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FAQs for students concerning the corona crisis

 

13 July 2020
 

Before studying

I am an international student and have not studied at the University in Graz before. How can I enroll at the moment?

 

Bachelor’s Programme, Diploma, Teacher Training

Master’s Programme

Doctoral Programme

for summer semester

2020

not possible anymore

until June 30 2020 (end of grace period)

extended deadline

for winter semester

2020/21

from April/May till September 30 2020 (end of general admission period)

from April/May till November 30 2020 (end of grace period)

extended deadline

 

If you want to apply for a study programme at the Karl-Franzens University Graz as an international student right now, the Office for Academic Affairs at the University of Graz does currently accept all necessary original documents by mail.

You might find the university's admission guide helpful -> You just need to type in your data and the admission guide will tell you which documents are required when, how you need to proceed in order to be admitted as a regular degree student, how much tuition you'll have to pay and so on.

Since the language of instruction at the University of Graz is German, international students need to prove their German knowledge at level C1 in order to study a programme. If you do not yet have these German skills when applying, you at least have to have level A2 for the application. You can find more about the needed Language Certificates here.

For study programmes offered in English an English language certificate has to be handed in. Find more information about which study programmes are offered in English and which language certificates are accepted here.

If you have any further questions concerning your application, please contact the International Students Unit (zulassung.international(at)uni-graz.at)

I am an international student and am already studying at the University of Graz. How can I open another Bachelor’s programme at the moment?

You can open another Bachelor’s programme for the winter semester 2020/21 until September 30 2020, but you do have to do the application procedure for this programme again.

Will the registration period be extended?

Currently, this is not expected. However, the situation is being observed and evaluated and if needed, appropriate measures will be taken.

How can I apply for a Student Visa/Residence permit at the moment?

Please contact the Welcome Center (international.students(at)uni-graz.at) for up-to-date information.

 

International arrivals: Covid-19 info

The following page summarizes all information for new international students and exchange students. https://international.uni-graz.at/en/international-arrivals-covid-19-info/

Will the entrance exams for the restricted study programmes take place at the given dates or will they be postponed?

Teaching programme:  Due to COVID-19 the general entrance process for the teaching programme in the academic year 2020/21 will take place in a different format. More on that here.

Other programmes with entrance exams: You can find the current changes due to COVID-19 on this website: http://studienzugang.uni-graz.at.

 

During studying

Where do I find course material?
Your respective teachers and professors can tell you about that. Technical support is provided by the uniIT. You can find information and instructions on the website: https://it.uni-graz.at/de

How will cancelled courses or internships be handled/be compensated for?
Teaching staff was asked to change their courses into online courses and to hold exams digitally for the whole semester. There will be individual solutions for courses that require working in laboratories or other practical applications and excursions involving practical activities in the field in order to adhere to safety measures and guarantee the health of students and staff.

Concerning internships in schools in the summer semester 2020 current information can be found on the website of the University College of Teacher Education Styria.

How are lectures going to take place in this semester?
Lectures are exclusively to be held online until 30 September 2020. The lecturers can, however, change the methods and the concept of the lecture during the semester. If this is the case, students must be informed about those changes no later than 24 May 2020.

Are there already any changes or special terms for the Students’ Introduction and Orientation Phase (STEOP)?
Students who have not yet completed their Students' Introduction and Orientation Phase by 23 April 2020 can take courses and exams in the summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21 exceeding the limit of ECTS credits that is given in the curricula originally. You still have to fulfill the requirements for courses as stated in the curricula, though.

My course has been reorganized into e-learning/distance learning, but I do not have the needed technical requirements. What can I do?
Unfortunately, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research cannot offer technical equipment for students. Reorganizing teaching operations should minimize the consequences of COVID-19 for the students as best as possible, but unfortunately restrictions cannot be avoided completely. If you have troubles, it is definitely recommended to get in touch with your course teacher. Maybe an individual solution can be found together.

At the University of Graz the uniIT supports students with technical difficulties as best as possible. More information: https://it.uni-graz.at/de/ 

Is there a platform where I can exchange experiences of home learning/distance learning with peers?
The University of Graz has set up a discussion forum on Moodle, where experiences and problems can be communicated. More information: https://moodle.uni-graz.at/

How can exams be held this semester?
In order not to expose students to health risks, exams and performance assessments for this summer semester will be conducted online. At least three exam dates need to be offered for lecture exams and subject exams in the period of 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020. One of them has to take place before 30 June 2020. More details on exams can be found in the Studienrechtlichen Sondervorschriften.

Are there already any changes or special terms for the Students’ Introduction and Orientation Phase (STEOP)?
Students who have not yet completed their Students' Introduction and Orientation Phase by 23 April 2020 can take courses and exams in the summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21 exceeding the limit of ECTS credits that is given in the curricula originally. You still have to fulfill the requirements for courses as stated in the curricula, though.

I need to study/work for my thesis in a laboratory. Can I still do that?

No. All campus buildings are currently closed for students and staff. The university is eager to find a solution, though.

 

How can I enroll in a consecutive Master’s or Doctoral programme right now?
It is possible to register for a consecutive Master’s or Doctoral programme as soon as your degree is entered in UNIGRAZonline. Please write a mail to studienabteilung(at)uni-graz.at with the following information:

  • Student ID number
  • Study Programme you would like to start
  • in addition for doctoral programmes:

Please also look at the general information for Master’s programmes and Doctoral programmes on the Academic Affairs‘ website.

Can I currently carry out recognitions?
This is possible in many cases right now. You can ask the responsible Dean’s office about the detailed process via mail.

How can I best reach relevant institutions like the Dean’s office, departments, Examinations office or the Academic Affairs’ office?
Since the university’s buildings are closed, there is no one present at the institutions. Please get in touch with them via mail using your valid university mail address. The websites of the different Dean’s offices also offer information.

I study in Graz, but currently live abroad. Where can I get a commuter certificate to travel to my place of study?
Students who study at Graz University but live abroad can apply for an official commuter's certificate to be able to travel to their place of study. The form can be downloaded from the website of the Austrian Economic Chambers (https://www.wko.at/service/aussenwirtschaft/pendlerbescheinigung-oesterreich-einreise.pdf). The completed form can then be sent by e-mail to studienabteilung(at)uni-graz.at. Students will then receive confirmation from the University of Graz by means of an electronic signature.

Is there support for students concerning IT-related questions?
The uniIT offers different IT services for students of the University of Graz and supports whenever there are technical questions. There is also a digital assistant called ASK that provides quick answers.

Can I pick up my UniGrazCard or can it be sent to me by post?
Unfortunately, neither is possible right now.

How can I extend my residence permit?
Please contact the Welcome Center (international.students(at)uni-graz.at) for up-to-date information.

Graduating

How can I take an exam that I urgently need to graduate?
If it can be guaranteed to carry out the exam properly online, it is possible to take it, for example, via Skype for Business. You can get in touch with your professor or the responsible Dean's office. More on lecture and subject exams during COVID-19 can be found in the Studienrechtlichen Sondervorschriften.

Can I take my Bachelor's/Master's/Diploma's exam or my Doctoral viva?
Bachelor's, Master's, Diploma's exams as well as Doctoral vivas can be taken via Skype for Business. Please contact your professor or the responsible Dean's Office of your faculty. You can get in touch with your teachers or with the respective Dean's office. More on final exams during COVID-19 can be found in the Studienrechtlichen Sondervorschriften.

How can I hand in my thesis at the moment?
Diploma- and Master's theses as well as dissertation theses can be handed in digitally at the responsible Dean's office and will be evaluated by the supervisor via home office work. The hard copy of the thesis has to be handed in as soon as the Dean's office is open again. It is also possible to send your hard copy by post. Please contact your responsible Dean's office.

Detailed information about handing in the thesis can be found on the homepage of the Dean's Office or by contacting the members of staff of the Dean's Office.

How can my certificate of graduation be issued at the moment?
Please contact the responsible Dean’s office or Examinations office via mail using your university mail address.

How can I receive my letter of conferment?
As soon as the letter of conferment is issued, students will automatically receive a mail from the Academic Affairs’ office explaining which steps to take next.

What happens if my academic ceremony cannot take place at the moment?
It seems as though public events can only take place in the winter semester again. At the moment, however, we cannot say exactly when this will be the case again. The most recent information and dates can be found on the Academic Affairs’ website.

If you have already paid the amount of € 50,- or if you have already registered for a ceremony date, there are various options:

  1. Participating at a later date
    Registering for a later date is possible without any additional costs.
  2. Getting the black roll and certificate without participating in the ceremony
    You will get a refund of € 25,- and the black roll and the certificate can be picked up at the Academic Affairs’ office. However, participating at a later date won’t be possible anymore!
  3. Not participating in the ceremony and not receiving the black roll and the certificate
    € 50,- will be refunded.

Please directly contact sabrina.eppich(at)uni-graz.at or judith.koeck(at)uni-graz.at.

Extending the grace period
The Ministry has extended the grace period for the summer semester 2020 until 30 June 2020. This means that until 30 June 2020 it is possible to register for the continuation of studies for the summer semester 2020 (i.e. paying the Student Union's fee and, if applicable, tuition fees), to be admitted to studies in the extension period and to submit application for academic leave. If a study programme or a study section is completed by 30 June 2020, no tuition fees have to be paid for the summer semester.

My curriculum will be discontinued and I cannot graduate in time due to the COVID-19 restrictions. What can I do?

If a curriculum ends on 30 September 2020, this period will be extended until the end of the winter semester 2020/2021 (= 28 February 2021).

 

Genral Information

The Ministry has extended the grace period for the summer semester 2020 until 30 June 2020. This means that until 30 June 2020 it is possible to register for the continuation of studies for the summer semester 2020 (i.e. paying the Student Union's fee and, if applicable, tuition fees), to be admitted to studies in the extension period and to submit application for academic leave. If a study programme or a study section is completed by 30 June 2020, no tuition fees have to be paid for the summer semester.

The general admission period for the winter semester 2020/2021 starts on 13 July 2020 and ends on 30 September 2020 (as opposed to 5 September originally). Course registration for the winter semester is planned to start at the beginning of September.

If a curriculum ends on 30 September 2020, this period will be extended until the end of the winter semester 2020/2021 (= 28 February 2021).

 

Is there any financial support for students who have lost their jobs due to the corona-virus and thus do not have financial means at the moment?

Students who have to deal with financial straits because of the crisis, can be supported by the social fund of the Austrian Students’ Union. You can find the information on the Students’ Union’s website https://www.oeh.ac.at/corona-haertefonds.  

As a support measure of the Special Representative for Equal Opportunities, female students currently struggling with their psychosocial situation can apply for a one-time financial grant from the university. The submission deadline for the current summer semester is 14 May 2020. Further information on the grant, eligibility requirements and application forms can be found here...

What happens if I cannot provide the needed study success for grants/aids/subsidies due to postponed courses and exams?

The university is not in charge of paying family allowance and study grants. You can find information on that on the website of the Ministry of Education, Science and Research as well as of the Austrian Study Grant Department. For the family allowance you can contact the tax office of your parents’ residence or the Ministry of Labour, Family and Youth.

How are exams being held and how can students with disabilities/chronic illnesses who need adapted exam versions due to their impairment take them?

Since possible exam options are only being developed at the moment, there is no specific information on that yet. As soon as exams can be held, students who cannot take the exam in the given format can get in touch with the Disability Resource Centre – just as always. The people concerned who have already taken exams with the support of the Zentrum Integriert Studieren use the form for announcing exams on the sharepoint-site – again just as always. Students who need support for the first time can contact the Disability Resource Centre via the address zis.pruefungen(at)uni-graz.at.

I would like to start studying at the University of Graz in the fall and have a disability/chronic illness. Where do I get advice on questions regarding my impairment?

The Zentrum Integriert Studieren is happy to help on the phone or via mail. Please get in touch with barbara.levc(at)uni-graz.at about your questions or arrange a counselling date on the phone using this address as well.

4students – Study Info Service

Academic Services

Universitätsplatz 3a/II
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 1066


Monday to Friday: 9.00 am - 12.00 noon
Tuesday and Thursday: 1.00 - 3.00 pm

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