International Student Blog

Category: Academics

Study Break: So what’s the deal with Vinmonopolet?

So, new students, are you already acclimated to the Norwegian culture around alcohol? Of course, there are many aspects of this, from the vorspiel (preparty) to the nachspiel (afterparty) and a tendency towards big nights on weekends only (instead of moderation more often) – but today’s focus is on buying alcohol at Vinmonopolet and other stores. If…

Student Resources: The Ombudsperson

Meet Sylvi Leirvåg, University of Bergen’s first studentombud (student ombudsperson). In case you didn’t already know, an ombudsperson is an advocate who represents the interests of a specific group, in this case students, by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or rights violations. I got a chance to sit down and talk with Sylvi in order to “introduce you” to her,…

Meet an International Student: Maurice

From time to time, it’s nice to meet a fellow international student. The first one we met on this blog is Raíssa, a 21-year-old international bachelor’s student from Brazil, you can meet her here. Today we’ll meet Maurice Mugabowagahunde, a 36-year-old PhD candidate studying Archaeology. He’s married and has a two-year-old son. He’s from Rwanda in Eastern-Central Africa and enjoys…

Meet an International Student: Raíssa

Meet Raíssa, a 21-year-old international student from Brazil in the 4th year of her Bachelor’s degree. She has one more year of school to complete and then she’ll get her degree. She has spent the last year at University of Bergen as part of Science without Borders, a programme of the Brazilian government that gives the opportunity…

How I (spectacularly) failed the 7 Mountain Challenge

Many months ago, I had the bright idea to participate in the 7fjellturen (7 Mountain Challenge) an annual Bergen tradition in which seven mountains are hiked consecutively. Bergen, you see, is known as the city of seven mountains (one delightful Wikipedia entry that I read before my arrival notes that the Bergensere (Bergen citizens) argue about which of of the…

Grieg Academy

There are many opportunities to come study at the University of Bergen as an international student. One avenue through which a future international student might join us here at UiB is through the Grieg Academy. The Grieg Academy, part of UiB’s faculty of Humanities spans arts as well as sciences. It offers a wide range of academics…

Disappointing Husband

On Wednesday 29th April, Hitomi Tonomura a Professor of Women’s Studies and History from the University of Michigan gave a guest lecture at UiB sponsored by The Department of Foreign Languages and the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research. Her areas of expertise include East-Asian History, pre-modern Japanese History, as well as gender and sexuality. Her…

Women’s Rights, an American Perspective on Norway and a visit to Turkey

Equality and human rights come in all forms, but this week’s blogs will focus on equality of the sexes. As one might suspect, as a female I am aware of and passionate about this topic. And, having returned from a trip to Turkey very recently, this topic is very much on my mind. One thing I…

2015 Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize

The Holberg and the Nils Klim prize are awarded annually. This year they will be awarded tomorrow, Thursday 12.03.2015, and you can attend! 5 Reasons to see the Holberg and Nils Klim Prize Ceremony tomorrow: 5. In 2003 the Norwegian government created the Holberg Prize in order to highlight the value of academic scholarship within arts, humanities, social sciences, law and…