Hei hei everybody! (This is the doubled up extra-friendly version of “hei”, which of course means “hi” in Norsk)
The August 2016 Introductory Programme stars on Thursday 11 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 your new accommodations. So, for today’s post, here’s an updated past post of my top 3 reasons for attending the Introductory Programme. If you absolutely can’t make it for some reason, I can assure you that you can still get the important information (just follow the instructions on late arrival and/or email Student Affairs for an appointment if you arrive after the Help Desk has closed for the semester at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). However, I really want to encourage everyone who can make it to come with the following:
3 Good Reasons to Attend the August 2016 Introductory Programme
Photo: Ingvild Festervoll Melien
Look, we all know that often practicalities at best are tedious, and at worst can be confusing and time-consuming. The Introductory Programme makes it easier to navigate these (from the photo above, you might say it make them downright fun, okay, that may be an exaggeration). They offer clear instructions for what you have to do, as well as when and how to do it. You will also receive a”New Student Brochure”, a detailed resource (like to be prepared ahead of time? check out the New Student Checklist here). (Information about class registration will arrive via email in early August.) If you want to get a feel for the flavor of the programme, you can check out my past blog “Introducing the Introductory Programme“. However, by missing the programme itself, you miss a valuable opportunity to ask questions, as well as hear other students’ questions, comments, and concerns.
If you attend the Introductory Programme, you get to learn about Norway and Norwegians through some of the fine presentations offered. The “Meeting the Locals” presentation was one of my favorites, I even attended again for the Spring Introductory Programme 2015 and wrote about it in this, “Meeting the Locals” post.
Culture is a huge part of living in a different country from your own. Attending cultural offerings at the Introductory Programme may help prevent some culture shocks, or create a curiosity within you to learn more and seek out specific adventures during your time in Bergen!
3. New Friends
Not only is the Introductory Programme a great time to start mingling with your fellow students, it provides introductions to student organizations such as the International Student Union, the Erasmus Student Network and the Student Parliament. Getting acquainted with these and other organizations and attending their events is another excellent way to find your new, Bergen-friends. By the way, there’s an opportunity to check out tons of student organizations in person at the ‘Student Organizations on Stands’ event on 16 August, but the Introductory Programme offers a teaser that can help focus your attentions in a potentially overwhelming amount of stands later in the month!
Convinced to attend? Check out the Introductory Programme page here.