Free education is a unique opportunity itself.
Alina Shibanova from Russia
Bachelor in English
I am Alina Shibanova. I’m a first-year student from Russia, Murmansk region. I study at the Bachelor in English.
I heard a lot of nice things about Norway from my father. He used to work there in 90s. My first time in Norway was in 2016 as a tourist. Of course, I liked it, but I didn’t get a chance to meet and talk to people. Then, in 2018 I saw an advertisement about volunteering at Barents Spektakel in Kirkenes. It was such a cool experience. In one week, I met hundreds of interesting people, experienced wonderful atmosphere, and very good food. My second year at the festival was even better. It was in that moment that I decided to come and live in Norway. One year ago, I applied to three universities in the north, in the middle and south of Norway. I would have been happy to get to any part of Norway, but I was particularly interested in the south.
I always dreamt of living in the south since I am from north myself. I wanted new experience in my life! I was lucky to get accepted at the University of Agder.
I was amazed by the hot weather and well organised set up for new students.
It is a well structured and versatile course that examines English language from different perspectives. But since it is my first semester it is hard to say too much about it still.
It is extremely beautiful and cozy. It is way bigger than my home city, but I feel very comfortable. While participating in SiA activities I figured that the city has all kinds of leisure activities and easy access to wild nature. It even has palm trees and beaches!
I didn’t expect Norway to have palm trees! Well, I knew what to expect since I have been in Norway before, but I think people are great here. They are open and friendly, and their English language skills are great.
I would definitely mention the facilities, such as the nice and spacious classrooms, good food, friendly atmosphere, tons of activities for students and interesting lectures I had.
Free education is a unique opportunity itself. Besides, I study English and here I can practice it every day outside the classroom as well since people are so good at it in Norway. There are also many exchange students here.
It is wonderful that the University gives us the opportunity to meet other students, to get to know people from other countries, and become good friends.