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FAQs and instructions

This is a selection of important university terminology, processes and abbreviations, to help you find your way around university life!

Before studying

Non-degree programme students are not normally enrolled in a study programme, but they are assigned a registration number and are entitled to register for and attend courses. This status is usually granted to those who do not yet have the necessary prerequisites for a degree programme (e.g. individuals completing the pre-course programme or a university training course). Tuition fees must generally be paid by non-degree programme students.

Academic Affairs

An admission process is required before enrolment for some courses at the University of Graz. This process includes registering in the application tool on time, paying a contribution towards the costs of each study programme, and in most cases, completing an online self-assessment. An admission examination may also be required at the secondary stage. Each admission process takes place just once per academic year, and a secondary school leaving examination will not be required to participate. It is then possible to enrol for a study programme in the winter or summer semester with a study placement as well as with the general higher education qualification exam. Prospective international students must also submit an application for allocation of a study placement.

Admission Process

Prospective students must first prove their aptitude for becoming a teacher before starting a teacher training programme with the South-East Development Network. The steps involved are as follows:

  • On-time registration
  • Payment of cost contribution
  • Completion of online self-assessment
  • Participation in computer-based admissions test

Once the student passes the admissions process (and potentially also the additional aptitude tests for certain teaching subjects), they may enrol on the teacher training programme in the winter or summer semester. The admission process takes place once per academic year. International students must also submit an application for allocation of a study placement.

Admission process for teacher training programmes

Anyone interested in programmes subject to specific access requirements must register for the admission process using the application tool. Note: this step does not mean that a student is actually enrolled in the study programme! Prospective international students must also submit an application for allocation of a study placement.

Application tool

Anyone wishing to enrol on a study programme at the University of Graz for the first time must enter the data for enrolment online. Personal data and the desired course of study are requested with this. International students must, however, also submit an application for allocation of a study placement beforehand and have received a positive decision.

Data capture for enrollment

A student’s physical aptitude is examined before they are able to study sport (bachelor’s, master’s and teaching subjects). Students must register for a motor skills supplementary examination just before the start of the winter and summer semesters for this purpose.

Physical test

Prior knowledge of Biology, Latin or Greek is required before starting some Bachelor's programmes. The precise timing is also stated in the curriculum. The student’s examination certificate and school leaving examination certificate must be provided as evidence of this. A supplementary examination must be taken if the subjects were not covered to the appropriate extent at school. The supplementary examination for Latin and Greek can be taken directly at the University after completing a two-semester course. However, the examination may also be taken with external providers (subject to a fee) or at a school.

Supplementary examinations at the University of Graz

Matriculation refers to the initial enrolment at a university. Once a student matriculates, they will receive a student ID card and registration number as their student ID.


Signing up for a study programme is known as enrolment. International students should contact the International Students Office here at the Office of Academic Affairs. Students enrol and re-register every semester, normally automatically by paying the Austrian National Union of Students fee or the Austrian National Union of Students fee and tuition fees.


Students in English Studies / American Studies, or in the teaching subject English, must complete a computer-based language grading test (target B2) at the start of the study programme. They must pass this in order to progress in the study programme.

Placement Test

Students starting Romance Studies, Slavic languages, Transcultural Communication, or the teaching subjects Bosnian/Croat/Serbian, French, Italian, Russian, Slovenian and Spanish, must provide one-time evidence demonstrating they meet the language level required. Language courses are offered by treffpunkt sprachen to those students who do not reach the required level or who already know that they require better preparation before the examination.

Language competence tests Romance languages

Language competence tests Slavic languages

Language competence tests Transcultural Communication

Preparatory language courses - treffpunkt sprachen

It is also possible to tailor a study programme to a student’s own individual interests in place of regular study programmes. An application must be submitted for an individual study programme.


The first semester

This course is not held regularly once a week per semester, but is rather an intensive half or full-day course on one or multiple weekdays.


ECTS stands for the European Credit Transfer System, corresponding with the workload required for individual study achievements. This means that students are credited with a certain number of ECTS credit points after successfully completing the course depending on the workload required. One ECTS credit point amounts to 25 hours of work. A bachelor’s programme normally has 180 ECTS.


Contact hours are the amount of time that instructors and students meet during courses. One contact hour lasts for 45 minutes per week of teaching during the semester.


Study programmes include a wide range of teaching methods. A general distinction is made between courses where presence is mandatory and part of the overall assessment and courses where this is not the case. Lectures are not courses where presence is mandatory and part of the overall assessment; they do not require attendance and are completed with actual performance. Seminars, introductory seminars, courses, study groups, excursions, laboratories, etc., on the other hand, belong to the courses where presence is mandatory and part of the overall assessment, and performance must be achieved on a recurrent basis, e.g. in the form of presentations, mid-term examinations and group work. The course types are described in more detail in the curriculum.

A student ID number is a student’s registration number at the university. Students obtain this number when they enrol – i.e. the very first time they sign up at a university – and they keep this for life, including when they change universities (within Austria).


The minimum length of study is the number of semesters provided for in the curriculum to complete a course of study. Bachelor’s programmes with a total of 180 ECTS generally require 6 semesters at a minimum.


The sample course of study is contained within the curriculum. It assigns all courses planned in the course to a specific semester. The sample course of study does not necessarily have to be adhered to, but it does serve as guidance for drawing up timetables and takes into account requirement chains for courses and modules.


The additional period begins at the end of the general admission period. In the winter term, this runs from 6 September to 30 November and in the summer term from 6 February to 30 April. During these periods, admissions for courses are only possible in exceptional cases governed by law. These include, for example, admission-regulated courses whose admission procedures cannot be completed before 5 September, or admission to Master’s and doctoral courses.


The fee for the Austrian National Union of Students must be paid each semester in order for a student to remain enrolled at the University of Graz. The Austrian National Union of Students fee allows the Union to provide a comprehensive range of services and to act as a strong and independent representative of students in relation to the Ministries responsible. The compulsory membership with the National Union of Students ensures that it can act in a politically independent way owing to financial independence. Seventy percent of the Austrian National Union of Students fee goes directly into the Union’s accident and liability insurance. This guarantees comprehensive accident and liability insurance which covers (almost) all events during university or on a USI course, for example.


Students can decide which date they sit for examinations on lecture courses themselves. A minimum of 3 examination dates are offered, usually spread over several months. Completion of examinations should be scheduled in such a way as to meet any prerequisites for any additional courses.

Students have the opportunity to resit examinations that have been marked with a fail up to 3 times, i.e. four attempts in total. Students of cooperative studies with Graz University of Technology (NAWI Graz) can repeat examinations four times (a total of five attempts). Examinations that have been passed successfully may also be repeated once up to one year after they have been taken. Please note, however: the grade achieved for the last examination is the one that counts, even if this is worse than the initial one.

The semester plan can be accessed via UNIGRAZonline and displays the courses recommended for a study programme each semester. This shows which lectures, seminars, etc. should be completed in the first semester according to the curriculum, followed by those in the second semester, etc. The semester plan can be used as an aid in creating the timetable and is based on the sample course of study in the curriculum.


STEOP exists at the start of every bachelor’s and degree study programme (except Psychology) and can be used as a guide for the main course contents. A certain number of courses must be completed successfully in the STEOP depending on the applicable subject area. However, additional courses up to 22 ECTS credit points can also be completed that do not fall within the STEOP. STEOP examinations may be retaken three times (total of four attempts). If the student fails the examination four times, he/she is barred for two semesters from the respective study program, as well as from studies in which the course also counts towards the STEOP. The maximum four attempts in total to pass the examination then start all over again. This process may be completed twice.


Degree study programmes are divided into stages. Certain courses must be completed in each stage of a degree programme. The respective stage of a degree programme is concluded once all the designated courses have been completed.


Each degree programme is identified by a three-, six- or nine-digit number (administrative characteristic). For instance, the Law study programme has the course identification number “101.”


The UNIGRAZCard is the official student ID card for the University of Graz. It also doubles as a library card and can be used to obtain discounts in the Mensa (cafeteria). Following an initial one-time application via UNIGRAZonline, it can then be activated at the service points (main building, RESOWI, the Austrian Students' Union Service Centre, 24/7 learning zone). Here, you can also print out the access to the copy function and, if necessary, the Austrian National Union of Students note for the Mensa (cafeteria) discount. 

Academic Affairs


During the programme

When students change study programmes, take multiple study programmes, or restart a study programme, it is often necessary to have courses recognised so that the ECTS credit points already completed also count towards the desired study programme. The equivalence list in the curriculum is helpful here. Applications for recognition are submitted on UNIGRAZonline.


The basic module at the University of Graz comprises introductory courses designed to facilitate subject-specific, faculty-wide and university-wide orientation at the university at the beginning of the study programme. It comprises around 30 ETCS credit points. The entire basic module consists of three parts, with the (1) subject-specific and (2) faculty-wide basic module being mandatory in the respective curriculum and the (3) university-wide basic module capable of being completed as part of the free elective courses. A certificate can be obtained after completing all three parts.

Basic module

An application for leave of absence can be made for one or more (max. 6) semesters and is valid for all programmes taken at the University of Graz. While taking leave of absence for a semester, the UNIGRAZonline account remains active and students are obliged to pay the Austrian National Union of Students fee. The semesters will no longer count towards the study programme. Students cannot attend courses, take examinations, or submit academic papers during this time.

Academic Affairs

Audio and video recordings during a course or lecture are prohibited. An agreement can be made which regulates all copyright issues. You can read the entire regulation in 'Hausordnung' (house rules) § 6 para. 5


In some courses of study, it is possible to complete a supplementary subject instead of the restricted elective courses. This must have a certain amount of ECTS credit points and can also be based in another faculty. The curriculum lists which supplementary subjects can be considered for your own study programme.


Prior knowledge of Biology, Latin or Greek is required during some Bachelor's / Diploma programmes. The precise timing is also stated in the curriculum. A supplementary examination must be taken if the subjects were not covered to the appropriate standard at school. The supplementary examination for Latin and Greek can be taken directly at the University after completing a two-semester course. However, the examination may also be taken with external providers (subject to a fee) or at a school.

Supplementary examinations at the University of Graz

The exmatriculation is the deregistration from a course of study. This can take place either actively or automatically. It is possible to deregister from the study programme in person at or by email to the Academic Affairs Office at any time, i.e. including outside the admission periods. Any students who do not pay their Austrian National Union of Students fee or tuition fees within the given deadlines will be automatically exmatriculated. This exmatriculation applies to all open courses of study. Students will also be automatically deregistered from their study programme upon successful completion of this programme. They will remain enrolled if they have begun other studies or are starting a master’s programme.

Academic Affairs

A joint programme is a joint study programme (bachelor’s/master’s/doctorate) that is implemented based on an agreement between one or more internationally recognised tertiary education institutions in the form of a joint, double or multiple degree programme. As part of this study programme, students must complete a mandatory study abroad period at a minimum of one of the partner universities and acquire a fixed number of ECTS credit points. A joint programme is a joint study programme (bachelor’s/master’s/doctorate) that is implemented based on an agreement between one or more internationally recognised tertiary education institutions in the form of a joint, double or multiple degree programme. As part of this study programme, students must complete a mandatory study abroad period at a minimum of one of the partner universities and acquire a fixed number of ECTS credit points.

Joint Programmes

The board examination is held by an examination board consisting of several teachers and a chairperson. The final examination for the study programme, for example, is a board examination. However, students are also entitled to submit an application to the board to hold an examination after the second retake of an examination of a course (third sitting). From the third retake (fourth sitting), the examination shall in any case be held by the board.


The Austrian National Union of Students contributes EUR 0.90 towards each dish for students in the Mensa. In order to take advantage of this discount, students need to get the “Mensa (cafeteria) stamp” from the Austrian National Union of Students Office.


Students at a university within Austria (note: not students at a university of applied sciences or other tertiary institution) can also register at another university as a co-registered student in order to attend specific courses there as part of their study programme. If the main university is located outside of Graz, students must provide a confirmation that the courses they wish to attend at the University of Graz are not offered at the main university.

Academic Affairs

If you have forgotten or missed to change the password of your student's account in time, you need a new PIN code. In order to receive it you need your personal/temporary mail address (which you have to have entered in UGO before) or your Austrian social security number. You will get a mail to your given mail address with your new PIN code after a few minutes. Then you can enter it at online.uni-graz.at when clicking on "Forgot your password?".

new PIN code

If you do not have a personal mail address or an Austrian social security number, you can go and get your new PIN code at the uniIT (Infopoint RESOWI) or the Academic Affairs' Office in person.

An characteristics of the Austrian University System is expressed by the term Exam Activity ('Prüfungsaktivität' or 'Prüfungsaktives Studium'). It means that at least 16 ECTS credits are completed in a study programme during the academic year. It is important that studies and not 'heads' are counted. For example, if you are enrolled in two studies and complete 14 ECTS in one and 10 ECTS in the other, this means a total of 24 ECTS for you. Since there are less than 16 ECTS per study course, neither the first nor the second study course is considered to be exam active. 16 ECTS or more are therefore not only important for you personally and for your progress, but also for grants and subsidies.


In order to remain registered for/continue with a study programme and for courses and examinations to be completed, the Austrian National Union of Students fee or, if applicable, the Union and tuition fees must be paid each semester within the general enrolment deadline or extension period. Students registered with two universities are only required to pay the Union fee/Union fee and tuition fee once (e.g. NAWI Graz students). Students must renew their enrolment independently in good time at the university where the fee is not paid. The UNIGRAZCard can also be renewed at the service points once the enrolment is renewed.


Students are subject to different regulations for tuition fees depending on their country of origin. The tuition fee does not need to be paid multiple times for multiple studies at the University of Graz.

Academic Affairs

In certain (exceptional) circumstances students may seek exemption from tuition fees. These include disability, childcare responsibilities, pregnancy and illness.

Academic Affairs

Students can print out their confirmation of enrolment via UNIGRAZonline approximately five working days after paying their tuition or Austrian National Union of Students fees. This confirmation provides proof that they have registered for the study programme, and is often required by the tax office, the health insurance fund, and in some cases the scholarship office.

The enrolment sheet can be printed out by students themselves via UNIGRAZonline, together with all other semester documents (continuation confirmation, application for a student card, etc.). The enrolment sheet contains the precise details and study programme(s) in which the student has enrolled.


Students wishing to use public transport in Graz can do so at reduced rates. The student card is available per semester for four, five or six months. The Topticket for students is even valid for all means of public transport throughout Styria. Both can be used by all regular students who have not yet reached the age of 26 on the first day of validity for the student card. You will be issued with it in person (with photo) in the Mobility and Sales Centre of Holding Graz (Jakoministraße 1) as well as in the online shop of Holding Graz. The confirmation for the student card is available via UNIGRAZonline.


You can only change your course during the general admission period (with the exception of the Master’s programme). Study programmes at the University of Graz can be changed as often as a student wishes. International students who are already studying at the University of Graz and who wish to start another/additional study program must contact the International Students Office at the Office of Academic Affairs. Students are assessed there to determine whether they must apply for admission or can begin their second degree programme without needing to submit an application.


The Transcript of Records is the transcript of the study data including any recognitions – i.e. all completed ECTS. This is a certificate of study success that can be accessed via UNIGRAZonline.


UNIGRAZonline (UGO) ist the University of Graz’s information management system. It can be used, for instance, to edit personal data immediately, or retrieve examination data and information on all available courses (location, time, content, lecturer). UNIGRAZonline also provides an overview of students’ progress on their respective course. Search functions are available for persons, rooms, study programmes, courses, etc


By paying the Austrian National Union of Students fee, students are automatically insured against accidents and liability with regard to damages and accidents that may arise during their study programme or a course.


uni≡kat is the search engine for the University Library and forms a starting point for all literature research. With a single search query, it provides results on the publications held at all of the university’s libraries. This allows users to search, order and earmark items, and also to view their account. In order to borrow books, students must accept the library rules once in UNIGRAZonline.


Completing your studies

The precise process depends on the Dean’s Office and the procedure that has been established. In normal cases, an examination record must be completed of the courses passed, students must give notice of the topic and supervision of the final thesis, the thesis must be submitted digitally in UNIGRAZonline, one or more bound versions must be handed in to the Dean’s Office, and then a defence or final examination must potentially also be passed with success. This means that completing studies can vary from one study programme to the next and require different elements. It is worth taking an early look at the pages for the Dean’s Office!


A final thesis (bachelor’s/diploma/master’s thesis or doctoral thesis) is an extensive academic paper that deals with a specific subject-related problem and is used to complete a study programme. The supervisor, the Institute or the Dean’s Office specifies how this should look, e.g. the number of pages, citation rules and other formal prerequisites.


The bachelor’s thesis must be drafted as an independent written paper within the framework of a course. The course instructor supervises the bachelor’s thesis and the topic must be connected with the course in a meaningful way. The bachelor’s thesis is assessed separately from the course. Bachelor’s theses can be repeated three times and must be submitted for assessment no later than three semesters following the end of the course. The course instructor may withdraw supervision if this is not done.


The topic for a master’s or degree thesis should fit in with the modules or subjects in the curriculum. Students can propose the topic or choose from the supervisor’s suggestions. In principle, students can choose the supervisor, provided that the respective person is authorised for this and is named along with the topic itself. Any students wishing to change their supervisor may do so until they submit their master’s or degree thesis. The master’s or degree thesis must be submitted in the manner specified by the appropriate Dean’s Office. Following the review for plagiarism, the thesis must be assessed by the supervisor within two months of being submitted.

The topic for a doctoral thesis should fit with the modules or subjects in the curriculum. Students can propose the topic or choose from the supervisor’s suggestions. Students can choose the supervisor and suggest reviewers in principle, provided that these persons are authorised for this and are named in writing along with the topic itself. Any students wishing to change their supervisor or reviewer may do so until they submit their thesis. The doctoral thesis must be submitted in the manner specified by the appropriate Dean’s Office. Following the review for plagiarism, the thesis must be assessed within a maximum of 4 months, including potentially with the help of a third party assessor.


Every Master’s and degree thesis must be uploaded in UNIGRAZonline. It will then be checked electronically for plagiarism. If the plagiarism check and the assessment show that the student has plagiarised their work and has therefore violated “good scientific practice,” the academic paper must be failed and the violation must be reported to the Director of Studies. A completely new academic paper must then be compiled with respect to the content and/or topic, and the bachelor’s thesis may even have to be written in a different course.

There is a procedure in place for annulment of the assessment if the work has already received a positive grade and the plagiarism is only identified after the event. If the student wishes to continue to complete their studies, a new academic paper must be compiled with respect to the content and/or topic.

It may be necessary to take a final examination in addition to the final thesis in order to complete a study programme. The curriculum shows whether this is the case. The final examination is a board examination with several persons involved (e.g. examiner, second examiner, chair) and the Dean’s Office must be notified of this in good time.


The certificate can be requested and collected from the examination office responsible once all required achievements have been confirmed in UNIGRAZonline (by the Dean’s Office). It can take up to four weeks for the certificate to be issued. 


The bachelor's, degree or doctorate certificate can be collected from the Academic Affairs Office if the university degree appears in UNIGRAZonline. This official award certificate is the evidence that the student is entitled to use of an academic degree. 

Academic Affairs

The graduation ceremony is the awarding of the university degree upon completion of a study prgramme. This awarding can be held as part of a university ceremony in the auditorium of the University of Graz. Students can register for this type of ceremony via the Academic Affairs Office.

Academic Affairs

Graduates receive an internationally comparable supplement to their diploma in addition to their degree or doctorate certificate. This facilitates the recognition of studies abroad.


When graduating students are no longer insured by the Austrian Student's Union against accidents and liability with regard to damages and accidents that may arise while studying (given that they are not registered for any other study programme). The relevant date is that of the last needed accomplishment. This means that graduates have to take care of their insurance cover by themselves. Note: Health insurance must be arranged on one's own anyway.

Insurance policy of the Austrian Student's Union

University structure and legal matters

The curriculum is your study plan and serves as the basis for your study programme. It describes exactly what the study programme entails, which prerequisites are needed, how the programme is structured, which courses have to be completed and much more.

The Curricular Committee is responsible for approving and amending the curricula. Members of the Curricular Committee include university professors, academic staff and the students. The chairperson is responsible for the recognition of examinations and preliminary studies as well as the development of the curriculum.


The Dean’s Office is the organisational and administrative heart of the faculty. It supports the Curricular Committee and coordinates the administrative processes involved. The Dean’s Office is led by a dean.


The Working Group for Equal Opportunities (AKGL) provides advice and support on equal opportunities and the advancement of women and works to combat discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity, religion or conviction, age or sexual orientation. The AKGL is available to all university members and all enquiries are treated confidentially.



A faculty groups together fields of study that belong to a specific subject area. The Faculty of Natural Sciences, for example, includes subjects such as physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology.


An institute/subunit is the smallest organisational unit of a faculty and a point of contact for course-specific enquiries, for example regarding registering for courses and examinations.


Anyone who has competed their studies abroad and wishes the relevant degree to be officially equivalent to the Austrian degree must apply for nostrification. This also gives students the right to use the corresponding domestic university degree.


Plagiarism is when other people’s texts, content or ideas are used in a person’s own work without acknowledging the source. Those caught plagiarising have to expect that their work will receive a failing grade.


The statutes contain binding provisions for the University of Graz. The section of the statutes entitled “statutory provisions” is of particular interest to students. All topics relevant to studies, such as admission periods and formalities, the Students’ Introduction and Orientation Phase or course and examination formalities are governed here.


For most people, the first point of contact with the university is the Academic Affairs Office: this is the place at the university where students enrol, pay their first Austrian Students' Union fee, and get their UNIGRAZCard. The Academic Affairs Office takes care of various administrative matters throughout the entire course of studies, including, for instance, applications for the award of a study placement, registration and deregistration for studies, tuition fees, leaves of absence, the issuing of study confirmations, the awarding of university degrees (graduation ceremony) and much more.

Academic Affairs

As well as a dean, each faculty also has a dean of studies. The dean of studies is elected from among the university professors of the respective faculty and is responsible for all matters necessary for the organisation and evaluation of courses and examinations.


The director of studies is responsible for implementing the course regulations at first instance. He/she is responsible for the coordination and planning of course matters and teaching.

Director of Studies’ guidelines


The Universities Act UG 2002 is the legal basis for universities. It organises universities and their studies.

Universities Act


The abbreviation can stand for the Office of International Relations, which is responsible for internships or studies abroad. It is located in the main building and is the first point of contact for students on semesters abroad from all over the world.

Office of International Relations

BIB is also a casual abbreviation for the “library,” resulting in phrases such as “I'm at the Bib!”.

FB stands for the faculty or subject library. There are several of these at the University of Graz, housing specialist literature from the respective subject areas. The locations and opening times can be found here:

Locations and opening hours of the libraries

The Heizhaus refers to a building at the university housing two lecture halls: HS 12.01 and HS 12.11 – the latter is known for introductory lectures or large examinations as a result of its size. The exact address is Universitätsstraße 2-4.


The Philoturm houses rooms for a wide range of subject areas – geosciences, history, chemistry and even philosophy. The building is one of the highest on the Campus and resembles a tower. Address: Heinrichstraße 26-28.

The oblong building complex at Universitätsstraße 15 is named after the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences which are housed there. This means that anyone studying Law, Business Administration, Economics, Sociology, etc. will spend a lot of time at RESOWI.


“Let's meet at the Shared Space!” Surrounded by the chemistry building, the Mensa (cafeteria), a Spar, a bar (Posaune) and the Martin Auer bakery, students can find the heart of the university district: the meeting area at Sonnenfelsplatz bustling with pedestrians, cyclists, cars, e-scooters and any other forms of transport.


“I’m at the UB.” Whenever you hear this, it means the heart of the campus, i.e. the University Library. Students can borrow and collect books there, as well as study or find a quiet place between classes.

University Library

“Which USI course are you doing?” The acronym for the University Sports Centre, which offers many different and affordable sports courses for students, will quickly become part of the university vocabulary. The Centre is located in the main building, Universitätsplatz 3.


The Preclinical Building / Vorklinik at Universitätsplatz 6 is shared by the Medical University (hence the name) and the University of Graz. It contains the lecture halls HS 06.01 (Willi Gaisch), HS 06.02 and HS 06.03 for students at the University of Graz. The Austrian Students’ Union and Union Service Centre are also currently located there.


“I have to go to the Wall!” Around a 10-minute walk/5-minute bike ride from the main campus is the Wall building at Merangasse 70. The subject areas Education and Educational Science, Romance Studies, Slavic Studies, Translation Studies and Linguistics are all located there under one roof. The name comes from the former Wall printing works which was located at this site.

“My lecture is in Willi Gaisch.” One of the largest lecture halls at the University is named after the Austrian politician of the same name, Willi Gaisch. The hall is located in the Preclinical Building, is also called HS 06.01, and is unmistakable with its red layout.

The ZMB stands for the Centre for Molecular Biosciences on the Humboldtstraße 48 – located just a stone’s throw away from the main campus. The complex contains laboratories, computer rooms and study areas which receive frequent visits from students of molecular biology, chemistry, and other similar subjects.

FAQs concerning the corona crisis

for (prospective) students

The University's COVID-19 website

28 June 2021

Before studying


Bachelor’s Programme, Diploma, Teacher Training

Master’s Programme

Doctoral Programme

for summer semester 2021

from 11 January till 5 February 2021 (end of general admission period)

from 11 January till 30 April 2021 (end of grace period)

extended deadline

for winter semester 2021/22 from 12 July till 5 September 2021 (end of general admission period) from 12 July till 30 November 2021 (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)

Please contact the Welcome Center for up-to-date information.
Welcome Center

All information for new international students and exchange students is summarized here.


During the programme

Teaching at the University of Graz is also regulated by a traffic light system. If it is not possible to teach on campus due to the situation, it is possible to switch to hybrid or online teaching only. The colour of the traffic lights can be seen on the homepage of the University of Graz. The lecturers are available for all organisational questions concerning the course. In addition, the type of course is also indicated in the description of the respective course in UNIGRAZonline.

As of 26 April 2021 it is planned to offer blocked courses in small groups and chosen exams on campus again. Students need to have a negative corona test result or proof of a prior overcome infection to attend these.

Students who had not yet completed the Students' Introduction and Orientation Phase as of April 23, 2020, may take advanced courses and examinations until July 31, 2021, without limitation beyond the scope of the ECTS credits provided for this purpose in the statutes and curricula. You still have to fulfill the requirements for courses as stated in the curricula, though.


The special provisions of study law due to COVID-19 contain all the important information.


Students who have attended a course with someone who is verified to be infected but have observed the applicable safety measures are classified by the authorities as KP 2 (“contact persons with low-risk exposure”). The following steps should be taken:

  • they should watch their state of health carefully for the next ten days after the contact,
  • voluntarily reduce social contacts and use of public transport/travel activities, and
  • follow the hygiene regulations (wash their hands etc.)

If anyone experiences symptoms typical of coronavirus, they must immediately call 1450 and register for a coronavirus test.

Since the numbers of new infections are going down in many countries, there are now relaxed rules regarding entering Austria.
When entering Austria from states with a low incidence of infections you need one of 3 means of verification to prove that you are not infected or else you have to take a test within 24 hours after your arrival.
When entering from so-called virus variant states there are stricter rules.

learn more

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.

Currently all front office services for students are possible again. The Academic Affairs’ office will remain closed and will get in touch with anyone whose personal visit is necessary. You can contact the Academic Affairs’ Office by mail or via phone.


All the different locations of libraries are open again. You need to book your working space in advance online, though. When moving inside the library wearing a FFP2 mask is compulsory, when learning at your seat it is strongly recommended.


Reading rooms in libraries are open - you need to book your working space online in advance. Other learning areas as well as computer rooms also open up again. The 24/7 learning zone is still closed due to the COVID-testings being done there.
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The corona virus is a notifiable disease. If there is an infection, please report it immediately at covid-19(at)uni-graz.at!


Please see the current entry regulations.


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/


All those who are currently outside of Austria must inform themselves early enough about the mode of holding their exams. If an exam is to be held in presence, a timely arrival must be planned. Mandatory quarantine is still required for some countries, but generally there are more relaxed regulations in place now (see entry regulations).

According to Section 33 (4a) of the statutes governing study law, with respect to courses where presence is mandatory and part of the overall assessment, students who are in a COVID-19 risk group, live in the same household as a person in a COVID-19 risk group, are in quarantine or are affected by travel restrictions, all have the right to an alternative way of completing the course as determined by the instructor, provided that the course content allows this. Students who wish to take advantage of this opportunity should contact their course instructor as soon as possible.
In order to ensure that the student belongs to the eligible group of persons, the course instructor may request one of the following proofs:

  • Members of a risk group:
  • Member of a risk group living in the same household:
    • COVID-19 certificate attesting to risk of the person concerned + current extract from the central register of residents
  • Quarantine:
    • notice to self-isolate
  • Travel restrictions:
    • a current travel warning of the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs (BMEIA) between level 2 and 6 for the respective area
    • appropriate evidence that travel by car, train, bus or aircraft is impossible or extremely difficult

Please discuss with the course instructor how to best submit the proof.
If a solution for an alternative way of completing the course cannot be found with the course instructor, students can contact the Dean of Studies.
The same rules apply analogously if, due to COVID-19, students are unable to take part in lecture examinations or subject examinations where presence is mandatory. In this case, students must already inform the examiner during the registration period that they wish to take the exam online and they must provide proof that one of the four reasons mentioned above applies. Otherwise it is not possible to arrange for an alternative form of examination in time.

The Academic Affairs’ office is basically closed for the public. Anyone whose personal visit is necessary will be contacted.


Your respective teachers and professors can tell you about that or you can find information on material in the description of the respective course in UNIGRAZonline. Technical support is provided by the uniIT. You can find information and instructions on the website:


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.

Completing your studies

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.


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.


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.


General information

From 6 September to 11 October students and university employees can make use of a special vacciantion offer in Messehalle A (Messeplatz 1 in Graz). The registration on the platform steiermark-impft.at is open.
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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.


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 summer semester 2021 was 22 April 2021. Further information on the grant, eligibility requirements and application forms can be found here...

The Disability Ressource Center is happy to help. Please get in touch with barbara.levc(at)uni-graz.at about your questions or look at our website: https://integriert-studieren.uni-graz.at/de/


The general admission period for the winter semester 2021/22 is from 12 July until 5 September 2021. The grace period ends on 30 November 2021.

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