International Student Blog

Category: Culture

It is winter and you must ski

Surprise, surprise, Norwegian winters are not known for being short, bright and warm. Yet you may have been told many many times that you simply must get outside despite the weather. It’s true that being outside, even Norway’s short and intemperate days, improves your mood. Perhaps it is an important cultural key to Norway’s status…

Settling into Bergen 2018

Hei! A huge welcome to all the new international students for Spring semester! I hope you are getting settled, exploring Bergen, and not letting weather stop you from getting out and having fun. If you are new to Bergen this semester, you may be looking for some ways to get settled-in and get involved as…

God Jul 2017

It’s that time of year again, Happy Holidays everyone! This will be my second Christmas actually spent in Norway, so I have learned a few things about how it is celebrated here, but I am sure I will discover new things this year. For those of you staying in town for the holidays, or those…

Building your Study Abroad Experience: Guide to settling into Bergen

Hei! A huge welcome to all the new international students this Fall! I hope you are getting settled, exploring Bergen, and not letting a little rain stop you from having fun so far. If you saw me at the Welcome Programme, you know I think the keys to building a great study abroad experience in…

Welcome Programme August 2017

Hei hei everybody! (This is the doubled up extra-friendly version of “hei”, which of course means “hi” in Norsk) The August 2017 Welcome Programme starts on Thursday 10 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…

Volunteer

In response to a recent question I received on a different blog post, I thought it might be helpful for current and incoming students alike to have a master-post on volunteering in Norway. Volunteering is a pretty big part of Norwegian life, so here’s a post with the whys, the wheres, and the hows about the importance…

What’s Fun 2017

Hei hei again new international students! This week I wanted to update a post offering ideas of what to do and where to go for fun in Bergen, including highlighting an upcoming volunteer opportunity!   Get Active Norwegians tend to be an active and outdoorsy people. You can encounter them frolicking through the mountains like obnoxiously…

Pepperkakebyen 2016

It’s that time of year again, dark and wet and… Christmasy? Well, if you don’t feel sufficiently in the Holiday spirit, it’s time for you to take a trip to Pepperkakebyen (Gingerbread Town). Not enough Holiday cheer outside for you? Time to go the town inside Sentralbadet, Pepperkakebyen! Photo: Stand Hiestand   Pepperkakebyen is an…

Study Break: Be held rapt at Raptus

Need more distractions from your studies? Not to worry, coming up this weekend is Raptus Festivalen. Raptus, also know as Bergen International Comics Festival, was first established by Danish cartoonist/artist Rasmus Julius in 1996. It features a variety of events focused on comics and their creators. Raptus starts Friday evening 16 September, and ends on the 18th of September.…