University of Bologna
Erlend, born in 1996, grew up in a small town called Oppdal, in Norway. He’s used to a climate that is a fair lot colder than what he gets here in Italy. Still, he is not complaining about the Italian summer.
In high school, Erlend studied mainly scientific subjects, in addition to the common subjects everyone has to do. His two favourite subjects were biology and history. For his second year of high school he went on exchange to Italy. That’s where he first got to know Italy, and he admits that if it wasn’t for that, he would probably never have known about the possibility to study medicine in English here.
Now he is a student at the English course in Medicine and Surgery at Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (UniBO). He is among the first students to attend the course held in English at UniBO. He also considered the course held in Italian at some point, but later decided that the English course was better suited for him. “It is quite exciting, because we are a lot of foreign students, and this gives us the possibility to see what we learn and experience in a wide array of aspects”, he says. He lives close by to the university, and swears to the bike as his main means of transport.
After lectures are done, he usually goes to the antique library called the Archiginnasio of Bologna. There, as any other medical student, he spends several hours a day studying.
Other than that, Erlend has many spare time interests.
History, and contemporary politics, is something he still finds time for. The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, together with the Bologna Institute for Policy Research, regularly has lectures and meetings on current or recent issues that are always interesting. He tries to go to as many as possible of these events, as most of them are open to the public.
Erlend also volunteers with both the Norwegian and Italian medical student associations, in addition to the Association for Norwegian Students Abroad and his former exchange organization, AFS.
He also has a passion for languages, and usually goes to a weekly event called UniTandem, which is organized by ESEG Erasmus for people to meet native speakers. He also plays 5-a-side football once a week.