Hei hei everybody! (This is the doubled up extra-friendly version of “hei”, which of course means “hi” in Norsk)
The August 2017 Welcome Programme starts on Thursday 10 August! It is a hugely beneficial part of your start at UiB, and probably one of the first things you’ll do here apart from getting yourself to Bergen and to your new accommodations. So, for today’s post, here’s an updated past post of my top 3 reasons for attending the Introductory Programme. 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 and/or email Student Affairs for an appointment if you arrive after the Help Desk has closed for the semester at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). However, I really want to encourage everyone who can make it to come, so here are:
3 Good Reasons to Attend the August 2017 Welcome Programme
Photo: Ingvild Festervoll Melien
Look, we all know that often practicalities at best are tedious, and at worst can be confusing and time-consuming. The Introductory Programme makes it easier to navigate these (from the photo above, you might say it make them downright fun – SO fun!). While you have access to the New Student Checklist and information about class registration (arriving via email in July) to get you started on practicalities, if you miss the programme itself, you miss a valuable opportunity to ask questions, and hear other students’ questions, comments, and concerns. If you want to get a feel for the flavor of the programme, you can check out my past blog, “Introducing the Introductory Programme“.
If you attend the Welcome 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. Culture is a huge part of living in a different country from your own. Learning about cultural at the Welcome 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!
3. New 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 also an opportunity to check out tons of student organizations in person at the ‘Meet the Student Organisations’ event on Tuesday 15 August.
Convinced to attend? Check out the Welcome Programme page here.