International Student Blog

Author: Stand Hiestand

Epic ‘What-to-Pack for University of Bergen’ Post 2017

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Hello new students, congratulations on your acceptance to UiB and looking forward to seeing you in Bergen in August!   Now that you’ve decided to join us here at UiB, you may be wondering how to pack for a year or two in Norway. I certainly was when I had been accepted to UiB. I…

Volunteer

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In response to a recent question I received on a different blog post, I thought it might be helpful for current and incoming students alike to have a master-post on volunteering in Norway. Volunteering is a pretty big part of Norwegian life, so here’s a post with the whys, the wheres, and the hows about the importance…

What’s Fun 2017

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Hei hei again new international students! This week I wanted to update a post offering ideas of what to do and where to go for fun in Bergen, including highlighting an upcoming volunteer opportunity!   Get Active Norwegians tend to be an active and outdoorsy people. You can encounter them frolicking through the mountains like obnoxiously…

Involve yourself! Student Organizations 2017

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  Participating in a student organization is a great way to build community in Bergen and make friends with Norwegian students (from both UiB and other local schools). As Julien S. Bourrelle, author of The Social Guidebook to Norway, argues, joining an activity or group is paramount when trying to befriend Norwegians. In his estimation, Norwegians are like wild cats,…

It’s Christmas, it’s Christmas, in Norway

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Happy Holidays everyone! In honor of Christmas time I thought I’d share with you all some things I’ve learned from the first Christmas I’ve actually gotten to spend in Norway. God Jul (Merry Christmas). Photo: Stand Hiestand   After my first taste of pinnekjøtt and getting a bit confused about what constitutes the first, second, and third…

Bergen living costs 2017/2018

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Today’s post is an update of a past post on cost of living. It strives to give you an idea of what you might expect to spend on daily expenses in Bergen/Norway. Keep in mind, these are just rough ideas of different common costs, you may have to think through other expenses – such as if you’re bringing…

Pepperkakebyen 2016

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It’s that time of year again, dark and wet and… Christmasy? Well, if you don’t feel sufficiently in the Holiday spirit, it’s time for you to take a trip to Pepperkakebyen (Gingerbread Town). Not enough Holiday cheer outside for you? Time to go the town inside Sentralbadet, Pepperkakebyen! Photo: Stand Hiestand   Pepperkakebyen is an…

Study Break: Be held rapt at Raptus

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Need more distractions from your studies? Not to worry, coming up this weekend is Raptus Festivalen. Raptus, also know as Bergen International Comics Festival, was first established by Danish cartoonist/artist Rasmus Julius in 1996. It features a variety of events focused on comics and their creators. Raptus starts Friday evening 16 September, and ends on the 18th of September.…