From Germany to Norway

Name: Jonathan Rau
Programme: MSc in Business –  major in Strategy
Undergraduate Degree: BA in Business Administration
Undergraduate University: Berlin School of Economics and Law
Nationality: German
Hometown: Berlin, Germany

“The most interesting thing I learned about myself at BI so far is that getting out of your comfort zone can open up many new opportunities for yourself.”


I first heard about BI Norwegian Business School when screening the Financial Times “Master’s” ranking in 2017 in order to find an appropriate university for my master’s study in Business.  I observed that most of the commonly known universities were located in England, France, Spain as well as in Scandinavian countries which offer numerous opportunities.

I decided to go to BI because I was really impressed by the program variety offered and found the strategy major to be a perfect fit for my interests. Although it might not be the obvious choice to go to Norway, BI has an excellent reputation within the industry and has proven academic quality (a triple crown accreditation), which makes it a highly desirable place to study.

Another important aspect was to learn more about the Norwegian culture and get to know people from different countries.  Of course, I was also keen to explore Norway with its beautiful landscape and to discover the countless outdoor activities.

I believe this will help my career by enabling me to get both an international perspective and an outstanding academic foundation in order to cope with the challenges in today’s business environment. On a cultural level, I highly value the insights into the visionary leadership mindset in Scandinavia and think that this is a valuable inspiration for my further career. 

Academic Experience

The best piece of advice I can give to a new student about my program is to be open minded for new approaches to strategy-making and challenges that you might be facing in the course of the study. You need to be ambitious, passionate and curious about the drivers involved in strategic management. In that case, you are going to have a rewarding and insightful study time at BI.

I have been challenged every week in my strategy lectures. This might sound counter-intuitive, but it is exactly why I decided on a master’s study at BI. While the bachelor’s provides the foundation where you learn basics about different subjects, the master’s gives you the opportunity to gain deeper knowledge by challenging and discussing the existing theories and views. From my experience, new students might feel partly overwhelmed at the beginning.

International Experience

One of the most remarkable experiences I have had so far was the “Buddy week” at the beginning of the semester. It was a great experience to get to know BI and most of my fellow students prior to the program start.

The one thing you absolutely must do while living here is to go sailing in the Oslo Fjord. It is by far one of the best sailing areas in Europe. I would definitely recommend to you to become a member of the sailing association at BI. For a small fee, you can learn sailing from scratch and find friends among your fellow students on sailing trips, an exercise at the weekends or after class.


The most interesting thing I learned about myself at BI so far is that getting out of your comfort zone can open up many new opportunities for yourself.

My career goal is to go into management consulting. During the 3rd semester I want to use the opportunity to apply for the BI internship program to get relevant insights into international strategy consultancies.

Jonathan began the MSc in Business programme in August 2018. To find out more about the programme, go to or email

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