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University College of Southeast Norway
59.568632, 9.278037
Topic Exchange experiences

TASK SUGGESTION: Try to find examples in your host university of how you could engage in local activities inside or outside university.

I could join local activities even if the specific thing isn’t my favorite subject. For example skating in the winter even it wasn’t the activity I’d choose in the first hand. Trying to engage with the idea of meeting and seeing other people and get to know each other more. I could also choose an activity which I’m really good at and help other people to practice it and by that way engage myself with the activities.

You are now invited to share your experiences on communication conventions or what you know now about e-mail conventions in your host country and your thoughts/experiences related to e-mail writing in the forum of the E-Map (category/tags...).

I haven’t faced any new issues about the communication with my host country (Norway) since it’s very similar to the Finnish style. Writing email and communicating with people hasn’t had any differences except the language used.

Difficult situations you have experienced or witnessed that have been solved using intercultural knowledge and creativity.

We were having the class of International Management and during the class. The teacher asked the class if we students have experienced some differences between the different nationalities in the class. An Austrian student expressed herself in a strong and a bit offensive way that it’s annoying the French students always come late in the class. The French students got a little sad about it because they don’t see anything wrong with it since it’s common in their culture. I raised my hand and presented that this seems to be a cultural issue and that obviously the French students don’t mean anything bad by doing it. I also said that we should just agree about the common rules like how to act if coming late to the class etc. The teacher also agreed with my suggestion.

I see the issue was that the cultures from Austria and France are so much different especially from the time management perspective. In the cross-cultural interaction you have to remember to respect all the other cultures and the ways of doing things.

Discover at least three buildings / places of the city with a local student.


What is the difference between going alone and going with someone else? What does the other see that you don’t see? What do you see that he doesn’t? What kinds of things can you observe together?

I visited Oslo Opera House, Nobel Peace Prize Center and Oslo City Hall with my local friend. I had these places in my mind and they were also the ones my friend was suggesting to see. It’s different to go with a local who is familiar with the places and can tell the stories of the locals’ lives and help to get to know the city or place better. There might be some small details you wouldn’t notice without someone pointing them out for you. The not local might also notice something the local wouldn’t. For example ask some questions about things the local wouldn’t see as an unclear object.


We had much fun time while sightseeing and the communication with us was pretty clear though I spoke Swedish and my friend Norwegian. It was another interesting way to experience. We didn’t have an exact timetable but were using the time as we saw the best. This person has become one of my closest friends. We have had similar experiences around the world and it’s making the synergy stronger between us. We respect each other but at the same time it’s very easy to joke together. I feel the reason why we come along so well together isn’t just because we’re both from the Nordic but also about the similar personalities.


The resulting product of the activity can either be a video, a photomontage, a painting, a drawing, a piece of music together with a reflexive written text. We recommend you to focus in the text on a specific action: the synergy among you two, multiple identities, nonverbal communication, routines and politeness, language…

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