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  • Locations: Graz, Austria
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Montclair applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Summer Partner Program Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Other Minimum GPA: 2.5
Academic Area: Economics, History, International Business, Justice Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Political Science, Political Science and Law, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology Credit Type: European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
Internship: No
Program Description:


Two weeks, 3 credits

The Graz International Summer School Seggau is designed for internationally oriented, highly motivated students from all disciplines, who wish to deepen their understanding of current European and International affairs by studying and discussing global developments and challenges in terms of shifting perspectives reflecting aspects of individual, social, political, religious, cultural, literary, regional, economic, cohort and national identities.

Program is open to all Montclair State students.

Two-week program (July 1 - 14, 2018) includes:

  • 2-week summer program in a campus atmosphere at Seggau Castle
  • Lectures, panel discussions and 7 parallel seminar modules (small groups)
  • Discussions and networking opportunities with international lecturers and guests
  • All-inclusive-package (tuition, meals, accommodation, extra-curricular program and field trips)
  • Optional 3 credits at Montclair State (various course credit adjustments may apply, see your Department Chair)
Besides the morning lectures and the seminars in the afternoon, students will go on a one-day excursion to Graz, the capital of the province of Styria. This one-day trip to Graz will include a visit to the University of Graz, a reception at the City Hall, as well as, a guided city tour. Students will also have time to stroll around and explore the unique city of Graz by themselves. More information will be provided during the first week of the summer school. (Visit:
There is an outdoor swimming pool at the venue; you can also play volleyball or football at the green, or play table tennis. Furthermore, we will organize movie nights, a karaoke evening and you will have a wine tasting at the Seggau Castle, which is famous for its excellent local wine. You may also want to walk down to the city of “Leibnitz”, about a quarter of an hour per foot from Seggau Castle.

Students will deal with the relevance and effect on global affairs of Europe/EU (emphasis on South Eastern Europe) and beyond by attending the offered morning and evening lectures, panel discussions, and participating in one of the following modules in the afternoon:

Seminar module 1 - “Politics and Law”
Seminar module 2 - “Media, Society, and Culture”
Seminar module 3 - “Ethics and Economics”
Seminar module 4 - “State, Society, and Religion
Seminar module 5 - “Narratives of Transgressions”
Seminar module 6 - "Aging, Communication, and Technology"
Seminar module 7 - "History and Power"

The program is conducted entirely in ENGLISH. Ideal for highly motivated students interested in:

  • European History
  • Global Studies
  • International Business
  • American Studies
  • German Studies
  • Justice Studies
  • Political Science and Law
  • Sociology
For more information on the program, please review the link below:
Graz International Summer School Official Website

Our Student Jeff Baker has started a blog"Great Austrian Adventure" - Visit it and share in his exciting travels in Graz, Austria!

Uni-Graz student Lisa-Marie Schantl wrote an article for the Montclairion about the program which you can find HERE

The total student participation fee of 1,500 Euros covering course costs, tuition, room & board (double or triple rooms, 3 meals per day) and excursions for the entire two weeks. Travel arrangements have to be made and paid for individually.


Students will be housed at Seggau Castle. Since the 1960’s Schloss Seggau is well known as modern conference centre. The Styrian castle Seggau stands on top of a small mountain over the city of Leibnitz, in the wine yards of southern Styria, Austria. This mountain is located on the northern spur of Frauenberg and was already settled in prehistoric and Roman times. From around 800AD the area belonged to the archbishopric Salzburg.

GrazThe first major expansion of the fortress, called Libnitz at the time, was initiated by Archbishop Konrad I in the first half of the 12th Century. In 1219, the old tower was given to the first Bishop of the newly founded Diocese Seckau. It was used as a living area. From the 13th Century onward, Salzburg possessions in Styria were administered in the rapidly growing fortress.
In 1595, the Archbishops gave the district Leibnitz-Seggau to the Bishop of Seckau. The head Bishop in Seckau during the Baroque era changed and built the fortress into a huge castle facility. The old tower was added onto twice and was turned into a clock tower in 1606. As building material they used, among other things, numerous ancient stones (2nd century AC) from the cemeteries of the Roman municipality Flavia Solva. In 1815, the 800 year-old tower had to be taken apart, due to serious damage caused by the heavy bells. In the upper stories of the tower, about 500 marble Roman era inscriptions and relief stones were obstructing the way. Most of these were not worn down and were still legible. From the best of these stones, a new facade was built in 1830/1832 in the upper castle using the example from the Vatican Lapidarium. It is now a show-wall and exhibition as well.

Nowadays the castle “Schloss Seggau” is famous for its high quality wines. The wines produced by the Bishop’s estate include almost all southern Styrian varieties and rank amongst the best in the Province, with numerous awards and distinctions to prove it (including several best-of-Province awards).


  • Montclair State University undergraduate student in good standing
  • Will not have graduated by August, 2018
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.75 to apply 

To Apply:
Please complete the Montclair State University study abroad application process. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this brochure page to start an application.
In addition, please request the Graz International Summer School Application. Once you download the application, submit it to the Office of International Engagement along with the other application materials.

For more information, contact Domenica Dominguez in the Office of International Engagement at

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.