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  • Locations: Graz, Austria
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Dormitory without Meal Plan
Language of Study: German Class Level: Undergraduates: Juniors, Seniors
Student Type: Open to all Qualified Applicants Flight Arrangements: Self-Arranged Flight
Program Advisor: Amber Jennings:
Program Description:

University of Graz - German and Austrian Studies

*Please note that this program only accepts applications for the fall or academic year.  If you have any questions regarding alternate German studies programs, please contact


Academic Features
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Application Process
More Information

Austria, with its scenic grandeur and warm hospitality, has welcomed the Binghamton University study abroad program in German and Austrian Studies for over thirty years; Students can participate in a beginner's level European Studies track with coursework in English as well. The historic city of Graz, a crossroad between Eastern and Western Europe, provides an interesting and friendly environment for these programs.


Graz, Austria's second largest city with a population of over 300,000 is situated in the Southeast in the alpine foothills of the province of Styria. Originally founded as a medieval fortification, the city later became home to the Hapsburg emperor Frederick III. Over the centuries the influence of both Italian and German architecture has contributed a unique flavor to Graz's palaces, towers and the intricate, narrow streets of the old city. Today the city is a gateway for commercial relations with Southeastern Europe and the Balkan countries.

Graz is lively and Austrians enjoy a rich tradition of music and theater. There are many parks and cafes in which to linger. In autumn the annual Steirischer Herbst, an international avant-garde arts festival, takes center stage. The province of Styria is endowed with a richly varied landscape from rugged alpine mountains in the north to the gentle hill country full of castles and thermal baths in the east and recreational possibilities abound. Graz is an hour's drive from Hungary and several hours from Trieste, Venice and the Adriatic Sea. Vienna and Salzburg are easily accessible for weekend excursions.

Academic Features

Students who have completed four semesters of university-level German or the equivalent are encouraged to participate in the "German and Austrian Studies" track. Applications are accepted for the fall semester or for an academic year. We welcome applications from both SUNY and non-SUNY students in any major (Students looking to take business courses should be advised that it is not possible to reschedule final exams for business lectures or some courses in the English department). 

The academic year at Graz begins with the fall semester pre-session in early September. The fall term (Wintersemester) classes normally begin in the first week of October and exams are completed in late January. Students participating in the fall semester only may make arrangements to complete exams early so they may return to their American university in time for the spring semester. The spring term (Sommersemester) pre-session begins in early February. Courses begin the first week of March, and exams conclude in early July. Regardless of program choice, students are expected to complete a full-time course load equivalent of at least 12 credits.

Academic and general program advising is provided by Professor Rosmarie Morewedge ( of the Binghamton University German and Russian Studies Department. In the fall semester, the program is organized around a modular core curriculum taught in German by Graz faculty members expressly for students on the program:

German Language Pre-Session - 4 credits
German Language, intermediate or advanced level - 4 credits
German Literature, 19th & 20th Centuries - 2 credits
Austrian History Within the European Context - 2 credits
International Relations - 2 credits
Interculturality, Society and Education - 2 credits


German Language Pre-Session — 4 credits
German Intensive Language, intermediate or advanced level — 8 credits
German Literature, 19th & 20th Century — 2 credits
Austrian History within the European Context— 2 credits

Access to regular university courses is permitted during the fall semester for those with a high language proficiency. Students are encouraged to attend university lectures as part of the development of their German language skills and their experience of the university itself.

Students who participate in the program for the full academic year then choose from a wide array of regular university courses with German instruction for spring semester. Students in the sciences will need to have a strong background for university courses. Access to laboratory classes may be restricted.



Student Life


International students are usually accommodated in student dormitories, shared flats with other students, or in inexpensive apartments. Student dorm housing is organized by the Graz Office of International Relations. The housing will be allotted on a first come, first serve, space available basis. Students should submit the housing application as soon as it is received.

The arrangement generally consists of three double rooms with a common shower and kitchen. If available dormitory space is insufficient, placements in student houses or apartments with Austrian students are usually provided. Meals can be purchased in a student cafeteria (mensas) inexpensive cafes or by cooking for oneself.

Estimate of Costs

Exch Graz Costs Fa17.pdf

In order to understand the actual difference in cost of your semester abroad, you should compare the Estimate of Costs sheet for this program that is linked above to what you would pay normally for a semester at Binghamton. ***Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $12,467 in-state and $18,287 out-of-state. 

Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study. Other SUNY and non-SUNY students should contact the financial aid office on the home campus for information about eligibility for all aid programs.

Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for campus and national scholarships. Please visit the Office of International Programs or go to our scholarships page for more information. Please visit the Office of International Programs or go to our 
scholarships page for more information.

Application process

The German and Austrian Studies track is open to students in all majors who complete four semesters of college level German or the equivalent before participation. An overall grade point average of B (3.0) as well as a B average in German courses normally is required. Junior or senior status at the time the program begins is required. Applications from SUNY and non-SUNY students are welcome.

The application deadline is March 1 for admission in the fall semester or the academic year. Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. 

More Information

For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at to schedule an appointment.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.