urania: (zauberpony!)
Hei hei, alle sammen! :D

First things first: this is the view from my room:


So, as you might or might not know, the air-traffic controller strike was cancelled just five hours before it was due to start which means, everthing went fine with my flight! :D

At the airport in Berlin I met a guy who studies with me and is going to oslo for five months, so that was really good against any first bouts of fright, I could have had! :)

When I arrived in Tromsø in the evening, there were people from the university waiting, I got my keys, and took the bus (the normal one from the public transportation system, nothing fancy :P) to my student hostel, together with some other exchange students I met at the airport!

In my flat (it's kinda lika a flat, 6 people sharing a kitchen and three sharing a bathroom) there is only one other guy atm, Roman, and he is soooo nice. :) Made me tea yesterday evening and gave me Russian chocolate! <3 He is from Russia but has lived in Norway for years now, so we spoke Norwegian. The other four people living here are Norwegians and still on their semester holiday. xD

And this is the view from the kitchen window. :) )

So, today was my first day of the introductory programme from the university and I already met a lot of people from all over the world - and quite a lot from Germany too, of course. :P
I really love the uni! It has such a nice campus and the buildings are kind of cute and it has a rather big bookstore in the basement which isn't even more expensive but rather cheaper than ordinary book shops. ♥

We got food and coffee and biscuits for free and I talked a lot of English today. It went... pretty well actually. xD There were a lot of things we did and listened to and now I'm just exhausted. When I came home, I first set up the Internet and Roman helped me! He's so nice! And then he even showed me the way to the next supermarket and I bought some food. I bought 18 eggs because they cost the same as 6 would have! I would never do that in Germany, but I was just overwhelmed how expensive everything really is. xD

Really good day. :3 Hope tomorrow continues that way, I am rather afraid I'll suffer from a case of serious homesickness one of these days.


Jul. 31st, 2011 08:21 pm
urania: (pissed)
Was Ausblidungsförderung angeht, ist Deutschland einfach ganz, ganz beschissen.

Ich will mich nicht übers Studieren an sich beschweren, denn das ist immerhin gratis (größtenteils), aber die ganze Bafög-Scheiße werde ich nie verstehen. >(

Ich habe Auslandsbafög beantragt, weil ja nun leider in Norwegen alles sehr viel teurer ist als hier. Ich meine, ich wusste schon, dass ich in Deutschland kein Bafög bekomme, aber ich dachte in Norwegen, wo es ungefähr doppelt so viel kostet zu leben wie in Berlin, da wäre es möglich, dass der liebe Staat mir ein paar Gelder gibt...

Aber nein nichts. "Ihre Förderung beträgt 0,00 EUR." Ja, danke, ihr mich auch! D<

Die haben die monatlichen Kosten (meiner Meinung nach) viel zu niedrig berechnet (die Kosten für meine Unterkunft sind anscheinend 0 Euro!) und laut ihrem Vorschlag soll meine Mutter mir fast komplett alles zahlen. THE FUCK?! Meine Mutter ist Sekretärin! SEKRETÄRIN! Nicht mal ne Vorstandssekretärin oder so, und nein, das ist kein schlechter Beruf, aber ich verstehe nicht, wie die von ihr verlangen, dass sie mir fast ihr gesamtes Netto-Einkommen geben soll?!

Und ich verstehe nicht, warum ich kein Bafög krieg! Viele mit denen ich studiere, kriegen welches, weil ihre Eltern selbständig sind, obwohl die weit mehr Geld verdienen als meine Mutter.

Ich will meiner Mutter echt nicht mehr so parasitär auf der Tasche liegen. ;_;

Naja, werd mir n Job in Norwegen suchen und hoffentlich einen finden. -__-


May. 22nd, 2011 03:40 pm
urania: (Default)
All Letters of Admission have been sent out via e-mail. Applicants on the waiting list have been contacted also individually via e-mail.

If you have not received any e-mail notification yet, you may expect a Letter of denial in week 23.

And guess who didn't receive any e-mail? That's right, me. -_- I feel like throwing up now.

ETA: Apparently there has been some kind of mix-up and the notification was only meant for "quota applicants". Which I am not. So: yay! (I hope... xD)
urania: (Default)
Phew, actually I really have to continue working on my field work research report... thingy, but I really don't want to. :/ Well, I'll continue in 5 minutes. Yes. Totally.

Aaaanyway, like maybe some of you know, I'm going on a short holiday to Norway in a few days. Finally a chance to test my crazy Norwegian language skills. :P I bet they'll just answer me in English... "Jeg snakker ikke engelsk" will be my words of choice then. :P

Sooo, I wanted to ask if anyone would like a postcard? :) I really like postcards, they're so nifty! And I like writing them, too, so it's a win all around. ;)
If you want one, just drop me a note here! When you're address hasn't changed and you've already given it to me, I might be able to find it again... ;) otherwise just give me your address! :)

Comments are screened! :)

Wheee~ Norway!

Oh, and another question if anybody knows:
I have applied with Erasmus and got a place, yadda yadda, but now the university just doesn't... contact me. :( Is that normal? How long can it take? When is it not considered pushy to write a mail to ask?

urania: (chekov)
The subject line doesn't have anything to do with, well, anything, I just watched the film yesterday and liked it and needed a subject line. Also I AM TOTALLY A STAR, TOO! :P

Well, well, if this week went the best possible way it could! :)

If you're friends with me on Twitter, too, I might have already spammed you with my self-centeredness and I'm sorry for that, but yeah, I'm so happy right now! :)

Awesome things to happen to me this week:

- got an 1.3 in my Norwegian oral exam!
- written exams in Norwegian and Interscandinavian (is that a word? xD The subject is about understanding the other Scandinavian languages...) went okay, too, hope I didn't suck too much in Norwegian though xD
- passed the Old Icelandic exam which I never would have thought possible!
- finally got my European Ethnology term paper (from last summer) back and it turns out, I scored a 1.0! That's super awesome since this one grade accounts for my whole side studies (European Ethnology that is ;)) and thus I have 20 SP I finished with a 1.0!

And last but very much not least:


I was accepted for a place in Tromsø! Granted, it was the Erasmus programme which accepts practically everyone, but it's still making me insanely happy! :D I already signed the... "Annahmeerklärung", I don't know what it is in English... acceptance decleration maybe? Oh, well, anyway, I'm going to be there for almost a year, studying at the world's northernmost university and if that's not the epitome of cool (pardon the pun), then I really don't know what is. :)

Tromsø, here I come!

Click me for the uni website! :D

Isn't it pretty~?

And click me for the Tromsø tourist website!

Yeah! :D Oh, and now that uni is over for the semester I guess, I have enough time to post the third and last photo spam about my travel to the Baltic states. It's about Estonia. Does anyone still want to see it? :)

Så, ha det gøy, da, alle sammen! :D

And excuse my crappy English, I keep wanting to use Norwegian prepositions and shit, so that's that... :/
urania: (anders og tom)
You guys, I need your advice!

My "problem" is this:

I applied for an Erasmus place in Norway. Twice. One application was with my own institute for Bergen, and the other one was with another institute in Tromsø.
I always said I'd rather go to Tromsø (though I'm not sure why). Today is the deadline and the institutes should tell you whether you get an Erasmus place or not, and now I got a yes for Bergen. Which is cool in and on itself, but it says I should write them whether I would accept immediately. And I haven't heard anything from Tromsø, and now I'm so unsure.
What should I do? Just say yes? Do I really want to go to Tromsø rather than Bergen? I guess Bergen is bigger and not as far away. *sighs*

Heeeelp! D:

If my English is wonky I apologize! I have spent the last days writing/reading almost exclusively in Norwegian... it shows. xD


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