Student exchange on the rise

A gratifying increase has been noted by the University of Stavanger (UiS) in the number of students seeking to study abroad, with 202 applying for the 2013-14 academic year.

The UiS has opened many opportunities for its students by securing agreements on exchanges with higher education institutions in the Nordic region, Europe and beyond.

Although the figures show a rise in interest, the number of UiS students studying abroad declined in the past two years. A total of 129 students were on such exchanges in 2011 and 152 in 2012, compared with 182 in 2010.

The international office at UiS has worked purposefully – and with success – to increase the number of applications. They are expected to be up by 40 per cent this year.

Hege Rosså, senior coordinator at the international office, believes that a clearer website and frequent information meetings are particular reasons for the increase.

“Our student website now highlights where students can travel on their programme,” she explains. “And we’ve created our own Facebook page, with a good response. That’s to boost applications.

“Our new slogan on the banner which hangs in Kitty Kielland House may also have had an effect. It reads ‘Challenge. Explore. Exchange – Out into the world with the UiS’.”

While the majority of applicants want to go to Australia or the USA, Rosså also works to persuade more students to seize the opportunity to travel in the Nordic region and the rest of Europe.

“You don’t need to travel far to enjoy a valuable exchange experience,” she points out. “In addition to support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, students can secure supplementary grants when they take advantage of agreements within Europe.”

Photo of signpost pointing to many different countries

The UiS has agreements with many universities abroad.