What were your reasons for choosing Norway for your studies?
I am especially interested in courses related to childhood development in the Nordics. When I learned that the university offered similar courses, I jumped at the chance to take it. It also helped that Oslo is filled with culture and easy access to nature; the best of both worlds!
What are the main differences between Norway and Spain?
The class timings were generally more spaced out, which made the days more relaxing. This is opposed to the tightly-packed class schedules one can find in Spain!
In your opinion, what are the best aspects of having a Norwegian education?
Firstly, teachers care a lot about their students here and try to take advantage of the different nationalities present in class to offer new perspectives on a topic. Also, you will always find plenty of university groups creating events for the students. You will never run out of things to do!
In what way do you think your stay here will influence your career opportunities?
During my time in Norway, my grasp of the English language improved drastically. I also started to learn the Norwegian language. Furthermore, I learned to be independent, and feel richer in a sense that I have gained plenty of new perspectives on important issues around the world.
What surprised you the most during your time in Norway?
Norwegians are not as “cold” as the stereotype suggests! I have managed to make some nice local friends here, and it was not too difficult! Another thing that surprised me was the emphasis Norwegians tended to place on their personal health. People here are very active, and from what I have seen, they try very hard to lead a healthy lifestyle.
What did you miss the most about Spain?
The sun! It is usually overcast here in Norway. Things also tend to be very expensive here. I missed having inexpensive food from Spain!
What have you appreciated the most?
The people in Norway are very kind, and very willing to help you out.
What will you miss the most when you leave Norway?
I will really miss all the friends that I have made here.