International Student Blog

Category: Relaxation

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…

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…

Find your niche: Fermentation

Sometimes it can be a challenge to find your niche in a new place. It can help to know where to find other like-minded people. Of course, one potentially obvious way you can find people who you might have things in common with is to join activities or organizations that interest you.  There’s a world of…

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…

Gettin’ familiar… with Bergen

Hei all! I thought it would be nice for the new arrivals if I went over a few points related to the basic layout of Bergen. Maybe you’ve already mastered it in the short time since you’ve arrived, or maybe you’re a seasoned student who wants to add some valuable tips – if so, just…

Student Organizations Open House

Hello new International Students! Welcome! I’m feeling like a jerk because I’d long ago promised a post on sports to an incoming student who left a comment requesting it. Although I’ve continually been trying to “post the sports”, other time-sensitive topics kept coming up. I was determined for sports-post to be this post, but the upcoming “Student Organizations on…

Study Break: Lofoten

I know I promised to write about getting Internet in Norway and I will absolutely address that in at least one of next week’s posts, I swear. But, this week, my own Internet has been sparse because I have been enjoying scenic Lofoten’s “elevated temperature anomalies”. (Actually, it has been quite cool, a little chilly…

Study Break: Regional Travels Part 2, Flåm… or should I say Aurland?

And now… it’s part two of my weekend adventure to Evanger/Voss and Flåm/Aurland, if you missed part one, you can check it out here, “Study Break: Regional Travels Part 1, Voss”, or skip right to the wonders of Aurland. I say the wonders of Aurland because I felt like it was the clear winner of my and…