Matt Coss – USA, Class of 2020

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Management
International Business Management

I wanted an international experience, a learning environment where I truly immersed myself in a new way of thought, influenced not by textbooks but by the people around me. Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) has fulfilled this desire, and more.

In the Spring of 2020, COVID-19 entered our world, and further emphasized to the extent that humanity is connected. Despite our many differences, our world needed to unite in our desire to fight the devastating impact of the virus. This connection is not just evident in times of crisis, but also in times of normality, and fittingly my goal is to have the most positive impact I can on the rapidly globalizing world. I firmly believe that CUAS can play a major role in propelling me towards this goal.

I can define three primary benefits to my education at CUAS. First, the classes are structured to be small and interactive. This allows for a close relationship with the professors, an active practice of the learning material, and encourages input from all the students in the class. Second, the diversity of the student base is phenomenal. This year there are seventeen different nationalities represented in the program, which introduces so many new perspectives that I was never exposed to in my bachelor's studies in the United States. Third, the experience and passion of the professors proves the program’s excellence. All the professors have relevant work experience in the field, and their own experiences structure the way they teach, which is evident in their passion for teaching.

I am confident that I made a great decision in coming to CUAS at Villach.