Research University vs. University of Applied Science

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Episode Summary

What are the differences between study programs at Research Universities and those at Universities of Applied Sciences? Which one prepares a student for a Master’s Degree Program and which for employment? Should we care about academy snobbery? How can you choose the best possible university for our own circumstances, and what can you expect after getting a degree? Jenn and her guest share some very useful ideas and experiences that can be of great help to students and their parents.

In the second part of the episode, Jenn talks with Andrew Smith, who received his master’s degree at The University of Applied Science in Wiener Neustadt (Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt), in Austria and is now working for Deloitte in the US. Andrew shares his story and gives advice on how to find the best university in Europe.

 “By studying abroad, you are going to brand yourself, and for someone who wants more of that international focus, studying abroad is a no-brainer.” Andrew Smith

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What you will hear in this episode:

  • Why Andy decided to leave his job in the US and get a Master’s Degree in Austria
  • How US students can benefit from studying in Europe
  • How international studies can make your resume more more attractive to employers
  • What advantages can students get from learning soft skills outside of the US
  • How big is the importance of stepping out and becoming the first person in the family to achieve a big goal
  • What students can learn from other cultures and making connections worldwide
  • How your first step can set the wind at your back for any future challenge


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