Seggau Castle, Leibnitz, Austria

Conflict, Challenge and Change: State - Society - Religion

when 2 July 2023 - 15 July 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 2400

The call for GUSEGG 2023 is OPEN! The Graz International Summer School Seggau (GUSEGG) is a 2-weeks international academic program inviting motivated and interested students from all disciplines and all levels to apply. Approaching the overall topic: Conflict, Challenge and Change: State – Society – Religion, students will attend morning lectures, seminar modules and panel discussions and thus learn about this topic from different disciplines and perspectives.

The unique setting of 80 students and 20 professors from all over the world living together on the castle campus will enable in-depth discussions between seminars and lectures, and foster a sustainable knowledge-transfer. Information on the academic program and the application process can be found on our website: GUSEGG - Büro für Internationale Beziehungen (

 2-week summer university with a unique campus atmosphere
 Lectures, 7 individual seminars, evening events
 Discussions and networking opportunities with international lecturers and students
 All-inclusive package (tuition, meals, accommodation, extra-curricular program, Graz excursion)
 6 ECTS credits for participation and seminar paper
 Developing skills in documentary production, academic, and creative writing
 Publishing opportunity in Off Campus: Seggau School of Thought publication series

Course leader

The University of Graz organizes the summer school in cooperation with the Commission of the Bishops‘ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the Diocese Graz-Seckau.

Target group

For internationally oriented, highly motivated students from all disciplines and all levels.

The program is a carefully structured intercultural study opportunity and offers international experience to students from all disciplines at different levels of their studies. The program is designed for internationally oriented, highly motivated students, who wish to deepen their understanding of current European affairs with a focus on Europe and America, and who appreciate an intense, structured, and challenging academic program. It offers students multiple opportunities to study and discuss global developments and challenges within the context of transformation processes and demographic changes that affect aspects of individual, social, political, religious, cultural, literary, regional, economic, cohort and national identities.

Course aim


Apart from developing and strengthening academic collaboration, the program strives to:
• Develop critical thinking of students and build intercultural dialogue,
• Ensure quality education with a variety of morning lectures and seminars, including many international participants, lecturers, and other experts in their fields,
• Develop students’ skills in public speaking, academic writing, creative writing, and film making,
• Encourage students to work together in small interdisciplinary team settings to complete certain tasks and to seek additional support from all the professors on site
• Provide equal opportunities for students in presenting their work (such as presenting a scholarly poster, participating in the discussions, publishing in the GUSEGG publication),
• Establish sustainable interdisciplinary cooperation of teachers, students, and participating experts by creating an international community through the GUSEGG Alumni network:,
• Present and discuss focus areas of the University of Graz – South Eastern Europe and North, Central and South America – through interdisciplinary lectures.

Credits info

6 EC
Students can earn 6 ECTS (European) credits. Requirements are active participation in all formats of the program and a seminar paper handed in after the completion of the program. Students will also receive a Certificate of Attendance documenting their participation.

Fee info

EUR 2400: The total student participation cost is € 2.400 covering course costs, tuition, room & board (double, triple or quad rooms, and 3 meals per day), extracurricular activities, and the Graz excursion.


Even though you might not have the financial means to participate, do not hesitate to apply: Funding and scholarships will be available.