Study in Vienna: I brought expectations. I found friends.

„I visited Vienna for the first time in December 2013 and saw the beautiful Main Building of the University of Vienna. I was in a very early phase of my law studies in Finland, but it was then that I decided that one day I want to come back and complete a semester or two here. Just over five years later, I packed my bags and boarded a flight heading to Vienna, feeling excited and full of expectations.

So, what were my expectations? First, I was expecting to gain a lot of international experience and meet new people from all around the world. Second, I wanted to improve my knowledge of the German language. Finally, I wanted to experience campus life one more time before graduating and entering the job market. I have always considered myself an internationally-oriented and open-minded person and wanted to study abroad for some time to thoroughly experience a new country and culture.

I chose the University of Vienna as my destination because I knew it is a highly reputed university where I would have the opportunity to attend many useful and interesting courses in an inspiring environment and enjoy the active student life. Vienna had made such a good first impression on me with its absolutely beautiful architecture, interesting history and large selection of cultural delights. Also, as I knew my exchange would only last five months, I did not want to choose a country that is totally different from my own as I really wanted to adapt to the local culture.

The last four months in Vienna have given me everything I could have wished for. Not every day has been easy, but my positive attitude has helped me through the tough times, too. I have learnt a lot, both about European competition law, Austria, myself and other people. I am happy that I still get to spend one more month in this beautiful city that feels like my second home.

I know that this Erasmus exchange will only have positive effects on my future. Employers value international experience and language skills. Going abroad also shows that I am willing to accept new challenges and am not afraid to physically step out of my comfort zone. In addition to the positive impact on my career, I will bring back a feeling of self-confidence, and the ability to cope with different and sometimes even uncomfortable situations, as well as many wonderful memories.

I am extremely thankful for this whole experience, for everything it has taught me and shown me. For those contemplating whether or not to go abroad for a semester or two, I will offer one piece of advice: go for it. I did and I will never regret my choice.” – Aino Jankari

Aino from Finland spent one semester in Vienna to study Law.


“So, what will you do after you have finished your studies?” I have never liked this question, since I decided to enrol in two degree programmes without a ‘specific’ job profile attached to them. I study Anglophone Literatures and Cultures and Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Management – not exactly degree programmes where it is immediately … Continued

[ read on ]

“In 2017, I quit my full-time job and started studying Education at the University of Vienna. Until recently, my everyday life on weekdays consisted of commuting from my place of residence to Vienna to enjoy my courses. I spent the weekends trying to make a living from writing reports for a regional newspaper. A few … Continued

[ read on ]

“Coming from a small university in the city I’ve lived in all my life, the prospect of doing an Erasmus student exchange at the University of Vienna couldn’t have been more exciting. My BA programme in European Studies at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland requires me to complete two semesters abroad, studying through a foreign … Continued

[ read on ]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top