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Katarina Skrabakova, Brno University of Technology, ročník 2

Faculty Faculty of Business and Management
Field of study Mathematics
Field of internship Mathematics and Statistics
Specialization of InternshipApplied Mathematics, General
Internship period (from - to) 20.6.2016 - 31.7.2016
Internship duration (weeks) 6
Transport (means, price) Flights, around 200€
Insurance/Insurance company Generali
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) no
Price of Visa did not need visa
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Norway, Tromso
Internship reference number NO-2016-000044

About the country

Location of the place

Very very very far north.



Tromsø lies in Northern Norway. The population is about 75,000 inhabitants. It is the third largest city north of the Arctic Circle. Most of Tromsø, including the city centre, is located on the island of Tromsøya, 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

The surrounding is really beautiful. When the weather is nice, there are many possibilities for trip. There are many places or hiking that can be found on this website

I recommend the highest hill around if the weather is really nice and the sky is clear. It is possible to rent a bike or kayak as well. For rainy days (and there are many of them in Tromsø) I recommend to visit Arctic cathedral, Polaria, Polar museum, Planetarium or take a bus through the under-ocean tunnel.



Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science and Technology
University of Tromsø

Work description

Typing hand written notes for differential geometry to LaTex.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

18.000 NOK
It was more than sufficient, I even saved something.

Language requirements

Fluent english

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

One member of local IAESTE rented me her own room. The room was in student apartments Prestvannet. I had my own bathroom and shared kitchen. The place was small, but cosy and clean. Everything was close, nearest bus stop 3 mins walking, nearest grocery store 5 mins walking and the city center 15 mins walking. Price was 6.000 NOK for 6 weeks.

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)

One IAESTE member picked me from airport, showed me around, helped me to fix tax card etc. and took me for some events. Then I met other IAESTE members now and then at work, some events, hiking...

Meeting other foreign students

I did not meet many as I was in Tromsø during summer when students were home for hollidays and there were not any others IAESTE trainees. But those I met were really nice and quite talkative considering that they were norwegians.

Sport and culture

There are plenty possibilities for outdoor sports and all Norwegians do them.

Food, local specialties

Carrot cake, potatoe pancakes, fishes and whale meat.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Smoke signals, telepathy and other ways of spiritual connection. Skype or facebook can work as well.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Take something to cover your eyes as the sun does not set in summer. In winter I would recommend vitamin D in order not to get depressed.

What not to forget with you

Warm clothes, rain coat and hiking shoes.

Benefits of the internship

Living in Norway for few weeks, getting to know new people, new culture, norwegian salary and chance to see how it looks like inside university department.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

They conntacted me in advance, fixed everything for me so I actually did not have to do anything or think about anything just came and enjoyed my stay in Norway.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Very good

Student's website


Employer's webiste

Other useful links

Other comments

Be careful when it comes to distances! Norwegian mile is NOT the same as normal mile. And all shops are closed on Sundays, so you should always do your groceries in advance. And if you want to meet super duper nice Norwegians, go to church! (website provided above).

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