University of Bergen

Area of Study Arts and Humanities, Biomedicine, Biology, Creative Arts, Environmental Practice, Environment and Geoscience, Indigenous Studies, Information Technology, Languages, Law, Marine Science, Politics, Psychology, Science, Social Work, Zoology
Course Language(s) English, Norwegian
Average Credit Load 30 ECTS
Semester dates Fall - August - December
Winter January - June

About the University

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university boasting academic diversity and high quality. UiB is the most cited university in Norway. It has seven faculties, and a total of 16,900 students. Around 1,880 of these are international students. They employ 3,600 staff. PhD candidates are paid employees of staff, making the doctoral degree at UiB particularly attractive for rising talent. About one in three graduating doctors are from outside Norway.


Bergen, Norway

Bergen is Norway’s second-largest city. With a population of 275,000, it offers an appealing cultural life and a safe and relaxed urban atmosphere that remains deeply rooted in nature. UiB's campus is integrated into the fabric of the city. Most of UiB's faculties, libraries and study halls are located close to Nygårdshøyden in the heart of Bergen, mingled among cafés, sports halls, parks and shops.

Exchange information

Courses available

For more information on over 350 courses taught in English, visit the UiB website.


As a new exchange student you are guaranteed accommodation in one of Sammen's student hostels if you are staying at UiB for one semester or longer, and arrive at the start of the semester (rent must be paid from 1 August/1 January). UiB offers various types of accommodation on several locations in Bergen. Prices start from NOK 2,715 per month for the cheapest option. Rent also includes free Internet access. The biggest student residence is Fantoft Student Accommodation, with 1,300 units.

Cost of living

Cost of living varies depending on lifestyle, an estimate of an average student budget in Norway is about NOK 11,640 per month (2018) for most expenses including housing, food, study materials, transport and activities.

See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

Students (Non-EU/EEA/EFTA citizens) should apply for a residence permit for studies immediately after you have received your Letter of Acceptance from UiB. Apply on UDI's Application Portal, pay the application fee (currently NOK 5300) and book an appointment.

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