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Meet an International Student: Raíssa

Meet Raíssa, a 21-year-old international student from Brazil in the 4th year of her Bachelor’s degree. She has one more year of school to complete and then she’ll get her degree. She has spent the last year at University of Bergen as part of Science without Borders, a programme of the Brazilian government that gives the opportunity for Brazilian students to study at Universities worldwide. Get to know her below!



Photo: Raíssa Silva Hardt


Cooking, traveling, and connecting.

Cooking is my favorite hobby, one of the reasons why I worked as a volunteer at Kvarteret during this internship in Norway. It was amazing to meet people from different countries, interact with their cultures and also have a free time to have fun.

I like to interact with people sharing moments that will be pleasant to remember, such as travelling with my friends, cooking and playing some games, watching our favorite series and listening to songs.

Brazilians love being together and we also love making new friends, specially when we can show them our culture and discover theirs =)


Kvarteret. Photo: Irene Heggstad. Copyright UiB


Science without Borders

Science without Borders is a Brazilian exchange program that sends students all over the world, motivating them to improve their knowledge of English as well as in their fields of study. The aim is to bring students back to Brazil with a different experience of life that can contribute to a successful career, considering that the students will learn new skills, have a chance to do a research or internship abroad and deal with distinct cultures.


Choosing Norway and the University of Bergen

I intended to acquire knowledge on subjects related to petroleum and natural gas, well established in Norway and currently under development in Brazil, and areas of Chemistry that could complement my academic education. The University of Bergen caught my attention because it offered me great options of courses, involving Colloidal Chemistry, Radiochemistry and Petroleum and Natural Gas that could broaden my knowledge in areas which can help me to reach a good position as an engineer in the future.




The UiB experience

It was a wonderful experience! The Master courses I took these two semesters gave me opportunity to experience a higher level of education with different objectives than Bachelor’s courses, as well as new teaching skills and methods of evaluation. Good organization, infrastructure, and qualified courses are the main aspects of my experience here.

Surface and Colloid Chemistry (KJEM214) was my favorite course, mainly due to the teacher: Kristine Spildo. She knows how to gather and share ideas using interactive tools, quizzes and brilliant explanations that motivates the student to learn and understand the subjects.


Drawbacks of Bergen (inconceivable!)

I thought the winter would be worst and I’m glad it was not so cold (the lowest temperature in my hometown is around 15 Celsius degrees, then you can compare…) But the rain sucks! I knew Bergen was the rainiest city in Europe and definitely I confirmed it.



Bergen’s Dark and rainy winter… Photo: Stand Hiestand

Making Friends

I made some Norwegian friends working as a volunteer at Kvarteret, besides other Europeans. It was really nice! I’ll miss them.


Bergen Favorites

My favorite part of the city: Bryggen. I LOVE the colorful houses and the ice cream they sell there (fantastic). Also I love the mountains. The view from there is incredible! Bergen provided me so many good memories.


Bryggen. Photo: Stand Hiestand

Travels in Norway

I went on a fjord cruise to Modalen and Rosendal. Both cities are so cute! The small villages and the fjords were so beautiful. I went on two cabin trips at Mjølfjell with Kvarteret group, during spring and winter. The contrast was shocking and the place is perfect to relax.
I took a trip to Stavanger and hiked to Preikestolen. Amazing! Kjeragbolten was impossible (lot of snow). I’m planning to go to Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten before I leave, and next week I’m finally going to Oslo.



Rosendal. Photo: Stand Hiestand

And.. would she return to the UiB or Bergen if the opportunity presented itself?

Selvfølgelig =)

(If you don’t have your Norwegian to English dictionary handy, this means “Of course!”).

13 comments for “Meet an International Student: Raíssa

    5. July 2015 at 10:49

    My name is Eugene; I am a Rwandan boy aged of 29 years old, I seek to study Masters in Public Administration in Norway.

    It was so nice to read your witness. It triggered my existing love to Norway. I thing that once I will also share such witness. I have never been in Norway but I know that it is the country of joy and peace. I humbly request Anyone who read my comment to provide me information which can help me to get scholarship in Norway, mainly in Bergen University.
    Please if you have any helpful information don’t hesitate to email me at

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Stand Hiestand
      7. July 2015 at 16:35

      Hi Eugene,

      Thanks for commenting. I wish you the best with your application to UiB for a Masters in Public Administration, I am a student and I do not work in admissions, so I can’t help with the admission process, unfortunately.

      You may want to contact the department to which you are applying or the international admissions team. Or contact the admissions team for Public Administration to ask if the Quota Scheme is at all a possibility in your case. Good luck!

    • deepak
      31. August 2016 at 16:11

      how can i get into the university ..?? am i eligible or not

      • Stand Hiestand
        31. August 2016 at 17:44

        Hi again,
        Please see my other comment for places to get started. Of course, as a fellow student, I have no way of saying if you are eligible for programmes at UiB, you can search for eligibility requirements by programme via UiB’s site. I wish you the best, hope to see you in Bergen someday!

  2. musiime moses
    9. July 2015 at 11:51

    hi a need a buddy and how do i get one when i arrive in Bergen
    for my masters
    am from Uganda Africa

    • Stand Hiestand
      9. July 2015 at 17:37

      Hei hei,
      Thanks for your comment, I’m not exactly sure what you mean by needing a buddy. Perhaps you’re referring to the Buddy Bergen programme? If so, you can read about signing up for a buddy here. Otherwise, you can look for connections through the many groups related to UiB, Fantoft, Alrek, etc on Facebook. I think Buddy Bergen may be a great idea for a future post – stay tuned and I will try to feature it soon! And I welcome you to Bergen, hope you enjoy your studies!

  3. Paul adeboye
    3. September 2015 at 15:06

    Does bergen university offer bachelors degree in law

    • Stand Hiestand
      3. September 2015 at 15:27

      You can read about UiB’s bachelor’s offerings here. It’s important to keep in mind that generally UiB’s bachelor’s programmes have a Norwegian language proficiency requirement as well as an English one. I wish you the best!

  4. deepak
    31. August 2016 at 16:12

    how can i get admission into any of the university in norway , mainly in medical science. please let me know

    • Stand Hiestand
      31. August 2016 at 17:42

      Hi there, while I’m a student and cannot give admissions advice, you may want to start by exploring the UiB site for the programme in which you’re interested. My blog on “Admissions, Programmes, and Financing” may also be useful for you. Or, you can try contacting the international admissions team for advice relating to applying. I wish you the best!

  5. Ogunmodimu ademola
    22. May 2017 at 08:25


    • Stand Hiestand
      6. June 2017 at 11:26

      Hi there, while I’m a student and cannot guide you through the admissions process, there are a lot of resources available online. You may want to start by exploring the UiB site for the programme in which you’re interested. If you’re looking for a master’s programme, you can start here. My blog on “Admissions, Programmes, and Financing” may also be useful for you, although, unfortunately, the quota scheme is no longer available. Or, you can try contacting the international admissions team for advice relating to applying. I wish you the best in your future studies! Hope you get the opportunity to study abroad!

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