For those desiring to improve their German speaking skills and knowledge of Austria.


The exchange program with the University of Graz usually lasts a year.  Two years of college-level German is recommended.  All courses at Graz, except those involving laboratory space, are open to Hendrix students, and past Hendrix students have given high marks to the language, history, and philosophy courses. It may be possible to take a few classes in English, but as a rule, the language of instruction is German.

Graz, Austria, has a population of 300,000. The three universities in Graz—which accommodate around 40,000 students—create a college-town atmosphere.


A Typical Fall Semester

Required courses (11 semester hours):

  • pre-semester intensive German, meeting for 3 weeks in September
  • German as a foreign language (Treffpunkt Sprachen)
  • Austrian history (State University of New York course)
  • one elective course at the University

Optional courses (at least 4 more semester hours):

  • another German skills course
  • literature (SUNY course)
  • international relations (SUNY course)

A Typical Spring Semester

Seven University of Graz courses (at least 14 semester hours). Students are encouraged but not required to enroll in one or more German language skills courses through the Treffpunkt Sprachen institute as part of their load. 

Language of Instruction

As a rule, the language of instruction is German. Two years of college-level German is recommended. A three-week intensive training course is offered in September before regular university courses begin.


Grades will appear on each student’s Hendrix transcript, but do NOT figure into the cumulative GPA. Students must earn the equivalent of a “C” or better to be awarded transfer credit.


Students pay Hendrix tuition, room and board.  Each individual student is also responsible for travel and visa costs, and spending money.

Financial Aid

Normally, all financial aid applies, including Hendrix scholarships. Students are encouraged to verify their situation through the Hendrix Financial Aid Office. 


Students staying for longer than six months have to apply for a residence permit. US citizens can apply for the residence permit AFTER they arrive in Graz. The Graz coordinator will inform nominated students which documentation they need to bring along.


Students live in dorms, in most cases with one or more other students.  Each student receives a food stipend and can purchase food in the cafeteria or in local grocery stores.

Academic Calendar

The Graz fall semester runs from October to January, and the spring semester from March to June. Hendrix students may study at the university for the whole year or for either the fall or spring semester. Because the Graz fall semester runs into the Hendrix spring semester, students abroad at Graz during the fall will have to arrange early finals.

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