SEVERAL NOMINEES. A lot of people showed up hoping that their organisation would win the price. PHOTO: MIA MILDE/VELFERDSTINGET

However, the winner had to be convinced before the nomination.

The Integration Prize

On Friday night the Welfare Parliament handed out the annual Integration Prize. The winner of the prize is Dennis Osei Kontor. He is the first person ever to win it, as all the previous winners have been organisations. — Fantoft and the international students won this prize. I just work for them, says Kontor after receiving the award. Kontor is … Read More

TALKING HELPS. Counsellor Berit Christine Nestås stresses that homesickness is a completely normal reaction to being abroad. You can work out a strategy together at Sammen Career and Counselling. PHOTO: JULIE GÜNTHER

Moving abroad, or even within your home country, can be complicated. For many people, catching the homesickness bug is inevitable.

Former exchange student Joseph Ballard (21) from the United Kingdom, who spent a year studying abroad at the University of Bergen in 2015-16, says that there were definitely times when he felt a bit homesick. – Normally I’d get homesick when I was in a bad mood. I’d just get frustrated about little things and have this overly idealised idea … Read More

ILLUSTRATION: TRINE LOUISE WEEN

Why do we internationals keep hearing English words when Norwegians talk to each other?

It’s not just you that Norwegians speak English with. Just by walking down the street you can hear them spouting words, phrases, and quotes to each other, with none of it in their native tongue. It’s bits and pieces, people dropping in random things like “crispy”, “road trip”, or “I’ll be back”, into a conversation that’s otherwise unintelligible. It begs … Read More

SOCIAL NETWORKING. International and Norwegian students connect at ESN Bergen's fortnightly Language Cafes. PHOTO: MARIA HOLTAN NYKÅS

Is making friends with Norwegian students really as hard as it seems? Visiting exchange students say it’s difficult, but not impossible.

There’s a common conception that Norwegians don’t like making friends with outsiders and have been described by visiting foreigners as unsociable, unfriendly and aloof. A 2016 survey from the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education found that one of the biggest challenges international students in Norway face is getting acquainted with Norwegians. 29 percent of those surveyed said that … Read More

SURPRISE. Abiyot Dagne Belay (right) did not expect his room mate Philipp Dahlinger when he arrived at Fantoft TRE. They have become good friends, but Belay would still have appreciated a heads up that he would be sharing a room during his exchange. PHOTO: ELLISIF NYGÅRD

A surprise was in store for exchange student Abiyot Dagne Belay when he arrived at Fantoft: A stranger he would share his bedroom with for the semester.

– I was under the impression that I was going to have a single apartment. That changed when I entered the room, says Ethiopian exchange student Abiyot Dagne Belay about the day he arrived at Fantoft student housing. Belay had made the long trip from Ethiopia that very day, and was looking forward to relaxing in his room after the … Read More

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There are more things to life than curriculum. Especially when you are on exchange.

We at Studvest, the student newspaper in Bergen, wish you the warmest of welcomes to Bergen! You are probably starting to grow tired of advice on how to make the most of your stay in Bergen. But stay with us, as we think that our advice might just differ from what you have heard from principals, professors and coordinators this … Read More

Is having a partner waiting for you back home when you are on exchange a good or a bad thing? Different students have different opinions.

Studying one semester abroad ought to be one of the best times of your life. It is all about meeting new people and stepping out of your comfort zone. But to what extent is it possible to completely let yourself go while your partner at home is desperately waiting for your return? The Strength of True Love Vilma Jeskanen is … Read More

The best ways to soak up those rays.

As you will no doubt realise, sunny days in Bergen are rare, and certainly not to be wasted. Be sure to drop all responsibilities immediately and head into the warm bliss. But wait – you are so used to the rain you realise you don’t know how to spend these precious days. What exactly is there to do other than … Read More

Fancy spending your semester sleeping in a bunk bed with a complete stranger? Many internationals will do so when the new Fantoft building opens.

It’s no secret: the SiB website and the constant construction at Fantoft foreshadow the introduction of a new building opposite blocks E-F-G. And the new building, called Fantoft TRE, will be needed: SiB only have appartements for approximately 15 per cent of the students in Bergen. In order to increase that number as much as possible, the rooms in Fantoft TRE will … Read More

While some succeed, others fail. Get the tips to help you find the aurora borealis yourself.

It’s no secret that international students arrive in Bergen with high hopes of seeing the northern lights. Fantoft’s Facebook page is often brimming with rumours that the elusive lights can be spotted in Bergen that night, and frantic questions about where everyone should head. So how do you find the lights? Many students rely on apps to tell them when their … Read More