International Student Blog

New International Students!

It’s that time of year, international students outside of Norway have received their acceptance letters if they applied for full degrees (exchange students hear by July 1st) and are likely thinking about their next steps for joining us here at UiB. Perhaps you are one of them? Or, perhaps you are a current UiB student with some sage advice for the newcomers? Either way, please comment below and let us know what you’re thinking, what you’re wondering, or any tips or tricks you might want to share!



First of all I want to send a hearty congratulations to all the new students planning to attend UiB programmes next fall, I look forward to seeing you in Bergen! I’ve mined some of my past blogs in order to try to compile my top 4 helpful and fun tips as you get ready to move to Norway to study!


Meet a Norwegian... or a Norwegian fjord horse!

Photo: Stand Hiestand



1. Before you arrive

This is the most important step. If you do nothing else before coming to Bergen to study at the University, make sure to check out all the ‘Before Arrival’ information on the UiB website.  This will guide you through the many details you need to take care of before coming to Bergen, including arranging accommodation, getting a Student Residence Permit (if your studies are longer than three months), figuring out your finances and signing up for insurance if necessary, as well as practical information about arrival (such as directions into town and checking in for student housing), campus life and important semester dates. (You may also want to pack your bags with a lot of rain gear so you can get outside no matter the weather!)



One view of Bergen Havn (Bergen’s port). Photo: Stand Hiestand



2. Thinking about housing

Deciding on housing from abroad can be a challenge. Here’s a few quick links about housing options, you can also read a more colorful and detailed post on housing here.

Student housing through Sammen



Make friends with Sammen’s (formerly SiB) website. Image:

Other housing options

Take a look at these ‘online classified ads’ if you prefer to find housing on your own or if you missed the student housing deadline. Both of these sites offer tailored searching, you can look for a specific price range and choose specific neighborhoods.

  1. offers not only apartments, but also a variety of goods for sale (in Norwegian, so have the translating add-ons for your browser fired up and ready)
  2. offers housing only and you can change the language on the site itself.



Use for apartment searching. Image:


3. Start making connections

Moving to a new place can be lonesome at first, you might want to try to make some friends before you get here! Or you may just want to look for ways to get necessary supplies when you arrive. There are a number of Facebook groups which may be helpful.

You definitely want to be aware of the University’s Facebook Page, of course.

You may also want to look into joining Buddy Bergen to be matched with a local so you can start looking for Norwegian friends early or explore some of the many other organizations you can participate in upon arrival:

In order to make connections when you get here you may also want to make sure you arrive in time to attend the Introductory Programme. The Introductory Programme is helpful for meeting people as well as getting practical information (for example residence information as well as registration information). To check out the schedule for UiB’s Introductory Programme Autumn 2015, just click here. To read more about experiencing the Introductory Programme click here.

Semesterstart, UiB

Come and join us in the rain. Photo: Eivind Senneset

4. Learn the language

You may want to start learning some of the language before you arrive. Well, Duolingo has just added Bokmål as a study option (while Bergensk is actually the dialect spoken here in Bergen, Bokmål is one of the standard written versions of Norwegian, I can’t speak to the pronunciation used in this program, but it may be Standard Østnorsk (Standard East Norwegian) as that is commonly taught to foreigners).

You can join a language tandem when you arrive which may allow you to practice either Norsk (Norwegian) or another language of your choosing.  You can read more about the experience of language tandem here.  There will be a chance to sign up for it in fall semester, so keep your eyes open for more information about that.




Norway is impressively beautiful. Rosendal. Photo: Stand Hiestand


Or, you may just want to start learning about the culture you’ll be joining, already in progress.  (The following video is uncredited on youtube, but the Introductory Programme presenters like to share it with incoming students).

You’re coming to a beautiful country, with smart, funny, and fascinating people, welcome to Norway!

21 comments for “New International Students!

  1. Adekanye Adeola Mary
    28. May 2015 at 14:47

    i need admission

  2. oke kolade
    30. May 2015 at 17:11

    I like to confirm if bergen has an English taught bachelor’s program in economic or finance/commerce.

    • khi005
      1. June 2015 at 17:13


      I wish you the best with your applications to UiB – unfortunately my reply is the same as above:
      I am a student and I do not work in admissions or in a specific department, so I can’t help with the admission process, or answering questions about specific study programmes.

      You may want to contact the department to which you are applying or the international admissions team. Good luck!

  3. Buukinter M. Danladi
    30. May 2015 at 18:07

    I want a scholarship for a doctoral degree in Norway

    • khi005
      1. June 2015 at 17:17


      I wish you the best with your applications to doctoral programmes at UiB – unfortunately my reply is the same as for above:
      I am a student and I do not work in admissions, so I can’t help with the admission process, or answering questions about scholarships or specific study programmes.

      You may want to contact the department to which you are applying or the international admissions team. Good luck!

  4. anshul bhardwaj
    6. June 2015 at 05:51

    I want to take admission in in oral science….but not residing in norway,there is option only for quota students and students residing in norway .plzz help in guiding me for same

    • khi005
      8. June 2015 at 13:31


      I wish you the best with wish to apply for a masters of oral science at UiB – unfortunately, I am a student and I do not work in admissions or any specific department, so I can’t help with the admission process, or answering questions about specific study programmes.

      You may want to contact the department to which you are applying or the international admissions team. Good luck!

  5. Nkafu Bechem
    7. June 2015 at 01:07

    Good day sir i will like to enroll in your institution so i need information on having an admission in your institution

  6. Anyagui0110
    7. June 2015 at 02:23

    Hello Khi005,

    I will arrive to Bergen this coming August the 2nd, it’s a Sunday, though I checked the Housing’s page and they say they have extended opening hours from August 1st to 10th including Saturdays and Sundays, so that’s great.

    I would like to know where to get stuff (e.g bed clothing) for my room once I get there.

    Thank you so much for this info, it helps a lot!!! Now I have a better idea what to expect and above all how to get there from the airport. Great job on this post 🙂

    • khi005
      8. June 2015 at 13:37

      Hello there,

      Thanks for your kind comment 🙂 I hope your preparations for joining us here in Bergen are going well! Thanks for letting me know about your questions for arrival. I’m happy to write a post that helps point to some resources to address your questions on where to get items for your room and how to get here from the airport! Look for it coming this week!
      So lovely to get a request for a helpful topic. I absolutely welcome that! And I wish you an early Velkommen i Bergen!


    • A
      26. June 2015 at 11:59

      A lot of students, and also a bunch of foreigners, always go to IKEA. IKEA is in one of the boroughs that make up Bergen – Åsane. “IKEA-bussen” is a free bus service that goes from the city centre, to IKEA, and back. I’m guessing an updated schedule will be posted here soon; You can also take the regular bus – the easiest to take is “4 – Flaktveit” (Not “4 – Varden” or “4 – Oasen” – they’re southbound, Flaktveit is northbound). The buses have screens telling you which stop the next one is, and the IKEA-stop (hard to miss) is conveniently enough named “IKEA”. The IKEA stop is also the fourth stop after the bus terminal in Åsane (also hard to miss).

      There’s also and express bus “4E – Flaktveit”, that runs from around 14:00 to 17:30 (, starting at the bus station in the city centre (bystasjonen / busstasjonen), and picks up passengers the couple of stops from the bus station to Bryggen. After that it doesn’t stop until it reaches “Gullgruven” in Åsane, so it’s a lot faster. Technically “Gullgruven” is the stop after the “IKEA”-stop, but it’s really not far to walk back (just a tiny bridge), and worth it in my opinion. (Although I live here so I never take the bus to go to IKEA…).

      Every year I end up helping confused foreigners (and Norwegians) trying to find IKEA.

      • Stand Hiestand
        26. June 2015 at 12:04

        Thanks for your comment! I also recommend Ikea in my post on ‘nesting’ once in Bergen, but those are great instructions! Appreciate it! Thanks for your continued assistance to the students and foreigners who seek Ikea 🙂

  7. Dee
    13. June 2015 at 15:53

    I have been admitted to USB and I plan to be at fantoft on the 4th August. I have a couple of qns and need your help
    1.where can I buy less expensive bedsheets especially duvet
    2.are students at fantoft allowed to cook?
    3.between a bicycle, bus and train, which is relatively cheap as a means of transport from fantoft to faculty of dentistry?


    • Stand Hiestand
      14. June 2015 at 22:18

      Hi Dee, thanks for your comment!

      Congratulations on your admission and hope you have an easy time getting in to Bergen in August. Regarding your excellent questions:

      1. This post may help as it offers a wide variety of cheaper options for getting things like sheets: (but you might focus on one of the online student markets mentioned in it, or on Ikea).
      2. Yes, you are definitely allowed to cook at Fantoft. When I was there I was in a 2 bedroom unit with a shared kitchen and bath, and I believe there are also ‘bachelor’ units and single rooms with a shower where you share a kitchen with several other students.
      3. Bicycle may be cheapest, but it’s not for the faint of heart, as its extremely rainy here. If you get a student skyss pass it works for both the bus and bybane (light rail).

      But discussing the transport situation in more detail might be a good plan for another post! Wishing you the best in your preparations,


  8. Bubak A Dohili
    26. June 2015 at 00:15

    hello i would like to study in norway maybe next year for PhD programme. beautiful country with mountains. guidance?

    • Stand Hiestand
      26. June 2015 at 10:16

      I wish you the best with applications to PhD programme’s in Norway, it is a beautiful country! The admissions and application process is not really in my scope of expertise especially in Norway as a whole. If you’re interested in UiB, you might start by exploring their PhDs, contacting the faculty in which you’re interested, or contacting international admissions. Good luck!

  9. Daniel Ort
    20. July 2015 at 18:30

    Hi! Very interesting all this information.

    I will arrive in Bergen in a couple of weeks.

    There is an Introductory program for those new students:

    I wonder if it is worth to attend or it is possible to skip it and get easily the information after that program, since I am not sure if I will be ablle to attend it.

    Do you know? thanks! 🙂

    • Stand Hiestand
      21. July 2015 at 21:35

      It is definitely worth attending the Introductory Programme if you can possibly make it, not only for the information but also because it offers an opportunity to connect with other students. If you can’t get there, don’t worry. Certainly you should be able to pick up your Introductory packet – which has most of the helpful information/instructions for next steps. I don’t know exactly where you would do that. You might ask the faculty to which you were accepted or the international admissions team. Hope you can make it. Good luck!

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