Could you tell us the main reasons for choosing Norway as your study destination?
“I have a friend who came to Norway earlier than me, and he introduced the country to me. I was totally fascinated by the beautiful land, and fortunately I got the chance to study here after graduation.”
Why did you choose the institution you where at?
“NMBU has an agreement for cooperation with my university in China, and some of my friends had already studied here. NMBU has a leading institute in aquaculture.”
What was your idea about Norway before you arrived?
“In China, Norway is famous for beautiful landscape, such as fjords, glaciers and untouched forests. Before I came, in my mind, I thought winter in Norway would be long and really cold, but actually it’s not as cold as in my home town.”
Which are the main differences from your country when it comes to your life as a student?
“It’s totally different from China. Such as canteen and dormitory, in China most students eat in canteen, while here I make food package to lunch or make food in home when I don’t have class, but in china it’s not allowed to make food in dormitory because of safety reason.”
In your opinion, what is the most important academic outcome as an international student in Norway?
“The most important thing is that I learned about Norwegian salmon aquaculture, from the fertilized eggs to the end product on the market. I also have learned some Norwegian."
Are there any personal experiences as a foreign student in Norway you would highlight?
“In June 2014, we had a one-week excursion to Bergen about salmon farming in Norway. We visited a hatchery, smolt farms, a growing farm by the ocean, the NIFES research institute and an aquarium. It was a meaningful trip, where we also got to enjoy the scenery and fjords. It’s a fantastic memory for me.”
What would you tell students from your country about university life in Norway?
“Here we have more self study-time and also a lot of individual assignments or presentations. It requires responsible studying and self discipline.”
What did you miss the most when you where away from your country?
“Family and food. I have more choices about food in china, but here I like salmon very much.”
In your opinion, what is the most important outcome of being an international student?
“Get involved in the local culture, meet people and enjoy nature.”
What are you doing now?
“My Master’s thesis and a part-time job.”
What are your future plans?
“I hope to get a job here, but it seems difficult for me because I don’t speak Norwegian very well.”