You probably know what mountains are. Don’t worry, I do too. But coming from The Netherlands– also called the “low countries,” flat as a pancake, and one third below sea level – I never reallyknew what mountains were until I arrived in Norway. Surely, I had been on holiday in the Alps,and I’d climbed a volcano in Costa Rica. But … Read More
«Raske briller», the Norwegian tinted sporty shades that make everyone who wears them seem like a professional athlete.
Publisert: 20. mai 11:08 2021
WTF is…? is a column where Studvest’s English section points out different interesting or strange aspects about living in Norway from an International’s perspective. The column can be both serious and light hearted, and is based on the journalist’s own experience. As soon as you leave your own four walls on a sunny day in Norway, it’s almost impossible not … Read More
After spending one month of fasting days, Muslim students are looking forward to the warm and lively Eid celebration. However, exchange students do not have many expectations in Norway.
Publisert: 12. mai 08:29 2021 - Sist oppdatert 14. mai 10:17 2021
Many exchange Muslim students in Norway are facing a challenge being far away from their homes, including Rizky Mulyana (33) and Saba Munir (27). – Eid is associated with being social, Eid is time for gathering with family and friends. Honestly, I am very sad to be far from them, but I choose not to show it, says Saba Munir. … Read More
CORRESPONDENT: As a Dane in Norway, I still have limited knowledge of the biggest celebration day in Norway and of Denmark’s influence on the Norwegian national identity.
Publisert: 13. mai 09:23 2021 - Sist oppdatert 13. mai 10:58 2021
My Norwegian roomie came home one day and invited me to the celebration of the 17th of May. As a Danish exchange student always looking for new experiences, I immediately said yes. Additionally, I asked: «What are you actually celebrating on the 17th of May?» The answer came promptly from my Norwegian roomie: «The liberation from you!» That conversation opened Pandora’s … Read More
CORRESPONDENT: Since the outbreak of COVID 19, my mental health has seen a major decline. But I’ve never felt so hopeful and better about it.
Publisert: 6. mai 13:47 2021 - Sist oppdatert 6. mai 13:47 2021
The voice in my head screamed as I scrubbed my body with soap and scalding hot water. I had just gotten home, and I felt like everything outside was dirty: I had to get clean. I stood in the shower, naked. All my clothes were already in the laundry basket, waiting to be washed. I took a burning hot shower, … Read More
Students express that this feeling of unsafety doesn’t necessarily go away when crossing the border to Norway.
Publisert: 29. april 07:40 2021 - Sist oppdatert 29. april 07:43 2021
– Of course I know Norway is a relatively safe country, but still, I caught myself holding my keys in my hands at night, says Viktoria Labus (20), exchange student from Aachen in Germany. Two female exchange students share their experience of their own safety in Bergen. Women’s safety and defense mechanisms in Bergen Labus thinks Bergen has a safer … Read More
Many students don't feel comfortable showing their faces during a Zoom-lecture. Waqas Hussain (25) is one of them.
Publisert: 23. april 18:00 2021 - Sist oppdatert 28. april 09:02 2021
– There are times where I don’t feel comfortable showing my face. Especially during the morning lectures when I am not ready, because I feel so terrible in the morning. Other times I simply don’t think I look good. Waqas Hussain (25) is an international student at the University of Bergen (UiB). When he has his camera on, he feels … Read More
According to professor emeritus in Nordic linguistics, it is not the many dialects that stand out in Norway, but the use of them. International student believes that it is a duty to learn Norwegian.
Publisert: 20. april 08:22 2021 - Sist oppdatert 21. april 08:30 2021
Joan Mateu Horrach Pou (25), an international master student from Mallorca, was determined and motivated to learn Norwegian, shortly after his arrival to Norway. – My duty as a student here in Norway is to integrate myself and contribute to this country, and to do so, I must learn the language, he says. «The dialect debate» There is a saying, … Read More
The process of the student elections is now underway. But why should you, as an international student, vote for these student elections?
Publisert: 18. april 11:53 2021
If you are an international or an exchange student at the University of Bergen (UiB), perhaps you didn’t hear about the student elections taking place these days. All students registered at UiB, including international and exchange students, have the opportunity to vote for their representatives. These are important elections. I say «these» because there are indeed two elections. You have … Read More
While lockdowns and restrictions inhibit social interactions, some exchange students in Bergen manage to build a social life.
Publisert: 15. april 16:08 2021 - Sist oppdatert 15. april 20:05 2021
– It’s challenging because you need to have some fantasy to have social interaction, you can’t just have a huge party. This says Lasse Lund, an exchange student from Finland, about the social life in Bergen during the pandemic. Even though he has been having a great time in Bergen, he does admit that the current situation has forced him … Read More