International Student Blog

Category: Arrivals

Involve yourself! Student Organizations 2017

  Participating in a student organization is a great way to build community in Bergen and make friends with Norwegian students (from both UiB and other local schools). As Julien S. Bourrelle, author of The Social Guidebook to Norway, argues, joining an activity or group is paramount when trying to befriend Norwegians. In his estimation, Norwegians are like wild cats,…

Bergen living costs 2017/2018

Today’s post is an update of a past post on cost of living. It strives to give you an idea of what you might expect to spend on daily expenses in Bergen/Norway. Keep in mind, these are just rough ideas of different common costs, you may have to think through other expenses – such as if you’re bringing…

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…

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…