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Greetings from Krems an der Donau, Austria!

In Lower Austria, in the middle of winery plantations and right by the Danube river, there is this charming city called Krems. Krems is an old and historic town with only 25 000 inhabitants and it is 80 km away from Vienna. It’s a city of many churches and universities!

The Danube river in September

My experience here has been quite nice, even though the school standards surprised me. Studying abroad has taught me to appreciate TAMK even more than before. Here in IMC Krems, you must work a lot to earn your credits. At least in my case, I’ve had to learn lots of things by heart to success in the exams. The grading here is very strict, and you must remember everything in detail. I have to say, that I’m not happy with the level of education here. It is partly because having this much theory is not a suitable way of learning for me – I’m more of a “learning by doing” type of person. On the other hand, I feel like in every course there has been poor instructions to projects or assignments in general. Compared to the level of teaching, the exams had been difficult and all in all, the professors could have been more supportive. Also, one big fault is the lack of school lunch. If you want to come to Krems, I recommend you take fewer courses than I did (26,5 ECTS), so you’ll have more time to travel and enjoy your exchange semester that way!

Seeing other cultures has opened my eyes and broadened my world view. During the exchange semester I have traveled to Germany, Slovakia and Hungary. I have also traveled inside Austria, to Vienna, Wachau Valley, Linz, St. Pölten and Bad Gastein (the Alps). Before I’m heading home, I’m still going to visit Graz and Hallstatt. One of the most enriching things here have been all the new people I have got to know from all over the world. Krems is a small town, so exchange students have become a close group. Throughout the time, everyone has behaved nicely towards each other and invited everyone to the parties. I’ve also got new friends from the locals, since I have studied mostly with them.

Wachau Valley is quite near to Krems. I took this photo during the excursion in September.
The Alps in Bad Gastein

Especially during the first weeks we got to know some history about Krems and its buildings. One of the churches I mentioned is 1000 years old and IMCs’ Piaristengasse campus is a part of the same building! The campus is an old monastery and you can see the history on the ceilings and walls of the campus. The nature in Krems is beautiful as well. Danube river runs right outside of the city center and exotic vineyards locate on the other side.

IMC Krems, Piaristengasse campus

As a summary, I would say that Krems is an extremely beautiful city with warm atmosphere and lots of students. You can easily go and travel around Austria and Europe and if you are interested in wines, this is a perfect place for you! If you enjoy studying theory instead of doing projects or group works, you might also enjoy the school. Even though it has been very hard for me sometimes, this experience has been amazing, and I am truly grateful that I had the chance to come here!

Grüße aus Österreich

I have lived and studied in Upper Austria now for three and half months and now it’s time to tell you a little bit about my stay here.

Studying

It has been a really interesting for me to experience a bit of Austrian school system. Basically, I had no prejudices or expectations about it before I came here, but now I can say that it has been a positive surprise for me so far. There’s a couple of characteristics that I would like to highlight.

In Austria, people are extremely punctual and they really appreciate and even demand punctuality from everyone. You can be sure that you will be scolded if you arrive late on the lecture. Working and studuying culture is also very formal here. All the professors are well-dressed and students address them with their correct titles, and actually in everyday life also, elder must be addressed with “Frau” (Ms.) or “Herr” (Mr.).

All in all, my studies here have been interesting but challenging as well. Professors speak fluent english and the teching methods are quite similar than in Finland, so studying itself is not that different here than in TAMK.

Free time

Naturally, student exchange is not just studying. Actually I have had plenty of day offs in my schedule, so I have had a lot of time to travel and explore. My favourite way to spend free time here, has for sure been mountain hiking in the Alps. And as Austrians boast the second highest consumption of beer per capita worldwide, I haven’t been able to avoid tasting the local beer specialties.

    

It has been great and memorable time here and I can greatly recommend Austria as a travel destination for everyone.

Cheers,

Olli

Grüß Gott aus Wien!

I’m currently spending my exchange semester in a beautiful and amazing city; Vienna! Vienna is the capital city of Austria and is a perfect place to spend your exchange semester.

 

I study in FHWien der WKW. The school is mainly focused on management and communication and I have found there many interesting courses. This University of Applied Sciences is very similar with TAMK and the teaching methods are quite same; group works, presentations and exams. One thing that is different from TAMK is that my timetable changes almost every week! Some weeks I have only 1 or 2 lessons and some weeks I’m spending almost my whole time in school. All my teacher in here have been really nice and professional and their English skills are really good. All my courses are mainly with other Erasmus students and in English, but you can choose courses in German too.

I usually have school only 1-3 times a week and that is why I have had plenty of time to travel. Vienna has the perfect location to travel cheaply. During my exchange semester I have visited Bratislava, Venice, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Krakow. I have also made trips to Austria’s other beautiful cities such as Graz and Salzburg.

Vienna is full of beautiful architecture and the cultural activities are almost limitless. You can choose from many different kinds of museums, theaters and operas. Me and my friends have explored so many museums and cafes during our exchange. (Hint: on first Sundays of the month there are many museums that have free entrance). In every time of the year In Vienna there is so much to do and see! Autumn is so much warmer in here and the Christmas time in Vienna is amazing. The whole city is full of Christmas markets and the smell of Glühwein fills the air.

 

You can’t have boring moment in a city like this!

All in all, I can highly recommend Vienna as an exchange destination and if you have the chance to go abroad, take it!

Feeling Austrian wibes

Hey!

Time flies in Austria. As soon as I arrived to Airport in Vienna, I knew I chose the right place to come studying. Beautiful landscape with its old cities and historical places got me feel like that I won’t get bored during my stay here. Even though the city of Wels felt first like it was quite small for a five month visit. Already after first two weeks, I got to know most of the common places around the city. But it didn’t bother me, because I knew that the location of the city is perfect for traveling. In the beginning using almost every weekend to go to new places, was definitely one of the best things to do, because I knew that there will be more schoolwork to be done at the end of semester.

Studying in Austria is a little different that I’m used to in Finland. As in both countries most of the people are well motivated and the professors have a really good knowledge about their subjects. Still the feeling I have about the studies is that most of the courses in Austria are, more or less, just trying to learn new things by reading it from a book. Then later at the exams there’s a big hurry to put all you know to the paper with so little time to use. Normally I prefer more hands-on doing by discussing more and analyzing the new information we get by doing exercises. That’s why I think that the best experiences I have from the university are the project classes with local students. It is a nice way to see how they work as a group and support others in their team.

Even though the times I have spent at Wels have been one of the greatest of my life, I know that getting back to studies in Finland is something I like more. Still I feel that the Finnish way of education suits me better.

A beautiful scenery from Austrian Alps

-Pauli

Austria, the amazing place to be

Greetings from Austria! A truly beautiful and amazing place to be.
Its a great retreat if you like Nature, you can go to the Alps, or if you like cities and architecture, you can go to Vienna. Absolutely astonishing buildings make you feel like you are living in the 1700s.

The International Business field in FH Wiener Neustadt is very in depth and you can select to study whatever you really want and really deepen in that field. There are a lot of courses which offer a great opportunities. The school facility is amazing and the atmosphere is great too, which motivates you to study well.

During my exchange in FH Wiener Neustadt i have learned the key differences between Finnish and Austrian schooling system. It is somewhat more strict in here and there is a stronger discipline. For example, from some courses you have to have more than half % to even get the worst possible grade. You really need to put hard work to it in order to get a good grade. The good news is that the courses are distributed so, that there are only few per day, and some days you will have “free day” so you can study from home and not show up to school. This is always great because you get to sleep longer and not wake up early.

Our school

One of the biggest problems however is the fact that in the library there are not enough course books for all, which means you will have to find a partner from which you could borrow the books.

Free time!
Of course its not only about studying all the time. You get to hang out with people and learn to know them. Luckily in our dormitory we had the most amazing people living in our student housing. Party? No problem. Breakfast? No problem, Dinner? You say it, Chief.
This is a truly great place to socialize and be with people after hard studying -> Our dorms. We had parties every weekend and there were always people that left somewhere to explore Austria during the holidays and you could come with them.  Luckily Vienna is just 20km away so that is like 13minute train ride to the big city. And there is always something you could do there. Meet people, go to restaurant, clubs, and such. Its cheap and its fun!

Our amazing dorms

The amazing Wiener Neustadt

Vienna – Life Around Palaces

Liebe Grüsse aus Wien!

Vienna is a beautiful city full of history and nice sceneries, and the exchange has been a great experience. The city is divided into 22 districts, which all have their own distinct air. My Praktikums (= internships) have taken place in Wilhelminenspital, a big, old hospital in the 16th district. The atmosphere at work has been great, all the physiotherapists are friendly and I have been able to take part in many different things: Laufband-training with neurological patients, Heilgymnastik for traumatology patients recovering from surgeries or accidents, pool therapy groups, mobilizing patients at hospital wards etc. In the beginning my German was quite rusty, but everyone has been very understanding and helpful with the language.

I have met people from many places, Vienna is quite multicultural. My first flatmates were from Ukraine and Hongkong, and there has been encounters with people from the USA, Latin America and all over Europe both at work and elsewhere. Cafés are an essential part of Viennese culture, people sit in them for hours working, socializing or just relaxing with the daily newspaper. There are all types of cafés, and the prices are quite affordable for a Finn. A must to try is a coffee speciality called Mélange, which basically is coffee with milk and sugar prepared in the Viennese way. The cake variety is endless, Sacher Tarte naturally being the most famous, but there are so many other great options that it is always hard to choose.

Austrian culture does not differ too much from our own Finnish one. The city is tidy and feels fairly safe. The public transport system works amazingly well: metros, trams and buses run often and most often on time. However, Austria is a very traditional, conservative country. People quite generally fast before Easter, and shops close usually by 6 pm. After Saturday 6 pm the grocery stores open their doors only on Monday Morning – which was a bit problematic  for a foreigner arriving in the city on Saturday evening. In addition to doing the internship I had a chance to spend a week at the FH Campus observing the local physiotherapy teaching. Practical classes and lectures were very similar to the ones at our campus back in Finland, only the topics differed slightly, so I learned some new techniques.

All in all, I can sincerelly recommend choosing Vienna as an exchange destination! 🙂

Schloss Schönbrunn

Grüß Gott aus Österreich

Grüß Gott aus Österreich

I spent my 4 months of exchange in a small but lovely city; Wiener Neustadt. Wiener Neustadt is located about 60km south of the capital Vienna.

I studied in Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt (University of Applied Sciences). It is located on the outskirts of the city center. The dorms where I lived at were really close to the school and it took around 5-7minutes to walk to and from the school to the dorms.

The University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt was founded as the first of its kind in 1994 and counts among the top educational institutions in the state. More than 3600 students are enrolled in a Bachelor or Master programme at one of the campuses: Wiener Neustadt, Wieselburg, Tulln and Vienna.

FHWN provides extensive and future-oriented educational and research programmes and at present, they offer 34 Bachelor and Master programmes in five faculties: Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Security, and Sport. More than 300 employees and 1300 lecturers provide for a modern and efficient practice-oriented education.

Studying at FHWN was a great experience. I would say that the quality of the education is about the same as in Finland. The teachers were really professional and I enjoyed their classes. The facilities were in good shape and there was a brand new building as well. Classrooms had everything we needed and the IT side also worked perfectly.

I had all of my classes in Wiener Neustadt but I got to visit the facility in Wieselburg and it was brand new.

All of my courses happened to be on Mondays and Tuesdays so I had a lot of free time.

 

At the dorms we became one big family with the other exchange students and we had a lot of activities together at the dorms and also managed to plan many memorable trips together to Budapest, Prague and other beautiful cities abroad and also in Austria.

Budapest

I will visit Austria again soon!

-Kenneth Lundström

Du bist meine kleine schwarze Katze

I spent my 5 months in a beautiful, small town called Krems an der Donau, in Austria. At first, I was a bit nervous to go abroad all by myself, because I had never travelled alone. The other fact that made me a bit nervous was, that I wasn’t sure how good English people speak in Austria. All I knew about German was “Du bist meine kleine schwarze Katze”, and that wasn’t really helpful in my daily life. And yes, there were times when people didn’t speak (or just didn’t want to speak) English, but still I somehow managed to survive.I studied in IMC Krems, which had two different campus areas in the city. All my classes where in the international campus, which was in the old town. The building was an old monastery, so some of the classrooms were really beautiful. The professors spoke quite good English, and the international relations office was always happy to help you with your issues.My classes were with the regular students who studied Export Oriented Business in English. There were many nationalities in the group, as only about a half of them were from Austria. I felt like most of the professors gave good grades way too easily, but otherwise most of my courses were pretty good. Some of the courses I took were HR, Export marketing and German for beginners. I have never learned a language as fast I did with German. It really helps when you hear and see it everywhere. And also the fact, that you must learn it to survive in your daily life, or a t least make it more comfortable.Maybe the best course I chose was “Austria Business, Politics and Culture”, not just because I learnt about the country I was studying at the moment, but because the teacher was so nice. At the end of the course she invited our group to her home for an Austrian dinner. We spent the evening with her and her family, eating, drinking a local white wine and sharing stories about our lives at our home countries. At that point I was so happy that I was prepared for moments like these, as I brought a “Finnish gift bag” with me from Finland, containing a small Moomin towel in a Marimekko cosmetic bag. It was a perfect gift for a moment like that.My spare time I spent traveling across the country. I got to see amazing views, hike in a sunny autumn weather and snowboard in the Alps. I loved the nature and the historical buildings and old towns. Austria was a good choice, and I’m sure I will go back there someday.

 

 

 

 

 

Grüß Gott & Tschüss Papa!

 

My name is Ilona, and I’m currently spending my exchange semester of my studies in International Business in Vienna, Austria and more in detail in FHWien der WKW. I chose tourism as my majoring path, but since this University of Applied Sciences is mainly focused on management and communications I took this opportunity to broaden my knowledge and studies towards marketing and other business courses such as Social-Media Marketing and Marketing Strategies & Decision-Making.

During my studies here, I have enjoyed getting to learn from different kinds of teachers. Vienna is a very multi-cultural city, and our partner university has chosen teachers from all over the world such as Canada, Australia and Germany. Especially in the degree of International Business, this aspect is a very interesting and important part of this degree.

The university also offers German language courses for different levels. Surrounded by your Erasmus family, English is pretty much the only language you’ll hear and because of that I personally think it’s good to know at least something also in the language of your destination country. So, I recommend taking advantage of the language courses. Needless to say, I have definitely learned and continue learning lots during all of my seven courses that I have chosen.

The school system is a bit different, and that is why I might have had time to travel so much during one period of time, but the next on the other hand might be a bit busier with group and individual assignments and exams. Luckily, I have found a good balance in this kind of schedule. One difference hasn’t stopped making me laugh a little throughout the semester, and that is how the classes end in Vienna (and also in other sides of the world I hear as well). Once the teacher has said the final words of the class, the students (and sometimes teachers too) knock on their tables instead of clapping or like in Finland, just leaving. I think this is a funny thing to do, and every time a class ends, I’m excited getting to knock, knock, knock on the table haha.

Overall the lifestyle in Austria is a lot like Finland. People like their personal space (except on the metros, they are used to the big crowds) but unlike Finnish people, if they caught you from doing something wrong they will let you know, such as talking on your phone too loud. Austrians might at first seem rude, but once you realize it’s just another different culture and actually get to know them and their ways, you’ll realize they have a great sense of humor and they are very helpful whatever it may concern.

Since back in Finland, I had been doing two things for quite a long time: working and studying at the same time, I feel like I have had plenty of spear time during my semester here (even with 29 ECTS). Vienna is a big and vibrant city full of various activities and interesting places to see and choose from. It is full of beautiful culture and architecture, that I personally can’t seem to get enough even after over three months.

If you find yourself in Middle-Europe, don’t miss the chance of visiting the cities and countries nearby! I have learned that Vienna has the greatest location to travel from in a very affordable way. I myself have visited Bratislava, Budapest and Brno, which are all maximum couple hours away. Not to forget Austria’s own gems such as Salzburg, Graz and last but not least Zell am See, where I got to experience skiing in the Alps (Bucket List!).

Coffee and café culture are a big thing in Vienna. There are numerous cafes and restaurants that me and my friends have explored throughout the semester on our free-time. I have also made sure that in a historical place like Vienna, I needed to catch up with the cultural side. There are many different kinds of museums, theaters and operas to choose from, whether you like it historic, drama or musical kind of way. I would say, anything is possible in Vienna, and there will not be a dull or boring moment in a city like this. I can highly recommend Vienna as a destination and going for an exchange in general, it will give you more than you could even imagine!

 

Grüß Gott! Greetings from Vienna, Austria

SCHOOL & STUDIES

I´m doing my exchange in Vienna, Austria. Our partner university here is FH Wien University of Applied Sciences. The department is mainly focusing on management and communications, which means I could not really choose tourism courses, but have rather been focusing on marketing, management and general business courses.

All my courses are mainly with other Erasmus students and in english. We have a lot of group projects and presentations but also individual essays depending on the course. One thing that differs from TAMK is the fact that my timetable changes practically every week, so I do not have the same courses at the same day and time every week and the length of the course depends on the lecturer. I have really enjoyed my studies here in Vienna so far!

 

FREE TIME

I have school only 2-3 times a week which gives me plenty of time to travel. During the first month I spend my free time mainly exploring Vienna and getting to know the city better. Inside Austria I have visited Salzburg and Hallstatt. I have also made trips to other countries such as Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Poland and Czech Republic.

I had never been to Austria before my exchange, but I have not regretted my choice for one second! Austria is such a beautiful country and Vienna is definitely one of the most amazing cities I have ever visited. There is so much to do and see here!


LIFESTYLE

Overall, I would say that Austrian people and the way of living is pretty similar to Finland. People might seem a little cold and distant at first, but they are really nice and helpful once you get to know them. It has been relatively easy to adapt to the culture and the only difficulty has been language, although I´m studying German here. The Erasmus community here is huge and I have got a lot of new friends from all over the world. I would recommend everyone to go abroad for a semester if you have the chance!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Emmiina