Not Ready to Leave
-My overall experience in Norway has been so great that I don’t think I’m ready to go back to Australia just yet!
-I wanted to study overseas after my bachelor’s degree and gain experience from an international institution. The University of Bergen offered a programme in Environmental Toxicology which sounded exciting and closer to my interests compared to what was offered in Australia.
Bergen also looked like a rather scenic city with plenty of outdoor space, so I thought it would make the perfect home for a budding biologist.
Friends for Life
-Within the first fortnight of moving to Bergen, I was introduced to other master’s students at the introductory programme meeting for biology. The people I first met there have become lifelong friends. One friend even invited me back home to spend Christmas with his family, to whom I am very thankful.
Daniel read a lot about Norway and its culture before moving here, so he did have some idea of what to expect, and was even ready for the rain and the higher living costs:
- But I remember being surprised at how small the city was and how quickly one could walk from one end to the other.
-As a student in Norway, applying for student accommodation is much easier. There are also fewer students enrolled at the University of Bergen than in Australia, so class sizes are smaller here. And because there are fewer students, it’s much easier to seek help about subject registration and other matters relating to your studies.
- What I like about the master’s programmes in Bergen is that you improve academically through coursework and also technically through research. I have been able to enrol in courses that have given me breadth and allowed me to look at science in a broader context.
Daniel has enjoyed performing research as a master’s student and also enjoyed living in Norway:
-I have been thinking about applying for a PhD position here if a position becomes available. My overall experience in Norway has been so great that I don’t think I’m ready to go back to Australia just yet!