From Vietnam to Norway
The journey from Vietnam to Norway was not just easy for Huyen Tran. This is her story.
Name: Huyen Tran
Degree programme: Msc in Business
Undergraduate degree: Bachelor in Economics
Undergraduate university: Foreign Trade University (FTU) – Hanoi
I've had a dream of studying abroad since I was a child, but I used to think that it was out of reach. I didn't have a strong financial base and my parents didn't either. My family's income was only from growing rice and I know how hard it was for my mom to work for the whole family's need at the same time of taking care of my dad's sickness. Because of that I never dared to think of furthering my education.
However, I changed my mind when my best friend recommended me to apply for a scholarship. I was aware that if I could get the scholarship, I could make my dream come true. Therefore, I spent a long time searching about studying abroad, especially the process of recruiting, the chance of getting a scholarship and the opportunity for my major in logistics and supply chain management.
From some friends I know from my university in Hanoi, who also furthered their study at BI, I know about the partnership between BI and FTU. When seeking for advices from FTU, BI was strongly recommended to me and became my goal. I put so much effort to be here and did not regret my choice at all.
BI Norwegian Business School has a good reputation in the business education as one of the top universities in Europe. BI is known for the Triple Crown Accreditation which less than 1 % of business schools worldwide has achieved. I have no doubt that studying here could increase the chance of getting my targeted career.
The best piece of advice I can give to new students for my program is to prepare technical English words and to get connection between practical work and theories.
I have been challenged by loads of information we need to prepare for the class and acquire during the course. I am aware that studying Master must be more demanding than Bachelor, but it still took me a while to get used to the fast pace of studying.
The biggest culture shock for me moving here was the people. When I tried to start a conversation, Norwegians did not seem to like small talks. I also knew that it is difficult to get to know them. It is quite contradicted to Vietnamese culture, where people easily become friends.
The most remarkable experience I have had so far is when I bought some ingredients to Vietnamese noodle, it was extremely expensive. I already knew Oslo is very expensive, but to make that dish, it cost me nearly ten times more than in Vietnam.
The scariest thing about moving away from home was being lonely. Getting new friends is not easy, and there exists some difference in language, or the way of thinking as well as culture. Being alone is unavoidable but after some time you will get used to it.