• Back to Voringsfossen in Eidfjord, this time on top of the gorge. My father is about to throw a snowball off the cliff.

  • Fishing near Bergen. We caught some Mackeral, and with help from our Spanish friends we cooked them all in the afternoon. Amazing!

  • I helped organize a conference at the university, and on the last day we took all the students up to the top of Fløyen.

  • A friend came to visit, so we took her to Odda, andwe went up the Trolls tongue. We spent the weekend in a Hytte (cabin), and it felt just like home!

  • At Vøringsfossen in the Hardangerfjord. The waterfall is enormous and with the rainbow...speachless!

FORMER STUDENT
OF NORWAY:

– Could you tell us the main reasons for choosing Norway as your study destination?

I’m part of an Canada/Norway exchange program, so Norway was chosen for me, but I chose to apply and come here because the fjords of Norway are something I have always wanted to see.  I also wanted to live and work in Europe.

– Why did you choose the institution you are at?

It is the partnering institution in my exchange program.

– What was your idea of Norway before you arrived?

Of course, people told me about how expensive Norway is and how rainy Bergen is.  I had also heard that the fjords were incredible, but that’s really it.

– Which are the main differences from your country when it comes to your life as a student?

I live in student housing (Fantoft) here, which of course is a lot different from my apartment in Canada, but the social aspect of it is nice.  I hear so many different languages everywhere I go.  I take the tram to school everyday, which makes me feel European!  I don’t go out for meals here, because I can’t afford it.  I also don’t go out to bars for casual drinks very often at all, but that doesn’t bother me, because I go hiking after/before school and on the weekends I explore new parts of the city/country, which is amazing.

– In your opinion, what is the most important academic outcome as an international student in Norway?

Meeting people!  That’s what this is all about.  Getting to know an entirely new network of colleagues is so useful down the road, especially in academics.

– Are there any personal experiences as a foreign student in Norway you would highlight?

There are too many to count! Hiking up the 7 mountains in Bergen. Hiking the Pulpit rock, and the Trolls tongue. The waterfalls (Vøringfossen and everywhere else!). Playing football (soccer) with work colleagues and Fantoft friends. Boat rides through the fjords. Driving on ‘scenic roads’. I could go on and on here.

– What would you tell students from your country about university life in Norway?

University life is not much different. As a graduate student, things are similar to how it works at my home university. It’s up to you how involved you want to be with university events.

– What do you miss the most when you are away from your own country?

Going out for dinners, going out for drinks, playing on organized sports teams, and of course, my friends.

– In your opinion, what is the most important outcome of being an international student?

It’s obvious. Meet new people, travel the country, learn how to live in a foreign country.  Enjoy every minute of it because time goes fast!

–What are you doing now?

I’m in London right now, heading to Bosnia for the weekend with some friends. When I come back next week I have an old friend coming to visit me in Bergen. This is the life!

– What are your future plans?

Get my Ph.D., and either continue in academics or find a proper job!

20 February 2014
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