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Universitetet i Oslo

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4.03 / 5 based on 96 reviews
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martin d
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, self funding student
Overall
I wish I had known...
Go to Sweden instead!
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I wouldnęt. With 40,000 students itęs easy to be very lost in the crowd although lots of internationals are very close and I know of lots of people who are going to stay. After studying in Edinburgh, Oslo is a wasteland and I just wanted to go back but thats just me. However, the location is great if you like mountains, fjords and lakes, itęs always easy to get out into the forests and thers nowhere better for winter sports on your doorstep.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
2
Experienced a change in life
2
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Study abroad is, overall a great experience and I thoroughly recommend giving it a go, just not in Oslo!
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martin d
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, self funding student
Academic
Course recommendations
Not especially, I ended up on the wrong course and couldnęt change so make sure you know what is open to you, I could have studied anything but my home institution gave the impression that this wasnęt the case, my advice is make sure you have checked all your options before applying to study abroad.
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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
Not really.
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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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martin d
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, self funding student
Languages
Language of instruction: Norwegian
Was learning Norwegian a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your Norwegian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
A big problem in Norway is that English is everywhere and there is little interaction with Norwegian students as internationals all live together, I wanted total immersion, almost impossible ,Ięm afraid.
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martin d
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, self funding student
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> Government assistance
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Because Norway is incredibly expensive, so expensive it is quite unbelievable. The UK is quite expensive compared with most of Europe and certainly alot more than North America. In Norway many things are double the cost.
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Food, Telephone, Travel, Nightlife, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Bring as much as possible with you if you want to save money. Things like chewing gum and chocolate cost three times the UK price.
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martin d
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, self funding student
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
I would choose the same simply because it is quite hard to find accomodation independantly, especially from overseas.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Accomodation at Oslo takes the form of self catering appartments shared with 6 or 7 others. This can be fine if you live with nice clean people, horrid if you donęt. One bad point is that all the internationals are put together and ther is very little mixing with Norwegians. The whole experience is not at all like that of British halls of residence, or living on campus in the States.
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martin d
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Humanities, Undergraduate, self funding student
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Nightlife, Travel, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Oslo isnęt exactly the party capital of the world. Chateau Neuf is the main student union type place although it isnęt anything to write home about. Student parties take place in most faculties, often in the foyer! Surreal, but fun if you are in the mood. A big drawback to social life in Oslo is that many, in fact most bars, pubs and clubs have rather high age limits; 25 in some places at the weekend. Lots of people go to So What? DONęT! Itęs horrible!
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