“I wanted to do something I would never do at home”, says Jana.
Here you can read more about her student experience in Norway.
"My decision to study abroad was spontaneous. At my university, you need to apply one and a half years before you leave. When somebody cancelled, I applied for it and got it, only half a year before I was due to start. I was really happy! I had been to Norway twice before and I really liked it".
What was your idea of Norway before you arrived?
"I prepared myself mentally to cope with the dark in January. It was crazy because I had never had that before, but then in the summer, it was so light! Culturally, I expected some similarities between Norwegians and Germans. I hoped to make some Norwegian friends but had heard that this can take a long time. I also thought it would be expensive to live in Norway so I think you learn how to save money when you live here".
What are the main differences from Germany when it comes to your life as a student?
"In Germany, I choose my classes and make my own timetable. I can have a short day, or I can choose to have a long day. It's me who decides. Here everything is planned from Monday until Friday. In Germany, I didn't expect to go to school more in my exchange semester than back home."
"But it is a lot more practical here. There’s more of a personal approach in Norway, too. In my class we were only 13 students. That's also how I met my Norwegian friends".
In your opinion, what is the most important academic outcome as an international student in Norway?
"I think I became better in presenting, which is important for when I become a teacher".
What would you highlight from your stay in Norway?
"When all the other students in the class went on a trip to Germany, I went alone on a trip to Copenhagen. I learned who I am on my own, and learned to enjoy being by myself. I really enjoyed going to the Lofoten islands".
Do you have an advice to other students who want to go to Norway?
"Go to as many events as you can. Don't be shy, go out into the world, meet people and discover the city. Enjoy the nature when you are in Norway because you will never have it so close again".
What are your future plans?
"I'm going to be a full-time student for a while and hope to work as a special needs teacher when I graduate".