The experience was amazing, I can`t tell you how much I enjoyed being there. It is very different from my university here in Romania. The classes are different, the relationship between teachers and students is different, everything is different.
We have courses and seminars, and we are divided into groups. In my study group for example there are 30 students, so as you can see, it is not really that different from high school. The teachers hold the seminars with one group at a time and when we have courses, we are about 60 persons in the classroom, meaning two groups.
In Vienna, after the first semester, when they have to pass the STEOP tests, they can choose their classes. They have an exact number of courses they have to attend in order to get their degree and this is it. They can graduate from collage in 6,7,8 semesters or more, depending on how many courses they choose per semester.
Well, we have a strict program, no STEOP tests because for entering the university you need the mark you get when you finish high school. In Vienna, anyone who has finished high school can enter. (Anyone who has a Baccalaureate diploma or any other similar document). When we get accepted to the university, we know exactly what courses and seminar we are going to have the next 6 semesters.
At the University of Vienna, considering the fact that there are 400 students in one classroom at some courses, the teachers can`t keep in mind everyone`s name. At my university, the teacher knows exactly who you are and if you want to ask a question or answer a question, he/she calls you by name. Of course it is much easier to work with 30 students rather than 400, when we get out of class, we know the lesson already, just like in high school.
When I was in Vienna, I really felt I was a student and I liked it even though they have so much to study, much more than we do, I liked that. I hope that soon I will have the opportunity to study one semester in a foreign country and really have the chance to compare their study program with mine here in Romania.