International Student Blog

Category: Activities

Get involved: Kvarteret

As Julien Bourrelle, a French-Canadian PhD candidate in Norway, Founder of Mondå, and author of The Social Guidebook to Norway emphasized in his presentation at the recent International Afternoon (read more about his presentation here: After the International Afternoon): If you want to integrate more fully in Norway and even make some real Norwegian friends the key is to get involved…

Study break: planning a trip to Lofoten

Here is my long overdue answer to a student commentor who asked about traveling to Lofoten, and wondered what the best way to get there may be as well as the cheapest. Thanks for your question, commentor! And please, others who have questions about student life here in Bergen, comment below. For those students who…

Get Involved: Bergen Ølfestival 2015

This year, I’m excited to be volunteering for BØ (Bergen Ølfestival). BØ is Norway’s largest beer fest. Volunteering is a great opportunity for international – or any students – and volunteering for Ølfestival has its own set of benefits. So today I want to share my top 3 reasons to join me and volunteer for BØ! And if you don’t already…

Gear up: Hiking 2017

When in Norway, it’s important to do as the Norwegians – and hike! I thought that it might be helpful to provide a resource for hiking gear and safety information. Many of you may already be experienced hikers but, for those who are new to hiking in Norway and don’t know where (or rather, “wear” –…

Student Organizations Open House

Hello new International Students! Welcome! I’m feeling like a jerk because I’d long ago promised a post on sports to an incoming student who left a comment requesting it. Although I’ve continually been trying to “post the sports”, other time-sensitive topics kept coming up. I was determined for sports-post to be this post, but the upcoming “Student Organizations on…

Impending Introductory Programme (Autumn 2015)

Hei hei everybody (if you haven’t arrived yet, “hei” is “hi” in Norsk, and Norwegians often double it up, this is appealingly warm and friendly to me, so I have adopted it wholeheartedly)! The Autumn 2015 Introductory Programme is coming up quickly (starting on Thursday 6 August)! So, today I thought I’d offer a brief Introductory…

Study Break: Lofoten

I know I promised to write about getting Internet in Norway and I will absolutely address that in at least one of next week’s posts, I swear. But, this week, my own Internet has been sparse because I have been enjoying scenic Lofoten’s “elevated temperature anomalies”. (Actually, it has been quite cool, a little chilly…

Study Break: Regional Travels Part 2, Flåm… or should I say Aurland?

And now… it’s part two of my weekend adventure to Evanger/Voss and Flåm/Aurland, if you missed part one, you can check it out here, “Study Break: Regional Travels Part 1, Voss”, or skip right to the wonders of Aurland. I say the wonders of Aurland because I felt like it was the clear winner of my and…

Study Break: Regional Travels Part 1, Voss

Recently, I wrote a post in response to a future student’s comment asking about the Bergen Railway. Last weekend, I took a short excursion myself, partly on the Bergen Railway. I headed out to Evanger/Voss and Flåm/Aurland with a partner in adventure. You too can take a break from your studies to explore a little more of…