Austria: FUN FUN FUN !!! Past Review

By (Finance and Financial Management Services., New Mexico State University) for

ISEP Exchange: Graz - Exchange Program at Karl-Franzens-Universit├Ąt Graz

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
YES ! I really haven't learn anything from school at all but I had a lot of fun. I met life long friends from all over the world.

Review Photos

ISEP: Graz - Karl Franzens Universitat Graz Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The grading system here is very harsh. It's impossible to recieve a 1(which is excellent) the range goes from 1-5, where 5 is failing. So far I have received 4 and back home, I'm not a D student at all. I get mostly A's and B's with very little C. The German course provided by Treffpunkt Sprache is USELESS. I learned something from the 3 weeks intensive course but absolutely nothing in the follow up course since it's only once a week. In My 2 econ classes, most people failed the midterm exams, very few passed. There's only 1 class a week for all the classes and I few like it is not enough material to use in the exam.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The host university staff are great. Christa is the lady to go to if you have ANY problem at all. The professors are highly educated but really sucks at teaching. I thought my German would improve a lot but it has not. I am very disappointed. The lectures are dead boring. I have one law class that requires participation, that was better we get to discuss and ask questions if we have any. The place I'm living has a lot of international students so don't expect to get a chance to practices German.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My flatmates are slobs. I have to buy new sheets, pillows, comforter, and the comforter covers (all that costed over 70 euros,) because it's not provided by the dorm. In this neighborhood, there are 2 erotic massage places. It takes 2 buses to get to the university. The nightlife is also in the university area. It takes 1 bus to get to haupfbahnhof (main train station.) you can bike to all these places or walk if you really want. 20 minutes taxi ride to the airport, you can't really bike or walk to the airport. The post office is about 10 minutes walk. I have 2 Austrian flatmate. one of them have the boyfriend living there full time as well even though she's not suppose to. Also I have a chinese and croatian girl. We don't have a cleaning chart set up. we tried but noone still clean. the laundry facility is free downstairs BUT you have to fight for it. there's also a party bunker, sauna, and a barbeque deck. these facility you have to rent a chip key to access.

* Food:

Bier Baron has the biggest burger. Kebabs are my main diet here. You can find a Kebab place every where. If you want some authentic austrian food, there's a chain restaurant called "3" There's one by Uni and one on griesplatz. and if you are into sushi, indian or thai, then there are plenty of those too.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Graz is in the middle of everything. Theres also an airport here. I've been to all the neighboring country, and as far as norway and Ukraine. You can count on having people to hang out with. I went on a ski trip arranged by ESN. There are discounts to people who hold ESN card to clubs or sometimes it's free. I did most of the travelling with the friends i met here. You can drink in public, and even on a public bus. There's also a cheap flight directly from Graz to Palma de mallorca.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

There's an e. coli outbreak in Germany and I took precaustions to not eat cucumbers and tomatoes.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? you have to pay dorm deposit of 500 euros. the monthly gkk insurance is 35 dollars. Don't get a cell phone plan unless you contact them to cancel 3 months before you need it cancel because the will still charge you even if you don't use it. don't leave the country with out paying all your bills because they wont let you apply for another working/ student visa.

Language

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you like the adventure and social life, this is definately the place you want to be. If you are more into the academic arena, you should go somewhere else. It's so much fun here you don't really want to study.