Some of our exchange students in 2012:
Hi. I am Alexandru Ropota, 21 years old , from Romania. I am studying social work, actually I just finished my license exams these days, so now I have a degree in social work.
I chose to make an internship in Trondheim at Sør-Trøndelag University College, because of the Norwegian international recognized system of welfare which is one of the best systems in Europe. My experience at HiST was much better and useful than I expected. First of all, I learned a lot of new things about welfare systems, programs and projects, which I certainly will use in my future activities in this field. Here, at HiST, I met really great persons, teachers and supervisors, which helped us and made everything to make our staying in Norway as easy and nice as possibly. Now, it is almost two months since I left from Norway and I already miss those people.
The Student campus was a beautiful place where I met a lot of friendly students from different countries. With some of them I became friend and I am looking forward to meet them again.
I am glad that I had the chance to meet really great people, to make international friends, to see another culture, to learn new things and expand my professional competence in the social work field – all of this in Norway, at Sør-Trøndelag University College. Thank you for this great experience.
Esther (22) from Paris, France
My name is Esther. I am 22 and I come from Paris, France. I went to Trondheim on August 2011. Before you go to another country, you always have some stress and fear. HIST had made its best to erase all these fears in organizing our arrival, at the campus as well as in the city. We had the opportunity to visit the ski jumping area, the town Røros, a mine, museums, a salmon farm and much more. Our teachers were very comprehensive and patient. It was very useful to be in groups with Norwegian students in some classes, and so interesting to discover another culture. I had chosen to learn Norwegian, and today back home, I miss the Norwegian language and Norway! A great, essential, experience, that is worth to be living!
Azem (23) from Bosnia
My name is Azem Bašic, I am 23 years old and I live in Bosnia. I am a student of food technology at Tuzla University. In April this year, thanks to the cooperation between Tuzla University and HIST, I had the chance to visit Norway. The reasons of my visit were scientifically, since I had at HIST the resources and opportunities to finish my bachelor's thesis. Due the great help of my professors I finished my research in time. After 36 days in Norway, I was very impressed of Norway as a country. Here I met many friendly people and gained a great deal of experience. So I recommend every student, who have the chance to visit Norway, to do so. Norway is a beautiful country with kind people and great opportunities.
David (21) from Austria
My name is David Patsch and I am 21 years old. I am from Austria and studied at HIST in Trondheim for the last five months. This was in course of the Erasmus exchange program and I could finish one whole semester in Norway. My subjects were English and physical education. As I am studying the same two subjects at my home university in Austria, it was excellent for me to have the same subjects in Norway as well. This was one of the main reasons why I decided to go to Norway. Furthermore, I have a fascination for the nature, people, culture and not at least the very special climate in Scandinavia in general. These aspects also influenced my decision in a way. The way of teaching at HIST was very similar to the way at my home university. Especially in physical education, we did lots of outdoor activities, which was a very special experience. Both the English and the sports classes were great fun and of course I also learned a lot. The teachers were very cheerful and friendly. Apart from the life at the university, there was a lot to do in Norway. Due to the fact, that I live at the international student village in Moholt, it was quite easy to make friends. The housing together with three other students was brilliant and a good possibility to get to know new cultures and ways of living. Apart from the housing, there was a great variety of leisure activities to do in the free time including skiing, hiking, partying, sledging and a lot more.
There would be so much to tell about my stay in Trondheim, but as the text should not be too long I would just recommend all those students, who consider to go to Norway, just to do it and to enjoy the beautiful North.
Ana (23) from Portugal
My name is Ana, I’m from Portugal, I studied Occupational Therapy (OT). I always wanted to have an experience abroad in order to get in touch with different cultures and increase my knowledge about my profession and its worldwide practices.
Norway always fascinated me, so I was very excited to discover that I was going to Trondheim. I’ve been there for 3 months and I did an internship in a psychiatric hospital. I’ve also had Norwegian classes and plenty of time to have fun and travel.
I found Norway highly developed as a country and Trondheim a great place to study, I’ve learned a lot during my stay. Learning that now I can apply in practice as an OT. All the teachers at HIST and internship advisors were very friendly and kind and always found time to teach and explain me everything I asked for.
Norway also offers you plenty of natural beauty and breath taking landscapes, I’d love to hike in the green mountains, swim in the lakes, travel through the fjords, see the midnight sun and the northern lights.
I strongly recommend Trondheim as a place to study; it was an experience of a life time that I’ll never forget.
Harry (22) from Vaasa, Finland
Hi! I'm Harry Storm, 22 years old and a former Finnish exchange student at HiST. I'm a student in Electrical Engineering and therefore I studied Electrical Power Engineering at HiST. My time as an exchange student at HiST took place in the spring semester 2012 and it became an interesting, rewarding and an overall wonderful experience, that’s why I now want to share some of my experiences with you! Everything started with that I wanted to go abroad as an exchange student. After some searching on the internet and when reading host institutions webpages I found that Sør-Trøndelag University College seemed like interesting for me and I sent my application for student exchange. The application procedure to HiST was easy and HiST took care of the housing which I really appreciated. I got a housing at Moholt student village, which is the biggest student village in Trondheim and I lived together with 3 other students which was a very good opportunity to become familiar with other cultures. At Moholt student village it was also easy to get friends from all activity that was arranged there. HiST also arranges an interesting Norwegian language course for exchange students.
After this experience I have also became a popular student among the major energy companies in my home town and this experience has helped me a lot in job interviews and when applying for jobs. I can warmly recommend HiST and Trondheim as an exchange destination. For example Erasmus Student Network also organizes a lot of activity for all exchange students in Trondheim. This was surely a great moment in my life. Exchange students will also have also a lot of benefits from this later in their lives, for example when applying for jobs. So decide to go as an exchange student, this will surely be a great moment in your life, and you will not be disappointed!
My name is Edi Mahovac from Bosnia and I am 23 years old. I am studying at the Faculty of Technology in the Department of Food Technology at the University of Tuzla. In connection with the EDUFOOD project i came to Trondheim to write my thesis. In Trondheim I lived in the student village Moholt. I met there a lot of other students from all around the world, for instance students from Serbia, Vietnam, Korea, Germany and Azerbaijan.Together we had various parties, and we enjoyed meeting all together. Every night we were in “Aktivitetshus”
where we hung out and played together on various games. I am glad that I was one of the students who had the opportunity to go to Trondheim and work with my thesis there. Trondheim is a nice city and felt very safe. The people in Trondheim are very hospitable and friendly. I wish I could come again to Trondheim to continue with my Master studies. I hope that I will succeed in this one day. That’s it from me…Best regards.
My name is Richard Phiri and I am 43 years old. I am a Zambian citizen, a country found in the southern part of Africa. Zambia got its independence on 24th October 1964 from Britain and has currently 73 tribes of which Ngoni, where I belong to, is among the most recognised tribes. At the moment I am doing a Master’s Degree in Didactics of Mathematics. I choose HIST in order to familize myself with the methodologies offered at the institution, which will benefit my country. As a student at HiST I interacted with other students and our lecturers, who were all highly accommodating. The student housing provided an excellent accommodation in which students from other parts of the world live together as a family. Trondheim as a town has wonderful nature such as an evergreen forest, landscape with a number of mountains, fjords, rivers and lakes. During spare time, I spent some time at Åsvang Skole with the aim of learning the language and culture through interaction with both teachers and pupils. In addition, hunting and fishing were not exempted.