Being an international student in Oslo, Norway

Written By: Giulia Berardinetti

Are you a student?

Are you living outside your home country?

Well, don’t worry… you are not alone!

I want to share with you, my personal experience being a new international student at BI Business school in Oslo moving from the eternal city: Rome.

Going back to the moment when I discovered I was going to spend my last year of university at BI, I received the email while I was driving with one of my best friends, I couldn’t have asked a better person to share this moment with.

The tension when I was scrolling down the page was so intense I thought I would never find out the results… when I finally read my student ID in the top 5 admitted, I just started screaming and laughing like never before.

Needless to say everyone’s reaction for my success was a mixture of happiness, proudness and also sadness for being apart, especially for my boyfriend.

The following months just flew by really fast and the idea of moving into the cold Oslo started to catch up with me.

I was spending my vacation in my little and sunny hometown near Rome, with all my closest and oldest friends… and the idea of leaving everyone behind for something new and unknown, kind of scared me.

I felt like I had a battle between my competitive, ambitious and committed self and the little girl inside me, comfortable in her own bubble.

Of course, the former side won. My future was more important than anything else and with the amazing support team that I had in my family and within my friends,

I knew that I was ready for this life changing experience.

I mean, how many people can say that they are studying in one of the best universities in the world, receiving a double degree, living abroad in Norway for one year and, most importantly, proving everyone what their worth?

Well, I am very lucky for this opportunity even if I am very aware that nothing comes without sacrifice and dedication but, come on, this is what studying abroad is all about!

We need to improve ourselves, learn new things, make new friends and grow…

Grow as students but mostly as human beings.

My idea about studying abroad is very well shared amongst other students in my same situation, in fact when I asked to some of my colleagues what were the factors that pushed them to study abroad some of the answers were:



“..I was thinking about doing something that could get me away from my comfort zone…”
Alicia Lopez- Spanish student in Oslo






“I believe that there are a lot of things that you aren’t able to learn and experience unless you don’t challenge yourself and live in another country for a while.”
Carolina Linkowski -American student in Oslo





In addition to all this, you could always experience something really special like I did… join AIESEC!

I decided to challenge myself even more and become part of this great and wonderful family, which, thanks to the passion of its members, works toward personal improvement and development of new leaders. This team has given me the opportunity to meet new friends and learn new skills at the same time.

Don’t be afraid to change, grow and put yourself out there…

study abroad, build your CV and come to Norway!

AIESEC is waiting for you!

Learn more about us,

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