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14 June 2012

Cardiff and Vale College welcomes back Norwegian student Frida

Following a student exchange with four Norwegian AS Level students, one enjoyed her time at Cardiff and Vale College so much she has decided to stay an extra year.

CAVC has run an A Level exchange scheme with Hordaland County Council since 1996 but, in this exceptional case, a student has decided to stay on to study their A2s.

Frida Tveit, 18 and from Bergen, is living with a host family in Rumney. She is currently studying Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and French at AS and hopes to gain A2 qualifications in the same subjects next year.

“I have always wanted to come to Britain and I love it here,” Frida said. “With such high expectations I thought I was going to be disappointed but being in Cardiff has really exceeded my expectations. I’ve always enjoyed school but never been as happy in school as I am at Cardiff and Vale College.

“I’m so glad I did the exchange programme and I’m very excited to study my A Levels here next year. I hope to stay in the UK once I finish college and

study at a British university.”

After applying to take part in the exchange Frida was selected for interview on the programme, a scholarship funded by the Norwegian government to fund living and travel costs for AS study in Wales. She had to give up her dancing in school, where she was studying Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Contemporary Dance, but has continued with Ballet and attends Rubicon Dance, Cardiff.  

Frida will return home for the summer holidays but will return to her host family in September. The three other students on the exchange scheme have gone back to Norway to complete their final year of studies.

This year’s exchange was the 16th the College has offered – traditionally at Coleg Glan Hafren. Students chosen by Hordaland County Council are spread to five schools across Cardiff and Barry to help them integrate more easily. While the class is co-ordinated by Knarvik High School the students come from schools all over the region.