Being an international student can be great! Making friends, going out, being free. At the same time, you should not forget that you are abroad to study. It is important that you are aware of the following:
Freedom and responsibility
Norwegian students enjoy great independence. Attendance in class is not always compulsory, but students do have to hand in their assessments/essays on time.
In addition to classes, seminars, and group work, students study at campus or at home and prepare independently for exams. They make use of learning resources such as the library, Canvas, et cetera. VID encourages students to start early and study regularly throughout the semester in order to be well prepared for exams.
VID believes in an informal study environment. Small seminars and working groups are essential parts of the study programs. Additionally, in Norway, people generally call each other by their first name. You should not be surprised to share lunch with a professor or a member of the staff. Norwegians are informal, easy going, transactional, and direct.
At VID, we emphasize mutual respect between students and staff. Ways of showing respect for each other include not disrupting the professors when they are lecturing, listening to fellow students when they talk, and always switching off mobile phones during lectures and in study rooms.
VID promotes and protects academic freedom, debate based on explanations and understanding, and academic values such as critical thinking, openness, and reflection. Students are encouraged to participate actively in scholarly and social debates. As a student, you should be well-organized and prepared for your lectures/tutorials.
Read all the necessary materials in advance in order to be able to participate in discussions with your teacher. Get involved and ask questions. Do not feel intimidated. Approach your advisors or teachers to discuss your concerns. They are there to help you.