The University of Bergen (UiB) comprises seven faculties, 16,000 students, and a staff of 3,300. While hosting nearly 1,300 foreign students, UiB is breaking new ground as it offers a truly international academic arena for study/research in numerous English language courses across all faculties, with specialties in marine and environmental studies, mass communication, computational physics, and medicine and health.
The University is situated at two main sites within the city—Arstadvollen, where many health-related disciplines are located, and Nygärdshoyden, where the natural and social sciences, psychology, law, and the humanities are taught.
University of Bergen Fact Sheet
BC students select a primary department, but may enroll in courses from several departments. A broad English language curriculum is offered. In addition, English is widely spoken by Norwegians on campus and in the city.
Division of Student Affairs
University of Bergen
PO Box 7800
N-5020 Bergen, Norway
Academics & Support
The academic system at Bergen is different than what students find at Boston College. Students will take a total of 30 ECTS (Credits) per semester (60 ECTS for the full year).
At the University of Bergen the student's academic performance is assessed both through final examinations as well as various term assignments. The University of Bergen offers a variety in teaching, working methods and evaluation. Some courses will have compulsory assignments and attendance, while others have a more free structure. Attending lectures is an excellent way of having the course material presented. Some courses offer lab-work, fieldtrips and seminar discussions.
For students admitted to programs, there will be regular guidance and monitoring and an Individual Learning Agreement comprising both the student's and the institution's mutual commitments, which will be agreed upon by both parts.
Course information for Bergen is available here
- Fall Term: Starts in early August and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in mid-June.
Housing fees will be paid directly to UiB. International students live in Fantoft hostel.
The rooms at this hostel are fully furnished. Boston College students may need to share a room with another student. As a tenant, students can use the common rooms and hobbyrooms (reading rooms, practice rooms for musicians, TV rooms, laundromats, solarium, etc.). Next to the hostel, students will find Fantoft Sports Centre, which contains a multipurpose indoor hall with squash courts and a climbing wall for practicing mountaineering.
More information on housing and fees is available here
Bergen does not offer a meal plan. Students will have access to a kitchen and will be able to cook for themselves. Students can also take advantage of the student cafeteria on campus and inexpensive restaurants around the city.
The Erasmus Student Network for exchange students organizes mountain hikes, trips to the University’s cabins in the countryside, as well as other excursions and parties.
In addition, students are encouraged to explore the Student Society, which holds weekly debates on current topics; the student newspaper and radio station; the University Symphony and Orchestra; the International Students’ Union; and Bergen’s film society. Hiking, skiing, and rock climbing are also popular in the surrounding mountains, forests, and trails. A student sports organization also consists of various sub-groups for indoor and outdoor activities, such as aerobics, fencing, football, and diving.
More information on student life is here
Students at the University of Bergen are automatically members of the Student Welfare Organisation-SIB, the main task of which is to contribute to student’s well-being during their time as a student in Bergen. SiB organizes nursery schools, counseling, a mental health service, canteens, student accommodation and sports activities. It is all organized through their three departments, the Housing Department, the Catering Department and the Welfare Department. In addition SiB owns Studia, the academic bookshop where students can buy books and whatever else one needs for your studies. The website is here
A monthly student bus card gives the right to unlimited travel on city or suburban buses each month within the zones which the card is valid. The card is sold at the ticket office at the central bus station. A photo is required to get a card, and bringing the 'Letter of acceptance' from UiB together with your passport is sufficient to secure a student discount if applicable.
Bikes are also a popular form of transportation for Bergen students.
US citizens should apply for a study permit immediately after receiving your Letter of Acceptance from UiB. Please find more about the process here