Student Stories

PRIO blog posts by previous students and coordinators

Experiences by previous students

These are what some of the previous students attending the summer school had to say about their experience...

"For anyone interested in learning peace and conflict – you do not want to miss this opportunity. The PRIO summer school allowed me a chance to learn from experts from diverse professional and academic backgrounds, ranging from researchers and activists to law enforcers. I also got to learn the "numbers" and trends in the global dynamics of conflict and peace – something I hardly knew anything about before I arrived in Oslo. Rest assured it will be a very eye-opening and exciting course, I strongly encourage you to apply!”
"Our lecturers were very competent and I was always impressed by their knowledge. Some of those had been to the field and told us stories about conflict resolution in practice – one even from my own country, Sri Lanka. That was fascinating!"
"Lectures was interesting, but I think one of the things I learned the most from, was listening to and discussing with the other students in class. Some of us have similar experiences, though we come form totally different parts of the world. And then it was interesting to hear what others at my own age felt and thought about the issues we discussed in class."
"The cabin trip enabled us to get to know one another at the start of the course. The lectures were superb, as were the readings. The practical exercises were a lot of fun and gave us an opportunity to put certain principles into action. And the relationships with the other students really moved me and gave me an appreciation for many different perspectives and experiences from around the world".
"Attending this peace research course in 2013 was a turning point of my academic life. A candidate like me from a least developing country Nepal experienced an unbelievable atmosphere learning together with the students from around the world, the class was so diverse that out of 27 students we were from 25 different nationalities which I had never expected".
"It was weird to sit in a setting where the conflict in my own country, in Israel, was discussed by outsiders. I didn’t necessarily agree with them, and I got a bit upset at first. But I now realise that there are different sides of the story that might be just as correct and legitimate as my own story."
"I am so glad I took this course! And to be here in Norway! I am glad I travelled all the way from the US."
"I am not used to speaking English, at least not to discuss in English! So it was hard. But I improved my English – in Norway!"
"My roommate and his class fellows were embracing each other in joy at lunch today that finally the lecturing in their course was over. Meanwhile I'm just dreading what life will be like after Wenche's (coordinator) last lecture tomorrow and am sure her cookies and muffins are not going to work this time. Just hoping that she brings loads of chocolate bars to mend the heartbreaks. Love you Wenche, Anne (coordinator), and PRIO".