Hi! I am Grégoire, an international student at UTS from France and currently on exchange in Oslo, Norway. Halfway through my bachelor of business I took the decision to go abroad (again yeah) for a semester. Not because I was bored of my life in Sydney but I was just craving for new places to explore. The last 3 months in Oslo have been really exciting and intense. The 1-semester time constraint forces you to do as much as you can! It’s pretty much the feeling you have when you start writing an assignment the night before it’s due. So I let you imagine how efficient you can be over a semester… 🙂 Continue reading “Tusen Takk Norway”
I still remember the day I arrived in Oslo like it was yesterday and quite frankly I wish it still was only yesterday.
I arrived in Oslo on NYE 2016 and after being given directions to my accommodation by a friendly Norwegian that I had met on the plane, I set about trying to enjoy the new year with some locals. Luckily enough I had met some Norwegians from UTS Intents who were more than happy to send me in the direction of their friends living in Oslo. What resulted was watching fireworks go off literally 5 metres away from you in an inner city park, before rushing to a house party where people were more than happy to share their champagne and cigars as everyone danced the night away. That was day one…
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Here’s a quick snapshot of my fist 3 weeks in Oslo
When I landed in Oslo it was dark, cold, and rainy; not a very warm welcome from the city that was to be my home for the next six months.
After a day or two when the jet lag had worn off and I had settled into the accommodation I began to realise what Norway is about. Oslo is an awesome place located at the northern tip of the Oslofjorden, a long strip of water that stretches inland from the North Sea, and surrounded by snowy, rolling mountains. The city is small compared to Sydney with roughly 600,000 people although depending on the time of day it can feel just as crowded as back home. Many of the locals do not have cars and use the super convenient public transport system which include trains, buses and the metro which makes it travel very easy.
Oslo is a funny city and the atmosphere is constantly changing. For example on Sunday’s the entire city shuts down. The only stores that are open are convenience stores and the city feels sort of like a ghost town. However during the week in comes back to life, people are buzzing all around the city even when it’s dark (4pm). It wouldn’t be uncommon to see people riding around on cross-country skis to take their dogs for a walk. Norwegians love being outside and the cold weather never seems to bother them.
So far it has been pretty full on which is been perfect and an easy way to meet new people. Some of the various events have included karaoke, bus tours, pub-crawls, hiking trips, skiing and a few free dinners that are a decent break from my crap cooking.
Probably the best thing though is there’s just over 250 exchange students who are all in the same boat. I made good friends with the people in my building and last weekend we rented a car and drove to Sweden for some cheaper shopping and a boozy lunch. For some exchange students it’s similar to home but at the end of the day everyone is here to have a good time, meet new people and hopefully get a bit of Uni done on the side.
I’m very happy with my choice in Oslo and looking forward to the next few months ahead.
Angus Cooke – 12048043
Where to start….
Norway is a breathtaking place. Scenery is beautiful, opportunities are endless, BI is an amazing university…. and Oslo is very expensive.
Since I’m only 3 weeks into my exchange I can only comment on what I have done so far.
Basically our orientation week was fantastic, we were paired with a group of Norwegian second years and shown around both Oslo and the night life together. This made for a great first impression and also provided an opportunity to get to know the Norwegians (since they’re notorious for being “unapproachable”… which btw is annoying, they are some of the most sociable people I have every come across).
As the 400 exchange students gradually got to know one another we started classes, at the moment I’m studying a handful of classes not offered at UTS and am finding all of them very interesting. I managed to get a job instantly which is good, so I am working at the local Coffee Bar as a barista approx 20 hours a week!
Im currently writing this blog at about 11pm, this morning at about 7am I was at the infamous “Trolltunga” packing up my camping equipment, this has to be one of the most memorable and unforgettable experiences iv undergone so far, we camped in conditions that test even Bear Grylls and barely survived, its the beginning of Autumn but still the temperature managed to drop below 0 leaving us in a serious predicament as ice formed in and around our tents and gale force winds and rain threatened to wipe us off the face of the cliff. Where our tent was pitched was arguably one of the most spectacular scenes iv ever come across and on that very same day I was standing at the MOST spectacular scene I had ever come across. All photo are attached.
That sums up my debut blog, depending on how things go I might end up contributing to this regularly, however in the meantime I just want to say that Norway is absolutely breathtaking and the combination of the people I’m surrounded by and the countries enormously high living standards is making this experience I’m currently undergoing completely unforgettable.
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