What are the main reasons for choosing Norway as your study destination?
I love the nature of this country. Fjords, mountains, nordic lights… there are so many things to do and to discover. You just cannot compare it to any other country. Besides the people are so pleased, kind and friendly when you get in touch with them. Another main argument for me is the way the Norwegian society handles topics concerning nature, politics, social life, public assistance and so on. I agree with and can identify my own opinion with a lot of decisions made by the government.
So you can say I really felt at home in Norway.
Where did you study and why did you choose this institution?
I studied in Molde (Møre og Romsdal). As it is a small town it gives you a good connection to everything you can do outside like fishing, hiking, skiing and so on. Not to forget the great spots around like Trollvegen, Geiranger and the Atlantic Road.
Apart from the environment, the academic possibilities also motivated me. Molde is named to be a specialized University in logistics. Since I study logistics it is a perfect match and the University has a good reputation of being connected to the practical work. Furthermore there is collaboration between Molde and Wismar which made an exchange easier for me. In addition I fortunately met a guy during an internship in Germany who stayed in Molde a couple years ago. He highly recommended the university.
What was your idea about Norway before you arrived and did you find the impression to be true?
I thought about going to a beautiful but cold country. Actually it was not as cold as I expect it. But the nature did not disappoint me. Besides I did not expect the Norwegian people to be a little shy but I could get through and after a while.
Compared to your country, what are the main differences when it comes to student life in Norway?
The study in Norway requires more work during the semester. In Germany you can mainly focus on the exams while I had to do a couple weekly tasks in Norway. On the other hand I just had 4 classes a week. So I spent really less time in the classroom which is different in Germany as well.
Concerning the life with the other students Molde doesn't offer many nightlife opportunities. Hence we hung out with friends instead of going into the city. Obviously the pricing in a bar supports this fact. In return the activities offered by the University were many more than I am used to from Germany. Skiing trips, soccer tournaments, job- and company fairs, guest lectures – all this isn't offered at my home University.
What is the most important academic outcome of your time as a student in Norway?
I have had some great subjects, but there is much more personal outcome for me than academic outcome. I might mention the way to work on a paper in foreign language and what I learned about Air- and Ocean Transport business.
Are there any personal experiences as a student in Norway you would highlight?
I could tell about the great view from some mountains, midnight swimming, Nordic light hiking or an old man giving me his fishing equipment since he was too old to use his boat anymore but I actually suggest letting you drift away by the calm life, the surroundings and the friendly attitude of the Norwegian people.
Would you recommend studying in Norway to students at your home university?
As you might already have noticed I really like Norway. Hence I would always recommend studying in this country. Friendly people, good quality teaching in English, nice society and amazing nature are the main reasons.
What are you doing now and what are your plans for the future?
Right now I am doing an internship in the United States. Since I am concerned about my own actions it is not as easy as it was in Norway. It is great as well but different. Afterwards I will go back to Germany and at least visit Molde within the next 5 years. If possible I will stay in Norway again for a while. Maybe I can handle some months or even some years.