International Student Blog

Category: Norwegian culture

Be a guest blogger and win a prize!

UiB is happy to offer a couple of contests through the International Blog. They each have one week deadlines so make sure to submit for them straight away! I’ll let you know about the first “Guest Blogger” contest today, but stay tuned for the second one – coming later this week!   Image: http://ppesydney.net/blogging-as-pedagogy/ Blogging ambitions? You…

Norwegianisms Part II: Full Pupp!

My recent post, “The year the mountains were so steep” and other Norwegianisms, inspired one of my colleagues at UiB, Kjartan, to volunteer a number of other Norwegian idioms! I checked in with my dear Norwegian buddy in order to get a broader context for what these mean and when one might use them and…

“The year the mountains were so steep” and other Norwegianisms

One of my favorite things is to speak to people who speak English as a second-language, there are many reasons for this, but ultimately I am just so completely enamored with the slight differences in phrasing non-native English speaker will use, whether they are translating a colloquialism, idiom, or common term directly from their language…

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…

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!…

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…

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,…

Get Involved: Bergen Ølfestival 2015

This year, I’m excited to be volunteering for BØ (Bergen Ølfestival). BØ is Norway’s largest beer fest. Volunteering is a great opportunity for international – or any students – and volunteering for Ølfestival has its own set of benefits. So today I want to share my top 3 reasons to join me and volunteer for BØ! And if you don’t already…