Planning life after graduation may be exciting. However, for some international students, finishing their study time brings uncertainty.

Haithem Merchaoui moved to Norway from Tunisia to study at NHH. He will gradute in December and doesn't know if he will stay in Norway.

MASTER'S STUDENT: Haithem Merchaoui is disappointed by his experience as an international student in Bergen. PHOTO: Patrycja Pankau


International students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland have to follow immigration rules and deal with bureaucracy. For many of them, it is not guaranteed that they will be able to stay in Norway after graduation. Studvest asked two international students who finished their education this year about their further plans. Feeling unwelcome 28-year-old Haithem Merchaoui moved to Bergen from … Read More

The 17th of May is definitely not a day one wants to miss out on – as we are told by many Norwegians. But what’s actually the deal with Norway’s constitutional day?

CONFUSION: The 17th of May celebrations can be confusing for first timers. ILLUSTRASJON: Tilde Torkildsen

Processions, champagne, good vibes: It’s almost time for the biggest party of the year in Norway. But for those about to experience the festivities for the first time, many questions about traditions, customs, and how to just have an overall good time might arise. Studvest went out on a mission to demystify this hyped-up day and figure out if it’s … Read More

Disapproval and annoyance mark the climate at UiB when it comes to the government’s decision to introduce tuition fees. The master's program in System Dynamics at UiB is expected to struggle with the changes.

AFRAID: Those at the System Dynamics at UiB fears for the future of the program.

Last autumn new tuition fees were proposed for students outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland. The changes are being implemented this coming term. The newspaper Khrono has covered the issue closely and previously wrote that there is total confusion surrounding the implementation of tuition fees for international students. UiB received 3.428 applicants from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland for the autumn … Read More

Gender wage disparity need increased attention in Norway.

ILLUSTRATION: Lukas Hauge Klemsdal

It shouldn’t be necessary for me to write this opinion piece in 2023 – but here I am. International women’s day is about celebrating women’s achievements in society. But it is equally important that we elucidate certain issues that take away from said contributions on this day.  In Norway we have come a long way in terms of gender equality … Read More

Volodomyr Ilkiv receives funds from the Norwegian government through a support scheme. The government has not decided whether it will be prolonged.

CONCERNED: Volodomyr Ilkiv (23) is concerned that a discontinuation of the support scheme could affect Ukrainian students negatively.

Today marks one year since Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine. The ensuing chaos forced many to flee their homes. Some sought refuge in Norway. In March of 2022 the Norwegian government created a support scheme for the students who were affected by the war for the spring semester. The scheme was then prolonged to July 31st, 2023. The … Read More

Kamil Krzysztof Karczewski is not happy with the effects that the bus schedule has on his social life. Skyss understands his concerns, but explains their need to prioritize.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Kamil Krzysztof Karczewski lives in Ytrebygda where there is no public transport at night during weekdays.

Kamil Krzysztof Karczewski (20) is in his first year of a Bachelor’s in International Management at BI in Bergen. He saw studying in the city center as a great opportunity to participate in student events.  However, as he tells Studvest, he experiences that Skyss’ schedule on weekdays affects his possibilities to participate in social activities. His main concern is a … Read More

Expensive tickets to Uzbekistan and political oppression in Belarus makes travelling home more than difficult for Alisher Khodjaev (26) and Aliaksandra Haurusik (24).

LOOKING FORWARD. Alisher Khodjaev (26) and Aliaksandra Haurusik (24) are staying in Bergen for Christmas holidays.

FACING THE CIRCUMSTANCES . Alisher Khodjaev (26) and Aliaksandra Haurusik (24) are staying in Bergen for Christmas holidays. FOTO: Frøya Lofthus

Alisher Khodjaev (26) and Aliaksandra Haurusik (24), international students at University of Bergen, will not travel home to spend the New Year’s Eve with their families this year. They experience different kinds of feelings while not having a chance to be in their home countries for winter holidays – Uzbekistan for Alisher and Belarus for Aliaksandra. – I was not … Read More

– Maybe this is a cultural difference, spanish exchange student Arnau Abarca says.

NO MEASURES. Sammen has reported the usage of cannabis to the police, but will not take any measures except asking weed smokers to leave.

Recently, the residents of Sammen´s student housing in Fantoft received an email from Sammen which states that there has been observed a lot of weed smoking at Fantoft. In the same email, Sammen reminds that according to Norwegian law, cannabis is prohibited in Norway and informs the tenants that the case was reported to the police. Studvest asked Christina M. … Read More

How do you survive the exam season? Studvest has talked to international students in Bergen.

BREAK. This interview with Studvest is a long overdue break from his exam, Jack Crouch says.

Exam season is upon us and with it comes the exam jitters.   Here is what a couple of international students had to say when asked how their exam season has been so far.  Avoiding a burnout Jack Crouch (22) from the UK, is a first-year student in a master’s program in Physical geography at UiB. Since Crouch has kept it … Read More

Inviting a German to vorspiel could get you some strange looks, but not because we don't want to pregame.

DUAL MEANING? Only a few know the word actually has a completely different meaning and connotation in Germany, Anna Siemer writes: PHOTO: Truls Skram Lerø

Studvests aproposkalender – Luke 2 Apropos er den frie spalten der Studvest-journalistene kan skrive om akkurat det de vil. Språket er ofte i muntlig form, og med et glimt i øyet. OBS! Spalten har høy forekomst av satire, sarkasme og ironi, og bør tas med en klype (noen ganger en neve) salt. When Norwegians go out, most of the drinking happens before … Read More