University of Graz - European Studies
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.
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; as of Fall 2010 students can participate in a beginner's level European Studies with Coursework in English track as well. The historic city of Graz, a crossroad between Eastern and Western Europe, provides an interesting and friendly environment for these programs.
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 week-end excursions.
The University of Graz was founded in 1587 and is home to such distinguished scholars as Alfred Wegner, creator of the theory of continental drift. The university is proud of its academic tradition and its responsiveness to issues of the contemporary world. There are some 30,000 students in six faculties: Arts and Humanities; Natural Sciences; Catholic Theology; Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education; Law; and Business, Economics and Social Sciences. Binghamton University is proud to have a long-standing relationship with the University of Graz and currently offers two separate tracks for students based on their training with the German language. Intermediate German language students can develop their fluency effectively with the "German and Austrian Studies" track; the "European Studies" track with coursework in English is intended for students with an introductory level of German language training who wish to also further studies within their major or interests.
The university's academic year begins with the fall semester language 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.
Students with a beginner's level of German (from either high school instruction or university level courses) are invited to apply for the "European Studies" track with coursework in English. Applications may be submitted for the fall term, spring term, or academic year. We welcome applications from both SUNY and non-SUNY students. Academic and general program advising is provided by Professor Rosmarie Morewedge (firstname.lastname@example.org), of the Binghamton University German and Russian Studies Department. Students should visit their academic adviser to confirm that the English-instruction courses offered will support their major.
Students on the European Studies track are required to participate in the pre-session German-language intensive course prior to each semester. They will continue to advance their German-language abilities in speaking, writing and translation with two language-based courses during the semester:
German Language Pre-Session - 4 credits
German Language Semester courses - 2 credits (Students with intermediate level German will take an additional course for a total of 4 credits)
The University of Graz then offers coursework that may compliment degree progress for students with a major in English, Linguistics, Political Science, Politics Philosophy and Law (PPL), and Economics. Students can review the current year's offerings of courses with English instruction online. Courses for the upcoming academic year are published by late June.
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.
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.
The European Studies track is open to students in all majors; however, course offerings may compliment best students in the social sciences. An overall grade point average of B (3.0) is normally is required. Applications from SUNY and non-SUNY students are welcome.
The application deadline is August 8 for admission in the spring semester and March 1 for admission in the fall semester or the academic year. Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis.