Exchange Education in Norway Under the Erasmus+ Program

USTU first-year graduate student in Management, Nikita Degtev took part in the Erasmus+ Academic Mobility Programю From January to June 2019 he studied at the North University (Tromso, Norway). It became possible due to the agreement between the USTU and Nord University.

Returning, the participant shared his impressions and experience, highlighting some of the features that distinguish Norwegian Education from Russian Higher Education.

Here are the most important differences:

  • “Emphasis on independence. We attended classes 2-3 days a week for 3-4 hours or even less. The University has a comfortable library which is a very popular place among Norwegian students: it was difficult to find a free place."
  • "Group work. During the semester I had two groups (3-4 students), all of us prepared projects and prepared for exams."
  • "Less formal communication with the teacher. Sometimes teachers asked if they presented information in an understandable manner and asked to say if something was wrong for us in the course of the lessons. It is also considered normal to ask the teacher to take a break."
  • "No bells. The teacher himself decides when to take a break. Usually we took a break every 45 minutes of the lecture."
  • "Guest lecturers. Experienced managers from the Oil and Gas Industry, such as the CEO of RN Nordic Oil, read lectures repeatedly."
  • "Examinations. In three of the four disciplines, our assessment was made up of:

1. writing individual or group work - 40% of the final grade
2. passing the exam in the presence of examiners at the computer or in writing - 60% of the final grade."

"Norway has a six-point grading system - from A to F. Thus, having received the written exam C (60%), and for group / individual work A (40%), the final grade was B. In addition , during the semester we passed the work, which was an admission to the exam. The main part of the exam was held in the presence of examiners in large rooms (gyms). Each student had an individual table, and the examiners walked between the tables and monitored the work independence. It is strict: if a student is caught in an attempt to write off (even if the phone just rings in his pocket), he is suspended from retake the discipline for two years. ”