My intention is to post weekly updates, but before the actual move date, there will be a limited set of entries, i.e., the process from my first acceptance, my expectations to Berlin, determine where to live, talk with other students and friends that have been in Berlin on recommendations and places to see.
I will start with my first thoughts from when I received the acceptance mail from the international office at school. It stated that I was accepted for my first choice of school, which were Berlin (EBS Hochshüle) with a double degree. I had to read the email a few times before I realized what this meant. Yes, I am moving to Berlin! …and I will be living there for two semesters due to the double degree. So what is the double degree you might ask? According to Wikipedia; “a double degree involves a student’s working for two different university degrees in parallel, either at the same institution or different institutions (sometimes in different countries), completing them in less time than it would take to earn them separately. The two degrees might be in the same subject area (especially when the course is split between countries), or in two different subjects.”
Readers probably wonder why I did not choose another place than Berlin. I could’ve chosen Australia, USA or Asia, which seems more exciting or exotic at first glance. Moreover, with some more planning, I could probably have chosen schools that aren’t even supported by our school at the moment. However, one of my reasons is the double degree itself. Berlin was the only option with this, whereas all other exchange options only last one semester. I know from friends that have been exchange students keep saying one semester is usually too short of a period to actually experience the host country and getting to know new people.
This also means that my stay in Lillehammer only lasted one year instead of the planned two years. However, Lillehammer versus Berlin – quite an easy choice, right? My friends in Lillehammer is not so sure as this means I am leaving them behind.