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Norwegian School of Management BI (NSM)

Handelsh°yskolen BI, Elias Smiths vei 15, 1300 Sandvika, Norway, Oslo
3.91 / 5 based on 204 reviews.
The Norwegian School of Management (NSM) is the second largest institution of higher education in Norway and one of the largest business schools in Europe.

87% of students recommend
204 reviews
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Informations for travel destinations are available in local travel agencies. A mix of paying with credit cards (VISA is best, but especially in food stores they often take only Norwegian credit cards), e-banking and cash is advisable. I never had big problems in this beautiful country! Read Review
JoTi, Switzerland

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by Ioana, Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? While the conditions of living in a dorm were satisfying and much superior to the one's in Romania, I didn't particularly enjoy sharing facilities like toilet and kitchen.
Personal comments:
Good conditions for a dorm, the price-quality aspect was balanced, the location was very well connected and you could easily reach important spots in town, including the university. Overall clean place, although the part that the tenants were supposed to attend to not so much and also the shared facilities posed a problem.
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by kamilajarkovska, University of Economics Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Marketing and Sales Management, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Since Norway has such a wunderful nature and offers many sport opportunities, I would recommend to do all kinds of sports (skiing in winter, cycling, jogging,sailin in summer).Travelling around the Norwegian coast and exploring the fjords and mountains can┤t be missed. I trully recommend rafting on Norwegian rivers and summer hiking on the snow fields - very breath taking. Since the nights are so light during the summer, our favourite social activity was BBQ on the island Kalvoya.
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by Ioana, Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, University Agreement
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Being part of a Double Degree Programme I didn't have such a big choice when it comes to courses, most of them were mandatory and I would have enjoyed to be given more liberty to choose. Also, some interesting courses were off limits to some of the master programmes.

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
I found the way of teaching and the assessment process a bit a bit inflexible and students (mostly foreigners) were required to fit into an established pattern and not given any chance at following their already formed aptitudes also.

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by Johannes, Universitńt St. Gallen, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
Business Studies, University Agreement
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
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 local language?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
All courses were taught in English and this was no problem for me because I had already completed many courses in English at my home university. The Norwegian courses offered at the Handelsh°yskolen BI are for beginners. Also the "advanced" course! After three semseters of (not very intensely) studying Norwegian in Switzerland I had to recognize that I learnt definitely more by playing ice hockey on Frognerstadion with Norwegians. This was also the best way to meet Norwegians. I met my best Norwegian friends there and we always communicate in Norwegian (E-Mails, when visiting each other). I have reached a level where I can easely and fluently communicate with Norwgians and read Norwegian literature.
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by Ioana, Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
Norway is a much more expensive country than Romania in all aspects, but with a higher life standard also, so I assume that inhabitants don't necessarily feel they are spending too much. For a student living out of a grant it's nevertheless hard.
Food, Travel, Housing, Overall, Nightlife: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
A cheaper dorm can mean a significant saving of money without a too bigger difference in conditions compared to a more expensive on campus accommodation.
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by NINA, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Independent
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Not really,I informed my self quite well...
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
I think the university itself is good, but the culture and the country itself brings a lot to the product and experience of the university. Beside the study program which had to be very near my expectations and ides (and it is!), everything is offered here, you just have to enjoy it, study, not worry how to aquire the basing studying resources... You can choose and organize your self beautifully, and in that the university makes an important role.


It is important to assess the university before you seriosly consider it, and that you can do through the communication process with the university. It has been shown to be a good indicator. If everything is a problem, the mails are not replied within a reasonble time, you have to put in a lot of energy to get basic information, they do not have nechanisms to for example find housing, organize health care, contact with embassis - they probably do not take good care of foreigh studets.
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