students should begin early enough with the search for suitable accommodation. Rooms in student hostels are particularly rare and require certain registration procedures.
Around the university campus, there are the so-called Mensae or students’ restaurants at university. They offer students quick and affordable meals. Students who are eligible for a study grant or whose previous year’s net income does not exceed 10,000 euros are entitled to the so-called Mensa stamp which is available at the office of the Austrian Students’ Union. With it, they receive a discount on daily meals. In addition, there is a number of cafés and restaurants in the vicinity of the University of Graz and on the campus which also offer affordable midday meals and snacks.
Sports on the campus
Physical fitness is the key to a lively spirit and compensates for efforts in everyday student life. The Sports Centre at the University of Graz offers a host of alternative and newer sports from football to Zumba. Our range of courses includes different levels of difficulties for beginners as well as for competitive sportsmen and women. Besides encouraging people to engage in more physical exercise, our USI courses promote communication amongst students and teachers, for instance at the annual Kleeblatt - Cloverleaf Race, a grand sports event with several thousand runners.
With over 3.5 million information carriers, the University Library is one of the largest cultural and educational institutions in Styria. It is a library with universal standards, scientific orientation and public mission for the whole region. It increasingly regards itself as a “hybrid library” which, in the sense of sustainable development, not only acquires analogue and digital media, but also manages, archives, analyses and makes them accessible.
With 350,000 microfiches, DVDs, CD-ROMs and other data carriers for films, images, texts and music, the media library manages the most comprehensive collection in Austria in the field of new media. It provides its professional skills and research know-how to all users. Knowledge transfer is the basis of an increasingly independent handling of information resources.
The University Library houses a major part of the written heritage of the Archduchy of Styria including manuscripts from Styrian and Carinthian monasteries, as well as collections from the Jesuit University.
Digitalisation and Restoration
The Library is regarded as a European centre of excellence for digitalising and restorating precious books and manuscripts. Our high-tech camera-table is the result of in-house development for which there is a great international demand. Our Research Centre for Printed and Written Heritage digitalises valuable, partially unknown writings, in order to make them accessible to science and to the general public.
More information about enrolment: www.uni-graz.at/en/studying/for-prospective-students/enrolment-for-applicants-and-new-entrants/
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