Work and study for international students

Five students from five countries to crew Nord University events in Bodø.

Going into 2017, Nord University hosts international students from over 35 countries. The international students at Nord come from very different backgrounds, but many share the desire to work as well as study.

For some, the motivation is purely economic, while others seek experience towards their future careers, networking opportunities and, not least, the chance to learn a little Norwegian.

Each semester, the Careers Centre receives enquiries from international students looking for work.

- We thought more about that, and we came up with an engagement project, where Nord University is paying, after applications, five international students to work as local university event managers. We received many competent candidates and picked five of the applicants because they all had a lot to offer, says Anne Elisabeth Kristoffersen, careers counsellor at Nord University.

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International students want work experience. We can help, says Anne Elisabeth Kristoffersen, careers counsellor at Nord University.

When Nord University's event crew positions were announced, Elita Elita Chamdimba from Malawi, Ksenia Pak from Uzbekistan, Jose De Pool from Venezuela, Simona Liseckaitė from Lithuania  and Ricardo Gonzalo García de León from Spain jumped at the opportunity.

Work and opportunity

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International event staff. From left, Elita Elita Chamdimba (Malawi), Ksenia Pak (Usbekistan), Jose De Pool (Venezuela) og Ricardo Gonzalo García de León (Spania)  (photo: Per Jarl Elle).

- All things are easy

Simona Liseckaité (27) from Lithuania is currently taking a master's degree in Social Science, with specialization in International Northern Development.

- I like to meet new people and make new connections, especially when you are a newcomer. As a member of this team, I see another side of university life. I am more visible and useful. It is also a great opportunity to share knowledge and implement new ideas.

And what about learning Norwegian?

- All things are easy, if you are motivated and stubborn, says Simona with a smile.

- At the epicenter of cultural and social life

Ksenia Pak (24) form Uzbekistan is currently completing her master's degree in Energy Management at the Business School.

- Being a member of the event team means being at the epicenter of social and cultural life, not only of the university but of the whole city [of Bodø].

What do you think about learning Norwegian?

- I think that every language reflects the culture and history of its country. It is not possible to sort languages into easy and difficult to learn. The Norwegian language is unique.

- Qualifications bring quality of life

Jose De Pool (20) from Venezuela is studying the Bachelor in Biology at Nord University.

- A strong education is essential for a good life. That is, the quality of life improves the more qualified you are, since it is more likely that you will find a good job.

- Learning Norwegian is adventurous

Elita Elita Chamdimba (25) from Malawi is currently undertaking her master's degree in Social Science, with specialization in Social Work.

Elita says she looks forward to being a part of organizing memorable and insightful events at the lovely Stormen bibliotek (library), as well as meeting and interacting with people.

- Norwegian is an interesting language. It is very different from my mother tongue called Chichewa, so I find the experience of learning Norwegian to be adventurous.

- Opportunity to improve my Norwegian skills

Ricardo Gonzalo García de León (26) from Spain is taking the Bachelor in Biology at Nord University.

- The most important reason for me to join this project is to be a part of the university and become more integrated into society. The opportunity to improve me Norwegian skills is a key point of the job, and not least the extra income, which allows me to continue my studies.