Go to Norway, meet the world. Past Review

By (Studio Arts, International Studies, Presbyterian College) - abroad from 01/15/2012 to 07/15/2012 with

Lillehammer University College: Lillehammer - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Friends and connections for life, Travel skills, More independence, Langauge skills, Amazing memories....It was definitely worthwhile. The best, and most enriching, time of my life.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Cooked all my own food, so it depends entirely on the person!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You have to be very involved to tap into Norwegian culture, as Norwegians can be very shy to foreigners at first.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Never had any reason to seek health care or medical assisstance.

* Safety:

Lillehammer (and almost all of Norway for that matter) is a VERY safe environment!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Norway is VERY expensive. It is possible to save a lot of money by doing certain things and live relatively cheaply, but money can disappear very quickly in Norway!

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100/more
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy groceries from student chains like Kiwi; Don't eat out; Buy mini-pris tickets when travelling (book far in advance); Drink at home not at the bar, Buy weekly or monthly passes whenever possible, etc....


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Ask others to practice it with you. As most Norwegians speak English, it is easy to not practice unless you make a conscious effort.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Living in a completely different culture and becoming a part of it
  • Outdoor activities and excursions throughout Norway
  • Making great friends and connections from around the world
* What could be improved?
  • Scholarship and financial assistance for the program.
  • Organization of the preparation processes (attaining visa, etc..)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much it would cost.