International Student Blog

Category: Culture

Norwegianisms 3, this time it’s personal

As it is one of my favorite things to mull over some new (to me) Norwegian idioms, slang, or terms. I thought as the Semester wraps up it would be a great moment to savor a few… so here’s my current top 3 new favorite Norwegian-isms (of the moment):   1. Smørøyet According to google translate…

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…

Study Break: break for art

Ready to take a break from studying and engage in some of the cultural activities happening in Bergen? You may want to explore some of the performances happening as part of METEOR, an international theatre festival going on now (15 to 24 October 2015)!   Image: http://bit-teatergarasjen.no/     Who makes METEOR happen? BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen…

Events to get you thinking

I haven’t talked much about lectures and events on and off campus this year, but I’ve found them to be a great way to learn about diverse topics, meet people, and generally feel engaged academically here at UiB and in the community at large. I attended quite a few last year, and many were remarkably intriguing.  …

Study break: Oh, Oslo!

If you’re an international student in Bergen, chances are you’d like to take some time while you’re in Norway to do some additional exploring. Perhaps you’d even like to take a peek at Norway’s largest city, Oslo. If you’re looking for a bigger city feel, and you’d like to make the journey, Oslo is well…

Culture: Bergen’s famous Leprosy Museum

When you’re living in a new place, or even a place you’ve been in for quite some time, it’s always worthwhile to explore something you haven’t gotten around to yet. Late this summer I finally got to the Leprosy Museum, something I’ve been wanting to go to for as long as I’ve been in Bergen!…

The Staples: Grocery Stores

Another vital topic for newcomers to Norway is groceries. Everybody needs them, and that Meny next to Fantoft is overpriced! Jokes – well, mostly jokes. When I lived at Fantoft I did shop there a lot because I felt the the proximity to Fantoft outweighed the potential deals I might get elsewhere, and there were…

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…