International Student Blog

UiB’s First International Blog

Here we are, the very first international blog post for the University of Bergen (UiB).  I feel honored, excited, and of course a little nervous to be the first international blogger for the UiB.


Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s The Scream (Skrik). Certainly an exaggeration of my feelings; but for dramatic effect!

Anybody else nervous?  No?  Just me?  Well, maybe you can help me out.  I would love to know what you, as current international students, or students considering UiB as an option, want to know about international student life here.  If you are here in Bergen, please, shout it to me in the street.  If you are abroad, working on your applications, feel free to comment below.

Who am I, you might wonder.  Sometimes I wonder that myself.  I’m a bit of an unconventional seeker with interests that span from travel, culture, language, health, foraging, and popular science, to cartoons and podcasts.  Podcast recommendations, anyone?

Last year at this time I was hard at work on my UiB application.  I remember how thrilled I was when I found the masters programme in Health Promotion at UiB; it fit my interest in health, my educational background, and my dream of living abroad.  For those of you interested in one of the 30 masters programmes taught in English at UiB next year, remember to turn in your application by December 1st.  I hope to meet you next August!


A gill view of a chanterelle mushroom, one of the first mushrooms I’m learning to identify/forage.

In this blog, I want to provide a glimpse of my experience as an international student at UiB.  I’ll explore everything from exams to the largest gingerbread city in the world.  I will share my student adventures both large and small, and my UiB-related interests and passions – but again, any topic you want to request would be most welcome.

Grab your oilskin coat and your umbrella, and let’s explore UiB and Bergen together!



20 comments for “UiB’s First International Blog

  1. 25. November 2014 at 13:53

    I’m looking forward to following your blog! Ill be interested in reading about your social life experiences as an international student, maybe you have some great tips to what we as Norwegian students can do to make you feel more welcome here? Good luck 🙂

    • khi005
      25. November 2014 at 16:41

      Thanks Johanne! I will be sure to share some social experiences and let you know if I come up with any tips to Norwegians who want to make us foreigners feel welcome ;). If anyone else has ideas, feel free to share them as well. The majority of my experiences with Norwegians so far have been really positive; everyone has been incredibly friendly. But I don’t know if I’ve figured out how to make Norwegian friends yet! That being said, your comment certainly makes me feel welcome, so thanks so much!

  2. Kenneth Apuuli
    25. November 2014 at 19:25

    I am really happy that someone has thought of this kind of blog! As an international student who has spent about two years in Bergen, its a privilege to always share my life experiences with other students who would like to join the mighty University of Bergen and continuing students as well. I have been attending most of the classes with only Norwegian students and that means I have to find a way of integrating myself into their mode of association. I am happy that most Norwegian students are always willing to share knowledge, discuss and provide a nice learning environment to international students but of course some can be hard to move along with.

    • khi005
      26. November 2014 at 12:54

      Thanks for your comment, Kenneth! Wow, it sounds like you are a wealth of information for both the international experience of UiB, as well as how to integrate with Norwegian natives. Any chance you want to be interviewed for this blog?

  3. 'Yemi Thomas
    26. November 2014 at 16:08

    It’s a welcome development that UiB now has an International blog. It’s particularly thrilling for me cos I’ve at many times requested that tweets @UiB should be in English so that those who’re yet to understand the Norwegian language (like I’m) should also catch in the fun and excitement of the information being shared. I feel so left out especially during the BSRS when I couldn’t keep up with the highlights of the program as most of the tweets and posts were in Norwegian. But that’s all in the past now.
    I’m applying for a place in the Masters Programme in Public Administration starting in August 2015. I’ve checked and rechecked my application to be sure everything is in order as I can’t wait to be part of the UiB community.
    Stand I wish you an exciting blogging experience. Congrats dear.
    Just like you, I fell in love with the MPhil in Public Administration @bUiB cos of its emphasis on Research Methodology. Its prospects seem interesting to me far above all the other international masters I’ve come across.
    Wish You All the Best!

    • khi005
      27. November 2014 at 11:23

      Hi Yemi, thanks for your comment!
      So glad you’re excited for the blog. Hopefully there will continue to be more ways for International students to access information and integrate into life here in Norway. Thanks for your good wishes, and I wish you the best in your application process for the MPhil in Public Administration!

  4. Julie Enger
    26. November 2014 at 20:48

    Wow, this is great! Looking forward to reading this blog 😀

    • khi005
      27. November 2014 at 11:17

      Thanks, Julie! If you ever have suggestions too, they’d be most welcome 🙂

  5. Jone G. Lurgain
    3. December 2014 at 09:08

    Hi there,
    Glad to find out this amazing blog.
    I applied for the MPhil in Gender and Development. Not sure if I will be selected… I hope all documents are right, hope so!
    Is there anyone who applied for the same programme? Anyone knows when we could know if the application was right?
    Thanks everybody for all the information you are providing about Bergen, its social life and other stuff. 🙂

    • khi005
      3. December 2014 at 13:42

      Hi Jone,

      Thanks so much, I certainly hope you get into the MPhil in Gender and Development! For my program, I applied by December 1st last year and I was contacted with my acceptance in early April. It may be that the website on which you applied could tell you when to expect a reply, or you could try contacting the department. Good luck! Hope to see you in Bergen soon!

  6. maureen
    4. December 2014 at 09:46

    I’m so delighted to find this page….I’m eager to read more n more

    • khi005
      5. December 2014 at 09:58

      Thanks, Maureen! So glad to hear you’re enjoying it. Let me know if you’d like me to talk about a specific topic!

  7. Danni
    5. December 2014 at 04:02

    I’m really interested in pursuing a masters degree in UiB too! I am also interested in the same programme you took. 😀 I’m still not done with my undergraduate degree but this sure puts a vision to my dreams. 🙂 Hopefully it will come true some day!

    • khi005
      5. December 2014 at 09:57

      Hi Danni!

      It’s great that you’re interested in the health promotion masters programme here at UiB! I hope the rest of your undergraduate programme goes well, and that we see you in Bergen soon 🙂

  8. Mark
    1. June 2015 at 08:50

    Happy to find useful life experiences, views and all info here.
    I myself was interested to study human medicine bachelors on quota scheme but it looks very impossible, because only masters degrees are intertained. oh, I live in Uganda, E.Africa.

    Bravo for this blog

    • khi005
      1. June 2015 at 17:11

      Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your kind comment, I wish you the best in your studies. Perhaps you can apply for a masters here when it comes time…

  9. Daniel
    2. August 2015 at 21:19

    Hi, first of all many thanks for your helpful and interesting blog ! I’ll be staying the next semester in Bergen and I’have a question about health insurance. My local healthcare service told me to register at NAV with my European Health Insurance Card, but the NAV website indicates the opppsite.Do you know anything about how healthcare works for exchange students? Many thanks and best regards, Daniel

    • Stand Hiestand
      5. August 2015 at 00:20

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to comment! You have a great question, and one I think is potentially worth addressing in a blog post. In the meantime, you may want to try contacting the international admissions team to ask them about navigating insurance as an exchange student. I wish you the best!

  10. 22. September 2015 at 17:00

    Hi Stand, we love your work on this blog, great stuff! We’d love to interview you for Life in Norway about being an international student in Norway. If you’re interested, please get in touch!

    • Stand Hiestand
      23. September 2015 at 12:09

      Thanks so much, David, what a wonderful compliment. I will be in touch!

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