Freshers week - 2011
Last week, the exchange students at NHH started the new academic year. In addition to official ceremonies, students have spent a whole week together in which they were welcomed to NHH and introduced to student life at the school and in Bergen: Freshers Week.
24.08.2011 - Carmen Codreanu
Along with academic staff, the participating students attended several events, including social activities, sporting challenges, games and parties. They were also initiated into Norwegian culture through cultural events such as 'A taste of Norway' and 'Bergen in a Nutshell'.
Ioanis Koutsouris is a Greek exchange student at NHH who made a lot of friends during Freshers week.
Foto: Carmen Codreanu
Several participants share their impressions of Freshers Week.
'The experience has proven to be even better than I expected. I didn't realise that there would be so many activities and that we would spend so much time together. I made a lot of friends, I don't even remember all their names,' says Ioannis Koutsouris, exchange student at NHH from Greece.
'I expected less, to tell the truth. We took part in a lot of different activities and there were different games to choose from. People were open-minded, happy and willing to meet others,' says Laura Svartsevich, CEMS student at NHH from Poland.
Two other participants, Solweig Champeroux from France and Lisa-Marie Strauss from Austria, believe that it was convenient that everything was organised for them and that they didn't have to worry about anything.
'The mentors were really good, and they knew everything we needed, as some of them have also been exchange students in previous years. They told us everything we needed to know.'
Baptism Ceremony and week's activities
The programme for Freshers Week included activities of all kinds. It started with the Baptism Ceremony, when the students become real NHH students, and continued with a familiarisation tour of the campus. This was followed by a pub-crawl during which the students experienced Bergen's nightlife.
Other activities included course orientation, guidance regarding registration at the police station, a sports tournament, mountain walking, games and concerts.
'A Taste of Norway' dinner and 'Bergen in a Nutshell' tour introduced the new students to Norwegian cu