Master students taking their theses to a higher level at the Sport Management workshop in Canada

Five sport management master students, four first year students and one second year student, from the department of Culture and Social Studies were lucky enough to attend a workshop in Montebello, Canada, with some professors from our department.

Sport management students fra NIH meeting new friends in Canada.
Sport management students from NIH meeting new friends and strengthening partnership across the Atlantic ocean.

The workshop was organized in cooperation with the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. University of Ottawa did also send a delegation with both professors and students. The workshop was arranged as part of the collaboration project between NIH and the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa.

At the workshop, both professors and students were able to present a project they are working on. The projects were discussed after each presentation. We then received advices from the knowledgeable researchers on things that could be improved and further direction. For us master students, we presented our master projects, both in the beginning and the wrap-up stage. In addition to the presentations, we were able to work on our projects where we could talk with the other participants for further elaboration on the advices, which was really helpful. We students feel that our master thesis will be at a higher level after participating in the workshop.

Exchange opportunities for bachelor and master students

As a Sport Management student at NIH you have an unique opportunity to go on an exchange, both as a bachelor and a master student. NIH has a great partnership with the University of Ottawa, especially after the schools started a collaboration project five years ago. You have the opportunity to travel to Canada's capital city either in the 5th semester of your bachelor degree or the 1st and/or 2nd semester of your masters. NIH has several free spots at the university, which means that you do not have to pay tuition fee to the University of Ottawa. Because of the great partnership, many students have been going on exchange between the schools. There have been 47 students from NIH that have been doing an exchange to uOttawa, and 36 students coming to NIH from uOttawa. In addition, there are expected to come nine exchange students from uOttawa to NIH the autumn semester 2017, as well as four students from NIH to uOttawa.

As an exchange student at the University of Ottawa, you feel really welcomed, both by fellow students, as well as professors and the rest of the University's staff. The University has some of the best academics in the field of Sport Management, so the academic outcome is exceptional. Not only will you gain a lot of knowledge, you will most likely get many friends as well. Canadians are in general really nice and welcoming people, and there are many other exchange students at the university. The social life at the University is fantastic. There are a variety of different activities you can participate in as a student. The University has several sports options, both at the professional and recreational level. The different faculties also host many different events, where everyone is welcomed. The University also have a couple of pubs at/nearby campus where you can enjoy a cold beer or a shawarma (a local delicacy) after a long day at school. This is a great opportunity to hang out with people outside the classroom, and if you are lucky your professor might take the whole class out for a drink after your final lecture.

Making friends and strengthening partnership across the Atlantic ocean

In addition to being an arena for collaborating on work, the sport management workshop in spring 2017, gave us an opportunity to expand our network within the field of sport management, as well as meeting up with friends and former professors. Like this, the cooperation between the universities helps us to keep in contact with friends from another part of the world, and possibly facilitate academic cooperation among us in the future. Further, this workshop gave us great ideas for the future partnership. As students who have been on exchange and have experienced the partnership first hand, we are motivated to work together in order to improve the students' experiences when they are abroad. The partnership between NIH and uOttawa have improved the student experience for us students, and we really appreciate the opportunities the partnership have given us.