Meet Raíssa, a 21-year-old international student from Brazil in the 4th year of her Bachelor’s degree. She has one more year of school to complete and then she’ll get her degree. She has spent the last year at University of Bergen as part of Science without Borders, a programme of the Brazilian government that gives the opportunity for Brazilian students to study at Universities worldwide. Get to know her below!
Photo: Raíssa Silva Hardt
Cooking, traveling, and connecting.
Cooking is my favorite hobby, one of the reasons why I worked as a volunteer at Kvarteret during this internship in Norway. It was amazing to meet people from different countries, interact with their cultures and also have a free time to have fun.
I like to interact with people sharing moments that will be pleasant to remember, such as travelling with my friends, cooking and playing some games, watching our favorite series and listening to songs.
Brazilians love being together and we also love making new friends, specially when we can show them our culture and discover theirs =)
Kvarteret. Photo: Irene Heggstad. Copyright UiB
Science without Borders
Science without Borders is a Brazilian exchange program that sends students all over the world, motivating them to improve their knowledge of English as well as in their fields of study. The aim is to bring students back to Brazil with a different experience of life that can contribute to a successful career, considering that the students will learn new skills, have a chance to do a research or internship abroad and deal with distinct cultures.
Choosing Norway and the University of Bergen
I intended to acquire knowledge on subjects related to petroleum and natural gas, well established in Norway and currently under development in Brazil, and areas of Chemistry that could complement my academic education. The University of Bergen caught my attention because it offered me great options of courses, involving Colloidal Chemistry, Radiochemistry and Petroleum and Natural Gas that could broaden my knowledge in areas which can help me to reach a good position as an engineer in the future.
The UiB experience
It was a wonderful experience! The Master courses I took these two semesters gave me opportunity to experience a higher level of education with different objectives than Bachelor’s courses, as well as new teaching skills and methods of evaluation. Good organization, infrastructure, and qualified courses are the main aspects of my experience here.
Surface and Colloid Chemistry (KJEM214) was my favorite course, mainly due to the teacher: Kristine Spildo. She knows how to gather and share ideas using interactive tools, quizzes and brilliant explanations that motivates the student to learn and understand the subjects.
Drawbacks of Bergen (inconceivable!)
I thought the winter would be worst and I’m glad it was not so cold (the lowest temperature in my hometown is around 15 Celsius degrees, then you can compare…) But the rain sucks! I knew Bergen was the rainiest city in Europe and definitely I confirmed it.
Bergen’s Dark and rainy winter… Photo: Stand Hiestand
I made some Norwegian friends working as a volunteer at Kvarteret, besides other Europeans. It was really nice! I’ll miss them.
My favorite part of the city: Bryggen. I LOVE the colorful houses and the ice cream they sell there (fantastic). Also I love the mountains. The view from there is incredible! Bergen provided me so many good memories.
Bryggen. Photo: Stand Hiestand
Travels in Norway
I went on a fjord cruise to Modalen and Rosendal. Both cities are so cute! The small villages and the fjords were so beautiful. I went on two cabin trips at Mjølfjell with Kvarteret group, during spring and winter. The contrast was shocking and the place is perfect to relax.
I took a trip to Stavanger and hiked to Preikestolen. Amazing! Kjeragbolten was impossible (lot of snow). I’m planning to go to Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten before I leave, and next week I’m finally going to Oslo.
Rosendal. Photo: Stand Hiestand
And.. would she return to the UiB or Bergen if the opportunity presented itself?
(If you don’t have your Norwegian to English dictionary handy, this means “Of course!”).