SHARED DISSATISFACTION. The new shared rooms at Fantoft TRE have not been well received by all. PHOTO: TORIL SUNDE APELTHUN

Most exchange students don't want a shared room, Sammen informs. Still, many are forced to share.


All new exchange students in Bergen are guaranteed a place in one of Sammen’s student housing complexes. At the start of the current semester, Sammen’s newest student home opened; Fantoft TRE. As part of this new development, Sammen introduced shared bedrooms going under the name ‘single room – compact’. If people want to share and have a cheaper room, that’s … 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

– Homesick students may dig a bigger, deeper hole, counselor says.


According to Berit Christine Nestås, a counsellor at Sammen Career and Counselling, homesickness usually hits students a few weeks into their semester abroad. – The first few weeks are in the honeymoon phase – it’s new, it’s exciting and they’re in a state full of positivity and curiosity. However, maybe after a couple of weeks or months, the everyday life … 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