Winter Tires

In Austria it is highly recommended to have winter tires on your car between November 1st and April 15th. Driving in good weather with summer tires is still allowed but driving in wintery road conditions without winter tyres or snow chains can incur a fine of € 35. If other road users are endangered as […]

Learning German in Graz

Start Punkt Deutsch is an initiative by the Land Steiermark, Stadt Graz und Österreichischem Integrationsfonds (ÖIF). You can visit their website for a long list of German classes in Graz listed by level, institution and start date. You can also visit their office at Reitschulgasse 19, 8010 Graz for a free personal consultation and get […]

Pregnancy Resources in Graz

Being pregnant in a foreign country can be challenging! Here are some links you might find useful explaining healthcare, maternity leaves & money and where to get support. Family Guide – Services for Family in Austria This very helpful English brochure contains just about everything you need to know about being pregnant in Austria! You can download […]

TV / Radio Licence – GIS

You may well have heard of the infamous GIS representatives who turn up on doorstops and demand to know if you have a TV or radio inside. If so they will expect you pay for a license (around €19 – €25 a month, or €7 for just a radio). Having a computer doesn’t count (unless […]

Vignette (motorway toll sticker)

If you will be driving on the Austrian motorway (Autobahn), then you will need a valid ‘Vignette‘ sticker on your windshield. Otherwise you will receive a fine (there are camera spot checks). You can buy the Vignette at petrol stations, ÖAMTC, post office, Tabaks (newsagents) or ASFINAG toll stations. You can also buy it on-line […]

Frauenservice – supporting women in Graz

The Frauenservice is a wonderful organisation on Lendplatz offering free support and advice for women living in Graz. They are very friendly and can speak many languages. They offer regular seminars, workshops, art projects and social gathering and much more! Part of their important work is providing a free confidential and anonymous counseling service for […]

ÖIF – supporting integration in Austria

The ÖIF – Österreichischer Integrationsfonds (Austrian Integration Fund) works to support migrants in Austria with learning German, intergrating into Austrian life and finding jobs. They organise workshops and seminars for example for women, about immigration rights, intercultural communication etc. You can also schedule an apppointment for a free consultation to help learn about language courses, educational […]

How to be self-employed in Austria

Being self-employed here means a lot of extra hoops to jump through compared to countries like England and the US. It can be pretty complicated to set up your own business, register for the right trade license, deal with insurances and taxes etc. Here are some links where you can find lots of useful information […]

ZAM – job training for women

ZAM is an organisation funded by AMS and Steiermark to help women find employment. They offer advice, workshops, job training and apprenticeships. They work with women from all backgrounds – looking to enter the job market for the first time, re-entering after a career break, or for those looking to retrain and change careers. They […]

Zebra – advice & support for foreigners

Zebra – Intercultural Counseling and Therapy Center is a great organisation who offer support and advice for foreigners in Graz . They work to enforce human rights, fight racist, enforce equal treatment and promote lasting integration. The founding members of Zebra came from human rights work, especially from Amnesty International. They offer legal advice on […]