My way to Innsbruck

My name is Žana and I am currently completing my Master degree program in Management, communication and IT, at Management center Innsbruck in Austria. I was Born and raised in a small village in the Alps of Slovenia. From the early age I always had great entrepreneurial skills. After high school I knew that Economics are my passion, so I decided to go to Slovenian biggest city, and study there at Faculty of Economics, UL. Being energetic, curious, hardworking, and always looking for new challenges, small Slovenia was soon too small for me, so I decided to study abroad. First, I spend my Erasmus exchange in Ireland, and currently I’m studying in Austria.

So, why did I chose Austria? A lot of people still ask me that, and I have many different answers. First of all, Austria was always very appealing. Being raised at the border of Austria and Slovenia already from the early age I could see how different the conditions are in Austria, which has a higher standard of living than Slovenia. I knew people who left Slovenia and move to Austria and they were really pleased with their decision, and their happines was infecting me. So, after I finished my Bachelor degree I was decided I am going to apply for a Master program in Austria. Secondly, Austria even though the language is different than the one home, has a similar culture and atmosphere than Slovenia. This two points were the main reason why I applied for a Master program in Austria. And what do I think now, after a year living there? I would just say it was the best decision of my life. After moving, my German was not that good, but people were so nice that they talked English to me, so it was easy to find friends. I like the feeling Innsbruck gives me everytime I come there, it is warm and feels like home, even though I am in the different country. I like the mountains, and how active people are around here, I like how my Master program is structured, and how well they take care of their students.

Since I am finishing now my study program, I am pretty sure that even after I will stay in this beautiful country. They offer so much more than my country can. For example I was searching for a student job in the summer, and I literaly found it in a month, that would never happen in Slovenia where job oportunities for young people are really low. As said before, I think going to Austria was best decision in my life, and I would recommend it too everyone who wants to experience something new, but in the same culture as home, and is searching for limitless  after their degree.

Cheers,

Žana

From Indonesia to Austria

I will introduce myself, my name is Rebecca, I’m and Indonesian who is currently pursuing my master degree in Communication Science program, in the University of Vienna.

How did I choose Austria as my destination?

To be honest, it was a mere coincidence. My ultimate aim was to study in a developed western country such as Australia, U.K., U.S.A, or any countries in Europe. I tried to get in to some universities in these countries, some accepted me, and some didn’t. After evaluating all universities who accepted me, I chose Austria, specifically Vienna because I always want to live in a big city where I can have an international environment and meeting new young people, but also not a big nasty metropolitan city such as a city where I lived before (I don’t want to say a name :p). So I thought Vienna is perfect for the criteria that I required.

What are my obstacles getting a place to study in Austria?

Visa, or getting the permission to stay here legally. I kept hating my passport during the visa process because there is a rule that as an Indonesian, I have more things to fulfill compare to people from other nationalities (even from Indonesia’s Asian neighbor countries).

What are my obstacles living in Austria?

There is no tough obstacle other than getting the visa. I feel living here is easy and chilled. I have a good life quality, I can bike in the city (which I never did before), I can spend time with friends, studying, reading. All in all, I feel happy living here.

How do I like Austria so far?

I like it so much. Austria is one of the blessed countries in the world that I’ve ever visited. It has amazing natures like the Alps view in Tyrol and Salzburg, the constellation of the lakes in Carinthia, the old city like Hallstatt, and of course the beautiful capital city, Vienna. I am always thanking God for giving me a chance to live in Vienna, one of the most beautiful capital city and the most livable city in the world.

Special message for anyone who’s still deciding where to study?

Please do study abroad or even overseas (any countries will be good as long as it’s not your country). See more of this world. There are so many things to study and learn from other countries and cultures. It will help you to learn about life, to know yourself, your potential and in the end, you will be a better person who has an open mind and a big heart.

 

 

If you want to know more about me and or want to read some stories about my traveling diaries, please visit my blog at http://www.bloodyways.blogspot.com 😉

Cheers,

Rebecca