Adam Fendley, a junior Computer Science major and PLP ambassador here at CNU, will be spending the spring semester abroad, studying at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus. He is also the lucky recipient of the Ernst Mach Grant, which will help defray the cost of studying abroad.
How did you find out about the study abroad opportunity?
“I found out about the study abroad opportunity through the PCSE department last year, when there was an email sent out about the potential to study in either Rosenheim, Germany or in Hagenberg, Austria. I responded to the email and set up a time to meet with Dr. Riedl who has organized both of these exchange programs, and we thought that the opportunity in Hagenberg would be a good fit for my Computer Science studies.”
What was the application process like?
“The application process was very easy because the relationship between the two universities had already been established by Dr. Riedl, and he helped tremendously in guiding me through the process. Some of the more difficult aspects of the application were deciding what classes I could take and how they would apply to my progress at CNU.”
What made you decide to study abroad?
“I had known for a long time that I wanted to study abroad in college, and I have been particularly interested in the Germanic countries because my dad spent several years in Germany after graduating from college. Hearing what his experience was like I knew I wanted to do something similar, and having the opportunity to learn German here and then go spend a semester in Austria is amazing to me. I’m planning on using the full 6 months allotted on my visa to travel Europe, and I hope to have a lot of new experiences. While there’s a lot of things I’m missing here while I’m gone, I’m really excited to do something new.”
Can you tell me about the scholarship you’ve been awarded?
“The scholarship I was recently awarded is the Ernst Mach Grant, http://www.scholarshipportal.com/students/browse/scholarship/479/ernst-mach-grant-for-students-from-non-european-countries.html. I applied for the grant in March of last year, and got a lot of help from the university in Austria in the application process. Dr. Riedl and Dr. Flores were kind enough to write letters of recommendation for me, which was a huge help. In June I was notified that I had been awarded the grant, which will be a 940 Euro / month supplement to my studies there.”
Do you have any advice for others going through these application processes?
“I think the biggest thing is just to decide that you’re going to study abroad. I made that decision Freshman year and went looking for opportunities, and eventually came upon this one. CNU makes the actual paperwork pretty simple, so you don’t have to worry too much about the process. My next challenge will be transportation logistics, but as it gets closer it just gets way more real and exciting!”