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.

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