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International students flock to the University of Oslo. The University of Oslo ranks among Europe’s leading universities in Europe and provide many activities for students. Many international students came to study in the oldest and largest university in Norway this year. Founded in 1811, the University of Oslo (UiO) currently has almost 30,000 students and a staff of 5,600. There are more than 800 courses of study at all levels and 40 master’s degree programmes available in English. Consequently, there are more than 100 different nationalities represented on campus. Nearly 1,000 international students came to the university last year.

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International students flock to the University of Oslo

Published on Tuesday, 31st August, 2010 at 12:44 under the entertainment category, by Inez Dawczyk.

The University of Oslo ranks among Europe’s leading universities in Europe and provide many activities for students. Many international students came to study in the oldest and largest university in Norway this year.

University of Oslo Library
University of Oslo Library
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Possibilities

Founded in 1811, the University of Oslo (UiO) currently has almost 30,000 students and a staff of 5,600.

There are more than 800 courses of study at all levels and 40 master’s degree programmes available in English. Consequently, there are more than 100 different nationalities represented on campus. Nearly 1,000 international students came to the university last year.

Foreign students can take a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, join the exchange programme with institutions UiO has a bilateral agreement with, or take part in the Quota Scheme for applicants from Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet States, and developing countries.

Social inclusion

But there is always a lot more to being a student than just studying. The university has also got a rich and wide social and cultural life.

More than 250 active student associations, societies and organizations are available, and every faculty has got own social club with many activities.

Some of the most famous are the ISU (International Student Union), an independent and non-profit organization which organises various academic and social activities.

There is a buddy group led by Buddy, an experienced student who has taken on the responsibility of introducing newcomers to the university,

An international coffee-hour meeting takes place every Friday, and there is also a Language Tandem, where two students with different native languages communicate together as a pair to teach one another their mother tongue.

The Foreigner asked some students what made them want to study at the University of Oslo in particular.

Nancy from China
Nancy from China
Nancy from China
Inez Dawczyk/The Foreigner
“I have chose this university as it has got a good reputation and some rank it as being one of the best in Europe. I was also interested in Scandinavia, and have always wanted come to the capital of Norway.

“I am keen to participate in some student activities like the Buddy group and to go on a few tours through the city with other international students.”

Eve from France
Eve from France
Eve from France
Inez Dawczyk/The Foreigner
“The level of higher education here is much better than in France, so I guess that was the main reason for me making up my mind to study here. I also could to improve my English.

“I enjoy many activities, which makes me think that the world is smaller than I used to believe. I have the opportunity to hang out with many other nations here.”

Ngally from Gambia
Ngally from Gambia
Ngally from Gambia
Inez Dawczyk/The Foreigner
“I come from Africa where everything is much more complicated, and I believe that this university can help me to find a good job in the future. I’ve seen some Gambian students who have returned from Norway, and it has benefitted them.

They encouraged me to come here as part of the Quota Scheme program. The best thing here, which I really adore, is that people have got a time to listen you. It is a very important issue.”

Lin Chen from China
Lin Chen from China
Lin Chen from China
Inez Dawczyk/The Foreigner
“I love that students have such freedom at the university. For example, I have my background in computer science and now I study something new. I didn’t need to follow my background studies like we have to in China. I just got an opportunity to study a new course and grab new knowledge.

I think it is a beautiful university. There are so many nice people around and lots of activities for international students.”



Published on Tuesday, 31st August, 2010 at 12:44 under the entertainment category, by Inez Dawczyk.

This post has the following tags: university, oslo, students, study, international, work, social, organisations, .





  
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