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Student Story: There is just so much to discover

A look behind the scenes of our bachelor degree programme Tourism and Leisure Management

Sebastian Bock comes from just outside Vienna. He is currently in his third year of the Tourism and Leisure Management degree programme and does a lot of sports: volleyball, mountain biking and bouldering. After graduating from Biedermannsdorf College of Business Administration, he wanted to study in English.

His experiences abroad have made Sebastian more openminded and stronger.

His experiences abroad have made Sebastian more openminded and stronger.

Beautiful surroundings

Krems and the region are perfect for me. The area surrounding the Danube suitsme well, I can go running and attend my volleyball course.

Getting insights into many different specialisations

While I was at school I spent some time in Exeter in southern England. I think that a stay abroad makes you more confident and independent, and you learn to look beyond your own horizon. I’ve also worked at my brother’s marketing company from time to time and got to see a few events; I knew that this is exactly the right sector for me. I’m not interested in a nine-to-five routine. During the degree course I realised that you can get insights into so many different specialisations, and there is so much to discover. But you need to always remember that you aren’t a guest – you’re providing a service. I found the internship in Amsterdam for the Austrian National Tourist Office myself. I had to find an affordable room in a shared apartment and make many other preparations – for example submitting applications for grants. The experience abroad has surely made me more openminded and stronger. The fact that the degree programme is so practice-focused is extremely important for me.

Benefiting from the mix of cultures

It was a surprise to be in such a mix of cultures, to meet so many different people. I’ve benefited from that, although at the beginning I didn’t see it. It’s funny, when you speak English and then you realise that the person you’re talking to also comes from a German-speaking country – English is the natural choice here. The highlight for me was our trip to Berlin. We visited the world’s biggest tourism fair, dressed in business wear, and I really felt like I was on a business trip. The trade visitor days were very helpful: I listened to fascinating speeches and met potential companies for my internship.

We'll see what the future holds

After finishing my bachelor degree, I definitely want to work in sport management, to gain experience, learn a lot and only then decide if I want to do a part-time master programme.

My tip

I gained experience in different areas before my studies. That's important. The strong practical focus at IMC Krems will also be extremely valuable for your professional career.

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