International Student Blog

Month: January 2015

Oh the people you’ll meet

image

In another attempt to immerse myself in student activities, I attended the kickoff event for ESN Bergen, ISU UIB: International Students Union of Bergen and Studentparlamentet UiB‘s International Days:  Speedfriending at Det Akademiske Kvarter Tuesday night, January 27th.     Speedfriending operated with similar rules to speed dating, one half of the group of students-ready-for-new-buddies gathered around tables adorned with…

Student Symphony Night

image

In my ongoing quest to experience some of the activities available to the new (and current) students at UiB, I attended a free concert last Friday – stay tuned for my next post to see if I made any new friends at Tuesday the 27th of January’s ESN “Speed-friending”event! I don’t think I made any…

Touring Bergen

image

It’s semester start and there are all kinds of events to help students get to know the city and makefriends. Whether it be city tours, concerts, speed friending, or taking a hike or a ski-trip, it feels like there are more available activities than time. Today I joined in as Christophe Balin and one other guide took students on part…

Norwegian-style cosy.

landscape-1459256669-gettyimages-544488983

Of course it is important to follow the Norwegian aphorism, “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing” and get outside to enjoy the outdoors despite the Norwegian weather, but we can’t be outside all the time. In the summer, there may be stormy days, and in winter there are long nights to pass. Sometimes outside there’s weather…

There is no Bad Weather, only Bad Clothing

Semesterstart, UiB

Are you tired of sitting in your room and looking at this?   Bergen can have the type of weather that makes you want to crawl indoors and get warm. This is certainly one option, and of course there are plenty of cosy activities you can entertain yourself with inside, but first, an appeal for the outdoors:…

I’ve arrived in Bergen! Now what?

IMG_7545

A huge welcome to all the new international students arriving in Bergen for UiB courses!  Maybe you’ve seen the weather and wondered if anyone leaves their home.  Maybe you’re ready to get out and make some new Norwegian or international friends.  Maybe you’re wondering what to do, where to go, how to meet these mythical…

Meeting the Locals at the UiB Introductory Programme

Svalbard-9

Yesterday I had the good fortune to re-attend one of my favorite Introductory Programme presentations, “Meeting the Locals”.  I would have also liked to have attended “Understanding Norway: a Historical Perspective”, but I had class. If anybody went and cares to comment on it (below), I would love to know what you learned! There was…

A Sensational Start to Spring Semester

Eivind Senneset, Photographer

Welcome (back) to UiB! Perhaps you are also anticipating the next semester and wondering what to expect or how to get a jump start. Below are a few tips that I hope will be helpful in getting us all into the swing of things for spring (semester)! If you’re a new student, definitely attend the UiB’s Introductory Programme…