Could you tell us the main reasons for choosing Norway as your study destination?
“I wanted to study abroad for a long time, but I only found very expensive options. Then I met my partner, who is Norwegian, in Brazil a year before I came here. He told me that Norwegian studies were all free, and I found the perfect master programme at studyinnorway.no.”
Why did you choose at the University in Oslo?
“Because the Centre for Sustainability and Environment is excellent, also in an international measure.”
What was your idea about Norway before you arrived?
“I thought it was much more dark and cold than it really is. It is true that Norway has long winters, but I could never imagine how colourful and beautiful the other seasons could get here.”
Which are the main differences from Brazil when it comes to student life?
“Well, I have to say that the structure of public education here is unbelievable! The second point is the entertainment options. It is quite different from Brazil, but not necessarily worse. In Brazil we meet more outside and in bars, here it is more common to go to peoples place, go to the movies or seminars.”
In your opinion, what is the most important academic outcome as an international student in Norway?
“It has to be the title you will carry with you after the conclusion. The Norwegian institutions are well known, and to have a title from the University of Oslo will make a great difference to my CV.”
Are there any personal experiences you would highlight?
“I met very interesting people from my field of study, and the highlight was to see the Dalai Lama this spring. Awesome!”
What would you tell students from your country about university life in Norway?
“I would say it is possible! I would encourage them to apply to a Norwegian University, because they are accessible, free and offer amazing structures to foreigner students.”
What do you miss the most when you are away from your country?
“The sun, no doubt!”
In your opinion, what is the most important outcome of being an international student?
“After studying abroad, I realized that the word is full of possibilities I never saw when I was living in Brazil. You don’t have to apply only for jobs or courses within 50km from your house!”
What are you doing now?
“I am writing my master thesis and working with social services in Oslo Municipality.”
What are your future plans?
“I plan to apply for jobs and stay in Norway a bit more after my studies are finished. I want to make more of my Norwegian experience than the student life."