Hello new International Students! Welcome!
I’m feeling like a jerk because I’d long ago promised a post on sports to an incoming student who left a comment requesting it. Although I’ve continually been trying to “post the sports”, other time-sensitive topics kept coming up. I was determined for sports-post to be this post, but the upcoming “Student Organizations on stands” (we’d probably call it an ‘open house’ in the US, but because there will be stands where you can chat with all the different organizations this title is extremely logical) has pushed the sports post back again – sorry!
However, don’t be too disappointed, sports-commentor, there are TWENTY-SIX sports-related options available from Bergen College Sports – or BSI (of course some of these may be Norwegian speaking), and you can ask BSI all about them in person at the Student Organization open house. (And I promise to do an all-sports post this week, I swear!)
From media, to politics, to pubs, to music, to sports, to international groups, there are all types of student organizations to join. You can take a look at the full selection of clubs that accept international students and have English-language events here.
Studvest, the student newspaper, is one of many student organizations you can join! Image: http://www.studentbergen.no/student-bergen/artikler/vil-du-jobbe-i-studvest/
In order to whet your palate, I’ll highlight a club today called ASF. But there are so many available, make sure you check out:
Student Organizations on stands
Tuesday 11 August
At the Student Centre (Parkveien 1, or #14 on the campus map) – you remember, it’s where you went to pick up your SiB (student housing) keys!
ASF (Aktive Studenters Forening)
Aktive Studenters Forening (Active Student’s Association) is a student group of around 60 members that hosts different genres of music events at Kvarteret including large concerts, jazz, hardcore, and DJs. All students, including international students, are welcome to join.
So, ASF hosts music events at Kvarteret – what’s Kvarteret you ask?
Kvarteret (the Quarter) or Det Akademiske Kvarter (the Academic Quarter) is Bergen’s student-run student cultural center (opened in 1995 by Crown Prince Haakon). Kvartet hosts over 1500 events per year, accommodating around 250,000 annually, students and general public alike. Take a look at Kvartet’s website here. I’m a fan of their “Mikromandag” (Micro-Monday) where from 17.00 till 1.00 they serve discounted micro-brews, although I haven’t often been able to attend, I got excited about it in this post.
Remember there are lots of ways to get involved, including volunteering to work at Kvartet itself (such as doing IT, cooking, bartending, etc), or joining one of the many other student organizations involved in putting on events at Kvartet such as the Bergen Filmklubb (Bergen Film Society), Bergen Realistforening (Realist Association), and We Are Borg. So if you’re interested in music and film event planning, check out those in addition to ASF.
New in town and looking for things to do? Try these resources.
Keep informed about possible events, follow the following groups on Facebook:
How many owls can we get on this post?! Two, I guess. Student Parliament logo. Image: http://www.uib.no/en/education/49008/student-organisations-and-activities
Take a look at my past post, “I’ve arrived in Bergen! Now what?”
You may also want to keep your eye on the calendar for utdanningibergen (study Bergen), it’s full of student events!