Could you tell us the main reasons for choosing Norway as your study destination?
“I chose Norway as my place of study because of the encounter l had at my home university with three professors who had studied in Norway. Their experiences and knowledge motivated me to choose Norway as a place to do my MPhil. Also, Norway has a good track record with international students’ safety and a serene environment for learning.”
Why did you choose the institution you are at?
“I chose University of Bergen because l wanted to specialize in cognitive linguistics and the linguistics department of UiB has experienced lecturers for cognitive linguistics.”
What was your idea of Norway before you arrived?
“I knew Norway to be a beautiful but cold country, with lots of mountains and fjords.”
Which are the main differences from your country when it comes to your life as a student?
“I have realized that as a student in Norway, l have easy access to my Professors and supervisors, which was not so in my country. Furthermore, studying in Norway has introduced me to more practical sessions than l had in my home country.”
In your opinion, what is the most important academic outcome as an international student in Norway?
“The most important academic outcome to me as an international student is that l have been able to venture into a new area in Linguistics (Cognitive Linguistics), which has been my aspiration for some time now. I am now a research minded and a result oriented student, combining theory with practical sessions.”
Are there any personal experiences as a foreign student in Norway you would highlight?
“Studying in Norway has given me an international perspective on my studies. I have been able to add to my knowledge the Norwegian language. I was never a fan of hiking and jogging but the mountains in Bergen and the beautiful environment surrounding the city has made me fond of hiking and l also jog to keep fit.”
What would you tell students from your country about university life in Norway?
“University life in Norway is a matter of making the good decisions and staying focused. Identify your aspirations and try to work towards them as you develop yourself and improve upon your personality.”
What do you miss the most when you are away from your own country?
“I miss my family and friends.”
In your opinion, what is the most important outcome of being an international student?
“My ability to study and share ideas with students from different parts of the world is an important step for me.”
What are you doing now?
“I am still studying and writing term papers with the intension to come out with a groundbreaking MPhil thesis.”
What are your future plans?
“I love to teach Linguistics and as such will go back to my country after my MPhil to teach in a University as I prepare for my Ph.D., which l would love to do here in Norway."