What is ISFiT?
ISFiT is not just another student festival.
The International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT), is the world’s largest international student festival. It has been organized every second year since 1990, gathering students from all over the world for ten days of dialogue, cultural events, workshops and more. The next festival takes place in February, 7th-17th 2019, and will invite 500 students from over 100 different countries to discuss the theme of migration. Will you join us?
Migration: The Global Puzzle
There are an estimated 244 million people living outside their country of origin in the world today. As long as there have been humans, we have been on the move. For some, migration is an empowering experience that can open up a new world. Others are forced to move due to wars and disasters. Host communities may encounter resource challenges, whilst countries with a high degree of emigration can lose valuable human resources and face brain drain.
Narratives surrounding migration have become increasingly polarized and the debate focuses on the extremes. ISFiT wants to challenge these extremes, highlight the opportunities and likewise the challenges that can arise when people migrate. The festival hopes to provoke and allow fruitful discussion surrounding the theme: migration., ISFiT wishes to create a venue where the participants get the opportunity to break through cultural barriers. During the festival there will also be workshops. These are smaller workgroups where participants will be discussing and sharing their views on topics related to migration. Right before the festival kicks off in Trondheim there will be held dialogue groups where participants will meet to understand their situation and how to use dialogue as a tool. The dialogue groups have been running since 1997, and have spanned various conflicts and countries since that time.
As 500 students meet up in Trondheims beating heart, the Student Society, we will work towards exploring and discovering various aspects of migration and how it affects our lives and communities. This we hope to achieve through dialogue, where we will understand and listen, but also challenge and be challenged. Ideas, perceptions and worldviews will be shared as ISFiT invites students from all over the world to neutral grounds, where we will give space for everyone to share their stories such as we can gain insight into the topic of migration in today’s global world. With this in mind we hope to enlighten our audience and participants on the complexities of the theme, and pave the way for a broader understanding of migration. Will you join us?
All applicants will be provided with accommodation for the duration of the ISFiT19. You will be placed with a host family in Trondheim, where you will have the chance to meet Trondheim locals and students and be a part of the community.
Participants will also be provided with three meals every day for no cost. Breakfast is provided by your host family, and lunch and dinner are provided at your events during the festival. Food provided during ISFiT19 is of high quality, and dietary restrictions and requirements will be met for all participants. However, be aware that most of the food you are served will be of Norwegian style, and therefore may be different from what you are accustomed to.
Travel from the airport into Trondheim will be covered by the festival, and all participants will receive a free bus pass to cover all travel within Trondheim.
Essentially, all participant costs will be covered during ISFiT19, except for any additional/alternate food you would like to buy, and non-essential purchases such as souvenirs. Some optional events on the cultural program, such as concerts, also require that you purchase tickets to attend. However, there will always be something fun and free for you to take part in!
Eligibility criteria are as follows:
-One has to be either a Degree or Masters Student and be above 18 years of age.
-The call is open to students of all countries.
Application Deadline is 30th September 2018.
To Apply go to ISFit.Org(ISFiT Application )