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The Nordic PhD

Surviving and Succeeding

Edited By Christopher McMaster, Caterina Murphy and Jakob Rosenkrantz de Lasson

The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding is an edited book written for prospective and current doctoral students by a mix of doctoral students and those who have recently completed their doctorates. The premise is simple: if you could go back in time and talk with yourself when you began your studies, what advice would you give? Isn’t hindsight a bonus? If only I knew then what I know now!

The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding follows editions focused on study in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, the U.K., U.S., and South Africa. What sets The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding apart from many others on the market is its down-to-earth and practical approach. Furthermore, its originality also lies in the fact that it is grounded in the context of doctoral studies in the Nordic countries.

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Chapter Eighteen: Challenges for International PhD Students Studying in Scandinavia (Andrei Andryieuski)

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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

Challenges for International PhD Students Studying in Scandinavia

ANDREI ANDRYIEUSKI



Introduction

Every international PhD student arrives to Scandinavia with his or her own cultural background. This chapter presents the typical challenges that PhD students from Eastern Europe (including the former USSR) face when doing a project in Nordic countries. However, the conclusions drawn and the advice given within this chapter can be easily applied to students from other countries.

I am from Belarus, a country that lies (as we Belarusians believe) in the centre of Europe. I came to Denmark for a PhD project in Physics in 2008. Except for great scientific and educational opportunity, coming to and exploring Scandinavia was an excellent cultural experience. I learned a lot of things about myself that I had never thought about before, like things that were typical back home, but rather strange for Scandinavians.

Eastern Europeans: What Are They Like?

To make a portrait of a typical Eastern European, we need to consider the typical conditions in which the personality of an Eastern European forms. Creating such a portrait can illustrate the cultural differences international students can bring with them, aspects of personality and outlook that find their way into the travellers’ baggage. ← 146 | 147 →

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