"Exchange is one of those experiences in life that pushes you to see the world from a different perspective. It gives you the opportunity to travel to places you never thought you would see, to meet people from all different backgrounds, to better understand a culture and way of life that isn’t your own and appreciate your own place in this very big world of ours. Whilst on exchange in Norway I hiked beautiful fjords, dogsled at the Northern Lights, road-tripped Iceland and cruised to Russia. I ate reindeer for the very first time, learnt to say ‘tak’ instead of thank you and backpacked Eastern Europe in my weeks off. Most of all, I made treasured friendships and met some incredible people, who in their own way, each changed the way I viewed the world. From my experience, the words of Henry Miller rang true, ‘one’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things’. "
"The Oslo exchange was an exceptional experience and one that I highly recommend to anyone even remotely considering the possibility. It is the only opportunity for exchange in Medicine and is a terrific way to explore the world, make new friends from across Europe (and the globe!) and experience medical teaching in a whole new environment. Most importantly though, it is a great way to gain perspective on your studies and to achieve a really nice work-life balance.
Further, the travel possibilities are incredible! You get to explore Europe and visit beautiful areas you are otherwise unlikely to go! I really cannot speak more highly of the experience and urge people to approach the exchange experience with a very open mind. You won't regret it."
"I wasn’t sure what to expect of six months away from everything I knew undertaking exchange in Oslo (a place I had known nothing about before I found out about this program!). My time studying overseas was, however, one of the most worthwhile experiences I can imagine. I made an amazing group of friends from all over the world, and simply by spending time with each other we learnt so much about life in other countries.
There was ample opportunity to travel throughout Scandinavia and beyond, and being in Norway really encouraged travel to places a bit “off the beaten track”, which has now inspired me to visit a lot of other less well-established destinations. From hiking in the fjords to road tripping around Iceland to dog sledding beneath the Northern Lights, it really was unforgettable.
Exchange was entirely different to being a tourist in another country, it was everyday life-the good and the bad. Study in another country has its challenges, and it was a lot more theory based than our studies at home, but it was also good to review anatomy and histopathology to European standards. Overall I would unreservedly recommend exchange, living as a student in another country an experience you are unlikely to ever have the chance of again."
"It is one thing to travel to a country, and another to work there, but to study on exchange is quite different altogether. The exchange to Oslo is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture and meet students from all corners of the world. In addition, it is enlightening to observe the medical education and healthcare system in a different country. The paediatric and obstetrics & gynaecology program reviews basic sciences, anatomy, histopathology as well as furthering clinical skills, with small-group and lecture-style teaching from consultants and senior specialists.