Nord students motivated by 35 foreign universities

Hundreds of Nord students met universities from Australia, Europe and North America to find out about exchange opportunities.

Per Jarl Elle

A total of 48 representatives from various universities visited Nord University in Bodø and Levanger.

The purpose of PartnerDay@Nord was to inform, inspire and invite more students to partake in a period of study abroad during their period of study. 

- Norwegian students travel a lot, but there is a big difference between seeing a country from a hotel window or the edge of a pool, compared to what you see from within another academic environment. 

Says Charlotta Langejan. She is the project manager for PartnerDay@Nord 2019.

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Supports international student mobility. 
A total of 48 representatives from various universities visited Nord University at PartnerDay@Nord 2019 (photo: Per Jarl Elle, Nord University).
On Monday 30th of September, students in Bodø and Levanger were visited by representatives from 35 partner universities from the United States, Australia, France, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Canada, Germany, Slovakia, Finland, New Zealand, Spain, Austria, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.  

The universities invited presented their educational provision through parallel programmes that were streamed to Nord’s campuses. 

- We are thrilled that so many of our partners accepted our invitation and visited Nord University. This shows a strong ownership of the cooperation and partner agreements that we have with foreign universities” says Charlotta Langejan. 


Student mobility experience. Bachelorstudent Fredrikke Hornfeldt Andreassen was an Erasmus Plus-student at the University of Warzaw, Poland last spring. Here Andreassen is on air with local journalist Martin Steinholt, Norwegian Broadcasting. Behind, to the right, Charlotta Langejan, project manager PartnerDay@Nord, with left (hidden), Professor Ruth Wallace, James Cook University (photo: Per Jarl Elle, Nord University). 


The PartnerDay@Nord activities were shared on social media, and the local editorial staff of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) covered the event with radio and television features. 

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An alternative to consider. Nord biology student Bjarke Lak Pettersen (left) seeks mobility advice from Wageningen University & Reserach student Tinko Jans, an exchange student this semester at Nord University (photo: Per Jarl Elle, Nord University)

Feedback from European students and organisations shows that students benefit in many different ways from partaking in exchanges  – and that the universities that send them also become more innovative. 

- The wide range of educational provision we offer, combined with attractive scholarship opportunities, make a period of study abroad attractive to students. Through our partnerships, we can offer our students a period of study abroad in an academic environment with high academic quality – and in different cultures. We anticipate that more students will be applying to study abroad during the next academic year”, says Charlotta Langejan.

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Swedish nurse education. Lecturer Johan Nilsson from Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg. (photo: Per Jarl Elle, Nord University). 

According to
OECD-data (2017) of international student mobility, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Australia receive most foreign students.

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Tropical university marketing. Woendi Hampton, Manager international relations (right) from Australian James Cook University has also previously visited Nord University.  Right, Nord-student Brigitte Bloksjil (photo: Per Jarl Elle).

Participating universities at PartnerDay@Nord:


Berkeley, University of California, USA
Western Sydney University, AUSTRALIA
EM Normandie Business School, FRANCE
Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, SWEDEN
IUT Dijon, FRANCE
VIVES University of Applied Sciences, BELGIUM
Wageningen University & Research, THE NETHERLANDS
Università degli studi di Macerata, ITALY
Northern (Arctic) Federal University, RUSSIA
Memorial University of Newfoundland, CANADA
University of Education: Schwaebisch Gmuend, GERMANY
Charles Darwin University, AUSTRALIA
UC Leuven-Limburg, BELGIUM
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, THE NETHERLANDS
Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, SLOVAKIA
Turku University of Applied Sciences, FINLAND
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, NEW ZEALAND
Université du Québec à Montréal, CANADA
Universitat de Barcelona, SPAIN
Charles Darwin University, AUSTRALIA
Lakehead University, CANADA
Tampere University, FINLAND
James Cook University, AUSTRALIA
University College of Teacher Education Carinthia, AUSTRIA
Catholic University of Murcia, SPAIN
Ulster University, NORTHERN IRELAND
University College Copenhagen, DENMARK
Saxion University of Applied Sciences, THE NETHERLANDS
HEP Vaud-Teacher Training University, SWIZERLAND
University College of Teacher Education in Vienna, AUSTRIA
Berne University of Teacher Education, SWITZERLAND
Henallux University College, BELGIUM
University of Jan Evangelista in Ústí nad Labem, CZECH REPUBLIC
Christian University of Applied Sciences EDE, THE NETHERLANDS
University College of Teacher Education Carinthia, AUSTRIA


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