University of Bergen

Bergen
Norway

Language of instruction

Norwegian
English

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 Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 (Spring) January–June
Semester 2 Semester 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 2 campuses with courses open to exchange students:

  • Nygårdshøyden (Main Campus)
  • Årstadvollen (Dentistry, Medicine and Health-care campus)

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

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

Minimum academic requirements

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

Find courses

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. 

Search the UiB course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

List of Law courses taught in English - course profiles can be found here.

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

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Animal studies
Anthropology
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Computer science
Development
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
English
English literature
Environmental studies
French
German
Information technology
Italian
Law
Linguistics
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology
Mining engineering
Music
Nutrition science
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Religion
Sociology
Spanish
Postgraduate
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Development
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Environmental studies
French
German
Law
Linguistics
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Psychology
Public policy
Sociology
Software engineering
Spanish

Course restrictions

3rd year UQ undergraduate Psychology students can apply to take postgraduate psychology courses.

Additional academic information

UiB has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

UNIS - The University Centre in Svalbard

The University of Bergen has a collaboration with UNIS - The University Centre in Svalbard. Students approved for exchange by the Global Experiences Team can apply to UNIS using this collaboration agreement. For more information, see Bergen’s How to apply to UNIS web page, and the UNIS website.

Course code numbering:

  • 100-level: Bachelor's level courses.
  • 200-level: Can be included at both bachelor's and master's level.
  • 300-level: Master's level courses.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 the Student Exchange Program 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.