Testimonials

What incoming students say about their stay in Austria and at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (SUAS)

 

Incoming student Nuoqian from City University of Macau, China

Full name:Nuoqian Yang
Home country:Shanghai, China
Home institution:City University of Macau
Predominant degree programme at SUAS:Bachelor in Innovation and Management in Tourism
Duration of your stay at SUAS:September 2016 - February 2017

Why did you choose Austria?

Austria is a country with a highly developed tourism industry, compared with that in China. Therefore, Austria is rich in history and experience in this industry. As a tourism student, it was a great opportunity for me to observe more and to learn more in such a country with a long history. Not only did I acquire specific knowledge in my study field, but I also obtained an innovational concept of tourism management by learning from the local tourism industry.

Why would you recommend Austria and SUAS as an interesting study location?

I can definitely recommend Austria as an interesting study location. One of my reasons for choosing Salzburg as place and city to study was that SUAS offers a bachelor and master program in Innovation and Management in Tourism, which is entirely taught in English. As an international student it would have been really difficulty for me to be taught in German but this English program is extremely considerate. Moreover, as an exchange student I had got problems when I arrived, but the staff members at SUAS are always willing to help, which made me feel like home.

What did you like about Austria and SUAS?

It is my honor to have been a part of the student exchange program at Salzburg University of Applied Science. I extend my sincere gratitude to all involved for giving me this chance. Not only has this program allowed me to improve my language skills, but it has also expanded my understanding of the western tourism industry. This program provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to live, learn and apply western education and critical thinking skills in a real-world environment. It also allowed me to share my culture with others and to inspire new friends to learn more about my culture and tourism destinations as well. This was a dream that came true and which has made my life more interesting and exciting. So don’t hesitate, and keep moving on. Life is an adventure!

What were the challenges you had to deal with?

There are many challenges for sure, such as dealing with different languages and references but all the people here are extremely nice and great. They are willing to help you to deal with culture differences and at the same time they would share their experience with you as well.

What else I would like to say

This program provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to live, learn and apply western education and critical thinking skills in a real-world environment. It also allowed me to share my culture with others and to inspire new friends to learn more about my culture and tourism destinations as well. This was a dream that came true and which has made my life more interesting and exciting. So don’t hesitate, and keep moving on. Life is an adventure!


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Incoming student Markéta from Brno University of Applied Sciences, Czech Republic

Full name:Markéta Brávková
Home country:Czech Republic
Home institution:Brno University of Applied Sciences
Predominant degree programme at SUAS:Master in Design & Product Management
Duration of your stay at SUAS:September 2013 - June 2014

Why did you choose Austria?

I chose to study in Austria for several reasons. First, I wanted to improve my German. Second, I had heard too many good things about studying at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, so I had to come to experience it myself. I was also really interested in the way of teaching and studying Design & Product Management at SUAS, which included workshops, experienced teachers from Austria and also from different places all over the world. And of course I should mention my deep love for mountains, skiing, climbing, hiking etc. Thus, Salzburg was simply the perfect place to combine all my wishes.

Why would you recommend Austria and SUAS as an interesting study location?

It is just the perfect place where so many things come together… the city of Salzburg, with its fascinating architecture, cultural heritage, kind and helpful people and the most amazing surroundings I have seen in my life!

What did you like about Austria and SUAS?

I really liked that the University campus is not in the city center, but still easy to get to by train or bus in only a few minutes. You can go to the city for the nightlife as easily as you can go hiking in the nearby mountain area. I enjoyed the nature around the campus area, was inspired by the people and had a lot of fun.

What were the challenges you had to deal with?

Of course there were also some challenging things such as dealing with a different language and the Austrian accent. I had to deal with basic things such as washing, ironing or cooking. But overall it was never a big deal because you are surrounded by amazing people, who are always there to help you.

What else I would like to say

When I look back to my time in Salzburg, I have met so many wonderful and inspiring people there, who were always open and willing to listen to my ideas and to answer my questions. I have attended plenty of great workshops, which made me think about emotional durable designs, the responsibility of a designer etc. Undoubtedly, I can strongly recommend Austria and SUAS as an interesting study location.


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Incoming student Lovisa from Karlstad University, Sweden

Full name:Lovisa Åkesson
Home country:Sweden
Home institution:Karlstad University
Predominant degree programme at SUAS:Bachelor in Business Management
Duration of your stay at SUAS:September 2016 - February 2017

Why did you choose Austria?

I chose Austria for several reasons. However, there were two main reasons. First, I wanted to do an exchange semester in a European country where German is the main language, because I wanted to learn German for a while. Second, I wanted to go skiing! I found out that Salzburg was the perfect option for me and I only heard good things about SUAS.

Why would you recommend Austria and SUAS as an interesting study location?

I would definitely recommend SUAS and Austria as a sovereign study location. All the responsible staff members at SUAS have great knowledge and are always able to answer your questions, whatever they may be. The teachers are very educative and professional, they really want us students to learn the subject they teach. I did also enjoy the welcome days held by the International Office, the staff made sure that all incomings got to know each other with different kind of activities. I don’t think that I could have gotten a better semester than this one in Austria at SUAS. I have made friends for life and I will always be thankful for that.

What did you like about Austria and SUAS?

I like that it is so easy to travel around as Austria is in the heart of Europe, which makes exploring new places much easier. What I like about SUAS is that it is so much smaller than my home university and that you can get a different relation with your class mates and teachers, which I like. Even though Puch is on the countryside, Salzburg city is never far away, the S-Bahn takes only 20 minutes and leaves at good times. I also love the fact that the Austrians are so friendly and that you are always being treated in a good way.

What were the challenges you had to deal with?

The Austrian culture is a bit different from the Swedish, however, it didn’t take too long to adapt, so it wasn’t really a challenge. The main challenge I would say is the language, but you get along quite well with English and a few German phrases.

What else I would like to say

I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to study at SUAS, it has given me memories and friends for life, and I am so happy that I chose Austria. This semester has taken me out of my comfort zone, and I am actually considering working abroad in the future, maybe in Austria, who knows?


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Incoming student MFarahat from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Full name:MFarahat
Home country:Egypt
Home institution:Warsaw University of Technology
Predominant degree programme at SUAS:Bachelor in Information Technology & Systems Management
Duration of your stay at SUAS:September 2016 - February 2017

Why did you choose Austria?

I chose to study in Austria because I have been there before and I liked the country. Austrians offer great hospitality and this was encouraging. The country offers a lot of natural landscapes and beautiful places to see; also the cultural part is very interesting and very nice.

Why would you recommend Austria and SUAS as an interesting study location?

I would definitely recommend Austria as an interesting study location. I found a lot of interesting courses and a variety of options. All the academic staff members are extremely supportive and always provide the incomings with any means of support when needed. The atmosphere at SUAS is extremely positive and encouraging to study and develop. The studies opened my mind into many new aspects that are very interesting and I focus more on them now. On the other hand, by studying at SUAS I had the chance to meet a lot of people who have a similar vision and I was able to get in contact with great people from many different countries due the diversity.

What did you like about Austria and SUAS?

Austria is a great and peaceful country and a very nice destination for a short visit or a longer stay, due to the fact that the people are very friendly and open. It is worth mentioning that the quality of the education is tremendously high and matches the hard working students’ expectations. I liked the fact that I was living in Puch Urstein and that I was able to go and study or have access to the SUAS facilities anytime, even later in the evening.

What were the challenges you had to deal with?

There were some challenges at the beginning in understanding the formalities of the exchange program and of course in moving to another country. However, coming from Egypt but living and studying in Poland, I had the advantage to already know how to deal with being in a completely new environment and it was very simple to get to know new people and integrate quickly with incomings since day one.

What else I would like to say

As mentioned before, I study in Warsaw but I am from Egypt. At the beginning everyone was a bit surprised from the fact that I wanted to go abroad from abroad. But it turned out to be a great decision to go for an exchange. In fact Austria and SUAS were a significant catalyst in how great my semester abroad was in the end. I had a tremendously great free time and I also enjoyed working in this institution. I am very grateful to my professors and teachers who helped me to develop and learn. I would definitely try my best to visit Salzburg again.


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Incoming student Pablo from University of Alicante, Spain

Full name:Pablo Arcos
Home country:Spain
Home institution:Universidad de Alicante
Predominant degree programme at SUAS:Bachelor in MultiMediaTechnology
Duration of your stay at SUAS:February - June 2013

Why did you choose Austria?

I chose Austria and in particular the SUAS mainly because it was one of the only universities that offered a programme similar to the one at my university, called Multimedia Engineering.

Austria has quite a vibrant videogame industry, so I thought it would be a good academic experience. Moreover, the university’s facilities and the state-of-the-art technology impressed me. Lastly, I simply love the mountainous landscapes, which is a major contrast to the dry coast landscape I am used to.

Why would you recommend Austria and SUAS as an interesting study location?

I recommend SUAS as a place to work on very interesting projects, to meet people from all over the world and to develop both personally and academically. At SUAS they prepare students for real-life work situations. Teachers are well-prepared, enthusiastic and willing to help the students. Furthermore, Austria is a beautiful country and it has a very high standard of living, which can be noticed in every aspect of daily life – from housing to transportation systems.

What did you like about Austria and SUAS?

Salzburg is a very beautiful, peaceful city where you can go anywhere by bike. Austria in general is a lovely country, and every place I visited has impressed me. It is a modern country, where the infrastructure is very well planned and designed. The education system is not as different as I have imagined it to be. What I have noticed at SUAS is that classes are smaller than at my home university; hence they allow for more communication between the students and the professors. Another important aspect is that there is access to state-of-the-art technology, which prepares students for their professional life later on. Last but not least, the teachers are dedicated and experts in their fields.

What were the challenges you had to deal with?

My main concern was my little knowledge of German, but people in Austria are very helpful and most of them know English, so it wasn’t that much of a problem in the end. Another challenge was the paperwork, but with the help of the International Office it was much easier.

What else I would like to say 

My ERASMUS experience has been better than what I expected it to be – in every aspect. First, I have met amazing people from all around the world, which has broadened my horizon. I have learned about other cultures, about their similarities and differences. Academically, I have discovered other ways of working and learned about many new technologies. I have become a better multimedia developer and I have learned to work in intercultural projects. Personally, I am a more independent, tolerant and mature person now. In conclusion, I recommend a semester abroad to my colleagues – especially at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences as it is a place to thrive and improve as a person.


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Incoming student Maria from Murdoch University, Australia

Full name:Maria Gultiano
Home country:Australia
Home institution:Murdoch University
Predominant degree programme at SUAS:Bachelor in Innovation and Management in Tourism
Duration of your stay at SUAS:September 2012 - July 2013

Why did you choose Austria?

I chose Austria for a number of reasons. The first is that many Australian students who go exchange choose to go to the USA or the UK, so I decided to go somewhere different, I didn't want to be surrounded by other Australians. I wanted to go somewhere in Europe, so that I could travel easily and Austria seemed ideal because of its central location. I am also very interested in learning a second language, and I have wanted to learn German for a very long time. It's not a very common language in Australia, so going on exchange to a German speaking country was ideal. I had also heard that Austria is a very beautiful place, and I have always wanted to experience nature that is different from Australia’s. On the internet I saw photographs of Austria’s natural resources and thought it would be amazing if I could experience them in person.

Why would you recommend Austria and SUAS as an interesting study location?

I think it’s a very diverse place, and you have the opportunity to meet lots of different people. For me it was also helpful that a large number of people here can speak English, it meant that my beginner level German didn’t stop me from getting to know lots of interesting people. I think the Austrian culture is very interesting too and it was a lot of fun to experience unique Austrian traditions like the Krampuslauf. Austria is a country full of rich history, and it’s another thing I really enjoy about it. I love history and thought it was amazing to see old churches, castles and other places, because in Australia these don’t exist.

What did you like about Austria and SUAS?

I really loved how I felt so close to nature the whole time I was here. My campus was in a more regional area, so I often saw deer and other animals from my bedroom window. I loved that in good weather I could go hiking in the mountains and enjoy the outdoors so easily. I also liked the people; they were always friendly and really interested to learn about Australia. I was lucky enough to meet some very kind people and was given a lot of opportunities to do things I would never have been able to do otherwise. For example, I got to try on a Krampus costume and learnt how to make Wiener Schnitzel.

What were the challenges you had to deal with?

The main challenge I had to deal with was adjusting to a different way of studying and teaching at SUAS. It was very different from my university at home, but that’s why I went on exchange – to experience a different way of studying. I also experienced some language difficulties. Even though a lot of people speak English, documents and other things like that aren’t often in English, which made things difficult when I was trying to fill them out. Luckily, there were a lot of German speakers around who were willing to help me out.

What else I would like to say

Going on exchange was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was able to experience a completely different way of life and meet lots of amazing people. I made some great friends who’ll last a lifetime, and made my stay in Austria really special. I learnt so much from the people around me and in turn I was able to teach them things, too. I learnt about so many different cultures, not just the Austrian culture, because of the other incomings and international students at SUAS. I also learnt a lot about myself and I really feel as though my stay here has changed me for the better. Being so far away from home showed me just how big the world is, and how little I really know about it. Meeting people from all over the world made me want to travel even more and visit the home countries of my new friends. When I go home I won’t be the same person who left. There is no other experience that compares to being an exchange student.


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Incoming student Kristina from Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Full name:Kristina Soloveva
Home country:Russian Federation
Home institution:Karelia University of Applied Sciences
Predominant degree programme at SUAS:Bachelor in Design & Product Management
Duration of your stay at SUAS:February - June 2015

Why did you choose Austria?

My fellow student who has returned from exchange in Salzburg has described Austria as a dream place to go. I was fascinated and decided to visit it myself. I have heard a lot about the beauty of this country – its mountains, rivers, lakes, amazing scenery and wonderful architecture, but had no idea about the people, their attitude to life and traditions. They were like mystery for me. That is why I wanted to gain this experience in reality. Moreover, I have been studying German language before and wished to practice it if I can manage. And last but not least, I really enjoyed the description of the study programme offered by Salzburg University of Applied Sciences – it included many subjects I was interested in.

Why would you recommend Austria and SUAS as an interesting study location?

Salzburg University of Applied Sciences offers a lot of courses which will be useful for the future working life and general opening of mind. For example, for design students modules of sketching, digital prototyping, design-thinking and anthropology will be extremely valuable. Lecturers are really dedicated to their subjects and provide only essential and thought-provoking information. What is more, both lecturers and students are very kind and helpful. They assist a lot to adapt to the new learning environment easily.

What did you like about Austria and SUAS?

I enjoyed everything. I was amazed by the scenery during all the exchange period, especially the mountains. They are so beautiful and every time they seem different, depending on weather conditions. Furthermore, I liked the order and accuracy in everything. For example, people are really punctual and follow the timetables and the law. In addition, I was glad that students in Salzburg University of Applied Sciences are very motivated to study and try to do their best. For me this was a great inspiration to learn and study. Additionally, people are very polite and communicative. Another important aspect is clean water as Austria is one of the few counrties, where people can drink water right from the tap. This is very convenient! Moreover, I have discovered Austrian cuisine. It has a lot of delicious meals.

What were the challenges you had to deal with?

Primary problems were with language and prices. As I mentioned, I have studied German language before, but Austria has a different form of the language and it was hard to understand anything during the first time. Salzburg is a tourist city and offers a lot of interesting places to visit, however, prices there are rather high. It was really difficult to manage my expenses.

What else I would like to say

Main thing I would like to say is THANK YOU. Thank you, International Office for the help with adaptation in the new environment and organising interesting cultural events. Thank you, teachers for being so professional. Thank you, all the people whom I have met there and who definitely changed my life. Thank you, for providing a new experience that has broadened my horizons, helped to get rid of many stereotypes and simply brought a lot of fun.


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Incoming student Daniel from Southampton Solent University, United Kingdom

Full name:Daniel Sill
Home country:United Kingdom
Home institution:Southampton Solent University
Predominant degree programme at SUAS:Bachelor in Innovation and Management in Tourism
Duration of your stay at SUAS:September 2015 - June 2016

Why did you choose Austria?

I chose to study in Austria because it is a very attractive country, in terms of landscape, cities and location. The Austrian Alps are full of beauty and added to this, cities such as Salzburg, Innsbruck and Vienna are also great pulls to Austria. Additionally, the main way in which Austria appealed to me was due to its location within Central Europe as from Austria you can travel to so many of Europe´s great locations with ease, including Munich (for Oktoberfest), Venice, Ljubljana, Prague and so many other relatively close destinations. Why not choose Austria?!

Why would you recommend Austria and SUAS as an interesting study location?

I would recommend Austria and SUAS as an interesting study location because Austria is not only such a great country as previously stated but SUAS is a great university too. Whilst studying here I feel I have learned a lot by studying so many different subjects. Additionally, at SUAS you get a real cultural education as well, via certain subject programs and via studying with so many amazing international students. The Innovation and Management in Tourism program is a very interesting program and well worth studying as you get a greater and comprehensive understanding of the tourism industry. Overall, studying in both Austria and at SUAS is an amazing experience you can hold dearly with yourself for the rest of your life, with this studying not only progressing your knowledge but opening up your world to so many great things, places and people.

What did you like about Austria and SUAS?

There were so many things to like about Austria and SUAS, such as the stunning scenery (literally just all around you whilst you´re at the university), the easy accessibility to the city (with the S-Bahn right next to the campus), and the best thing was the people you meet and get to know (the most amazing people!).

What were the challenges you had to deal with?

The only real challenges to deal with would have been the language issue. However, everyone seems to know English so that was of great help. I only wish I could’ve known more German to make the effort for the locals - can´t thank them enough for speaking English with me.

What else I would like to say?

I don’t know what else to say, other than this study abroad experience has been absolutely incredible. I would thoroughly recommend the experience to anyone who is lucky enough to have the chance, and of course I would also thoroughly recommend them to come to Austria and to SUAS.


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