What are the main reasons for choosing Norway as your study destination?
I chose Norway, because I went there about 10 times for the summer holidays, always about 3-4 weeks, and I was in love with the country from my first visit. The landscape is just amazing. It has always been one of my dreams to stay there for a longer time, it was a dream that came true.
Where did you study and why did you choose this institution?
I studied in Molde, I chose this institution because it was a partner institution of my home university, furthermore I chose it, because I knew the area before from my holidays (we always went to Averøy).
What was your idea about Norway before you arrived and did you find the impression to be true?
Since I’ve been to Norway several times before, I already knew more or less how it is in Norway. The only thing I was really curious about was if Norwegian students are willing to integrate a German student or international students in general in their groups. And I have to say that it was quite hard in the beginning to get in touch with them, but a main reason of this could have been that many courses had a really high percentage of international students and as a result of this the Norwegians stayed in their own groups.
Compared to your country, what are the main differences when it comes to student life in Norway?
In Norway I had to work more for the courses during the semester, in Germany we have only to write a final exam at the end of the semester. Furthermore was it easier in Norway to go to early lessons, because it’s way more expensive to go to bars during the week. Another important point is, that the professors in Norway were way more dedicated in teaching the students and a lot more interested in the success of their students than in Germany. The relationship to the professors is in Germany more distanced and impersonal.
What is the most important academic outcome of your time as a student in Norway?
I learned to work on projects with people from all around the world, with different social backgrounds and different commons.
Are there any personal experiences as a student in Norway you would highlight?
When we went on a Cabin Trip at the beginning of February, I tried cross-country-skiing with another student. As the cabin was located at a lake, we decided to go around the lake. The weather was really nice when we started, but after 5 or 6 km a snow storm suddenly occurred, which almost blew us away. After 4 or 5 km more we kind of lost the orientation because it was really hard to see anything (everything was just white), so we decided to go further for around 10 minutes and if we wouldn’t find the cabin we would turn around. 10 minutes passed away, and there was still no cabin in sight, so we decided to go up one last hill and when we arrived at the top of the hill (the weather already a bit better) we saw the cabin laying downhill. With the last downhill run we reached the cabin with frozen eyebrows, snowy caps and relief. Another nice experience was swimming in the fjord at midnight in May (Air Temperature 4°C)
Would you recommend studying in Norway to students at your home university? Why/why not?
I would fully recommend studying in Norway, because it’s a great country, and I totally enjoyed my stay there.
What are you doing now and what are your plans for the future?
Right now I’m doing an internship at an automotive supplier, in March I’ll start writing my Diploma Thesis, which I’ll finish in July. During this time I’ll have to search for a job or a post as a trainee, I’ll also check the opportunity of starting to work abroad (in Norway for example). I’m also thinking about intensifying my studies, but since I’ll finish studying with the old German Diploma Ingenieur title, and not a Master, it’s quite difficult to get accepted as a Ph.D student. For August I’ve planned to go to Molde to visit my Norwegian friends.