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We provide counseling for various fields of concerns.

The students’ union at Graz University of Technology is the representation of all students at Graz University of Technology guaranteed by law. We consist of around 350 voluntary students, who use their leisure time to try to make studying – and the life revolving it – as smooth as possible.

 

Our fields of counseling include:

  • Degree counseling (curricula, enrollment, etc.)
  • University study laws (STEOP, examination right, tuition fees, etc.)
  • Social issues (grants, employment, housing, etc.)
  • LGBTQ+ matters
  • International students

 

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University study law basics

As a student the law dictates certain rights and duties you must abide by while studying at Graz University of Technology. This can be seen as a crash course on what you have to do and what you’re allowed to do.

 

Our department for educational policies is happy to help you with any problems in person or via e-mail!

 

At the beginning of each course:

At the beginning of every course the lecturer must announce the name, type, time and location of the course. Furthermore, the lecturer must present the assessment criteria and the composition of the grade. All of the above may not be changed during the semester.

 

How are exams taken at Graz University of Technology?

There are different types of courses (VO, UE, VU,...) that are assessed in different ways. Assessment can be done with a written exam, an oral exam or a combination of written and oral exam. In courses with continual assessment, the assessment can be conducted with home assignments. Partial exams can be held as well, meaning that two exams must be taken for one course.

 

How does the grading system work at universities?

The grading system corresponds with the grading system commonly used in Austrian schools, from 1 to 5 as well as ‘successfully completed’, ‘not completed’ and ‘invalid’; Intermediary assessment is not permitted.

 

Can I repeat exams?

At universities exams can be taken multiple times. At Graz University of Technology exams can be taken five times (with the exception of STEOP courses). The fourth and fifth attempt are held in front of a committee. Positively assessed exams can be retaken up to six months after the date the exam was initially taken or until the end of the study section/degree program (whichever comes first). The grade that counts is the grade achieved on the final attempt, regardless of whether the grade is better, worse or the same.

 

Do I have to attend every class?

Compulsory attendance generally only occurs in courses with continual assessment (UE, VU, SE). The lecturer may set their own terms. Courses of the type VO do not have compulsory attendance. We do, however recommend attending classes.

 

How much does my degree program cost me?

Tuition fees (€363.36, as of 7/2017) are due once the minimum study duration + two semesters of tolerance per degree program (bachelor’s and master’s are separate degree programs) have been exceeded. There are, however options for waivers for these fees. There is an additional fee of €19.20 (as of winter semester 2017/18), which consists of the ÖH subscription fee and a personal accident and liability insurance that is to be paid per semester.

 

What happens if I do not attend an exam?

If you do not attend an exam, even though you were registered for that exam, the examiner may block you from taking that exam for eight weeks or until the next exam date. This can result in a delay for this exam. If you can give the examiner a reasonable, important reason for your nonattendance the examiner must immediately lift the block. Make sure to always deregister from exams in a timely manner (48 hours before the exam at TU).


You have already studied in a different degree program and you want to validate passed courses?

Similar, passed courses can be validated for courses still due. In order to do this, you must consult equivalence lists and validation lists. Both can be found in the curricula. Another way to validate courses is through a decree from the dean of study, in consultation with your lecturer. This approach can be used to validate courses taken on a semester abroad.

 

What is STEOP?

STEOP stands for Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase and describes the orientation period. It includes multiple courses to give you an overview of your degree program and your field of studies.

These courses must be passed at the beginning of your degree program in order to continue your degree program. Not passing the STEOP will result in not being able to continue with this degree program for two semesters, after which you may re-enroll.

 

How long do I have to wait for my exam results?

The results must be announced no more than four weeks after completing requirements. The results correspond with the certificates which can be printed out using the online system.

 

What is the inspection of examination records?

The inspection gives you a chance to have the assessment explained to you by the examiner up to six months after taking the exam. If you are unable to go to one of the appointments, you have the right to request an alternative appointment. Exams may be copied or photographed, as long as the exam is not a multiple choice exam.

 

What is a committee exam?

On the fourth and fifth attempt of a lecture exam, the exam is held in front of a committee. At special request the third attempt may be held in front of a committee as well. The exam will be taken the same way it was taken on the past attempts (a written exam, an oral exam or a combination of both). The assessment is made by a committee consisting of at least three persons.

 

Why should I evaluate?

Evaluating courses helps everyone and is completely anonymous! Apart from criticism on the course, compliments are welcome as well. This gives lecturers a way of finding out what part needs more work and what went well. Students can view the results of the evaluation and consider those factors when choosing their courses. Evaluation is a powerful tool for students and should be used by every student.

 

Tuition fees

Since the summer semester of 2013 Graz University of Technology has implemented tuition fees that are regulated by law. Here you can find a quick overview.

 

Table of contents

 

  • Waivers for decree
  • Legal regulation
  • Amount
  • Non-degree seeking students
  • Multiple degree programs
  • Deadlines / Reimbursement
  • Exemption
  • Reimbursement for students from southeastern European countries
  • Process of exemption
  • Proof and forms

 

Degree-seeking students are exempt from paying tuition fees during the non-contributory period if they are

  • Austrian citizens;
  • EU and EEA citizens;
  • Refugees under the Refugee Convention
  • Non-EU foreign nationals under certain conditions

 

The non-contributory period is calculated as follows:

  • For Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs: Anticipated length of the degree program + 2 semesters
  • For Diploma programs (terminating): Anticipated length of the program + 2 semesters per study section
  • EU citizens, who do not qualify for exemption must pay €363.36 + the ÖH subscription fee (winter semester 2017: €19.20).
  • Non-EU foreign nationals, who do not qualify for exemption must pay €726.72 + ÖH subscription fee.

 

Waivers for decree

 

Tuition fees are waived in cases of

  • Receiving study grants
  • Employment (income of at least 14 times the marginal earnings threshold)
  • Pregnancy
  • Childcare
  • Illness (at least 2 months)
  • Disability of at least 50%
  • Military or civil service
  • Being a citizen of a certain country

 

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to visit us at our offices or send us an e-mail at studiengebuehren@htu.tugraz.at!

 

Legal regulation

Austrian Universities Act 2002 (Universitätsgesetz 2002)

The legal regulations for tuition fees can be found under sections §91 and §92 of the Universities Act (only available in German).

Austrian Regulations or Tuition Fees 2004 (Studienbeitragsverordnung 2004)

Enactments for executing the statutes, procedures and processes can be found under sections §2 and §3 in the Austrian Regulations for Tuition Fees 2004– StubeiV 2004 e.d.f.

 

Amount

Tuition fees as of summer semester 2013 amount to € 363.36 per semester or € 726.72 per semester for non-EU foreign nationals. After the general admission period tuition fees of €363.36 increase by 10% amounting to €399.70; tuition fees of € 726.72 do NOT increase after the general admission period!

In addition to the respective tuition fees, the ÖH subscription fee (including insurance) of €19.20 (winter semester 2017) must be paid. The fee does not increase after the general admission period.

The total sum amounts to € 382.06 or € 746.42 per semester.

 

Non-degree seeking students

Non-degree seeking students must pay €363.36 + ÖH subscription fee (see above) from the first semester after enrollment regardless of their citizenship. Tuition fees do NOT increase after the general admission period!

Non-degree seeking students, who attend in a university certificate program or the pre-studies program, are exempt from tuition fees and must only pay the course fee and the ÖH subscription fee.

 

Multiple degree programs

PLEASE NOTE:

The Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics refunds degree seeking students, who are enrolled in multiple degree programs.

 

Guidelines and application form

If you are enrolled in multiple degree programs at Graz University of Technology a non-contributory period is calculated for each degree program. Tuition fees must be paid as soon as one of the degree programs exceeds the non-contributory period.

 

  • It is irrelevant what degree program is claimed to be the main degree program.
  • If you are enrolled in multiple degree programs at multiple universities, each university will calculate their non-contributory period independently from each other.
  • Therefore, it is possible for a student to be exempt from tuition fees at one university, but may have exceeded the non-contributory period at another university and must pay tuition fees at this university.

Deadlines / Reimbursement

If the waiver of decree cannot be submitted in time for the summer semester (March 31) or the winter semester (October 31), students will have to pay tuition fees for that semester. Tuition fees can be reimbursed the following semester after proof of one of the requirements mentioned above. The deadlines for reimbursement are September 30 for the summer semester and March 31 for the winter semester.

 

Exemption

Temporary exemption of tuition fees for

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral degree program: anticipated length of the degree program + 2 semesters (=non-contributory period);
  • For diploma programs (terminating): anticipated length of the program + 2 semesters per study section (=non-contributory period)

 

For the following students:

  • Austrian citizens
  • EU citizens
  • EEA citizens (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein)
  • Swiss citizens
  • Refugees under the Refugee Convention
  • Non-EU foreign nationals with one of the following resident permits:
  • Permanent residency – EG, issued by competent Austrian authorities,
  • Permanent residency – EG, issued by competent authorities of a EU member state,
  • Permanent residency card, issued by competent Austrian authorities,
  • If a student of non-EU foreign nationality has received student grants. This means that student is in possession of an unlimited right of residence. A positive decision for a student grant is deemed to be proof of legal status as a permanent resident. The decision of the Austrian Study Grant Authority replaces any one of the certificates listed above. The decision is to be submitted to the Registration Office (Rechbauerstraße 12/I).
  • Students to who the Austrian Regulation on Eligible Groups of Persons (Personengruppenverordnung) applies
  • Students with a different residence permit from the ‘Student Residence Permit’ in Austria.

 

If the non-contributory period is exceeded tuition fees amounting to €363.36 and the ÖH subscription fee of €19.20 (summer semester 2017) pro Semester must be paid. If there is proof for exemption only the ÖH subscription fee must be paid.

 

Developing countries

Degree seeking students with a citizenship listed on the list of least developed countries (DOC list) are exempt from paying tuition fees. Only the ÖH subscription fee must be paid.

 

This applies to students from:

 

Africa:

Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauretania, Mozambique, Niger, Ruanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia

 

Asia:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Maldives, Yemen

 

North America:

Haiti

 

Oceania:

Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

 

Waivers for decree

 

Pregnancy and Illness (applies to students in accordance with section ‘Temporary exemption’)

 

If you were prevented from studying for at least two consecutive months due to pregnancy or illness outside of the non-contributory period, you will be exempt from paying tuition fees for the relevant semester.

 

Proof: Confirmation from a medical specialist Download

 


Child care (applies to students in accordance with section ‘Temporary exemption’)

  • If you are primarily responsible for the care of your children up to the age of seven or school age if later you will be exempt from tuition fees for the duration of this child care period.
  • Proof: Child’s birth certificate, Student’s residence registration, Child’s residence registration (the child’s address must reflect the student’s address), affidavit of the student, stating they are primarily responsible for the child.

 

Employment (applies to students in accordance with section ‘Temporary exemption’)

 

Students who are employed are exempt from paying tuition fees, if, they had an annual income from their job of at least

 

€ 5,820.08 for the summer semester 2017 or the winter semester 2017/18 (14 times the amount according to section §5 par. 2 General Social Security Act (ASVG))

in the calendar year before the semester for which they apply for the waiver.

Proof for the summer semester 2017 or the winter semester 2017/18: income tax return from the relevant tax authority for the calendar year 2016.

 

Military or civil service (applies to students in accordance with section ‘Temporary exemption’)

If you are prevented from studying because of military or civil service for two consecutive months within one semester, a tuition free waiver will be issued for this semester.

Proof: Confirmation of service from the military command or the civil service agency

 

Disability

A student shall be exempt from tuition fees for an indefinite period of time if a disability of 50% or more in accordance with federal regulations has been ascertained.

Proof: disabled person’s pass from the Federal Social Welfare Office

 

Study grants

Students who have received study grants in the past semester according to Austrian Law Regulating Study Grants (Studienförderungsgesetz 1992, BGBL.Nr. 305/1992) or are currently receiving study grants shall be exempt from paying tuition fees.

 

Proof: Study grant notice

Further regulations according to section §32 of the Austrian Statute on Study Law

Regulations already in force for exempting tuition fees through participation with mobility programs.

Reimbursement for students from southeastern European countries

The rectorate of Graz University of Technology has decided to reimbursing the costs of tuition fees for degree seeking students with the following nationalities:

 

  • Albania
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Belarus
  • Croatia¹, Kosovo
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

 

by refunding already paid tuition fees amounting to €726.72 for the past semester, if the following requirements are met:

 

Proof of performance

Proof of at least eight semester hours of course exams relevant to the degree program and/or 12 ECTS credits within one semester or confirmation of good progress in writing a thesis (diploma or master’s thesis max. two semesters, doctoral thesis max. six semesters with two-year doctoral programs or eight semesters for three-year doctoral programs).

 

 

Examination period

Within the semester according to the division of the academic year as specified by the Senate. For example: for winter semester: October 1 to February 28/29, for summer semester March 1 to September 30.

Anticipated length of degree program + tolerance semesters for the degree program first enrolled and not exceeded:

 

For Bachelor’s²/Master’s/doctoral degree programs:

Anticipated length of degree program + two semesters

For diploma programs:

Anticipated length of degree program + one semester for current section or anticipated total length of the program + one semester per section

 

Degree programs exclusively offered at Graz University of Technology

(excluding co-registrations as part of the combined degree program Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering at Graz University of Music and Performing Arts and degree programs as part of the NAWI Graz cooperation project)

The reimbursement may only be applied for by students, who have received notice of payment and have paid tuition fees amounting to €726.72 and meet the requirements mentioned above.

Applications for reimbursement for the summer semester can be submitted from May 15 to September 30 and for the winter semester from December 15 to March 31; Applications are to be submitted at the Registration office at Graz University of Technology.

 

There is no legal claim to granting this reimbursement.

 

¹valid for the summer semester 2013

 

²in case of a change from a diploma program to a Bachelor’s degree program meant to replace it, the number of recorded semesters from the diploma program will be taken into account for calculating the length of the Bachelor’s degree program.

 

Process of exemption

Calculation of length of study and consignation of payment slips.

 

Using the data stored in the student records at Graz University of Technology, students who have exceeded the non-contributory period are determined. This information can be accessed through the student’s business card (in the online system).

 

If you feel your length of study has been incorrectly calculated, don’t hesitate to contact us (studiengebuehren@htu.tugraz.at) or the relevant department at the university (studienbeitrag@tugraz.at).

 

Before the start of a semester all students who were enrolled in the past semester will receive a payment slip amounting to either only the ÖH subscription fee of €18.70 or tuition fees of €363.36 + €18.70 for total of €382.26 or €727.42 + €18.70 for total of €746.42 (summer semester 2016).

 

Study times from degree programs started and terminated in the past will be added to the calculation of the length of studies, if said degree program is continued.

 

Study times from changes from old diploma programs to related Bachelor’s degree programs will be disregarded in the calculation (e.g. diploma program Electrical Engineering to Bachelor’s degree program Electrical Engineering).

 

Enforcement of waivers for decree

As described in ‘Exemption’, legal provisions have provided for a number of waivers of decree.

In order to have these reasons enforced, please proceed as follows:

Fill in the required form. You can find it under ‘Exemption’ or ‘Proof and forms’. Print out, sign, scan and send it to the Registration office via e-mail, fax or mail.

Transmit the form with copies of the respective waiver (except study grants recipients)

 

E-mail to studienbeitrag@tugraz.at, or

Fax to

+43 (0)316 873-6125 or

Mail to

Technische Universität Graz

Studienservice und Prüfungsangelegenheiten

Rechbauerstraße 12

8010 Graz.

 

Should you not receive any notification from the university within two weeks after dispatch, please contact the Registration office or the HTU.

Please save your sent e-mail or fax confirmation, for proof of delivery in case of loss.

As soon as your waiver has been reviewed, you will receive an e-mail stating the outcome.

This means, should your waiver be affirmatory, you will receive a new payment slip for €17.50 for the ÖH subscription fee.

 

When filling in the form you can choose if you want the payment slip to be sent to you by mail, picked up in person or if you want to transfer the fees using telebanking and a payment reference. All information needed for the telebanking option can be found under ‘Tuition fees’ in TUGonline.

 

Procedure in case of rejection of waiver.

 

If adequate proof cannot be presented the waiver will be rejected. The student will receive a notification stating the outcome and an explanation of rights of appeal. The explanation will state that appeals may be filed to the Senate of Graz University of Technology.

 

The tuition fee stated is by all means to be paid in the case of a negative decision in order to remain enrolled for the following semester, as the appeal does not guarantee defeasance. Should deference then be given tuition fees paid under these circumstances will be reimbursed.

 

Proof and forms

 

As a simplification of the application process the applications and documents proving eligibility can be either scanned and submitted by e-mail or fax or copied and submitted by e-mail. The entire process is described under ‘Process of exemption’.

 

Pregnancy

Application form and confirmation from a medical specialist

 

Illness

Application form and confirmation from a medical specialist

 

Child care

Child’s birth certificate, Student’s residence registration, Child’s residence registration (the child’s address must reflect the student’s address), affidavit of the student, stating they are primarily responsible for the child


Employment

Application form and income tax return for the past calendar year

 

Military or civil service

Application form and confirmation of service from the military command or the civil service agency

 

Disability

Application form and disabled person’s pass from the Federal Social Welfare Office

 

Study grants

Application form and study grant notice

 

In case that documents proving eligibility issued by foreign authorities are submitted, the documents must have been issued by authorities comparable to the corresponding Austrian authorities.

 

Attention: Documents proving eligibility not written in German or English must be translated by court-certified translator. In this case, both a copy of the original document and the translation are to be submitted.

The authenticity of copies of documents submitted is randomly checked!

Pursuant to section §92, para. 6 of the Austrian Universities Act 2002 (Universitätsgesetz 2002), it is to be noted that should a student culpably cause to be given or have been given a waiver of tuition fees based on incomplete or inaccurate information given under false pretenses, the student is to pay double the amount of tuition fees without prejudice to legal action.

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