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Austrian and International Friends

One of the best ways to integrate oneself into a new culture is to make friends. With the Austria-Illinois Exchange Program at the Wirtschaftsuniversität (WU) in Vienna one has the opportunity to meet not only Austrian students but also other exchange students from all over the world. Of course the best way one can do this is to be involved in activities in which the other students also participate. I have found the best way to meet Austrian students is by taking normal university classes as opposed to exclusively just taking the program classes. Meeting international students is most easily done by attending Buddy-Network parties and activities and by actively seeking out these students in classes. Above all one must be outgoing and willing to try out his/her German, even in uncertain situations. Having Austrian and international friends makes the transition easier and opens up the possibility for lasting friendships and further travels.