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Norwegian School of Management BI (NSM)

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3.97 / 5 based on 207 reviews
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Ioana
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Graduate, University Agreement
Norwegian School of Management BI
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: At ease in most situations
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: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
English is a language largely spoken by everybody in Norway, so no language barrier appeared during my stay there. Norwegian is a particularly difficult language to learn, in my opinion, and the host university didn't put to much interest in assuring Norwegian courses for its foreign students.
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Ioana
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Graduate, University Agreement
Norwegian School of Management BI
2.5/5
Expenses
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.
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Nightlife, Overall, Housing, Food, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
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
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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Ioana
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Graduate, University Agreement
Norwegian School of Management BI
3.8/5
Academic
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.
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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
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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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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Ioana
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Graduate, University Agreement
Norwegian School of Management BI
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I could have been able to imagine how different this experience will be for me and enjoy it more from the beginning.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
They are doing a great job, but maybe they could consider being a bit more flexible, as mentioned at one of the above points of this review.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
My advice is to go ahead and try it, you will figure it out on the way. Just keep in mind you will need a considerable grant or any other private funds to be able to cover even the most basic expenses (accommodation, transportation, books, food).
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Ioana
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Graduate, University Agreement
Norwegian School of Management BI
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
night clubs like Lipp (very popular among foreign students), Shnas (the university on campus night club where you could have fun at accessible prices and in a safe environment due to the fact that only BI students could come in) bars with nice events and live concerts like Bla
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Ioana
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania
Economics, Graduate, University Agreement
Norwegian School of Management BI
3.8/5
Housing
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.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
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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