The target of this thesis is to investigate illegal National Socialist student movements at the universities of Graz. The principal period focused is the time between June 1933 and March 1938, during which the NSDAP was illegal in Austria. It is shown how the students have been involved in illegal Nationals Socialist acts. In the first part developments within the universities are examined, on which National Socialism could build upon. Furthermore, widespread ideologies among the students, such as “Deutschnationalismus” and antisemitism are investigated, and the role of student structures concerning the distribution of these ideologies is analysed. Moreover, illegal acts of students within and beyond the universities are addressed, and within this context a special focus is given on the publication and distribution of an illegal pamphlet called “Der Aufbruch”. In addition to the analysis and interpretation of this pamphlet, an overview of the illegal National Socialist press and propaganda is presented. The thesis shows that National Socialist tendencies were already present at the universities of Graz before the “Anschluss” in 1938. Furthermore it shows that the universities and the students played a role in the spread of National Socialism and that students have been actively involved in National Socialist acts within and beyond the universities. Regarding the pamphlet it was determined that its main function was propaganda with the main topic being the relation of the National Socialists to Austria and Germany.