The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) <ul><li>Exchange to Ås, Norway, Fall 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah Morrison...
My perspective <ul><li>Five months outside of Oslo, Norway </li></ul><ul><li>Economics student, focused on academics, in a...
Affording Norway <ul><li>Norwegian Kroner: one of the most overvalued currencies in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Norway: co...
Average Costs <ul><li>Train from Ås to Oslo: $10 </li></ul><ul><li>Main course in restaurant: $30 </li></ul><ul><li>Bank F...
Food <ul><li>… Or, how living in Norway taught me how to cook… </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of food </li></ul><ul><li>Eating out...
Academics at UMB <ul><li>Small, rural campus </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller classes, more interaction  </li></ul><ul><li>with p...
Development & Resource Economics <ul><li>Two-year Master’s program </li></ul><ul><li>Small and very diverse class </li></u...
Development & Resource Economics <ul><li>First-year: </li></ul><ul><li>Required economics courses </li></ul><ul><li>Summer...
Keeping my nose to the grindstone….
The Bad <ul><li>The bureaucracy </li></ul><ul><li>The isolation (UMB and Norway) </li></ul><ul><li>The dark, dark winters!...
The Good <ul><li>Norwegians! </li></ul><ul><li>Ugandans! And everyone in the DRE program! </li></ul><ul><li>Academic envir...
In Conclusion… <ul><li>I enjoyed Norway.  </li></ul><ul><li>The Norwegians I met were very friendly. </li></ul><ul><li>It ...
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  1. 1. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) <ul><li>Exchange to Ås, Norway, Fall 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah Morrison </li></ul><ul><li>Global Resource Systems presentation, March 2006 </li></ul>
  2. 2. My perspective <ul><li>Five months outside of Oslo, Norway </li></ul><ul><li>Economics student, focused on academics, in a program with mostly non-Norwegian students </li></ul><ul><li>Connections to home; serious phone bill </li></ul><ul><li>My presentation will focus on finances and academics </li></ul>
  3. 3. Affording Norway <ul><li>Norwegian Kroner: one of the most overvalued currencies in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Norway: commonly ranked the most expensive country in the world to live. </li></ul><ul><li>Average salary: $34,000 GBP: over $70,000 Canadian. </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum wage: 100 NOK/hour (about $20) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Average Costs <ul><li>Train from Ås to Oslo: $10 </li></ul><ul><li>Main course in restaurant: $30 </li></ul><ul><li>Bank Fees: $10-20 </li></ul><ul><li>McDonald’s Happy Meal $8 </li></ul><ul><li>Drink at a bar: $8-11 </li></ul><ul><li>Bottle of wine: $14-20 </li></ul><ul><li>Latte: $7 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Food <ul><li>… Or, how living in Norway taught me how to cook… </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of food </li></ul><ul><li>Eating out vs. Eating in </li></ul><ul><li>Local Specialities: lutefisk and waffles </li></ul>
  6. 6. Academics at UMB <ul><li>Small, rural campus </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller classes, more interaction </li></ul><ul><li>with professors </li></ul><ul><li>Marking based on group projects, </li></ul><ul><li>midterms, oral exams, final exams </li></ul><ul><li>Courses offered in English and </li></ul><ul><li>Norwegian </li></ul><ul><li>Two-year Master’s programs in English in Agroecology, Aquaculture, Development & Resource Economics, Development Studies, Feed Manufacturing, Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture, & Tropical Ecology and the Management of Natural Resources. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Development & Resource Economics <ul><li>Two-year Master’s program </li></ul><ul><li>Small and very diverse class </li></ul><ul><li>6-week field study for thesis research </li></ul><ul><li>Strong emphasis on research in Africa </li></ul>
  8. 8. Development & Resource Economics <ul><li>First-year: </li></ul><ul><li>Required economics courses </li></ul><ul><li>Summer: </li></ul><ul><li>Field School </li></ul><ul><li>Second-year: </li></ul><ul><li>Elective courses and thesis (second term) </li></ul><ul><li>Classes I took: </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediate Microeconomics </li></ul><ul><li>Econometrics </li></ul><ul><li>International Economics </li></ul>
  9. 9. Keeping my nose to the grindstone….
  10. 10. The Bad <ul><li>The bureaucracy </li></ul><ul><li>The isolation (UMB and Norway) </li></ul><ul><li>The dark, dark winters! </li></ul><ul><li>The cost! </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Good <ul><li>Norwegians! </li></ul><ul><li>Ugandans! And everyone in the DRE program! </li></ul><ul><li>Academic environment </li></ul><ul><li>Library </li></ul><ul><li>Proximity to cows, nature </li></ul><ul><li>Jam. </li></ul>
  12. 12. In Conclusion… <ul><li>I enjoyed Norway. </li></ul><ul><li>The Norwegians I met were very friendly. </li></ul><ul><li>It is expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>I wish I’d spent less time </li></ul><ul><li>on school and more time </li></ul><ul><li>travelling. </li></ul><ul><li>I am glad I learned to </li></ul><ul><li>cook. </li></ul>

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