‘More opportunities to grow and learn’ at UHI Archaeology Institute

Fredrik and UHI Archaeology Institute students extending Trench X at the Ness of Brodgar in 2019. (Jo Bourne)

Time for another “student story” – this time from Fredrik Fongen, who relocated to Orkney, from Norway, to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute. Here he explains why…

Fredrik Fongen

I came to Orkney College UHI on an Erasmus exchange from Norway and decided to stay. I did excavation skills and was part of the dig at the Ness of Brodgar in the summer before the semester started as part of my exchange. I was already then sold on coming here for a year.

It didn’t take long before I saw it as a perfect opportunity to transfer and maybe rather go back to Norway for a Masters.

I thought the flexibility and difference in what I could study, and the experience and expertise in the archaeology department in Orkney, as a wonderful opportunity.

I feel that a four-year degree gives me more opportunities to grow and learn from the many great teachers on staff in the UHI Archaeology Institute compared to the Norwegian three-year BA program.

I’m very happy with my choice so far and looking forward to Covid ending and getting back in the field.