Courtney - University of Oslo

B Biomedical Science
Semester 2, 2014

Academic Experiences:

Studying in Norway was quite different to here at UQ. I studied three courses over there; physiology, genetics and Norwegian. The language course was great and I would recommend it to anyone that goes over to Oslo (ask for Astrid as your teacher!). 

The science courses were okay, a little more unorganised than I'm used to here so if they’re not necessary for credit I would choose something else.

Personal Experiences

After spending so much time abroad there are too many "experiences" to count. Of all the things I saw and places I visited the people were by far the highlight.  Without them none of the time I spent overseas would've been the same. I made some of the best friends at my host university from all over Europe (and the rest of the world). These are people I know I can count on for the rest of my life.


I lived off campus technically but in student housing supplied by the university (actually some of the old winter Olympic villages). Sogn and Kringså are the two main villages for exchange students in Oslo and both are great. Sogn's T-bane (metro) station has more lines running to it, while Kringså has only one. But Kringså is closer to the lake and a lot bigger. Honestly, either are fine and I would go for these rather than organising your own accommodation - Oslo is expensive!


Again, Oslo is expensive, there's no way around it. Coming from Australia the difference isn't too bad but for the others from the rest of Europe Norway's prices were almost unbelievable. Rent and transport isn't too bad (always ask for your student discount on any form of public transport). The rest is expensive but it's definitely doable. For food Grønland (a fruit and veg market and store) will be your best friend and just make sure to buy the majority of your winter clothes before you head up there.

Academic Development and Employability 

I don't see how going on exchange could do anything but enhance anyone’s academic development or employability. My time overseas taught me things I could never have learned in any lecture theatre and the skills I gained can only advance me in my job opportunities.


There is honestly no single highlight of my experience. The exchange overall was the highlight!

Top Tips

Don't consider, just go. With all the help offered by the university and the government with the OS-HELP loan there's really no reason not to.  It can only bring growth and good things.