International Student Blog

Author: Stand Hiestand

It is winter and you must ski

Surprise, surprise, Norwegian winters are not known for being short, bright and warm. Yet you may have been told many many times that you simply must get outside despite the weather. It’s true that being outside, even Norway’s short and intemperate days, improves your mood. Perhaps it is an important cultural key to Norway’s status…

Settling into Bergen 2018

Hei! A huge welcome to all the new international students for Spring semester! I hope you are getting settled, exploring Bergen, and not letting weather stop you from getting out and having fun. If you are new to Bergen this semester, you may be looking for some ways to get settled-in and get involved as…

God Jul 2017

It’s that time of year again, Happy Holidays everyone! This will be my second Christmas actually spent in Norway, so I have learned a few things about how it is celebrated here, but I am sure I will discover new things this year. For those of you staying in town for the holidays, or those…

Epic Packing Post January 2018

Hello new students, congratulations on your acceptance to UiB and looking forward to seeing you in Bergen in January! The following is a blog dedicated to packing your bags for Bergen; it would be great if all you needed to do was pack up and show up, but because there are many additional details to take care of when…

What not to miss – culture

Your study abroad experience is finite. Do you want to know what aspects of Norwegian culture that you shouldn’t miss while you are here? Always a subjective subject, but perhaps some suggestions can get you started! Cultural Experiences Of course, you have no doubt explored some food, and you already have learned the Norwegian art of gearing up and…

Building your Study Abroad Experience: Guide to settling into Bergen

Hei! A huge welcome to all the new international students this Fall! I hope you are getting settled, exploring Bergen, and not letting a little rain stop you from having fun so far. If you saw me at the Welcome Programme, you know I think the keys to building a great study abroad experience in…

Welcome Programme August 2017

Hei hei everybody! (This is the doubled up extra-friendly version of “hei”, which of course means “hi” in Norsk) The August 2017 Welcome Programme starts on Thursday 10 August! It is a hugely beneficial part of your start at UiB, and probably one of the first things you’ll do here apart from getting yourself to Bergen and to…