Could you tell us the main reasons for choosing Norway as your study destination?
“I have spent many summers and winter holidays in Norway and I wanted to be there for a longer period of time. I have always liked Norway, so when I planned a semester abroad there was just one choice for me.”
Why did you choose the institution you are at?
“I chose the University of Oslo because my home university has a cooperation with this University. “
What was your idea about Norway before you arrived?
“As you now know, I have been to Norway many times before, but there are so many places where I had not been and that I wanted to explore. I expected a city directly in the nature, but with this urban feeling. I expected a high education standard.”
Which are the main differences from your country when it comes to your life as a student?
“I was often surprised by the many great possibilities for students at the university, may it be a big modern library or free internet access and computers in every building. I have seen what is possible, so the student life is much better and easier in Oslo then in my home country. I was also surprised by the many students who are committed, may it be in a student pub on campus or any other student organization or institution. I think Norwegian students are more active and it is great and awesome what they manage to offer other students: pubs, cafes, cinema, information points and so on.”
In your opinion, what is the most important academic outcome as an international student in Norway?
“I have had great professors. I have always got help when I needed it. I have learned a lot. And I have written really good exams, which makes me a little proud, because I have written them not in my mother language and in a country that is known for high requirements in final exams.”
Are there any personal experiences as a foreign student in Norway you would highlight?
“I now have friends all over the world, which is one of the greatest things of a semester abroad. But it is not so easy to come into contact with Norwegian students. So I was very happy with my lecture “The 200th anniversary of the constitution: what role do the media play in a democracy”. Because the lecture was part of a seminar where I had the chance to make interesting discussions with Norwegian students. I think it would have been sad to come back home without any Norwegian friends.”
What would you tell students from your country about university life in Norway?
“I talk about the high technical standards in the buildings. And especially about the really motivated people who work at the University of Oslo. I never met anyone who was unfriendly to me. Everybody always tried to help me and if they couldn’t they told me who to ask. The professors are really motivated. I have never met such teachers at a university before, teachers who are more interested in their students then in there research projects. When I was sitting in their lectures I always had the feeling that they enjoy their job – fantastic!”
What did you miss the most when you where away from your country?
“I missed my friends and my family. But that’s all.”
In your opinion, what is the most important outcome of being an international student?
“Being an international student can be one of the greatest times in your life, because you can meet so many different people with different backgrounds who are all open-minded. You can get a totally new view on your study subject by discussing and comparing it with the others. I have changed during the semester abroad. Now I know so much more about other countries and about myself. And I am still in contact with my friends from Oslo. Even though we are all back home in Germany, Italy, Belarus, South Korea, Poland, Spain or the US, we all still share the same great memories about our time together in Oslo.”
What are you doing now?
“I have changed my study subject from media and communication to law. So I am still studying. And thinking about Oslo everyday, of course.”
What are your future plans?
“To finish my studies. But until that I will try to use as many ways as possible to get together with international students again. Because being together, all open-minded, having the same ambitions, having so much fun together, is a feeling you will never forget. And once you had it, you get hooked on it.”