Janet Kong, USA

Part way through my master’s degree at the University of Houston, my professor suggested that I participate in the exchange program between our university and the University of Stavanger in Norway. My interest in UiS was twofold – one, I would get to travel and study in a different country (while earning graduate credits!), and two, I could do research that would later play a large role in my thesis.

At the time, I didn’t know that my eight months in Stavanger would be some of the most challenging and rewarding months of my graduate studies. The graduate programs in petroleum geosciences engineering at UiS push students in many different ways, from tackling projects with team members to learning different types of software used in the energy industry. These experiences, along with unique opportunities such as international field trips, link the academic world to the industrial one, and provide a strong foundation from which students can develop their future career paths.

I’m very fortunate to have studied at this well-respected university that is full of motivated students from all over the world. Stavanger is a wonderful place to study (and hike J), and anyone who is thinking about applying to UiS should go for it!