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Universitetet i Troms° (UIT)

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4.48 / 5 based on 19 reviews
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Andreas F
Albert-Ludwigs-Universtńt Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
as well as history and politics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
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: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Well, everybody can find something! My favorite places the Studenthouse DRIV (cheap food and many different "events"), Cafe Paletten (to play chess, drink Cafe au Lait and watch football on big screen), Cafe Aunegarden (to drink cafe and eat cake), the Hurtigruten ships (they stay in Troms° everyday between 14:30 and 18:00, and you can drink and eat there, breathtaking). Alfheim Stadium (top football at 70 degrees North) ... There are many more places to mention, but I don't have the time.
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Andreas F
Albert-Ludwigs-Universtńt Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
as well as history and politics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I lived in a house at Stakkevollan which is about 20 minutes to university and 60 minutes to "downtown". The accomodation was superb, I didn't miss anything, and the costs for it were absolutely OK.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Of course not all student hostels/homes are like mine, there are actually two or three I wouldn't like to live, but you can change your accomodation if you want. Compared to my experiences in Germany accomodation was much better in Troms°.
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Andreas F
Albert-Ludwigs-Universtńt Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
as well as history and politics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Easy question! Norway is the most expensive country in the world, but I knew this before, and I dealt well with it. If you want you can work besides your studies, and then you deal even better. Of course you might run into problems (as some friends did) when you are used to regular drinking and smoking.
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Housing, Overall, Travel, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone:
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
Yes! Don't drink, don't smoke, don't buy meat too often, then you should do fine. It's hard to have the same standard of living in Norway as in Central Europe, when you want to live cheap.
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Andreas F
Albert-Ludwigs-Universtńt Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
as well as history and politics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: Norwegian
Was learning Norwegian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Norwegian
How much did you improve your Norwegian?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Primarily I came to Norway to increase my knowledgt of my Norwegian (one of my main studies at home), but the Arctic Norway course, which is taught in English changed this a bit. Anyway my Norwegian increased as well, primarily outside classes
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Andreas F
Albert-Ludwigs-Universtńt Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
as well as history and politics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
No, I got plenty of information before, and the guys from International Office and Social Office were brilliant (watch out for that Information Week!).
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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
4
Costs
1
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I recommend it strongly, I loved it. But I'm not everybody. Troms° is located at 70 degrees north, a place with fantastic nature, close to wilderness and so on. "Big city people" who are not into that, might have problems to cope with this. If not you will enjoy the year of your life!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
If you have more questions ask me!
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Andreas F
Albert-Ludwigs-Universtńt Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
as well as history and politics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
I can recommend the course "Arctic Norway" (in English), which is a brilliant mixture of (Northern) Norwegian history, social anthropology and politics. I even got an idea about my thesis there. There was nothing missing at that course. The course "Norwegian for foreigners" is recommended for people who want to learn more about the language, not to learn the language. For those the evening courses are highly recommended.
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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, I think the system here is more efficient as the one I'm used to from home. Had nothing to complain about.
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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