More international student environment

25 February 2011

A growing number of international students are choosing to take their studies at the BI Norwegian School of Management. In January 2011 there are 177 international exchange students attending BI.

This is an increase of 12% on the same month last year.

“BI's goal is to combine professional standing and relevance in a way that asserts our position among the top management schools in Europe. The increase in the number of international students shows that we are on the right track,” says Tom Colbjørnsen, President of BI.

The student body represents 38 nationalities: 51 students from France, 21 students from Germany and 12 students from Spain. USA and China each have nine exchange students at BI.

38 of the students who started here in January 2011 were students who chose to extend their stay by one semester, including two from Australia and several from Spain. From 2010 to 2011 there has been a strong increase in the number of exchange students from USA (from 3 to 9), Spain (from 6 to 12), Germany (from 16 to 21) and France (from 38 to 51).

“Internationalisation begins at home. We want to supply international students to Norwegian business and industry, and to do this we need to have an international environment at BI. And the only way to achieve that is to attract more foreign students,” says Colbjørnsen.

In addition to the exchange students, 247 international students complete their entire bachelor’s or master's programme at BI.

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