• Arrival in oslo by ferry from Germany.

  • The opening ceremony of the semester at the University (Universitetsplassen).

  • A typical evening on a Norwegian cabin trip with the medical students.

  • Ullevål Stadion in Oslo before the football match (women) between Norway and Belgium.

  • The view towards Oslo from the recently opened "Ekebergparken".


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

The main reason for choosing Norway was on the one hand the very good reputation of the Norwegian Health Care System and on the other hand my personal interest in the country, society, culture and language.

– Why did you choose the institution you are at?                                                                        

UiO is the only Norwegian university that takes part in the medical exchange programme with LMU Munich.

– What was your idea of Norway before you arrived?                                                                

My idea was that Norway has an amazing nature, that there are many friendly people here and the quality of life is very high, but that it is also a rather expensive place to live.

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

I think we have better supervision, less hierarchy, and more time to study here.

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

It is important to get good insights into the Norwegian university system in general and in particular, to pass the exams successfully. 

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

The university offered very good support at the beginning and during the exchange.

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

In my opinion, it is quite similar to German university life, but with less hierarchy and – at least in medicine – slightly different study aims, which result in slightly different emphasis in teaching.

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


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

It is important to make the experience of standing on one’s own feet, finding your way in a foreign country and system and acquire communication skills (also independently of the language). Additionally, it is nice to meet a lot of new people.

– What are you doing now?                                                                                                                   

I am studying medicine in the 9th semester in Oslo.

– What are your future plans?                                                                                                              

I would like to further improve my Norwegian language skills and would definitely want to come back to Norway – at least for a medical internship.

20 February 2014