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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Academic Area: Music
Program Type: Exchange Program Housing Options: Homestay, Off-campus student housing
Credit Type: ECTS: conversion is 2:1; 6 ECTS = 3 US, 5 ECTS = 3 US, 4 ECTS = 2 US, 3 ECTS =2 US Language Prerequisite: German
Scholarships: Graz Sister-City Scholarship Language of Instruction: English, German
Program Terms:: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Program Description:

Graz, Austria
University of Music and Performing Arts (KUG)

Table of Contents

Language of Instruction
Accommodation and Meals
Estimated Program Costs
Application Process
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Program Overview

Acceptance to this program requires an application through the Study Abroad Office and the John J. Cali School of Music International Committee and an interview.
The University of Music and Performing Arts (KUG) in Graz, Austria is an exchange partner with MSU.  Students of the John J. Cali School of Music may apply to spend a semester or academic year studying at KUG.

Graz Old Town

With some 2,100 students in Graz and Oberschützen, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) is an internationally renowned place of education - 17 institutes offer highly qualified training for artistic and scientific professions. Owing to its geographic situation it knows to combine perfectly Austrian tradition in music and performing arts with the creative potential of Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

With its consequently realized leitmotif, i.e. "Open for the New by Tradition", its focus on contemporary music and its really unique living symbiosis between the arts and science, KUG has been able to shape its profile among universities in Europe.

The thirteen disciplines, i.e. Stage Design, Performing Arts (Drama), Composition and Theory of Music, Conducting, Voice, Instrumental (Vocal) Teaching, Instrumental Studies, Jazz – the oldest academic place of education in Europe – Church Music, Music Education for Teachers, Electrical Engineering/Audio Engineering (together with the University of Technology Graz), Musicology and Scientific Doctorate Studies (both in cooperation with the University of Graz) concentrate on essentials in the arts and science.

MSU students may apply to take courses in the following fields of study: View all available fields of study: click here
For more detail, please read: How to Find Courses at KUG

Language of Instruction

Most classes are taught in German.  Some courses and many individual lessons are taught in English.  Students should have some proficiency in German when they apply and are recommended to take the Intensive German Language Course offered at Uni-Graz before the start of the first semester.   

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Accommodation and Meals

Students will live in a student apartment within the city of Graz.   Housing is arranged through an independent agency, Austrian Exchange Service (ÖAD). International students are usually accommodated in dorms, in shared flats together with other students, or in inexpensive apartments. If preferred, a homestay with an Austrian  family may be arranged.
Estimated Program Costs

Through the exchange agreement, MSU students who are accepted to study at KUG will pay MSU tuition and fees to MSU directly while attending the program at KUG.  Additional costs to the student include room, board, insurance, airfare and other transportation, and incidentals.  Students will also pay the study abroad application fee of $400. The recommended Intensive German Language Course is an additional charge.  In most cases, students may use their financial aid.
Application Process
To Apply 

All music students applying for any study abroad program must first be approved by the International Committee of the John J. Cali School of Music
Your official study abroad request should include three (3) music department references; one each from 
  • your studio teacher
  • your area coordinator or academic advisor
  • your major ensemble director  
Supply a copy of the Global Education Reference form to each of these faculty members in sufficient time for them to complete it (at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline as a courtesy). Completed references should be sent by faculty to the Chair of the International Committee by October 1st (for spring programs) or March 1st (for summer or following fall programs). The committee will review the references and make a recommendation to the Global Education Center.  
Please complete these forms: KUG Application Form and Reference Form

And submit to:
John J. Cali International Committee

Lori McCann, chair;

David Witten; Marissa Silverman

For Further Information

Contact Francesca De Ros, Study Abroad Coordinator,

Chelsey Watts, Interim Director of International  Academic Initiatives, 
  • Once you have been approved by the International Committee of the John J. Cali School of Music, Please complete the Montclair State University study abroad application process.  In addition, please submit the KUG application to the Study Abroad Office at Montclair State. 
  • You may download the KUG application here:  Link here to application pdf and flyer pdf
Once you have been approved, Please complete the Montclair State University study abroad application process.

International Academic Initiatives
Cole Hall 148
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ, 07043

Front Desk: 973 655 6862
For general questions about Study Abroad, please contact:


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 10/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.