This is Petter, a Norwegian student in his 4th year of MA Business and Finance at Heriot-Watt University’s School of Social Sciences.
We spoke to Petter to find out what it’s like to be a Norwegian student in Scotland and he told us why he chose to do his Business and Finance degree in Edinburgh and why he thinks it’s easy to feel at home here.
Read on to learn more about Petter’s plans for the future and discover which Norwegian VIP has links to Heriot-Watt University.
Hi Petter, what are the main things you’ll take away from studying MA Business and Finance at Heriot-Watt?
I’ve learned so much about how Financial Markets operate from seasoned professionals and academics during my time at Heriot-Watt University, they’re always glad to help you understand what you’ll need to survive in a future job. My degree has also helped me develop my analytical abilities and some key interpersonal skills.
What drove your decision to come from Norway to study in Scotland, and at Heriot-Watt specifically?
After serving one year in the Royal Norwegian Navy, I decided to move to Scotland to embrace a new culture and meet people from all over the world. I chose to apply for Heriot-Watt because my brother and my cousin had already studied at the University and because it has a great reputation in Norway, with several historical ties to former Norwegian students and Norwegian companies. The Norwegian King is even an honorary doctor at Heriot-Watt University!
What will be the most memorable thing about your experience studying in Scotland?
The thing I will remember the most is all the new people I’ve met during my 4 years at Heriot-Watt and the Scottish people who are always warm and welcoming. They treat you with respect, and it feels like they really enjoy the vast number of students and tourist visiting the city every year.
What do you like most about Edinburgh as a city?
What I like most about the city is the great architecture and the historical background, which makes it a great place to study. Edinburgh is a city which takes great care of the historical background pertained in the old buildings whilst aspiring to be a modern and inspirational city. The Edinburgh spirit reflects the local inhabitants, who are friendly and outgoing. They treat you with respect and are always very warm and welcoming. It is easy to feel like home in this city.
What are your ambitions and plans for the future?
My current ambitions are to continue my UK adventure when I hopefully move to London to study for an MSc degree in Shipping, Trade, and Finance in September. I want to move back to Norway after I finish my studies and hopefully become an expert in one or more fields of finance.
If you had to describe Heriot-Watt in four words, what would you say?
Aspiring for the future