"I finished my medicine study in Slovenia a few months ago. After the degree, we have an opportunity of completing an Erasmus practice in the next 12 months", Polona Rajar.

Here you can read more about Polona’s experience as a doctor, doing an Erasmus practice at the University hospital, Rikshospitalet, in Oslo.

"Everyone wants to do some part of their studies abroad, I assume. It is a great chance to travel and see the world. The problem for me was that it is hard to study abroad and then get accreditation for your work when you go back home. That is why I choose surgical practice, as it was acknowledged by my home University".

"Now I am working as a researcher at Rikshospitalet, at the Department for Pediatric Research, where I am doing a project that I hope to publish”.

Why Norway?

"Speaking the Norwegian language is valuable to me as I have to know the language in order to speak to the patients I am meeting in the practice”.
"I have been to the international Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo three years in a row now, known to be one of the best summer schools in the world. Here people from 100 nations are gathered together for five weeks.
I am specifically interested in the field of premature born babies (neonatology), and the department here in Oslo is world famous for their research. I am really excited to work here".

How do you like the facilities at UiO?

"They are great. I spend most of my time at the hospital, but I know the facilities at the campus Blindern as well. The first time I got there, everything was taken care of. I got my ID card the same day, lab coats, space to work and so on. I also got an introduction in fire safety. Everything just works.”

"Furthermore, everyone is so nice and supportive. Even professors that rank the highest in the group come over to me to check if everything is fine, and to ask me how me weekend was. I feel like everyone is at the same level, there is a great amount of equality. In my home country, at meetings as a student you are not allowed to sit, you should stand, or sit at the edge of the table. So at my first day I sat closes to the door, because I assumed that was my place. Then everyone quickly included me in the group. Small stuff like that make you feel really appreciated".

Have you noticed anything in particular about Norwegian working life?

"I think it is more organized here than at home. Doctors see less patients and the schedule is nicer. And everybody has the right to half an hour lunch- I am not used to that. When had my practice at the hospital back home we sometimes worked 8 hours with no break".

In your opinion, what is the best aspect with Norwegian education?

"Free quality education. You have a lot more possibilities here".

In what way do you think your stay here will influence your career opportunities?

"I am thinking of taking a PhD here after I am done with the practice. If you do a PhD you have to have good mentors, and you have to be close to where the research is done. This is harder back home. Here you also have more resources in the field that I am interested in.”

Do you have an advice to other students who want to go to Norway?

"I would recommend staying longer than just for one semester. Then you will have time to get to know the country, travel around and make more friends. Also try to learn the language and live together with Norwegians, then you will get more of a Norwegian experience."

10 November 2017