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Høgskolen i Østfold

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3.60 / 5 based on 13 reviews
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Kerstin
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Høgskolen i Østfold
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
On he one hand it is quite nice that everyone speaks English, even in shops, but on the other hand it makes it more difficukt to practise the "normal" language since it is so much easier to express oneself in English!
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Kerstin
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Høgskolen i Østfold
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Norway is an expensive country...
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Housing, Travel, Food, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
"Luxury" goods like cigarettes, alcohol/liquor, make-up, chocolate, crisps are really expensive. But since Halden is close to the Swedish border, one should go shopping there now and then...
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Kerstin
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Høgskolen i Østfold
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The business negociation course is really good: lots of practical tips on what to focus and how to negociate
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
none
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Kerstin
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Høgskolen i Østfold
3.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
There is the possibility to do a language course one month before the semester starts - perfect for German/Dutch students
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
3
Costs
1
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Try to get more international students, then it is more interesting
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
2
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Visit Bergen and Trondheim if you have time and money. Make a cabin trip to experience the nature
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Kerstin
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Høgskolen i Østfold
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
oslo and gøterborg are quite near so take your chance! Halden itself is rather small, so hardly any pubs or cafes to miss...
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Kerstin
Hanzehogeschool, Hogeschool van Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Høgskolen i Østfold
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
The campus is very nice, but the economic faculty is still situated downtown in the centre, so it is about 3km from the campus to the faculty - and that every day! However, as soon as the faculty is also located on the campus, i would prefer living there again.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
We had very good facilities: A big kitchen combined with a living room, washing machine and drying room, one living community og 8 student per house with two bathroom and two toilets. The rooms were about 16 square meters in average. Actually that is much better than I was used to in Groningen! Internet access, water and elictricity was included in the rent, and the nature was just beautiful. The only disadvantages are the quite high costs in Norway. But in comparison with the overall level of costs the price was quite decent.
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