University of Bergen

Bergen
Norway

Language of instruction

Norwegian
English

   Generally available as a second or third preference.

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university and the most cited of all Norwegian universities. More than 1,800 international students from all over the world study at UiB, representing roughly 11% of the total student population. UiB offers more than 300 courses for exchange students taught in English.

UiB's main campus is located close to Nygårdshøyden in the heart of Bergen, just a short distance from cafes, sports halls, parks and shops.

Semester dates

UQ SemesterHost SemesterDates
Semester 1Semester 2 (Spring)January–June
Semester 2Semester 1 (Autumn)August–December

View the UiB academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UiB has online resources to get more out of your exchange:

Campuses

UiB has 3 campuses :

  • City Campus - Nygårdshøyden (Mathematics and natural sciences, social sciences, psychology, humanities, law and the Grieg Academy)
  • Møllendal Campus (Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design)
  • The Health Campus - Årstadvollen (Faculty of Medicine)

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at UiB is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Host university requirements

GPA
You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UiB.

Language
Students wanting to take courses taught in Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) will need to demonstrate proficiency.

Study Options
Not applicable to this university. You can choose courses from any of the faculties at UiB which are open to exchange students.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.  

Find courses

Search the UiB course catalogue.

Ensure you search for the correct level of courses - see "Additional Academic Information" below for more detail.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Animal studies
Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Classical languages
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
English
English literature
French
German
IT and computer science
Italian
Law
Linguistics
Mathematics and statistics
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Religion
Spanish
Postgraduate
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
German
Law
Philosophy
Political science
Psychology
Religion

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

UiB offers guaranteed housing to all international students via cooperation with the Student Welfare Organisation (Sammen). Find out more on UiB’s Student Housing webpage

Cost of living

Living in Norway can be quite expensive, however, can be affordable to students. UiB provides an estimate of an average monthly student budget while studying in Bergen.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All international students must have valid health insurance while in Norway. Students may be entitled to a voluntary membership in the National Insurance Scheme. UiB provides information for international students looking to organise their health insurance.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UiB provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Royal Norwegian Embassy for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)