Eric did not choose to go to Norway; he applied to an Erasmus programme which Norway was a part of and ended up in Oslo. The transition from Kenya to Norway was more challenging that he had expected:
“I was feeling lost. The first winter was shocking; I wasn’t prepared for the cold, the dark or the feeling of loneliness”.
Eric quickly adapted. He made a lot of friends, got involved in the student democracy and is now the National president of the International Students Union in Norway (ISU).
Here you can read more about his experiences in Norway so far.
What motivated you to study abroad?
“I grew up with the passion that I wanted to move abroad, and experience what it was like to study in a different culture, speak a different language and meet new people. I wanted to challenge myself to live in a totally new environment.”
What was your first impression of Oslo?
“It was a bit challenging. I felt lost, because my first winter was shocking knew I would be cold, but I didn’t know that it would be so dark. And I did not have a lot of people around me.
“Now, this has changed a lot. I am used to the weather, the system and I have made many friends. I am also involved in student democracy and I am working for ISU. Now I really enjoy it here.”
What is ISU?
ISU stands for International Student Union. I am the National President of ISU. My role is to coordinate the national office which consists of three executive members. We run the organisation full time. I am also part of the national board and I am working with 27 branches across the country. Our work is to advance inclusion, welfare of international students and to support our stakeholders in internationalisation.
In your opinion, what is the best aspect with Norwegian education?
“That it is free. Everyone in Norway can access higher education regardless of location, income or background. The universities can be as diverse as they are because there are no barriers in terms of fees and school money.
In what way do you think your stay here will influence your career opportunities?
I think my professional status already has improved by just coming to Norway. Not only by the fact that I have lived in Norway, but also from meeting so many students from all over the world. Becoming an international individual is something I will take with me wherever I go: It has become a part of my DNA.
Do you have any advice to other students who want to go to Norway?
Norway will offer you great things as an international student- more than you think in advance. By coming here you take part of a country that values quality and higher education, that invest so much in assuring good professional training and that gives international students the opportunity to interact and make new friends.
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