Sandra from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Sandra Leutner studies Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. Autumn 2014 she was an exchange student in Bergen.
How would you describe your experiences with the University of Bergen?
I had really good experiences with the University of Bergen. There was always somebody available when I needed help and everybody was very friendly. Furthermore, I liked the structure of the courses, as you didn't have to learn everything at the end of the semester, but also during the semester.
What is your experiences with the courses you took?
I studied two courses in Bergen:
- NOR-U2 Norwegian Language and Culture for Foreign Language Students, level 2
- SAS8-GEO Scancinavian Area Studies: Geography - Environment and Society
I could improve my Norwegian language skills a lot. And also Scandinavian Area Studies was helpful to understand the scandinavian culture and nature. Some SAS-lectures were in my opinion not very demanding for geographers, but that's probably, because there are also a lot non-geographers who are taking the course.
How did you experience to study and live in Bergen and Norway?
I enjoyed my stay in Norway a lot. The possibilities for outdoor activties were amazing and this made a huge part of my stay, as we went hiking very often. And all in all living in Norway is very enjoyable. The people are always friendly and helpful and the whole atmosphere allows a good life in Norway. The same goes for studying there. The atmosphere in the university was always good and study-supporting.
Would you recommend other exchange students to study in Bergen?
Definitely! Bergen is a great student city. It's not too small and not too big and it has a lot to offer, like hiking possibilities directly around Bergen, but also cultural offers, like local festivities or museums.