International Student Blog

Category: Culture

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…

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.…

Movie lover? Volunteer for BIFF 2016!

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Here’s another great opportunity to get involved in a Bergen tradition, volunteer, meet people, and see films! It’s Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF)! Running this year 20th-28th of September, BIFF, established in 2000, has Norway’s largest selection of films. As it is an international festival, it includes films in a number of different languages. If you, like me, love…

Now’s the time to volunteer for BØ 2016

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Volunteering for BØ (Bergen Ølfestival) is becoming a bit of an annual tradition for me, I volunteered last year and I plan to do so again this year.  What’s an Ølfestival, you ask? A festival of oil? No no, pronounced more like /œl/ (did that help? no? how about this?), Øl means beer.  I am, admittedly, a big fan…

I’m coming to Bergen! Now what? 2017

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Hei! 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…

Contest: Share your best UiB student experiences!

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In order to kick-off the upcoming #uibstudent photo-competition (see the bottom of the post for all the details) today’s post is going to focus on what I’m most grateful for about studying at UiB. The competition is open for all UiB students, whether Norwegian or International, so get your cameras or your phones ready and, remember to…

Find your niche: Erasmus Student Network

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One way to find your niche while you are studying abroad in Bergen is to get involved in a student organization or attend event sponsored by a student org. (Also, if you want to make Norwegian friends and you haven’t yet, Julien S. Bourrelle, author of The Social Guidebook to Norway, would argue that joining some type of activity…