„The ISAE4W was an absolutely wonderful experience! As an electrical engineering student, it was refreshing to listen to lectures and participate in activities having to do with biotechnology, chemistry, and sustainability. Additionally, it was absolutely lovely to meet women in STEM from a variety of different countries, each with their unique culture experiences and opinions to offer. Overall, the summer academy was a fantastic experience, which provided me with the opportunity to both learn more about engineering and experience the beauty of Austria.“
“ISEA4W is a great program to exchange ideas and explore the new world of women who have highly science and engineering experiences with different fields and nations. We had the opportunity to produce own passion and connections that contribute the bigger network.I also hope to join some projects together in the future.”
„32 students, 17 countries and 1 amazing experience. The program has given me the opportunity to explore cultures from around the world and learn about how engineering is perceived globally. Being able to share ideas about current and future technologies with like-minded individuals has expanded my communication skills and global mindset.“
“I really enjoyed the time I spent in Austria. The classes were interesting, mostly focused on biomedical engineering topics. I met amazing people from all around the world and learned a lot about other cultures.”
“I had a great time at the summer academy. I particularly enjoyed the trips to companies and the lake, the sustainability workshop and the robotics lab. We were told there was a beer brewing lab at the University, as this is something we would not have in Irish universities this would have been cool to experience and might be interesting for future summer academies!”
„ISAE4W over-exceeded my expectations. I learned new things and earned new experiences and adventure, but most importantly I gained a new family. This program nourished me as an individual in the most diverse approach ever. Everything was worth it! “
“I thoroughly enjoyed the summer academy. It was an excellent opportunity to meet new people from all over the world and learn more about new cultures you otherwise would know nothing about. The range of topics covered was very diverse from robot building to DNA profiling so there was something for everyone and knowledge was gained in many different areas of engineering and science. Austria is a beautiful country and we luckily had the chance to see plenty of it thanks to the summer academy!”
“This academy has been incredible, I have met so many inspiring women from many different cultural backgrounds and learned a lot about the various fields of engineering. Although the program was a short two and a half weeks I have been left with memories that will last a lifetime“
“I really enjoyed Summer Academy because I met friends from all around the world, so I have been able to practise English. I also learned that your way of teaching is different than in my country and I enjoyed the classes so much.“
"Thanks to so sweet ISAE4W members, I had a great time. When I see you next time you will be surprised how fluent in English I am!!“
"I liked this experience because it gave me a whole point of view of how engineering is perceived by different women and encouraged me to keep on following my dream, cause the interests really depend on where you come from.“
“I enjoyed Summer Academy because I learned a lot of new technology and science concepts and because I met people from all around the world, from which I learned also a lot of beautiful things”
„The Summer Academy in Wels is an amazing opportunity to meet people from so many different places, backgrounds, cultures, and fields of study. Never before have I been in such incredible and diverse company. Not only that, but both my world view and knowledge of engineering and related topics have expanded and grown exponentially. This once in a lifetime experience has been so worth it, and I'll never forget the variety of compelling lessons I've learned here.”
„I just want to say that everything was amazing (except for the food :) ). And i want to thank you for this program.“
„This is a great opportunity to be surrounded by so many smart and fun young women“
"The Summer Academy is a great way to make connections and form friendships with women from all over the world while learning about the latest technology in natural sciences."
“ISAE4W was a really interesting experience for differents reasons. The lectures we had coverd lots of topics from the ones more related to my studies to the ones I would never had at my university. In addition, it's amazing how so many cultures get together and co-exits during two weeks.”
"This past two weeks have been overall a superb experience, not only in relation to the program itself but also the emplacement and complementary activities, as well as social relations."
"ISAE4W was an amazing experience! I thoroughly enjoyed the course, we got to learn about a lot of different areas of research that are happening in science and engineering at the moment. I have met wonderful people from all over the world! Österreich is sehr schön!"
"This is my first time going abroad. I’m very glad to be part of ISAE4W and I’ve learned a lot of new things and gained different experiences by visiting the companies and attraction places, doing the activities, laboratories, projects and working with person who came from different fields of work and countries. I was very happy to be here even though this is a short time but it is a memorable moment. Thank you for the great time I had!"
“This was my first time to participate in an Academy of engineering it was really different from other lessons that I took before. I met a lot of girls from around the world. I won’t forget learning teamwork, creativity, and communication with the foreign girls. I will let these memories record in my heart! Thanks to everybody who participated in this academy.”
“This is one of my most precious memories studying here, in the field that I'm interested in and being friends with girls from all over the world. The Summer Academy encouraged me to do lots of things that I've never done before, it was not just studying I had the chance to go to many places in Austria. What impressed me the most in this program was friends even though we're from different countries, cultures and backgrounds everyone was nice and I really love them!”
“It was my first time in an international academy. I met so many different people. At first I was afraid of meeting and speaking to the others, but I had a good time while attending the classes and traveling with my new friends on the weekend. If there is another academy like this, I definitely want to participate again. For two weeks I have learnt many special things in class and made friends.”
“What an amazing experience! I am so blessed to have been able to attend ISAE4W. Not only did I have the chance to learn a lot about different yet very relevant engineering topics, but I was also able to make some great life-long friends. I loved every minute of this Summer course. #DreamTeam!”
“Summer acedemy has been a great way to spend my holidays… ISAE4W has improved my abilities in terms of collaboration with multicultural group of people. I would like to express my gratitude to the team. Not only in the academic but also in the personal aspects of the programme. This experience has made me grow up. Thank you so much for everything!”
“The Summer Academy has been a fun and educational adventure for me I enjoyed every day I spent here. I liked how to schedule included both academic and fun activities and also allowed us to spend free time by ourselves and together. I feel like these two and a half weeks made positive changes regarding my self-esteem, confidence, communication skills and knowledge about other countries and their cultures.”
“ISAE4W2018 was truly a once in a lifetime experience for me! I gained a lot of new knowledge, both scientific and cultural. Also I made new amazing friends from all around the world, who I hope I will see again in the future!”
“This experience with FH Upper Austria would be a turning point in my life. Thanks to everyone who put a lot of efforts for the programme. Time just flies with good people and Summer 2018 was something special!”
“I had great fun staying here. So many countries, so many girls made my summer satisfying. I hope to keep in touch with my global friends and make a promise to meet in each country. Not only the social relationship but my vision in engineering became stronger. I hope all the girls reach their dreams. ”
“The Summer Academy was not only a wonderful learning experience academically, but a cultural learning experience as well.”
“In this past two and a half weeks I have met incredible woman from all around the world. I have seen new friendships develop, compassion and people who strive for their dreams! You guys made my summer an awsome experience and adventure. I think the participants and the programme itself brings awsome women together und gets them inspired! I loved spending time with you!”
“It was a great pleasure to be one of ISAE4W participants. I could learn to work in a team, about creativity and crisis management through various activities. Especially the group project where we had to make a ball rack was impressive. I am gonna miss all the memories here in FH University. All of the lecture, cafeteria food, journeys… and FRIENDS!!! Please visit Korea anytime <3”
“ISAE4W has been an exciting few weeks. I’ve had a great time learning about new STEM fields by building robots, seeing high voltage engineering in action and discovering about sustainability from multiple perspectives. Living in another country for two weeks, experiencing the social side of Wels and trying Austrian food has been a lot of fun (I have a new found love for schnitzel!). Without a doubt, the best part of ISAE4W has been making friends from all over the world and learning about their own individual cultures. I’ll definitely miss them all!!”
“This summer academy was an incredible experience that gave me amazing opportunities to meet and get to know and understand people from all around the world. If I had the chance to do it all over again I’d take it in a heartbeat. #ISAE4W2018”
"The summer academy, let me know other ways to improve technology and how my field of research is present in our daily life. I have met girls from a lot of different countries and I have learnt about their cultures and points of view.”
“It was great to meet international inspiring ladies from different countries with different talents. One thing I can be sure of is; I have a place to stay when I visit their countries in the future :) ”
“During this Summer Academy I learned a lot about both engineering and natural sciences and it has helped me realize what I would like to do in the future. But most importantly, I made friends with people from all over the world, I practiced my language skills and learned so much about different cultures. I wouldn´t have it any other way.”
“On the one hand, I think that the course is a real opportunity to see other lerning methods and it also opens the door to various univeristy degrees. On the other hand, it is a beautiful chance to meet different people in a country where we can learn together.
In the end, I would like to thank everyone who made it possible for us to have this experience.”
“The Summer Academy was a mix of various aspects of Science and Engineering as well as workshops that help boost creativity and get to know the other girls. There were many topics covered which a lot of us may not get a chance to learn otherwise. I made friends for life and I am grateful for the experience!”
“The two and a half weeks of the Summer Academy has been on one of the best experiences. We have met so many different people and have been given opportunities that may not come around again We have made friends for life all around the world. I would recommend everyone to go to the Summer Academy because you gain so much in such a short amount of time. Everyone was so lovely and we had so much fun together.”
“My time at the ISAE4W has been incredible. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet other women in STEM from different cultures from all over the world. This programme has significantly contributed to my development as an engineer through hands-on learning. In addition, it has helped personal development through understanding different cultures and building friendships. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who is interested in enriching themselves in a unique study experience.”
“This summer academy was truly a once in a lifetime experience, I’ve met some wonderful people who I hope I will meet again. I’ve learnt a lot and definitely am looking at engineering in a different light.”
“It's always interesting to interact with other cultures, other perspectives, new ways of seeing life and it's even better with women that have been brave enough to enter a man dominated field. It was really nice to get know so many great girls and to share this experience with them.”
“The ISAE4W was my first experience abroad. I learned a lot about other cultures and about my major as well. It was fun and educational at the same time. I am so glad that I was part of this amazing program.“
“The ISAE4W was an exceptional leadership opportunity where I was able to hone my engineering skills in an innovative and positive environment. The courses were diverse and examined engineering and technology from many different viewpoints. However, what truly made this experience so special, was the friends that I made and the women that I worked with I made while attending the academy. The program hosts young women from all around the world; it was amazing to be introduced to an array of different cultures and backgrounds while having a thoughtful teamwork experience. I highly commend the ISAE4W for the opportunities offered to women in STEM, it is a tremendous organization.“
"Friendship across nations. Networking. Knowledge. An insight into all the things you can change as a woman engineer. ISAE4W was a delightful experience, all the lectures they gave us, the people that is involved in this programme and the places you get to visit here is something that will be in my mind forever."
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Coming from a biomedical background I learnt a lot about the field of engineering that I did not know before. It really broadened my knowledge and changed the way I think about a variety of topics. I met girls from all over the world, learning about loads of different types of cultures. It is an experience I will never forget. We visited so many different places here that I would love to return to again one day.“
“ISAE4W was amazing!!! I really appreciate being chosen to be a part of this program. Not only it made me grow as an engineer but also as a person, because it allowed me to spend time with people from all over the world. All classes were very interesting, but my favorites were Innovation Management in Global Companies and Thinking Machines, because they were specifically about what I want to do professionally. I was pleased that we had classes in common, regardless of which course we would have chosen, because lectures about Synthetic Biology and Sustainability were amazing. Thanks for this great experience. Auf Wiedersehen.“
“This experience allows me to see and understand the things with other perspective, because in engineering we are used to only see and focus in logical and mathematical solutions, and this is not always the best way to do things. And sharing our knowledge with others will only improve the global connections and international relationships.”
“Taking part of the ISAE4W was truly an amazing experience. Along side learning different aspects of engineering and science you get to make some life long friends from all corners of the world. The academy allows you to grow as a person by seeing different opinions and point of views which will help you with working in your profession. With a balance of lectures, activities and free time you get to experience the countries culture and learn new skills.“
“The ISAE4W was an unbelievable experience for someone who has never had the opportunity to travel and learn. I have met so many unique and talented women from across 13 nations, I got to understand their lifestyles and the challenges they had faced being a women in engineering. Personally I enjoyed the sustainability topics as well as the trips taken with the girls to explore. Thank you very much for allowing me to be a part of this amazing experience!“
“ISAE4W was an incredible opportunity for me to create relationships with women from countries all over the world. It opened my mind to different perspectives and has allowed me to grow tremendously. We got to see high-tech laboratories with incredible equipment and were given chances for hands-on experimentation. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in seeing how our different disciplines can work together and make an impact on this world.“
“What an honor to have been accepted to the International Summer Academy in Engineering for Women! The selection and range of topics and tutors was quite impressive and the lectures were as interesting as one could have imagined them to be. An intensive, but great combination of courses, projects and leisure activities. I had a lot of fun with the group during this most memorable experience!“
“The ISAE4W program is a very good program for girls who are in engineering because it makes me not only gain more experiences and knowledge by doing a lab, visiting the company, learning the lecture and cooperate with many people but also allow me to know other people from different countries and different culture. I really enjoyed our time and I think two weeks is so fast. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of this program. I’m very glad to know everyone here :)“
"The ISAE4W is a opportunity to learn about many different aspects of engineering and get to know the most innovative devices and research topics. Most lectures are really interactive which give the chance to know how things are done in other countries and cultures. I enjoyed being immersed in the Austrian culture while being part of a really diverse group of people."
"Attending this trip has definitely been a very exciting experience for me. I've made many new friends from around the world whom I'd never have been able to meet otherwise. Also, I've been able to explore so many different places while I've been here that I've actually almost lost count, haha. I will definitely cherish all of the memories I've made here, and I have enjoyed my time learning with all of the wonderful professors at this academy. Thank you for this great opportunity!"
“The first time I came into this course, I had no idea about how it will be. I did not know anybody but my only 1 friend from my country. Then we started getting to know one another more and more everyday. All the lectures and classes provided were very interesting. I had a chance to study things that I have never heard about before. I love how all the staffs, friends and people here are super pleasant. I would really love to come back here again in the future if I have that chance. I will never forgot all of the times I spent here. Thank you for selecting me. ❤“
“Taking part in this years ISAE4W was an experience I will never forget. The lectures were interesting regardless of the topics that they were presented on. The lab activities were definitely my favorite part of the Academy because I love learning and working on things with my hands. I also loved getting to know so many girls from so many different countries. I have made some lifelong friends through this Academy and for that I will be forever grateful. I also really enjoyed the free time that we got on the weekends because it allowed me to spend time with some of the girls while also seeing some amazing places. I would highly encourage anyone who is thinking about applying to this Academy to do it because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.“
"Even though I only joined parts of the academy I got acquainted to beautiful people from different parts of the world. Every experience changes a person, but this intercultural one was indeed life-changing. I learned a lot of new and interesting things which help me broaden my horizon and reach higher levels. All of these things I am taking back home, but the things I am definitely taking with me are the new friendships made in Austria."
“The international summer academy for women in engineering has been a great opportunity to travel and meet people from all over the world. It is amazing to sit in a classroom with so many like minded aspiring engineers.“
"Friendship across nations. Networking. Knowledge. An insight into all the things you can change as a woman engineer. ISAE4W was a delightful experience, all the lectures they gave us, the people that is involved in this programme and the places you get to visit here is something that will be in my mind forever.“
“Study abroad is one of my truly dream from childhood. I’m really glad to be part of ISAE4W. I was interested to have gained knowledge from Engineering and the other fields, especially the electrical laboratory. Finally, Cheers to a beautiful city, beautiful life, and the most beautiful friendship who I’ve met here. It was a great experience :)“
“The lectures we took were very interesting and the ones I really liked the most, of course, are the ones related to my major. But it was amazing to have some different courses such as DNA, Market and R&D, which help us to extend our knowledge in different major not only in the major we are studying on. We were girls from different countries, which means different background, different culture, and different point of view. So sharing this difference together help us - and in particularly me – to have an idea about the habits and culture of different countries that is the first time I asked about it and learn some words from different languages. The summer academy was my best experience ever! I will never forget the memories I made it from this academy and of course from Austria. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to participate to it, I really appreciate that.”
“The past two weeks have been an experience of a lifetime. I have been exposed to subject matters I normally wouldn't at home, these subjects are things I hope to apply to my studies back in Ireland. I have also met 30 girls from all across the world, from all sorts of backgrounds. These girls are the future of engineering and technology and I can't wait to see where their and my future takes us. The scenery has been out of this world. Traunkirchen am Traunsee was absolutely beautiful and something I will remember forever.“
“I attended this program so that I could broaden my knowledge as I pursue the field of engineering for my future endeavors. Overall it was a unique experience and an unforgettable one that is. The world needs to be dominated by female engineers! I will miss you girls! Take care and safe travels. We shall plan a reunion :)"
“Attending the ISAE4W was more than I could have expected. It has allowed me to develop my skills and meet engineers from all over the world. Also, it gave me new visions and inspiration to pursue a career in electrical engineering.”
“For the past 2 years, my plan has been to grasp every chance of gaining experience and expand my engineering skills to beyond what is limited by theory. When applying to the ISAE4W, I had in mind to explore engineering in a foreign country, widen my knowledge in engineering, and meet with women engineers from all over the world. This experience has met my expectations and much more. I will be leaving today with not just a deeper knowledge in engineering concepts. I will be leaving with a new view to engineering, a different way of thinking, a more mature mind and daring personality, enhanced communication skills, and last but not least, international friends. ISAE4W, you have offered me essential skills that people often overlook. And for that, I am grateful.”
“I chose to come to ISAE4W because I wanted to challenge myself academically as well as broadening my social knowledge outside what I knew solely based on my home country. I also hoped that it would give me more direction in deciding whether to pursue medicine or engineering. My favorite part of the program was being able to see the advances of modern medical technology through the eyes of other countries as well as getting feedback on that technology based upon every field of engineering represented through our ISAE4W group. Most importantly, I'm excited to have gained worldwide connections and friendships as well as an excuse to visit twelve other countries.”
“It was one of the most incredibly experiences that I have ever had in my life. The course was excellent, study material, lectures and activities were very well organized. But I have to say that the best part of this adventure has been people that took part in it. Thank you very much for this opportunity!”
“My experience in ISAEW4 was incredible, because my expectative was entirely surpassed. In the beginning I wanted to take part in this academy for the experience and for to learn more. But addition of that, I could meet nice people, and We could share our experiences and different mores. I could learn a lot and I’m leaving with wonderful memories. Thank you for the opportunity and hope to see you again.”
“As a first time traveller abroad and a woman who has constantly grown up joining male dominated classes, sport & extracurricular activities, it has been a very empowering two weeks. Being able to learn about women's success in the science and engineering fields has been motivation to feel moving forward and set an example for the future generation of girls wanting to join this field. Meeting the amazing group of girls was also the icing on the cake of the best two weeks of my summer.“