I am in my 6th year of a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts program. This is my second exchange and it’s still one of the best experiences of my life! The friends I made I will keep for life.
I've just spent 7 months at the University of Oslo in Norway, a country that could not be more different from Australia. I arrived in mid-Winter to a world of white snow and spent my free-time cross-country skiing, the nation’s favourite pastime.

Norway is one of those strange countries where everything is perfect. Actually perfect. Every Norwegian seems to speak better English than you do. Public transport runs often and always on time. The place is immaculately clean and the countryside boasts some of the world's best scenery. The only bad thing about Oslo is that it’s one of the most expensive cities in the world. However living in Oslo can be quite affordable as long as you know where to shop, what brands to buy and where to go – in fact you could be living cheaper than you would in Australia.

The University of Oslo offers an extensive range of international law courses in English taken by lecturers from all over Europe. The workload for a subject is more or less the same as UQ, but luckily a full time student in Norway only has to take three subjects instead of four.

5 Tips for Oslo

  • Accommodation – Once you get accepted, the University of Oslo will get you in touch with student residences. Make sure you choose Sogn or Krinsjå student village. It's where all your friends will be, guaranteed.
  • Food – Eat LOTS of salmon! It's world famous, delicious, healthy and the cheapest meat you’ll get in Norway.
  • Groceries – Buy all your fruit and vege from the suburb Grønland. It's not far to get to and it's about 1/3 of the price you'd pay at a normal Norwegian supermarket.
  • Skiing – You can rent cross-country skis for the entire winter season for $50 from the University Sports centre. The cross-country ski tracks are literally up the road from Sogn and Kringsjå student village and you can go as often as you like. You'll find that in winter, every Norwegian will be out in skis on the weekends.
  • Meeting Norwegians – Norwegians are notoriously shy to international students so the only way to make friends with them is to join student societies. Even the Norwegians will tell you that when you arrive for orientation.

 

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