• On a boat trip in the Oslofjord!

  • Oslo

  • Climbing Trolltunga, near Odda.


– Could you tell us the main reasons for choosing Norway as your study destination?

The main reason was the language, it is no problem here to communicate in English, and really everyone in Oslo speaks English! The second reason for me was that I have never been to Scandinavia and I always wanted to go there. And here I also have the opportunity to learn the language, which is not to hard for Germans.

– Why did you choose the institution you are at?

The final choice to come to Norway was because of the courses at the University. For me, Oslo had more interesting courses than the other universities I could go to.

– What was your idea of Norway before you arrived?

To be honest, I didn’t know much about Norway before coming here. I knew that it was expensive, and in reports from other exchange students I read that it is hard to get to know Norwegians because they are reserved (but I found out that this is not true!).

– Which are the main differences from your country when it comes to your life as a student?

I hate talking about money all the time, but that is the main difference. It is much more expensive here  (luckily I got the BW-STIPENDIUM from the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung), so I had to adjust my lifestyle a little bit. But that is no reason for not going to Norway! Another big difference is that nature is really close to the city and everyone is doing a lot of sports, especially outside! You have so many opportunities here to go for a run or a swim, to go to the gym or to join one of the outdoor sport clubs. It is really a different way of living!

– In your opinion, what is the most important academic outcome as an international student in Norway?

The system at the university is a little bit different from what I know from home. You spend much less time sitting in lectures and have to read lot more on your own. This was a new experience for me, but I really like this system. The other thing for me was that in my field of study, I could attend very interesting lectures that are not offered at my home university.

– Are there any personal experiences as a foreign student in Norway you would highlight?

I have to say, the whole stay was just amazing! One highlight was my trip with some other exchange students to the Trolltunga, a pretty impressive rock in the west of Norway. We went for a long hike there and the landscape was just breathtaking!

– What would you tell students from your country about university life in Norway?

Besides what I already mentioned, that you don’t spend so much time in lectures and read more on your own, being a student in Norway is not that different.

– What do you miss the most when you are away from your country?

My friends and my family.

– In your opinion, what is the most important outcome of being an international student?

You make so many new experiences that you would never make at home! It opens your mind and makes you feel so alive!

– What are you doing now?

I am still Norway and right now I have to study for my exams.

– What are your future plans?

I want to finish my studies and in my free time, travel as much as I can.

20 February 2014