Graz, Austria is a Sister-City with Montclair, NJ. The two cities have nurtured this relationship over the past 60 years. The Montclair-Graz Sister City Scholarship is a student cultural exchange program between the city of Montclair/Montclair State University and the city of Graz. The program includes a FULL SCHOLARSHIP funded by Montclair State University, Montclair's Overseas Neighbors and the City of Graz and provides free tuition, room, and a small stipend. This offer is only available to two MSU undergraduate students the opportunity to study for one academic year in Graz. Undergraduate students who have successfully completed the intermediate level courses in German are encouraged to apply! See all eligibility requirements below.
MONTCLAIR-GRAZ SISTER CITY SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION SESSIONS
For all students participating in the MSU-Graz exchange program, the German Intensive Language course is highly recommended. This course is available at an extra cost in August in Graz, before the start of the first semester.
Some of the departments of study at Uni-Graz include:
Montclair State University junior, Ms. Kulsoom Rizvi, is spending a semester as an exchange student in Graz, Austria. She is the recipient of the Gilman Scholarship award for studying abroad. Read about Kulsoom's experiences studying and traveling in Europe.
"Hello! My name is Kulsoom Rizvi, a 20-year-old embarking on a journey to capture and report the value and beauty of traveling and studying abroad." http://trnotebook.com/about-me/
MUSIC STUDENTS: If you are a student of the John J. Cali School of Music applying to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts through this scholarship, your application should include three (3) music department letters of recommendation; 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). In addition, please ask them to write a letter of recommendation.
ADDITIONAL APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR MUSIC STUDENTS:
Audition DVD with 3 musical pieces or songs/arias from various periods(Length about 30 min.). The musical selections should be unedited with the applicant filmed in full body-length view. If the applicant is a singer, he or she should present at least one song/aria in German. Please submit recent work (within the past year.) If for any reason you are unable to submit the DVD by December 2nd, please notify Domenica Dominguez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Most classes at all institutions are taught in German but many courses are taught in English. Students should have some proficiency in German when they apply and are recommended to take the Intensive German Language Course in Graz before the start of the first semester.
(The Sheet above covers information on Academic Calendar, Course Information, Language Knowledge & Courses, Accommodations, and Web Links. While the sheet does provide general information for all universities, it is specific for Karl Franzens University/Uni-Graz)
Accommodations and Meals
For all universities, students 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. The cost of housing is included in your scholarship.
Signing up for the buddy program is a unique and guided way of stepping into student life in Graz. Please be aware that these students are unpaid volunteers and may not be available 24/7. You should keep your buddy informed of arrival information in Graz as well when you do not require certain services (e.g., pick-up from the airport or train station, etc).
The Welcome Events
These events are MANDATORY for all students as they provide support with important first steps. The sessions are NOT walk-in sessions. Students not participating in the Welcome Events will have to take care of the necessary procedures by themselves, risk not being able to sign up for classes within the relevant timeframe and are responsible for all other consequences of them missing the Welcome Sessions.
Students are required to follow the procedures as indicated by the embassies /relevant authorities and International Office of Uni Graz at all times. By not following the relevant procedures students risk their stay in Austria being an illegal one. All consequences resulting from students neglecting the relevant procedures are their own responsibility.
The scholarship covers all tuition, fees, room, and a small stipend. Students will be responsible for paying round-trip airfare, insurance and other incidentals. If decided to pursue, the intensive German Language course is at an extra cost.
Deadline: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship should hit "Apply Now" on this page and submit the following materials via the on-line application process:
Write two essays:
a Personal Statement (no more than two pages, double-spaced) indicating
why you are interested in this program
why you want to study in Graz and/or in Austria
what you hope to gain from the experience
how this experience would support your academic and/or career plans
how you would be an excellent ambassador of Montclair to the City of Graz
a Project Proposal (no more than one-page, double spaced) indicating
what you will do upon return to promote cultural exchange and study abroad
for example your goal may be to promote knowledge of German language, the culture of Austria, study abroad in general, or any original idea to help support the program's goal of increased cultural exchange.
activities may include blogging, writing an article, becoming a peer advisor, doing a presentation, visiting classrooms or any other original idea you wish to carry out.
Provide two references. At least one reference should be from an MSU professor. Letters are required.