Important for Incoming Students

Everything that must be done to be able to study at KPH Graz

1. Study possibilities

KPH Graz offers courses for primary school teaching with specialization on

  • Religious education
  • Social education
  • Inclusive education
  • Elementary education
  • Cultural education

The KPH Graz offers the study  of Catholic religion in secondary schools in cooperation with the University of Graz.

The KPH offers a European and international structure (Bologna criteria) that is compatible with ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
Our study system is modular, thematically oriented, time-condensed and divided into periods across a range of topics.
Subject areas include: Human science, technical science/didactics, school practical studies, supplementary studies.

2. Navigation to courses

You can see the offers for our courses by following this link: https://www.ph-online.ac.at/kphgraz/webnav.ini.
Click on the little arrow on the top left. Choose the appropriate bachelor-study in the middle and continue to "Studienangebot". Choose the corresponding semester.

3. Conditions for Erasmus at the KPH

  • Spoken competence in German to the level B1/B2
  • Study of teaching training at your home university.
  • Willingness and interest in being involved with a new school and a new culture.
  • Sending a written application form (download at kphgraz.at/erasmus-incomings.html) with photo by post or email to international.office@kphgraz.at
  • Compliance with the following deadlines:

Winter semester: 1st of June
Summer semester: 1st of December

4. A Learning Agreement

 must be filled out, stating the choice of courses at the KPH Graz, and must be confirmed by the home and guest university.

5. Semester times

Winter semester:
1st October to 31th Jannuary
Summer semester:
1st March to 30th June
For detailed term times please see:

In the week before the start of the semester there is an Orientation Week at the KPH (enrollment, completion of all formalities, first course etc.) for all Erasmus students – the dates will be given to the students in time.

6. Holidays and free days

Winter semester:
26.10. National holiday
01.11.+ 02.11. All saints/ All souls
08.12. Immaculate Conception
23.12 – 06.01. Christmas holidays

Summer semester:
19.03. Landespatron
March or April Easter – 10 days:
from Palm Saturday to Easter Tuesday
01.05. Labour day
May or June Pentecost: Saturday to Tuesday
Second Thursday before Pentecost: Ascension
Second Thursday after Pentecost: Corpus Christi
For exact times of holidays please see: http://kphgraz.at/

7. Special courses for Erasmus students

  • German as a foreign language, 3EC
  • Culture, education and society in Austria, 1,5 EC
  • Community afternoon for foreign students into the North of Graz, 0,25 EC
  • Footsteps of the past and the present: Excursion to Salzburg, 0,5 EC
  • Footsteps of the past and the present: Discover the ¬capital city Vienna, 0,5 EC
  • French for beginners – offered to all, 2 EC
  • Teaching culture, 1 EC



Everything that must be done to be able to study at CUCE Graz

1. Register as an Erasmus student

(= Request for approval for study at the CUCE Graz)
Download the form:
Application Form/Antrag für Zulassung an der KPH Graz
Application Form for Studies in Graz (doc, pdf)
This form must be filled out, signed and stamped by your own university and sent to the CUCE Graz. The recognition of enrollment at the CUCE Graz will be sent back to your home university.

2. Learning Agreement

(= Contract for Recognition of Studies at the CUCE Graz)
Foreign students make a list of courses which they want to study at the CUCE Graz. The final enrolment is dependent on study-organisational criteria (e.g. there is a limit of participants in seminars and practical courses).
Course Curriculum „Teaching in Primary Schools“

Course Curriculum „Teaching in special education schools“
Course Curriculum „Teaching Catholic Religion in Primary schools, Secondary schools and Vocational schools“


3. Housing Opportunities & Accomodation

(= Contract for Apartment or Student Dormitory in Graz)

Erasmus students can book cheap rooms at the Campus of KPH (Augustinum), Lange Gasse 2, 8010 Graz. Tenant is the Catholic University College Community Graz (Katholische Hochschulgemeinde - KHG Graz) ind Leechgasse 24, 8010 Graz: http://khg.graz-seckau.at/heime-studierendenhaus/bewerbung-heimplatz

Double rooms (DZ): 250€ per person and month
Single roome (EZ): about 320€ - there are only a few single rooms

Deposit: 350€, no administration fees, minimum duration of stay: 5 months

Reservations: khg-graz@graz-seckau.at

Other opportunities:
Incoming-Students should use the Austrian exchange service (ÖAD) – Housing Office.
Registration online at: www.housing.oead.at
Registration deadlines are the 15th of June for the winter semester, and the 15th of November for the summer ¬semester.
Notes: Accommodation through OAED please see under:
For independent research of more student dorms in Graz:
Please carry out all required payments for your accommodation according to the guidelines of your student accommodation. You will be informed of the settlement terms by e-mail before your arrival and check in at the dorm. For more questions about the terms of payment, your room or the dorm please contact the home manager directly.

4. Student ID card

(= Verification of the status of ERASMUS students in Graz)
Incoming students will obtain a student card from the CUCE Graz. You will get more details about it in the first meets.

5. ÖBB Vorteilscard

is a discount card for trains from the ÖBB (Austrian Train Association), at the price of 19,90 € (as at June 2012). You can get it the at the main train station in Graz (Hauptbahnhof Graz) after showing your student ID card, which will allow you to travel for half price on many routes. For the Erasmus excursions it is required to have an ÖBB Vorteilscard.

6. Official Registration of your residence in Graz

Registration office:
Schmiedgasse 26, 8010 Graz
All students must register themselves at the city of Graz within the first three days of their residence. In some student residences, the necessary form (“Meldezettel“) is given in the welcome pack. Bring your passport and submit the form (indicating your new address in Graz) in person either in the main office or in one of the branches.
Residence Permit (Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Fachabteilung 7C): Paulustorgasse 4, 8010 Graz
Students from the EU/EEA must register to the Styrian provincial government within three months of their residence in order to apply for a certificate of registration (Anmeldebescheinigung). This certificate must be acquired before the end of the three month period. You should therefore request this document early in your stay.

7. Bank account for your stay in Graz

It is recommended that you open a student account at a bank, you will get a bank card and can make very cheap withdrawals and transfers at a bank.

Possibilities are e.g. Styrian Sparkasse on Joanneumring 2-4 which offers a student account for free for one year. Or at Sparkasse on Theodor Körner Straße. This account will cost 6 Euro for half a year.
For all students from non EU/EEA countries we recommend to open an account in order to make cheap transfers and payments to student residences.

8. Student Networks

For all Erasmus students studying in Graz, the International Department of the Student Union at the University of Graz (ESN Graz) offers cheap trips, events, Austrian mobile phone cards etc. Address: Schubertstraße 6a, 1st floor. Opening times: Tuesday 18.30 - 20.00, Friday: 11.00 - 12.00. More information can be found on the homepage: www.oehweb.unigraz.at/international/

9. General Practitioner

Dr. Wolfgang Gspandl
Keplerstrasse 12 / Parterre
8020 Graz
Tel. 0316 / 71 49 88-0
Mobile : 0664 / 255 3664
e-mail: hausarzt@aon.at 
Office hours:
Mon-Fri 8:30 to 12:00
Mon and Thurs : 16:00 to 18:00

10. Bicycle service at the KPH Graz

You can buy used bikes in very good condition from
100 Euro at Rebikel Graz. You can return the bike for up to 50 % of the price at the end of the semester. Bike ¬maintenance is offered for free.
For details go to Rebikel Graz, Keplerstraße 55, 8020 Graz, T: +43 (0) 676 50 19 030,
E-mail: info@rebikel.at ,
Website: www.rebikel.at 

We could offer four second-hand bikes for a lending fee of 35 Euro per semester at the International Office.
You will get more informations in the International Office.