International Student Blog

Category: Norwegian culture

What not to miss – culture

Your study abroad experience is finite. Do you want to know what aspects of Norwegian culture that you shouldn’t miss while you are here? Always a subjective subject, but perhaps some suggestions can get you started! Cultural Experiences Of course, you have no doubt explored some food, and you already have learned the Norwegian art of gearing up and…

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…

It’s Christmas, it’s Christmas, in Norway

Happy Holidays everyone! In honor of Christmas time I thought I’d share with you all some things I’ve learned from the first Christmas I’ve actually gotten to spend in Norway. God Jul (Merry Christmas). Photo: Stand Hiestand After my first taste of pinnekjøtt and getting a bit confused about what constitutes the first, second, and third day…

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…

Brann, “we are so good that it is almost not possible”

Today’s blog focuses on the 16 of May football (that’s soccer for the two Americans or Aussies in the audience, but the Aussies already knew of course). This year, I got to go to my very first Brann (Bergen’s team) football game accompanied by Marianne, the Norwegian blogger – and it happened to be the…

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…