Orientation for exchange students is generally held on Monday morning in the first week of classes. Students will be introduced to the learning system, facilities, courses and all things necessary for students to excel.
At the same week after the orientation meeting there is a welcome dinner for all the students where they have the possibility to get to know eachother better. They will also be introduced to their personal buddy.
Students will also have two meetings with the IT Department where they will be introduced to the university‘s Uglan and Canvas systems. It is essential that students become familiar with this program as they will use it for handing in assignments and getting grades from the teachers.
The exams are also happening through computers, therefore students have to attend to a second meeting before the exams where they learn how to use this system.
The buddy system helps exchange students to integrate into the student community at Bifröst and adapt easily to campus life.
Buddies are local Icelandic students of Bifröst that volunteered to help and assist exchange students.
Students will be part of small groups that all have individual buddies. They can be contacted through the e-mail or Facebook and ask for help or just meet up sometimes.
All students enrolled at Bifröst will get their own e-mail address, typically something like firstname.lastname@example.org. Exchange students retain their e-mail address for 4 months after their departure from Bifröst. A webmail interface allows students to check their Bifröst e-mail regardless of whether they are on campus or not.
Students are strongly recommended to check their e-mail at least once a day as that is the only way employees from the International Office can get in touch with them and share all the important events.
All students will receive an access card when they arrive to Bifröst. This card contains the student‘s name and a pin code. This will allow them to get access for example to the printer, gym, party room, some parts of the university building.