Ever since she was a child, Fereshteh has had a voice in her head telling her to go to another country, study abroad and get more experiences. 

"When I was little my mom put me into language courses. Since then I have seen the value of speaking another language", Fereshteh says.

Why Norway?

I have a lot of friends studying abroad, and I found them to be good sources apart from the internet. My best friend, who is also studying here, gave me a lot helpful information.

How do you like the facilities at BI?

You don’t feel like you’re in a university, it’s so adventurous. People are active and there is always something happening there. In my country you’re entering a building and it’s just classrooms, where people come and go. At BI they are making studying more joyful and fun.

How are the facilities different from your campus in Iran?

The facilities here are more modern, and also the lectures are uploaded on our student portal. This is helpful if you for some reason can’t come to the class for one session.

What was your first impression of Oslo?
The first thing that caught my eye was the nature and the clean air. Streets and public transportation: Everything was so organized

How would you describe Oslo as a city for students?

At first, in my experience it was not easy, coming from another country and not having a job. Everything was very expensive, but as soon as I found a part time job, life changed a lot. With a part time job as a student you can manage your life, and that was also one of the reasons why I choose to study in Norway. Students in Norway are allowed to work 20 hours a week beside their full time studies.

What are the main differences between Norway and Iran when it comes to a student’s academic life?

Back in Iran I was not paying that much attention to my education at that time. It just was not that interesting coming to the lectures and just listen to the teacher. But in Norway I feel like going to the class makes a huge difference, I actually want to go. Now I am also more focused on my education.

In your opinion, what is the best aspect with Norwegian education?

I think they are using more learning facilities, especially the modern facilities. It helps students understand better, and also. BI for instance invites guest speakers to lectures, which gives extra motivation.

In what way do you think your stay here will influence your career opportunities?

I think a degree from a university in Norway will be very beneficial for me. Living abroad and studying in another language is a valuable experience.

What have you learned, how has being an international student impacted you?

I am not that shy anymore. As an international student you have to be open and communicative, although it may be hard at first. But as time passes by it gets better. For me the social events at BI helped me meet people.

Do you have an advice to other students who want to go to Norway?

People often say that it is hard to make Norwegian friends—it is hard, but you have to put in the effort to get to know them- you will get there. Just break the barrier between differences of and language, and find local friends!

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18 October 2017