International Student Blog

Category: Practicalities

Hvor er biblioteket?

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It has been my great (private) shame that I have lived in Bergen for a year and a half and had never explored Bergen’s public library (until this week). There. Now I’ve admitted it, and my shame is public. Hopefully this admission will benefit you, the newer international students, however, by preventing you from carrying the same lack-of-library abashment…

Welcome New International Students! A practicalities page.

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  Hello there to all the new international students coming into Bergen! I want to wish you a warm welcome and I want to use this post as an opportunity to direct you to some helpful resources for settling in – whether you’re here for a Semester, a year, or the course of a programme.   Image: http://9gag.com/gag/7019392/welcome-to-norway…

Getting here, January 2016

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Last semester an incoming student commented to ask about getting into the Sentrum (city center) from the airport upon arrival. I’m assuming there may be new students heading to Bergen soon who have the same burning question, so here’s a new and improved update on arriving in Bergen!   Don’t wander the streets of Bergen, lost… read…

It’s that time of year: Introductory Programme (January 2016)

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Hei hei everybody (if you haven’t arrived yet, “hei” is “hi” in Norsk, and Norwegians often double it up when being extra friendly)! The January 2015 Introductory Programme is coming up quickly (starting on Thursday 07 January)! So, for today’s post, I decided to update a past post of my 3 reasons for attending the Introductory Programme. In the…

Study break: Oh, Oslo!

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If you’re an international student in Bergen, chances are you’d like to take some time while you’re in Norway to do some additional exploring. Perhaps you’d even like to take a peek at Norway’s largest city, Oslo. If you’re looking for a bigger city feel, and you’d like to make the journey, Oslo is well…

The Staples: Grocery Stores

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Another vital topic for newcomers to Norway is groceries. Everybody needs them, and that Meny next to Fantoft is overpriced! Jokes – well, mostly jokes. When I lived at Fantoft I did shop there a lot because I felt the the proximity to Fantoft outweighed the potential deals I might get elsewhere, and there were…

Student Resources: The Ombudsperson

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Meet Sylvi Leirvåg, University of Bergen’s first studentombud (student ombudsperson). In case you didn’t already know, an ombudsperson is an advocate who represents the interests of a specific group, in this case students, by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or rights violations. I got a chance to sit down and talk with Sylvi in order to “introduce you” to her,…

Gear up: Hiking 2017

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When in Norway, it’s important to do as the Norwegians – and hike! I thought that it might be helpful to provide a resource for hiking gear and safety information. Many of you may already be experienced hikers but, for those who are new to hiking in Norway and don’t know where (or rather, “wear” –…

Gettin’ familiar… with Bergen

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Hei all! I thought it would be nice for the new arrivals if I went over a few points related to the basic layout of Bergen. Maybe you’ve already mastered it in the short time since you’ve arrived, or maybe you’re a seasoned student who wants to add some valuable tips – if so, just…