The process of the student elections is now underway. But why should you, as an international student, vote for these student elections?

Illustration: Henriette Frøysland Thorkildsen


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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.


SOCIAL LIFE. Both German Taraneh Redwood and Finnish Lasse Lund has found ways to establish a social life in Bergen. PHOTO: Andreas Fjellanger


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– 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

While vegan students are thriving quite well in Bergen with their vegan lifestyle, a nutritionist wouldn’t advise people to choose a vegan diet.

VEGAN LIFESTYLE. Laura Ruuder (21) and Pablo Vadillo (24) share their experience of being vegan students in Bergen. PHOTO: Josef Kosler


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The exchange students, Laura Ruuder (21) and Pablo Vadillo (24), both began their vegan journey overnight. It all started as an experiment. – Then I decided to stick to a plant-based diet with the debate about animal slaughters and the dairy industry, Ruuder says. Many people get inspired to go vegan after seeing documentaries that underline animal cruelty, factory farming, … Read More

Norwegians have a very bizarre Easter habit. Something about the holiday, which essentially is the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection, brings out a murder-lusting side in them.

MURDER. Around Easter not even the eggs are safe in Norway. Illustration: Gjertine Gjernes


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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. In early March, book stores start clearing out their shelves to make room for crime novels and detective stories … Read More

CORRESPONDENT: Being away from home, Icelanders find comfort when hearing others talk Icelandic, and have the instant urge to communicate with their fellow countrymen.

GREETINGS. Icelanders happily greet other Icelandic strangers in a foreign country. Illustration: Elina Ulén


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When we hear other Icelanders speaking Icelandic abroad, we are immediately drawn to them with magnetic force.  One might even consider this as a built-in system, in that we want to inform other Icelanders that we are also Icelandic, even though our nationality and language are the only thing we really have in common. The Icelandic «greet a stranger syndrome» … Read More

Students struggle to cope between parenting and studying. This is how the student couple from the University of Bergen manages.

STRUGGLE: Sunniva Kristine Jaspers Grønnslett (29) and Ideal Hoxha (30), a student couple living their everyday life as new parents to their little baby. PHOTO: Sakinah Lisa


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Students are being hit hard by the shifts brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.  While Sunniva Kristine Jaspers Grønnslett (29) and Ideal Hoxha (30) both need to adjust to the changes brought by the pandemic and a whole new experience as parents to their ten weeks old baby.  Hoxha comes from Kosovo and Grønnslett comes from Norway. Both of them are … Read More

Students in Bergen, who wished to travel home for Christmas holidays, did not expect the rapidly changing quarantine arrangements that awaited them once they returned back to Norway.

QUARANTINE HOTEL. Anna Graffmann (20) wanted to travel home for Christmas but did not expect to enter a quarantine hotel once returning back to Bergen. PHOTO: Andreas Fjellanger


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Anna Graffmann (20), an exchange student from France, and Francesca Savi (22), an exchange student from Italy, both wanted to travel home for the holidays and thought they were allowed to quarantine in their student flat in Bergen. – I was pretty upset when I heard that Sammen wanted students to stay at a quarantine hotel for ten days and … Read More

Exchange students criticize the waiting time and the unclear communication.

UNCERTAINTY. Giulia Testa and Michael Hissen both struggled with getting accommodation through Sammen.


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– They said check your emails every day, if we have something for you it will come up, but I never received any email or an offer, Michael Hissen explains.  Even though Hissen is a German exchange student covered by Sammen’s housing guarantee, he never received a housing offer. Sammen told him that they had no vacancies available.    Italian exchange … Read More

International voices look at Norway for a role model, while people in Bergen seem to struggle as well with the restrictions.

GLAD. Sofia Cestonaro is happy that in Norway she is able to do things, compared to being in lockdown in Italy. PHOTO: Andrea Olsen


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Sofia Cestonaro has arrived in Bergen in the beginning of January from Italy. She thinks that the locals in Norway have a big advantage when it comes to the corona situation, which has forced everyone to keep social distance. – People do not constantly hang out in big groups, but that is rooted in their culture. In some way Norwegians … Read More

CORRESPONDENT: Before I went to Germany to celebrate Christmas, I didn’t think in depth about what to expect. I was pretty confident that getting back to Norway would be an easy task.

UNCERTAINTY. The corona situation turned travelling internationally into a different type of adventure. Illustration: Anna Jakobsen


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«People do not travel right now». That was my only thought, before going home to Germany from Bergen. Once landed in Amsterdam that illusion went away in a heartbeat. KLM is one of the few airlines in Europe still operating and all their flights go through Amsterdam. Running through the long halls to catch my plane to Hamburg, I became … Read More