Wanting to make a difference
Not really knowing what awaited her, slovenian medical student Urša Moze decided to study at the University of Bergen, and discovered meaningful learning objectives and a new way of studying.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Bergen?
- I decided to study at the University of Bergen because of the possibility of doing both Gynaecology and Paediatrics in English as well as the fact that the curriculum of both matches the one from my faculty, so both of the exams will be accepted at my home faculty.
Another thing is because I wished to experience life in Scandinavian countries, as well as the natural surroundings and outdoor activities.
How have you been received here?
- I have been received really well here. The introductory week is very helpful and provides you with all the information you need. You also get to know other exchange students with interests similar to yours. Also, various student organizations are presented and you can participate in their events or you can join them.
I think everyone can find something that suits them, and get involved in activities they enjoy in their home countries. For example I find it really easy to do sports here. I also became a volunteer at Kvarteret and met a lot of new, interesting people.
What is your impression of Bergen compared to what you expected?
- My impression of Bergen is really good so far. I didn`t really have a definite picture of how it might be when I came here, because I am the first person from my faculty that is doing an Erasmus exchange in Bergen.
What are the main differences between your home country and Norway in terms of being a student?
-The main differences are prices, and because of my limited scholarship I really have to be careful how I spend my money. The only thing I think is more accessible here than at home are sport centres and the variety of sports activities offered.
In your opinion, what is the most important academic outcome you have gained from your time in Bergen?
- I think the most important academic outcome is the learning objective in Paediatrics and Gynaecology which is, in a way, different from the one we have at my faculty at home. I think it is more effective to study with this goal in mind, and I will continue studying that way at home too, although it may mean that I won`t get really good grades as a result. But at least I will have more practical knowledge and less meaningless information in my head.
What are your future plans?
- My future plan is first to finish the programme in my home faculty and hopefully to get a chance to do some practice through another exchange abroad. Then I wish to specialise in my home country and finally practice medicine somewhere in Slovenia. That way maybe I can make a difference in our not really brilliant health system, or at least make things better for the people from my city. You know what they say: “Think globally, act locally”.