Could you tell us the main reasons for choosing Norway as your study destination?
“My university (University of Mannheim) has a close collaboration with the University of Bergen. Bergen seemed like an interesting city and I had never been to Scandinavia before.”
Why did you choose this particular institution?
“The close collaboration between Bergen and my home university, and the large choice of courses available in English.”
What did you know about Norway before you arrived?
“That it’s very cold! And that Norwegians speak very good English.”
What is the biggest difference between being a student in Germany and in Norway?
“For me I would say it is much more relaxed in Norway, much more free time and much more focus on social activities.
One thing I noticed is that courses are taught in Norway with a more practical approach. Our case studies were very recent. In Germany the focus is more theoretical, even for media studies.”
In your opinion, what is the most important academic outcome as an international student in Norway?
“The courses are on a very high academic level compared to Germany. Some Erasmus students I know in other countries said their Erasmus semester was more like a holiday, and they had to retake some of their courses at home. I didn’t have to retake anything and was also able to learn Norwegian in addition to my Media courses, which was a real bonus.”
Is there any personal experience as a foreign student in Norwayyou would highlight?
“I felt very accepted by the Norwegians and the Erasmus community. The fact that everyone speaks English makes it very easy to communicate and feel accepted, which I’ve heard can be a problem in other countries. So this is definitely an advantage Norway has a great landscape and the people are very proud of the country and nature. I explored the country and the mountains and went on hikes.”
What do you miss the most when you are away from your country?
“Not much, I love travelling.”
In your opinion, what is the most important outcome of being an international student?
“The experience of living among strangers and getting to know them, making new friends, learning new languages and finding out about new cultures.”
What are you doing now?
“I am working as a website manager for a healthcare website in London. I am involved in marketing and ecommerce.”
What are your future plans?
“Staying in London for a while and advance my career here.”