Gap years between bachelor's and master's are in some countries viewed as a valuable experience. On the other hand, some countries see it as a waste of resources.

COMPASS. For Lena Debanck (left) and Sophie Schroeter a gap year in between their studies helped them take position to their future education.

– I wasn’t sure about what to do with my master, it’s an overwhelming decision!   Lena Debanck (23) is an exchange student studying European Studies at the University of Bergen (UiB). After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Art and Culture, she decided to take a gap year in order to clear her thoughts about her future. The Luxembourgian student wanted … Read More

I thought only Mexicans were crazy about tacos, but in Norway I found people just as enthusiastic. Maybe not my idea of tacos, but tacos either way…

TACO CULTURE. Tacos were voted Norway’s fourth national dish in a 2014 survey. Illustration: Anna Jakobsen

After settling in my shared Sammen apartment I did what every human must: get food. In the company of my flatmate Thomas I made my way to Rema 1000. Aside from the shock of the prices of beer, I was set aback by the taco aisle.  After walking past the different salmon-based products, I encountered two full shelves of tortillas, … Read More

Many Norwegians spend their Easter holidays reading or watching crime stories, so-called «påskekrim» (English: Easter crime). Can you solve the murder in this «påskekrim» about a group of students at Fantoft?

DEADLY. Can you figure out who the murderer is?

“Did you know that penguins are native to Norway?” Manual says as he follows Chris inside. The smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the entire bachelor apartment. “What do you mean ‘native to’?” Diana asks, stepping back and closing the door behind her friends. Heidi arrived a little earlier and waves from her spot on the bed. Chris takes off … Read More

Augusto from Brazil has to work to afford his studies abroad, while Manal from Canada relies on her savings and scholarship.

FINANCING STUDIES. International students do all have different approaches to financing education.

Few countries around the world have Norway’s «Lånekassen» system, which gives Norwegian students a part-grant, part-loan of up to 220,000 NOK. And not everywhere is education free.  Bergen hosts a diverse group of foreign students from across the globe. They all have different approaches to financing education. We spoke to six of them on how they finance their studies and … Read More

Until recently I didn’t think so many people in Bergen could handle its weather.

RAIN. Ever since i moved to Bergen in the summer of 2021 I've wondered: How do we as humans cope with such constantly bad weather?

When I’m at home, there is usually a very short period between the moment I realize that I have a lecture in the city center and the moment I have to leave to get there on time. We’re talking about five minutes. Just enough time to grab my keys, fill up my water bottle and storm out of my apartment. … Read More

Juan Arturo Álvarez’s time as a student in Bergen has made him wonder about the differences between studying in a developed country and a developing one.

THE FUTURE. Even though Arturo seems sceptical about the future of Mexico, he still finds hope.

It is not very common to find Mexican students in Norway, let alone Bergen. However, Juan Arturo Álvarezs, a physics student from Mexico City, chose to come because he has family here.  – I met them when I was younger, and I was fascinated by Norway because I love nature.  Also, he thinks it’s a privilege to do research in … Read More

Weekend drinking is a given. But have you seen the prices? It seems to be a reflection of a culture where alcohol is a key social factor.

ALCOHOL PRICES. «What is going on with alcohol in Norway?»

It was my first Saturday night in Norway. Around 9 p.m. while walking home, down the stairs of Johanneskirken, I noticed a drunk girl lying curled up on the side of the road. While trying in vain to help her, two Norwegian guys walked by. The first one said, «leave it, it’s normal» and the second one «don’t worry, she’s … Read More

REFLECTIONS. Ismay Bax talks about the challenges of trying to make more sustainable choices as a student.

When Ismay Bax came to Bergen last August she came by car. She is doing a two-year masters degree in System Dynamics and moved with her boyfriend and sister, who also studies in Bergen. – The overall footprint is smaller when you go by car than if three people go by plane, Bax says. While they bought the car to … Read More

Despite uncertainty, coronavirus restrictions and winter conditions, Moka Nakazawa and Marcela Kinclová are optimistic about their upcoming exchange semester.

RELAXED. The people in Bergen seem less busy, says Moka Nakazawa an exchange student from Japan. PHOTO: Peter Apolinario.

A new country, a new language, new people and new classes. Going on exchange is an exciting time with so much to plan, do, see and experience. Along with the uncertainty from changing travel restrictions, digital orientation meetings and the dark, gloomy Norwegian winter it is an especially nerve-wracking time for incoming students. In the center of this ambiguity, Moka … Read More

During the month of December, Sammen organizes many activities for all the students who are spending the Christmas holidays alone in Bergen.

INVOLVED. The whole Sammen team is involved during Christmas to gather students and prevent isolation.

This year, some students will not spend the Christmas celebrations in their hometown nor with their family. The student organization Sammen wants to prevent students from isolating themselves. For that, they offer to all students the possibility to socialize through many events and activities almost every day in December and early January. – It is very important for us to … Read More