What were your main reasons for choosing Norway for your studies?
I studied abroad in Norway because of my family’s Norwegian heritage. I also started taking Norwegian language classes while at my home university, so I was keen to apply it!
What are the main differences between Norway and your home country when it comes to a student’s academic, cultural and social life?
Here in America, I normally take 6 classes per semester. In Norway, however, I took just 3 classes. In addition, my grade was solely dependent on my final exam.
Socially, the biggest difference I noticed was while I was sitting in the tram. People would rarely sit together! Here in America people would sit down next to you so they don’t have to stand, no matter how uncomfortable it may be.
In your opinion, what is the best aspect with Norwegian education?
The final exams are very spread out in Norway. There could be a difference of a few weeks between each exam. That was such a nice way to disperse the stress. In America, you have all your final exams in one week.
In what way do you think your stay here will influence your career opportunities?
I think a study abroad experience will definitely look good on my resume, I also think the experience gained from studying abroad and the cultural diversity will help me when I apply for jobs.
During your time in Norway, what have you appreciated the most?
I learnt to be financially independent during my time abroad. It made me better manage my resources, and also aware of the many things I can actually live without.
What will you miss the most when you leave?
What I have missed most is hanging out with the new friends that I made and just walking around Sognsvann Lake.