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Introducing the Introductory Programme

Are you a new student thinking about attending the Introductory Programme for Spring 2015 in January?  Or, have you’ve been here awhile and remembering your experiences of the Introductory Programme seems like a distant memory?  Perhaps you were at the most recent programme this August and you just want to spot yourself in one of the photos from this August!  Well, then read on.

 

Internasjonalt studentmottak, UiB

Eivind Senneset, Photographer

 

So much has happened since the August 2014 Introductory Programme, it seems like a misty memory to me even though was mere months ago.  I had no idea what to expect, and barely any idea of where I was going, when I hiked up the hill on my way to the first day of programme.

 

Internasjonalt studentmottak, UiB

Eivind Senneset, Photographer

 

The only friends I had were my flatmate and a lovely woman I’d met while struggling with my luggage locker at bystasjonen (the bus station).  But attending the introductory programme increased my friendbase exponentially. I met two more of my closest (current) friends because I attended.

 

Internasjonalt studentmottak, UiB

Eivind Senneset, Photographer

 

The Introductory Programme was also helpful getting an idea of practical information, like what I needed to get done to get set up for classes and semester start in general, what I had to get done to get my Norwegian student residence set up, what Norwegians might be like, what organizations and activities there are on campus,  lots of other useful information, and a free lunch the first day! If you’d like to take a look at the schedule for UiB’s Introductory Programme Spring 2015, just click here.

 

Internasjonalt studentmottak, UiB

Eivind Senneset, Photographer

 

My favorite part of the Introductory Programme was a short presentation on Norwegian food.  If you get asked to volunteer to try some typical Norwegian foods in an introductory presentation – do!  Not only because it may be new to you, and some of it may be tasty (although most people don’t seem to like the fish oil, I was lucky I was already used to it), but because – if it mimics my experience – the presenters give the volunteers a few gifts for being good sports.  They gave me ‘quick lunch’ (DELICIOUS, like a Kit Kat candy bar if you know them, but even better), soup mix, and a bar of amazing Norwegian milk chocolate.

 

Eivind Senneset, Photographer

Eivind Senneset, Photographer

 

For Spring 2015, there will be a programme of social events for January put on by some of the organizations who will be presenting: International Student Union, the Erasmus Student Network and the Student Parliament.  Attending these events is a great way to meet people.  The schedule isn’t available yet, but you can follow them on Facebook (linked above) for more information.

 

Eivind Senneset, Photographer

A presentation of UiB organizations. Eivind Senneset, Photographer

 

Current students, what were your favorite parts of the Introductory Programme?  Future students, anything you’re excited for or nervous about?  Comment below!

8 comments for “Introducing the Introductory Programme

  1. Fernanda
    26. December 2014 at 09:46

    Hi! I’m from Mexico and I’m attending the Introductory Program in January, I will be in UiB during one semester, in the Bachelor program of Political Science.
    The Introductory Program seems to be very helpful and fun, I hope to be rewarded with a Kit Kat too ☺️

    I’m very excited and nervous at the same time. Do you have any packing advice?
    Hope to meet you soon!

    • Víctor
      7. July 2015 at 08:47

      ¡Hola, Fernanda! Disculpa la molestia que este comentario te ocasiona, sucede que también soy un estudiante mexicano y muy probablemente realice alguna estancia en la Universidad de Bergen. Para mí sería de gran ayuda que compartieras tu experiencia conmigo y me orientaras un poco sobre ciertas cuestiones relativas a la vida académica y la vida en general. Entiendo que tu comentario tiene meses y que muy probablemente no reciba respuesta alguna, sin embargo, de haberla, te lo agradecería infinitamente. ¡Enhorabuena!

      • Stand Hiestand
        7. July 2015 at 16:39

        Hi there, thanks for your comment. So sorry, I don’t speak Spanish, but if you have a question specific to student life and can translate it into English, I’d be happy to try to address it in a blog or a comment. All the best!

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