Testimonials

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

 

Incoming student Maria from 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:2 semesters

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 Pablo from 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 Markéta from Czech Republic

Full name:Markéta Brávková
Home country:Czech Republic
Home institution:Brno University of Applied Sciences
Predominant degree programme at SUAS: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! 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.

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.


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Incoming student Michèle from Switzerland

Full name:Michèle Benita Rohatsch
Home country:Switzerland
Home institution:University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur
Predominant degree programme at SUAS:Bachelor in Innovation and Management in Tourism
Duration of your stay at SUAS:February - June 2014

Why did you choose Austria?

I chose to study in Austria because Austria is a well know country for its winter and summer tourism. Therefore, I have seen an opportunity for me to study in a country, where tourism is a part of people’s daily lives. It is also a fascinating country with its central location in Europe and hence perfect for travelling to other European countries as well.

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

I can really recommend Austria as a study location. First of all, it is a wonderful experience and you meet a lot of new people. This international network is not only useful for the private life, but also for the business life in the future. Secondly, I learned a lot about different cultures, which really helps to understand people with a different nationality. I would recommend Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, because it is possible to attend tourism courses both in English and in German, which really helped me to improve my English. Furthermore, SUAS has a really nice and modern campus with good infrastructure. This helps to make the stay as well as the learning effect really successful.

What did you like about Austria and SUAS?

One thing I really about Austria are the friendly people, who make you feel welcome. I also loved the internationality at the University and the contact we had with all the students. All this helps to make you feel comfortable in Austria and helps to feel part of a big community. I also liked the landscape with all the nice mountains and lakes.

What were the challenges you had to deal with?

I learned that sometimes there are situation in your life you cannot change and you just need to go through with it. In the end there is always something nice and you will be happy.

What else I would like to say?

It was a nice stay at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and I learned a lot for my future. On one hand I gained a lot of experience to deal with different cultures and met a lot of new friends from all over the world. I also learned a lot about myself and it helped me to be more independent. On the other hand I learned a lot for my professional life, which will help me in the future.

I will miss the time in Salzburg and it will always be a nice memory. I hope that other students will have the same opportunity and that they will enjoy their stay here just as much as I did.


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