Even if you missed the chance to go ‘meet the student organizations’ in person yesterday (16 August), you can still participate in a student org. It is a great way to start building your Bergen-community. There is such a variety of options, that you are bound to find one that is right for you:
Join your fellow-outdoorsy students in the wild. Image: http://www.utdanningibergen.no/student-bergen-en/student-organisations/games-sport-and-outdoors/bsi-friluft/
What types of student organizations are out there?
All types! Organizations feature such diverse topics as:
- International groupsand many many more. Click here if you just want to browse clubs that accept international students and have English-language events.
Studvest, the student newspaper, is one of many student organizations you can join! Image: http://www.inside24.no/studvest-halverer-antall-arlige-utgivelser/
Organizations connected to Kvarteret:
Kvarteret, if you haven’t already found out, is Bergen’s student-run student cultural center. It has a cafe, a multitude of event spaces, and a bar. Opportunities abound for student-involvement in Kvarteret and organizations that help keep Kvareret running smoothly.
One example, Aktive Studenters Forening (Active Student’s Association or ASF), is a student group of around 60 members that hosts different genres of music events at Det Akademiske Kvarter. ASF organizes large concerts, jazz, hardcore, and DJs. All students, including international students, are welcome to join. If you’re interested in joining ASF, you can talk to them at the Student Organizations stands on Tuesday, contact them via email, or check out their webpage.
Remember, in addition to student orgs, you can evenvolunteer to work at Kvartet itself (such as doing IT, cooking, bartending, etc) – which I attempted to do at one point (I’m a fan of their “Mikromandag” (Micro-Monday) where on Mondays they discount their micro-brews 17.00 till 1.00).
You can also join one of the many other student organizations involved in putting on events at Kvartet, for example:
- Bergen Filmklubb (Bergen Film Society), an organization that arranges weekly movie screenings. From classics to rare treasures, they keep the films coming. If you’re a movie buff you may want to check out their webpage here.
- Bergen Realistforening (Realist Association) an organization that, among other events, hosts Thursday night concerts at Kvarteret featuring either local or international artists. Take a look at their site, here.
- We Are Borg, an organization focusing on club events – and music you can dance to. Check out their website if you want to learn more!
Other Organization Options:
Looking for options outside of Kvarteret? There are plenty of those as well!
- Help improve international students’ Bergen experience by being a part of the International Student Union
- Meet students from all over with Erasmus Student Network (ESN Bergen), a non-profit European student organization designed for international students. You can get more information and links here.
- Join up with or be an ally of LGBTQ students by participating in Skreive Studenter.
- Let your voice be heard… join the student radio.
- Be a part of student politics, join the Student Parliament.
- Make a difference with Studentenes og Akademikernes Internasjonale Hjelpefond (SAIH) (Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund), an organization striving to face challenges in the global south. Read more here and find more links.
- Or just join with other students to play some sports.
- Or try to find out what organization was the most inclusive for foreign students and join it!
Passionate student radio-personalities. Image: http://www.uib.no/hf/96539/ekte-lidenskap-p%C3%A5-radio