Why did you choose Norway as your study destination?
"To study in Europe was a dream of mine. Norway had all the factors I wanted: It has MA-programmes taught in English, and is an international reference in the fields I study; process control and petroleum technologies. Furthermore I wanted to study in a country where I could experience close contact with nature, so Norway definitely was the best option."
Why did you choose Trondheim and NTNU?
"NTNU is one of the best institutions in Norway, in my fields of study. It has a great infrastructure and it is in Trondheim, which is great city: Not as big as a capital, but not as small as a farm village; just the perfect combination."
What was your idea about Norway before you arrived?
"I thought Norway was colder, both the weather and the people, but surprisingly we had quite a warm winter and I got to know only awesome Norwegian people!"
What are the main differences from your country when it comes to your life as a student?
"Student life in Norway is very different from Brazil. Students in Norway spend much more time at campus. Another difference is that even on Master or PhD levels, there are few international students in Brazil. But in Norway it is really common to see people speaking English or their own language at campus. I also do different things here than at home – in Brazil I am more likely to go out with friends and to parties. In Norway I got used to go hiking to cabins with friends, and play games."
What do you see as the most important academic outcome?
"The contact with international students from all over the world gives you the chance to relate theoretical knowledge to other people’s point of view. It is quite interesting to see how differences can be joined together when it comes to solving problems."
Are there any experiences during your stay you would highlight?
"Oh yeah! Norway gave me the best days of my life! Thousands of kilometres away from my country, I still felt at home. I made friends for life, and some of them substituted my family really well! I travelled through this amazing country and saw breathtaking things like the Midnight sun, the northern lights, the fjords and great natural scenarios such as Preikestolen, Geirangerfjord and Lofoten. My student life could not be better, because all I needed, Norway and these friends offered me!"
What would you tell students from your country about university life in Norway?
"University life in Norway offers you great opportunities to get in touch with people and cultures from all over the world. From them I learnt as much as I did during lectures and there is always an opportunity to rent a car with new friends and discover this amazing nordic country!"
What did you miss the most from Brazil?
"I missed my family and the delicious Brazilian food! I am a terrible cook and restaurants and good food are expensive in Norway."
In your opinion, what is the most important outcome of being an international student?
"It gave me the chance to expand my cultural level. I would never be able to get to know as much languages, habits, differences and feelings as I did in Norway. As Saint Augustine once said The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”.
What are you doing now?
"Currently I am writing my engineering thesis while taking some other courses at university. I am also doing an internship in a company. Here we work while studying and writing theses."
What are your future plans?
"I want to finish my engineering degree and search for a job that meets me both professional and personally. Afterwards I may consider coming back to Europe to live with my Norwegian girlfriend."