Incoming Students

Preparations

 
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Before undertaking an exchange semester at FH JOANNEUM, there are a few things to take into account. Here you will find all the information you need to prepare in the best way possible.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Graz

Housing Office OeAD
Accommodation in student residences is allocated by the OeAD (Österreichischer Austauschdienst – Austrian Exchange Service) on a semester by semester basis. To receive a room allocation, please register on the website for OeAd Housing Services.

Organising your own accommodation
Of course, you are also free to look for your own apartment or flatshare in Graz. For shorter stays at a student residence, we recommend the service Dormy.at.

The following links may help with your search:

Accommodation in Kapfenberg

The department for International Relations will help you with your accommodation search at the Kapfenberg campus. Please email the contact on-site: international-kbg@fh-joanneum.at

Accommodation in Bad Gleichenberg

The department for International Relations will help you with your accommodation search at the Bad Gleichenberg campus. Please email the contact on-site: international-bgb@fh-joanneum.at

Orientation packages

We offer four different orientation packages to help you prepare for studying at FH JOANNEUM and assist you with the various administrative issues involved. Select the package that suits you best and register online:

Buddy-Programme

It can be tough settling down in a new town: so a little help can’t hurt! By participating in the Buddy Programme, you will be assigned an Austrian student to help you find your way around your new home during the first few days.

Find out more about the Buddy Programme and register.

Entry and residence in Austria

Nationals of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland do not need a visa and enjoy the freedom of domicile ("Niederlassungsfreiheit"). If you have sufficient financial means to finance your stay in Austria and valid health insurance covering all the necessary costs, you only need a valid travel document (passport or ID card) in order to enter and reside in Austria.

Nationals of non-EU/EEA countries studying in Austria for up to six months must file an application for a residence visa (Visum D) with the competent Austrian representative authority in their home country. It is not possible to apply for or renew your visa in Austria.

Nationals of non-EU/EEA countries studying in Austria for more than six months must file an application for a residence permit. If you are entitled to enter Austria without a visa you can file this application in Austria. If you are not entitled to enter Austria without a visa the application will be processed by the Austrian representative authority in your home country. As this procedure may take some time you should submit your application to the relevant authority at least three months prior to your planned entry to Austria.

You will find all relevant information about entry and residence requirements on the website of the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD).

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