What are the main reasons for choosing Norway as your study destination?
I chose Norway mainly due to the geographical location. As I am from Singapore, Norway is a country that very far away from Singapore. I had always been interested in the famous Scandinavian way of life that I have heard from the internet and friends, and having a semester in Norway was a dream come true. As I am a person that enjoy nature and taking pictures, Norway was the country that could offer me the best opportunity with its many fjords and hiking trails.
Where did you study and why did you choose this institution?
I studied Finance and Business in NHH. I chose the institution as it was located in Bergen, which was famed for its beauty especially because of its title “the gateway to the fjords”. Also NHH is a very good school in Norway, and I felt that it would be an excellent opportunity to interact with the best students in Norway.
What was your idea about Norway before you arrived and did you find the impression to be true?
Frankly speaking, I expected everyone in Norway to look like the Nordic Vikings. My impression was mostly true, as the males were huge and tall, unlike Asian males! I expected Norway to be surrounded by beautiful mountains and epic scenery, and I am very glad that Norway has exceeded my expectation in beauty.
Compared to your country, what are the main differences when it comes to student life in Norway?
Compared to Singapore, the main difference would be the activities that are offered for students to take part in (such as hiking, skiing). The students have a much better work life balance, especially on weekends where everyone takes off to hike. Unlike Singapore, where most students rather stay at home to hide from the scorching sun.
What is the most important academic outcome of your time as a student in Norway?
Working with Norwegian friends was a real eye opener. I learned many new presentation techniques and really enjoyed the discussion that we had, which I will definitely apply to my studies here in Singapore.
Are there any personal experiences as a student in Norway you would highlight?
I enjoyed my independence in Norway. As a student in Singapore, it is common to stay with your parents (as Singapore is a city state with extremely high housing costs) and having a stint in Norway allowed me to experience life as an international student and let learn more about myself. People in Norway are very friendly and are extremely fun to be with.
Would you recommend studying in Norway to students at your home university? Why/why not?
Yes! Norway is a beautiful country. It is filled with beauty everywhere and my greatest regret would be not travelling often enough to the many mountains and fjords that were near me. Standard of education is excellent as well, and I felt that I had gained knowledge in my short time there.
However, Norway is an expensive country to stay in. Be prepared to cook your own food as restaurants are costly. With good budgeting, it is not impossible to have fun and save money at the same time though!
What are you doing now and what are your plans for the future?
I am currently finishing my education in NUS in Singapore, and plan to work for a Big 4 Accounting firm, or a Bank when I graduate with an Accounting and Finance Degree.