Norwegian students abroad: experiences of students from a linguistically and geographically peripheral European countryDec 20 2011
This article presents results from an exploratory survey into the experiences and viewpoints of Norwegian students abroad. The students seem highly capable in adapting to new situations, and the vast majority are very satisfied with their sojourn. They find studying abroad academically advantageous, and they put much emphasis on the social, personal, linguistic and cultural rewards they acquire in addition to professional skills. Compared to students in Norway, those studying abroad are more satisfied with their educational institution, and they put more effort into their studies. The high level of satisfaction can be interpreted as a consequence of ‘pull’ motives for studying abroad, combined with relatively low economic, academic, social, cultural and linguistic barriers.