Comment: Why did I come to study at BI?

This letter is written by BI-student and member of SBIO Business SocietyBecky Yihui Wu, from China. 

Photo: Aleksander Storsveen

I came from a city where the population is 4.6 times larger than the whole population of Norway, and approximately at a 5,025-mile distance, costing one at least 13 hours of flight.

People tend to be curious about why I chose to study in Norway. Specifically at BI instead of following the prevalent trait of my counterparts in China to go to North-America or the UK to do the undergraduate degree. Although it would be hard-pressed for me to give a concrete answer representing most Chinese students, I feel glad to share my personal opinion.

Since studying abroad was my dream, and seeking to be more independent from my family, I started to look for a country to spend some of my student life. And why BI was my final choice? My first knowledge of BI came from some shared posts by a few of my friends who attended a summer exhange program to BI. Fascinated by the modern architecture of the Oslo campus, I felt hard-pressed to believe that it was a business school rather than a top company. Driven by my curiosity about this school, as well as the remote country, I began to do some online research on BI. The result turned out to be awe-inspiring. Guaranteed with triple accreditations, the quality of BI’s education signifies both promise and opportunities for my self-development. At the same time, having completed some of my undergraduate courses of study at my home university, it lead me to ask myself; what should a business student be?

Reminiscing on the past two years, I realised that what I have learned mostly is only the intangible business-related theory. This instead of the practical skills which can hardly make me stand out from the future job market competition. Different from most universities, BI is specialised in business which means there are adequate opportunities to apply academic knowledge to real-world problems. After exploring BI’s social media accounts, I found that loads of domestic and multinational companies seem to have large interest in sponsoring some internal events and competitions as well as hiring the graduates. In a broader scope, as one of the richest country among the world, Norway has the robust potential of absorbing cross-country investment, increasing foreign trade and creating more startups.

Compared to some othernpopular studying destinations, Norway is known as a safe and highly productive society. Further, people here has a high average education level, which means even if I don’t understand any Norwegian language, it would not be a problem for me to communicate with locals.

Coming back to the programmes BI offer to the international students, it’s BBA-program seems to be a platform tailored for international business students who pursue to keep an open-mind and have their feet within the financial industry. Also for students with an aspiration to expand their social network around the world and gain the ability to be able to work with people from multiple cultural background.

Having studied here for almost two semesters, even though I got some cultural shocks at first, I have never felt regretful about my decision.

Check out Inside’s reasons to study at BI in the podcast below! (Norwegian Only)

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