I chose FH Wien University of Applied Sciences for my study abroad because I wanted to improve my German and English language skills and to gain international experience. As for languages, I see a big improvement in vocabulary and the ability to express myself. I used English almost constantly in everyday communication with students and professors. It helped me to clarify the use of particular phrases necessary for everyday communication which are otherwise hardly ever practised in standard courses in the Czech Republic. Furthermore, as we had to present a lot of projects in front of the class the feedback from my classmates on the style of my presentation, expressing my point of point, vocabulary and language precision helped me greatly. I also noticed great progress in my German skills. The quality of the language was very high thanks not only to the tutors but also to my fellow students who were also native speakers so they naturally pushed the standard to an even higher level.
As the courses progressed we were continuously tested and gained points. Extra points were given for presentations, participation in seminars and attendance. Accumulating a certain number of points from presentations and tests was the only criterion for passing the subject. I also felt that the lecturers were always willing to discuss the topics and were always very helpful and patient to students.
I also gained new experience in team work. The majority of tasks we had to undertake were modelled as group tasks. Because of this I practised how to communicate with my peers, divide the workload and mutually agree the key points of the project. Because of the course capacity, the groups were large and consisted of six or more team members. Which meant that the communication and coordination of particular team activities was paramount.
I found the majority of students, local and foreign, to be very friendly and they all made an effort to get along well. Which meant that there were a lot of organised events and a wide range of leisure activities. At first we were invited to a welcome dinner by our school where everybody from the year met for the first time. I have to say that it was a very successful event that gave us the opportunity to meet each other and also get to know the school premises. In addition the school organised various other trips. At the beginning of the studies I took part in a collective walk around Vienna, where we visited Schönbrunn and Vienna zoo.
In addtionto these school events we could participate in many other festivities and get-togethers organised by students. The favourite places were student clubs and pubs with favourable prices.
The Vienna CIEM team consisted of four members and several helpers (buddies) from the school. These students were assigned to us and helped us with any questions regarding our arrvial and accommodation. The CIEM office always helped to accommodate students‘ study requirements regarding course registrations, creating timetables or complaints about professors.
Accommodation is arranged through a network of OEAD student houses. This organisation has very strict rules and also witnesses the payment of the compulsory initial refundable deposit of 700 Euro. Until the OEAD receives the deposit your accommodation application cannot be processed. A sum of 18 Euro is taken off the deposit every month as an administration fee plus 45 Euro for the final cleaning of the room. Any room changes means that there are extra fees and cleaning. That is why I recommend that you should think about housing before you .
Overall, my stay was rewarding in every way and I can highly recommend FH Wien University of Applied Sciences to anybody interested in studying abroad.