Amanda has learned to combine her studies with her interests.
“ The work-life balance is really good here. People go to work, but still have a life and spare time. At home work takes up most of your time. In Norway you can have both”.
In your opinion, what is the best aspect with Norwegian education?
“I like that it has a flexible structure, and that you have a lot of interaction between the professor and the student. They expect you to work independently which is slightly different from back home. Students here seem more motivated and willing to speak out their mind and own opinion. That is very different”.
“Norwegian students have a lot of friends outside of school. International students should also find something that they like doing, an interest to pursue outside of school. This is a great way of meeting new friends. I love ice-skating for example, it makes me relax and I get a break from my studies”.
In what way do you think your stay here will influence your career opportunities?
“I think it will influence my career opportunity both abroad and in my home country. I get to learn new languages and gain insight about job opportunities and relevant experience that is required in Norway and Europe. Also if I go back home I have heard that companies value students with an international background”.
For a student, what are the main differences between Norway and Taiwan?
“In Taiwan you might have 8-9 courses every semester. Here you have fewer courses but you have to work harder to get good grades. I like it this way. When I was younger I wasn’t as hard working as I am today. Now I have better priorities and am motivated to get a god job. Maybe I have been influences by Norwegians. Students here are very future oriented; they often have part time jobs, and are often looking for internships”.
Do you have an advice to other students who want to go to Norway?
“Study Norwegian; learn some words before you come”.
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