What were your main reasons for studying in Norway?
Among the countries proposed by my school for a semester abroad, Norway was the one that immediately attracted me. I had never been in a Nordic country before, and I fell in love with the pictures I found on the internet (the mountains, the fjords…). Moreover, the courses offered at Molde University pleased me very much.
How has your impression changed since moving to Norway?
My impression of Norway did not change at all after I arrived. The country is beautiful, and the people are adorable. I immediately felt at home, and that was important for me to be able to start this new semester. Not once did I regret my choice to come to study in Norway.
What are the main differences between Norway and your home country when it comes to a student’s academic, cultural and social life?
Between Switzerland and Norway, there are not many differences. The way of teaching, the tools available, the contact that it is possible to have with the teachers, etc., all this are quite similar.
Culturally, I was surprised by the kindness of the Norwegians, their calm, and their way of enjoying the winter. They seem very shy at first, but you just need to break the ice to see that they are so nice and hospitable.
Finally, in Molde, the student association (ESN Molde) offered a large number of activities to Erasmus students. It was a great way to meet other people from around the world and share our experiences together. These people have become my friends and many of us have already seen each other since we returned to our respective countries (even several times!).
In your opinion, what is the best aspect with Norwegian education?
The number of students per course is relatively small, which makes one to one contact with the teachers possible.
In what way do you think your stay here will influence your career opportunities?
This opportunity to participate in this exchange in Norway gives me even more desire to continue my studies abroad. No one can deny that this study-abroad experience is an undeniable advantage on my CV.
During your time in Norway, what surprised you the most?
The quality of life, and the incredible scenery that is offered to us every morning.
During your time in Norway, what did you miss the most from home?
My family, my friends and the Swiss chocolate ;)
What will you miss the most when you leave?
Now that I am back in Switzerland, I miss what I call the “Erasmus life” (my friends there, the moment spent together, our trips to the 4 corners of the country, etc.).