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Universitetet i Bergen

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3.92 / 5 based on 101 reviews
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karen
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ethics and health policy, Undergraduate, Independent
Universitetet i Bergen
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
bring a good gore-tex jacket and an umbrella. make sure you have some long underwear and waterproof shoes. some good gloves too. bring your skiis if you've got them. don't enter the country without your maximum allotment of alcohol. you'll be thankful for it later. also bring your own cigarettes if you smoke. it's all very expensive.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
4
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
i really loved studying in bergen. the experience was wonderful and i'd recommend it to anyone. one of the best parts was that i was not studying there as part of a program, so i didn't have to answer to anyone, but i also didn't have hand-holding guidance that i know a lot of my friends studying through american programs elsewhere had. hand-holding guidance is not what studying abroad is about. neither is sticking with americans. if you want to get the most out of your experience, you need to be independent and meet new people. studying at univ bergen lets you do this. (though there was an introductory program of 2 weeks run by the univ for foreign students that was really nice and introduced us to each other and the city. sign up for it.)
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
if you're studying abroad to see europe, don't go to norway. going to norway only to waste your time (and money) getting to other countries is a crying shame. go to norway to see norway. it's absolutely the most beautiful country in the entire world. take the hurtigruten boat trip up the coast (if you're under 26 it costs somehting like $250). it's absolutely amazing. but you'll have to sleep on the floor so bring you're sleeping bag. but it's worth it. also, if you're deciding between oslo and bergen, no doubt - go to bergen. it's by far the best city in norway.
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anaemberley
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Humanities, Graduate, Erasmus
Universitetet i Bergen
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not at all,because I like adventure and try to discover by my own.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
1
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Nothing special, I liked a lot.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
I think it is a good city to life but is raining all the time and you´ve got to arrive there by bus because taxi from airport is very expensive!. Maybe is better if you Know before go where are you going to stay because hostals are expensive too and you can loose in the first days a lot of money!
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leyamb
University of Washington, Seattle, Seattle, United States
European Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universitetet i Bergen
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Norway is just a more expensive country, but ALWAYS ask (everywhere) if they have a student discount; they're often unadvertised!
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Overall, Food, Telephone, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Travel:
was the same price as at home.
Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Even though everyone always heads to IKEA first, check out the local Fretex (Salvation Army) much of its stuff is in good condition, and you can get great cheap Norwegian sweaters there! Try to make your lunches and avoid buying unnecessary things, you'll just have to schlep them home at the end of your stay!
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Gaëlle
Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Humanities, Graduate, Independent
Universitetet i Bergen
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Improving my skills in norwegian was one of my motivation to go to Bergen. Therefor I followed an intensiv language course during the first semester and chose some university courses in Norwegian during the second semester. I did improve my norwegian but did not have enough opportunities to speak with nativ speakers, most of my friends being exchange students as well.
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leyamb
University of Washington, Seattle, Seattle, United States
European Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universitetet i Bergen
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Bergen is very isolated, so travel in and out of it is more time consuming and/or expensive. Ski trails up at Geilo/Voss are free, so take advantage!!!!!!!
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
1
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
1
Campus life
3
Party / people
1
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
It's great, but try to integrate yourself and bring/buy good raingear (including shoes!)
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
The trains often have "green departures" which means that they are half price. The Turforlag (or something to that nature) has great hiking maps of the area. The cheapest way to fly is to go to the airport and buy a "sjansebillet" which is on a space available basis, but there is always space! Do not try to continue your habits of eating out all the time, it will get you fat and cost you too much money, try to eat like a Weegie (Norwegian) make open-faced sandwiches to bring to school. Buy a bike if you'll be at Fantoft, it'll save you 570 NOK a month!!!! Check for the police aucitons, they have the cheapest bikes in town. Get your but out and explore some of the great hills surrounding Bergen, they all have trails and offer the best views around. Don't just do Floyen once, go up every month, walk both ways if you can.
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Maria
Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
Biology, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universitetet i Bergen
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Residence hall outside of campus
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: Residence hall outside of campus
Why?
The residence hall where I stayed had 1000 students from very different nationalities, it was a very rewarding place to live.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The university has several residence halls, most of them not on campus, which isn't concentrated in one place. Fantoft residence is ugly in the outside but the people that live in it make it completely amazing.
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