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Visa, Health Insurance
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS/ VISA/
- Citizens from EU/EEA member states and Switzerland :
do not have to apply for a
visa or residence permit. They need a valid travel document (passport) for their entry
to Austria. However, if you plan to stay in Austria longer than 3 months, you need
a so-called ‘Anmeldebescheinigung’ (confirmation of registration). You can apply for
it after your arrival in Graz. The process must be completed within the first 4 months
of your stay.
- Non EU- or EEA-citizens staying in Austria for a time period of up to 6 months :
need a visa and must apply for it via the Austrian embassy in their home country.
Please contact the Austrian embassy/consulate in your country of residence to
find out which application documents are required. Once your entire application for
admission arrives at the IRO of the University of Graz, you will receive a visa confirmation
letter from the Austrian exchange coordinator which you can present at the
embassy/consulate when applying for the visa. Note that visas can NOT be applied
for in Austria and can NOT be extended in Austria.
students holding a US or Canadian passport and studying at US or Canadian
universities coming to University of Graz for their mobility semester in the
context of a mobility program, can apply for the visa after arrival at the Austrian
embassy in Ljubljana (SI). In this case trips must be arranged for the students to enter
the Schengen Area in Austria (Vienna or Graz)! The process must be completed
within the first 90 days of entry into the Schengen Area.
- Non EU- or EEA-citizens staying in Austria for more than 6 months :
need a residence
permit (Aufenthaltsbewilligung) which can be obtained from the Austrian
embassy/consulate in your country of residence. Please contact us in good time for
us to provide you with the confirmation of your acceptance to the University of Graz.
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND INSURANCE
- Students from EU/EEA-countries who are insured :
need to bring their European Health
Insurance Card with them, which can be obtained from their insurance companies in
their home countries. However, as the range of health coverage varies from country to
country, you should find out about your insurance benefits before you leave for Graz. You
have to take the European Health Insurance Card with you when you consult a doctor.
In case you get a prescription for some medication you have to pay a small prescription
fee per medicine.
- Students from NON-EU/EEA-countries, who are nominated for a full academic year
stay as well as ISEP students nominated for both a semester or full-year stay :
register for the Austrian health insurance (at ‘Gebietskrankenkasse’ – GKK: www.stgkk.at).
For regular students the Austrian health insurance is offered for currently approx.
€ 55 per month including eye and dental coverage and medication during your stay in
Graz. This insurance will not cover your journey to Graz including medical evacuation and
repatriation or your return trip at the end of your stay – please make sure you purchase
travel insurance accordingly. The non-recurring e-card fee is € 11. We will give you more
detailed information about the Austrian health care system during orientation and we
will help you to fill out the application form. After you have registered with GKK, you will
receive an insurance card which you have to take with you when you consult a doctor. If
you get a prescription from a doctor, you will have to pay a small prescription fee for the
medication. Should you need to be hospitalized most of the arising costs are covered by
the GKK, but a small fee has to be paid by the patient! GKK insurance also covers costs
when you need to see a doctor during your travels in other European countries.