International Student Blog

Author: Stand Hiestand

Building your Study Abroad Experience: Guide to settling into Bergen

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Hei! A huge welcome to all the new international students this Fall! I hope you are getting settled, exploring Bergen, and not letting a little rain stop you from having fun so far. If you saw me at the Welcome Programme, you know I think the keys to building a great study abroad experience in…

Welcome Programme August 2017

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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…

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! The following is a blog dedicated to packing your bags for Bergen. It would be great if all you needed to do was pack up and show up, but because there are many additional details to take care of…

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 day…

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…