My journey

From Bangkok to Oslo

BI has offered one of the most generous scholarships, among the top universities, Moreover, studying in Norway has been one of my dreams.

Name: Chavisa Ratiwat
Degree programme: MSc in Business (Major in Strategy)
Undergraduate Degree: BBA (Major in Finance)
Undergraduate University: Thammasat University
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

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Upon completing my degree in Finance, I have worked as a project manager at Kiatnakin-Phatra Financial Group for two years and pursued my interest in startups in Topica Edtech Group, However, I have realized that my passion lies in strategy, and the career I was in will not lead me there. To accelerate my development, I have decided to pursue higher education.

My extensive search on the right master programme led me to BI’s website; the MSc in Business with a Major in Strategy, fits perfectly to my interest, future goals, and financial situation. BI has offered one of the most generous scholarships, among the top universities, Moreover, studying in Norway has been one of my dreams. From my extensive travels around the world, I have decided that I want to live in Europe. Our close family friend lives in Bergen; upon one visit, I instantly fell in love with the beauty and the standard of living in Norway, and I vowed to return.

Before the semester started, I expected the master life in Europe to be filled with exciting travels to beautiful places. Even though I got to travel to a few places, the semester was more filled with exciting insights and lots of academic journals. The first semester was tough. There were many challenging academic readings we had to prepare in order to discuss in class.

The other classes were also very demanding; most classes required extensive preparation and active participation to succeed, which was different to my experience in Thailand. I have also learned that, at least for a strategy major, study groups are a must. I got stressed by the drastic change and have taken a couple of counselling sessions provided by the University; they were quite helpful. Once I have managed my struggles, I enjoyed the lectures and discussions much more than I ever did. In the end, I have learned way more than I’ve bargained for. That’s when I realized I chose the right master.

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Life in Norway has been great. Even in the capital of Oslo, you can easily find a beautiful place to hike, or take a weekend to breath-taking fjords. The winter was also pretty; even if there wasn’t much snow this year. Also, I got to experience Christmas in Norway and it was “koselig” (cosy and warm). Else, I can say that Norway is not cheap, but you can get by comfortably if you prepare your food and know where to shop. I use this opportunity to reintroduce my passion for cooking and cook more elaborated dishes every day.

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Currently, I am in my second semester and we are already looking for internships. I’d like to apply for internship in Norway to learn about local business practices and hopefully increase my employability in Norway after graduation. There are a lot of company visits and job postings, especially for BI students. Also, the university provides workshops to improve your CV, cover letter or even interview. The resources are plenty. However, knowing the Norwegian language would be a plus in applying to some positions. Regardless of my current Norwegian skill, I am sure that my education at BI will lead me to exciting opportunities!