Hei hei everybody (if you haven’t arrived yet, “hei” is “hi” in Norsk, and Norwegians often double it up when being extra friendly)!
The January 2015 Introductory Programme is coming up quickly (starting on Thursday 07 January)! So, for today’s post, I decided to update a past post of my 3 reasons for attending the Introductory Programme. In the summer I received a comment from a student unsure if he could attend the Fall Semester’s Introductory Programme. He therefore asked if the Introductory Programme is skippable. 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). However, I really want to encourage everyone who can make it to come with the following:
3 Good Reasons to Attend the January 2016 Introductory Programme
Eivind Senneset, Photographer
Look, we all know that often practicalities at best are tedious, and at worst can be confusing, time-consuming, and seem overwhelming. The Introductory Programme makes it easier to navigate these. They offer clear instructions for what you have to do, as well as when and how to do it. You can get this information from your “Welcome Envelope” (passed out the first day of the Introductory Programme or picked up later if you’re arriving late) and “Semester Start Brochure” and, 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 went again for the Spring Introductory Programme last year (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!
Norwegians: born with Skis on their feet? Image: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140804072727-224156851-do-you-want-to-see-the-future-of-sports-tribute-to-norway
3. Meet 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 19 January, but the Introductory Programme offers a teaser that can help focus your attentions in a potentially overwhelming amount of stands later in the month!
And, bonus (should we call it #4?), remember there is a free for new incoming International Students lunch the first day of the programme!
Convinced to attend? Check out the Introductory Programme page here.