“A new perspective for me means, getting to know another culture properly and internalizing it. This opens up a broader perspective on the society in which one lives.”
#mtopstorytelling tells the stories of our MTOP associates, who are highly skilled refugees mostly from Syria, Iran, Irak and Afghanistan.
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My name is Alp and I was born and raised in Turkey. After high school, I wanted to learn a second foreign language and experience living abroad, so I came to Austria with a student visa.
At first it was not easy to build a new life on my own and find my way around, but I was ambitious and wanted to study. After completing my undergraduate studies, I worked abroad again for a few years. At the moment I am doing my master’s degree in natural resources management and ecological engineering at the BOKU in Vienna.
My dream is to work in landscape planning and area development. Although I studied in Austria and speak German very well, it is very difficult for me to find a job in this field.
When I arrived in Austria, I completed a German language course (C1), after which I started my bachelor’s degree.
The biggest obstacle was certainly to expand my vocabulary. At the beginning I had difficulties in acquiring technical terms and
to understand different Austrian dialect.
I spent a lot of time at the university. Although I did not understand everything, I was confronted daily with German speakers. I benefited from new connections to fellow students and later friends. Today I have a large network with many social contacts.
A new perspective for me means, getting to know another culture properly and internalizing it. This opens up a broader perspective on the society in which one lives.
If you know the culture and the language well, you will develop a sense of how to deal with Austrians and integrate into society to really be a part of it.