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Anouk at the University of Oslo

Pre-departure:

The University of Oslo (Uio) offers an annual summer school in comparative social sciences for PhD students (www.sv.uio.no). The summer school was recommended to me by two PhD psychology students (Lorenza and Rizwana). My PhD research utilises mixed methods to address career adaptability processes, and I had encountered challenges I wanted to gain clarity about. Furthermore, I was keen to connect with PhD candidates and to gain research skills in an international learning environment. Therefore, when I heard about the mixed methods course by Prof. Gobo at the summer school

Picture with Royal Guard
Picture with Royal Guard

in Oslo, I immediately applied. Receiving the PGIO travel bursary allowed me to purchase my ticket. My course fees were waivered because of the partnership that Stellenbosch University (SU) and Uio have. In addition, the NRF awarded me a travel grant which allowed me to afford the extra costs, such as accommodation and food. SU has many international partnerships, so a lot of time is involved in planning a trip.

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Anna-Marie’s Semester in Oslo

Pre-departure:

I was very excited to know that my exchange plans were becoming a reality! I waited quite long for the admission letter from UiO, and so my flight ticket was a bit more expensive than I would have liked. Maybe this was also just a fact of the time of year – I flew just after Christmas. I am very fortunate to be well-travelled so the flights and train rides were not stressful at all. I needed to be in Oslo by the 12th of January and on the way there I visited family friends in Sweden. This was great because I borrowed bedding and other household items from them, useful savings in expensive Norway. However, I did the normal thing exchange students do – a visit to IKEA. In Oslo, there is a free bus (with wifi!) that runs quite regularly from the city centre to the IKEA.

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