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University Daily – Students get broad look into future

by - Mar 03, 2003

Author: UD staff writer Sara Schroeder

Pictured are Emily Eggemeyer, Assoc. Director, International Business Education Program, TTU; Kare Sandvik, Assoc. Prof, Buskerund University; Jeff Harper, Director of International Business Education Program.
Reprinted with permission from The University Daily, Texas Tech University

Norway is known as the land of midnight sun, for the sun stays in the sky for about 22 hours of the day.

It is home to the Vikings, idyllic islands and the Northern Lights. A land populated more by vast waterfalls and mountains than people.

It also is home to Buskerund University, which has a study abroad program for Texas Tech and Norwegian students during the summer session.

The program, now entering its fourth year, is in Honefoss, which is located 50 kilometers from Oslo, the capital of Norway.

The students will travel to Norway May 19 and stay until July 6 and will obtain six hours credit.

Unlike usual study abroad programs, the Norway experience is for both Tech students and students from Norway.

Jeffrey Harper, the director of International Business Education Program, said the students get to interact with each other.

“It’s a good experience for them,” he said. “It’s a great mix of Tech and Norweigan students.”

Three classes are offered during the summer from Buskerund University, international finance, international marketing and international management.

“International finance and marketing will be taught by Tech faculty, while the international management will be taught by Sigve Bore, a Norweigan who has great corporate experience,” Harper said.

Kare Sandvik, associate professor for Buskerund and coordinator for the study abroad program, said students who attend the university will go to school and learn valuable experiences.

“The study abroad program is a very smooth way of exploring another part of the world,” he said. “Norway is a very safe place, and people speak English, so it is easy to communicate.”

He also said Norway is a “compact country.”

“Basically, Norway is the United States in a nutshell,” he said.

Sandvik said students go to class from Monday through Thursday, leaving the weekends for travel. Besides attending classes, students will gain hands-on experience when they visit factories conducting business.

“They will visit the Coca-Cola factory, a glass factory and the TeleNor phone company, which is the leading phone company in the world,” Sandvik said.

This is beneficial, Sandvik said, because they “can interact and know the environment, rather than reading it out of a book.”

Wade Edington, a junior international business major from Balinger, agreed it is important to gain first-hand experience.

“By taking factory tours, we find out what is really going on, instead of just reading books every day.”

The students will be housed in equipped apartments, with two Tech students and two Norweigan students per apartment.

“The students will get in touch more this way,” Sandvik said.

Harper said “living close by to each other brings lots of activities.”

Along with the opportunity to study in Norway, students also can take advantage of the many activities the country has to offer.

“There are over 50 museums, restaurants, shops and nightclubs for the students,” Sandvik said. “Norway has everything a major city has to offer.”

There is even a pub in the university where students can enjoy frosty pints after a day of class.

“We don’t want to lose the opportunity to leave school in order to interact,” Sandvik said. “We want to keep the group together.”

Students have an opportunity to gain experience in the business field, learn about a different culture, and learn about themselves.

Ben Howl, a junior marketing major from Houston, said he is looking forward to the program.

“It will be a great experience,” he said. “And it’ll give me a chance to get lots of pictures.”

Harper agreed the program is a life-learning experience.

“Students can learn a lot more about themselves,” he said. “They will also learn about a different culture and get a living and breathing experience in an international setting.”