Welcome all international students!

The Student Parliament greets the new students in Bergen.

Johanne Vaagland is International responsible in the Student Parliament at University of Bergen.

Text: Johanne Vaagland, International responsible, Student Parliament UiB   

Every semester Bergen is welcoming international students from all over the world. I have to say that I believe you made a good choice! Bergen has been internationally orientated since its foundation almost 1000 years ago. Through your stay here you are helping to continue this tradition.

I hope your stay here in Bergen will be a good experience that you will remember for the rest of your lives. An experience where you learn about a different culture and meet new people from all over the world. Experiences that you can bring back home. But staying abroad for a semester can be difficult. Maybe you came here from a country that is different from Norway. You might have difficulties adapting to the new life in Bergen. You may have negative experiences, whether if it is related to your studies, language, social life or where you live.

A lot of people are trying their best to make you remember Bergen as a good place to exchange to. If it is employees on your campus or one of the many student organizations, we hope that we are contributing to your stay here in a positive way.

If you are happy with something and have fallen in love with this city like I have, great! But if you have suggestions for improvement, if you believe something could be better or if you don’t feel satisfied with your stay here, we would really like to know. I am never going to be able to be an exchange student here in Bergen. Only you know how it really is, and we can only get better if you let us know what is good and what is not.

We in the Student Parliament at the University of Bergen, International Students Union Bergen, Erasmus Student Network Bergen are all organizations which work for international students. I encourage you to contact us if you have something on your mind, good or bad.

Good luck with your stay in Bergen!