New In Town
You are coming from abroad and intend to stay in Austria either permanently or at least for a while? You are not an Austrian citizen? Living in an unfamiliar environment and a different culture raises many questions and brings up new needs and requirements. You have to accept the challenge.
So the following institutions will make it easier for you to adapt to your new environment:
The most important factor for feeling comfortable in a new country is to speak the respective language. German language courses, for example, are offered by:
- Treffpunkt Sprachen – Zentrum für Sprache, Plurilinguismus und Fachdidaktik der Uni Graz (Center for Language, Plurlingualism and Didactics)
- DIG – Deutsch in Graz (German in Graz)
- Verein ISOP
- ISZ - Internationales Sprachzentrum (International Language Center)
Information Centers and Clubs/Societies
- Beratungsstellen für AusländerInnen in Graz (Counseling Services for Foreigners in Graz)
- MigrantInnenvereine in Graz (Self-organization of Migrants in Graz)
- Integrationsreferat (Integration Council)
- MigrantInnenbeirat in Graz auf politischer Ebene (Migrants‘ Council of the city of Graz)
- Allgemeine Informationen zu Wohnen, Arbeiten & Studieren in Österreich (General information on living, working and studying in Austria)
- Vernetzungsmöglichkeiten (All tags in Graz)
Alone in Graz there are approximately 72 different active religious groups – like Catholics (Katholiken), "Alevi Cultural Club (Alevitischer Kulturverein), Evangelist Mission (Evangelistenmission), "Pentecostal Church in Austria (Freie Christengemeinde), "Buddhist Community (Österreichische Buddhistische Religionsgemeinschaft), Association of Islamic Cultural Centers (Union Islamischer Kulturzentren), and Jehovah’s Witnesses (Zeugen Jehovas). With about 57% (141,000 people) the Catholics are the biggest group, followed by the group of “nonbelievers” with about 28% (71,000 people).
Presently, fourteen churches and religious communities are legally acknowledged in Austria and ten more are officially registered confessional communities.