International Student Blog

Category: Arrivals

Now’s the time to volunteer for BØ 2016

Volunteering for BØ (Bergen Ølfestival) is becoming a bit of an annual tradition for me, I volunteered last year and I plan to do so again this year.  What’s an Ølfestival, you ask? A festival of oil? No no, pronounced more like /œl/ (did that help? no? how about this?), Øl means beer.  I am, admittedly, a big fan…

I’m coming to Bergen! Now what? 2017

Hei! A huge welcome to all the new international students arriving in Bergen for UiB courses!  Maybe you’ve seen the weather and wondered if anyone leaves their home.  Maybe you’re ready to get out and make some new Norwegian or international friends.  Maybe you’re wondering what to do, where to go, how to meet these…

Are you my fadder?

So, what do you have to expect in August when you head into Bergen to start school at UiB? Well, after you get yourself into town from the airport, and attend the Introductory Programme one of the first major opportunities you have to meet other students in your faculty in a social setting is by attending Fadderuken (The Mentor…

Introductory Programme August 2016

Hei hei everybody! (This is the doubled up extra-friendly version of “hei”, which of course means “hi” in Norsk) The August 2016 Introductory Programme stars on Thursday 11 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…

Find your niche: Erasmus Student Network

One way to find your niche while you are studying abroad in Bergen is to get involved in a student organization or attend event sponsored by a student org. (Also, if you want to make Norwegian friends and you haven’t yet, Julien S. Bourrelle, author of The Social Guidebook to Norway, would argue that joining some type of activity…

Getting here, January 2016

Last semester an incoming student commented to ask about getting into the Sentrum (city center) from the airport upon arrival. I’m assuming there may be new students heading to Bergen soon who have the same burning question, so here’s a new and improved update on arriving in Bergen!   Don’t wander the streets of Bergen, lost… read…

It’s that time of year: Introductory Programme (January 2016)

Hei hei everybody (if you haven’t arrived yet, “hei” is “hi” in Norsk, and Norwegians often double it up when being extra friendly)! The January 2015 Introductory Programme is coming up quickly (starting on Thursday 07 January)! So, for today’s post, I decided to update a past post of my 3 reasons for attending the Introductory Programme. In the…

After the International Afternoon

Maybe you came today to the ‘International Afternoon’ held in the new University Museum Assembly Hall, if so, please share your experience or your favorite moments by commenting below! The International Afternoon was a welcoming event held by UiB for international students and employees. It was an opportunity to get a taste of some Norwegian music,…

Gettin’ familiar… with Bergen

Hei all! I thought it would be nice for the new arrivals if I went over a few points related to the basic layout of Bergen. Maybe you’ve already mastered it in the short time since you’ve arrived, or maybe you’re a seasoned student who wants to add some valuable tips – if so, just…