Why did you choose Norway as your study destination?
I believe that for intellectual advancement there are certain prerequisites like good quality of life, peace and tolerance in the society and society’s academic ranking. Norway has been consistently performing well on all these parameters, therefore I opted for Norway.

What was your idea about Norway before you arrived?
My ideas were based on information like quality of life, democracy, strength of social institutions, tolerance etc. which I got from printed material.

Which are the main differences from your country when it comes to your life as a student?
For me, it was altogether a different experience. At home I used to be a teacher and now I am sitting in the classroom as a student, a great difference!

In your opinion, what is the most important academic outcome for you as an international student in Norway?
Meeting with the international community, sharing with them, and learning everywhere and in everything

What about the personal outcome? Are there any experiences you would like to highlight?
I got a wonderful experience of a different academic environment, in a different culture, and in an amazing natural environment.

What would you tell other students from your country about university life in Norway?
University life here in Norway is quite demanding, both physically and intellectually. However these challenges will give you new dimensions to your life.
What do you miss the most when you are away from your country?
My children!

In your opinion, why is it important to have a study abroad experience?
In today’s world our perception about other societies is somehow dependent on digital gadgets of communication technology. These perceptions may not be necessarily true, therefore, study abroad is a chance to fix these misconceptions.

What are your future plans?
Complete my PhD as soon as possible to embark on my plans to make a difference for my people of Pakistan.

09 January 2009