Students express that this feeling of unsafety doesn’t necessarily go away when crossing the border to Norway.

SAFETY. Viktoria Labus (20) and Celine Madlen (21) share how safe they feel walking home alone in Bergen. PHOTO: Andrea Olsen


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– 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

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.

EAGER TO LEARN. Joan Mateu Horrach Pou (25) was very motivated to learn Norwegian when he moved to Norway. PHOTO: Jeffrey Meijer


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

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


– 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

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


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

International students struggle to find the information they need, when they fall sick or have an emergency. Sammen promises to be better.


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– I just called one of the numbers on the website, everything was in Norwegian, so I had no idea which was the right one. This says Suzann Ohl, an international student from Germany about her experience when she fell sick in the beginning of August. Suzann searched for information on Sammen’s webpage and got directed to 7 Fjell medical centre, … Read More

This says the acting head of Studentenes Psykiske Helsetjeneste - SPH (Students' Mental Health Service), Charlotte Lie. And this is especially true for international students.


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Seeking help as a student, when struggling with mental issues, even if it is just the experience of loneliness, is often hard. For international students there might even be bigger obstacles. The foreign language may seem like a big complication, but Charlotte Lie, acting head of SPH explains that she never experienced any problems in consultation with international students. The … Read More

Students should limit social contact as far as possible.


Over the last two weeks the number of infected people increased sharply. Overall there are now 1028 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since February in the municipality of Bergen. It was confirmed Wednesday that there were 257 new infections registered in Bergen over the las ten days, the most since the virus first started spreading in February. The new outbreaks are … Read More

Bergen sine internasjonale studentar har vore gjennom utryggleik, redsle, oppseiingar og permitteringar. Mange må reise heim og avbryte utdanninga. Her er deira historie.

ARKIVFOTO: Daniella Daae


Det er berre dagar før Erna Solberg sin pressekonferanse.  Nyhenda kjem om at koronaviruset spreier seg i land etter land. Norske studentar byrjar å tenkje på kva som kan skje når viruset kjem hit. Permitteringar. Heimreiser. Nokre vil få dagpengar, mange vil stå på bar bakke. Mange av Noregs internasjonale studentar kjenn det knyte seg i magen. For dei som … Read More

OPINION: How the lack of modern e-learning techniques has impacted our academic lives at University of Bergen.

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Illustration: Heidi Skjold


Coronavirus is uncovering the need of updated e-learning techniques.

Major reconstruction work at Fantoft student housing is causing noise problems for residents.

MACHINE. Construction Machinery is a common sight at Fantoft.


Waking up is never easy. The noise of the alarm clock or that overplayed wake-up tune, it is part of the day to day routine. Unfortunately, for some of the students here in Bergen, a different kind of melody is their wake-up call. Major renovation works have been occurring at Fantoft Studentboliger for some time. These renovations have been a … Read More