The University of Bergen is located in Bergen, Norway. Although founded as late as 1946, academic activity had taken place at Bergen Museum as far back as 1825. The university today serves more than 15,500 students. More than 20% of UiB staff is originally from another country than Norway and we host close to 2000 international students.
All of our master’s programmes have a duration of two years. Generally one full year of the programme is devoted to writing your master’s thesis. This means you have an entire year to delve deep into a field and focus on the research that you’re truly passionate about. While the thesis is your independent scientific work, you will have your own academic supervisor guiding your efforts throughout the second year. UiB master’s students get access to a private desk within their faculty during their two-year programme.
The academic profile of the University of Bergen has three major focuses. One is marine research - the city of Bergen is considered to be one of the largest marine science centres in Northern Europe. Another is climate research and energy transition and the third is global social challenges, where the university has earned a distinguished reputation both in Norway and abroad for its excellent, result-driven collaboration on research and education with universities in developing countries.
The University of Bergen arranges an Introductory Programme each semester, where we welcome all our new international students. Throughout the Introductory Programme you will be introduced to different aspects of being a student in Bergen and Norway through practical information and entertaining lectures. This is also an excellent opportunity to meet other new international students, as well as UiB staff members. You can also visit our Semester Startup Help Desk or your faculty information centre. As a student at the University of Bergen you are automatically a member of the Student Welfare Organisation (SIB). You become a member upon payment of the semester fee, which is also required in order to register for exams.
At UiB international students have the benefit of guaranteed housing. Moving to a new city can be stressful, rest easy that you will have a place to stay with the international student housing guarantee. As long as you apply for and accept housing within the application periods using the UiB reservation code you are guaranteed a single room in student housing.
SiB’s housing’s student hostels all offer free broadband and all faculties and libraries have computer rooms. If you have your own lap top, you can also use the wireless Internet at the Bergen Light Rail (Bybanen), or at one of the many cafés in the city centre which offers free wireless Internet. If you use Eduroam at your home university, you can also access wireless Internet on campus.
Bergen is an important cultural centre in its region and in Norway, maybe best known for hosting the annual Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen). The city is home to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 1765 and is one of the world's oldest orchestral institutions. The orchestra performs regularly at the 1,500 seat Grieg Hall. The city is also home of the Bergen Woodwind Quintet, which is made up primarily of principal winds of the Bergen Philharmonic. Bergen was a European Capital of Culture in 2000. Other main cultural events include Borealis, Nattjazz, Bergenfest and BIFF (Bergen International Film Festival).
UiB students have access to SiB’s six training centres for a low biannual fee. You get access to a swimming pool, modern training equipment, climbing walls, bouldering rooms, spinning and various aerobic and dance classes, well equipped changing rooms with saunas and solariums. The student sports club, Bergenstudentenes Idrettslag (BSI), offers activities such as scuba diving, dancing, football, badminton, handball, sailing, basketball and fencing.
Bergen offers more than 160 student organisations, many of which are directly linked to our university. To join a student organisation is an excellent way to get involved and to get to know your fellow students. These are some of the areas our organisations cover:
The University of Bergen is one of three Norwegian universities accredited by the US Department of Education. That means that, for more than twenty years now, it has been possible for American students wishing to study at the University of Bergen to apply for financial support from the American student loan programme (FFELP) under the US Department of Education.