Exchange Semester in Austria – PART 1

Published On February 3, 2018 | By Vanessa Clausen | News, Study Trip 2017, Study Trips

Sofie in Austria in front of a sculpture

Exchange Semester in Austria

My name is Sofie Mischorr and over the next few weeks I have the opportunity to share my experiences with my exchange semester.

Going on Exchange

There are so many places to go on exchange. The 5th semester on the PDI Bachelor you have the perfect chance of going on exchange. There are possibilities all around the world, whether you prefer to go overseas or stay within Europe, it is an amazing opportunity. The 5th semester is really flexible and it is possible to have a lot of elective courses, since there are not many restrictions from SDU. If you are thinking about going on exchange, and you definitely should, then I only have one advise, be aware of all the deadlines! Go to the information meetings about study abroad.

Going on exchange I was hoping to explore different cultures and getting a new perspective on the world. I applied through the SDU ERASMUS programme, where I ended up in Austria. It was not my first choice but after being here I am happy about where I ended up.

Why Austria?

Sofie on top of the mountains in Tyrol, Austria

I am in Kufstein which is in Tyrol in Austria. It is a small city with a little less than 20.000 citizens, though the second largest city in Tyrol. Kufstein is located within spitting range from the German boarder but has its proud Austrian and Tyrolean culture and history. Kufstein is surrounded by beautiful mountains which have given the possibility for a lot of hiking and also gives the possibility for skiing and other winter sports.

I chose Austria for the courses supplied by the university and the landscape this beautiful country provides. I literally have a mountain in my backyard and cows with bells around their necks as my neighbour. Even though it is only a small 1000 km from Denmark, the nature here is amazing and encourages for days off to be spent exploring. There is a rich opportunity to explore the surrounding mountains and the cities in Austria on days off.

The people of Kufstein is always ready with a helping hand, even though there might be a language barrier. The local language is German, which have not really caused me any problems. It took a while to read through the leasing agreement of my apartment but it is easily manageable. The university also provides German lessons on two different levels but I will actually leave my story for now and continue on my next post about the University in Kufstein.

Written by Sofie Mischorr

 

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