The University of Bergen is situated in Norway's second largest city. Study in Norway and you can experience the best this country has to offer, such as quality education and spectacular nature. The University of Bergen specializes in marine biology, climate and energy studies, and global challenges. Bergen is a safe and student-friendly city and most Norwegians are fluent speakers of English. There are a total of 16,900 students at the university. Around 1,880 of these are international students.
- Basic Information
- Meal options
- Estimated cost of participation
- How to apply
- How to search for courses
- Understanding grades and credits
- Other important links
Language of Instruction: English, Norwegian (if requested)
Best for majors/minors: Biology, Environmental Sciences, English, International Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences
Eligibility: Students should have completed at least 24 credits and have an NMU 2.5 GPA at the time of application.
Fall Semester: Early August - December (please note: Univ. of Bergen refers to this semester as “Autumn term”)
Winter/Spring Semester: Early January - June
New exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in one of Sammen's (Sammen is a student welfare organization in Bergen) student hostels provided that you follow detailed guidelines. View the guidelines here.
Meal plans are not offered by University of Bergen. Students use the Sammen cafeterias, which have a wide selection of hot meals, cold dishes, sandwiches, baguettes, pizza, hot and cold drinks, as well as cakes. They also have food including vegetarian and healthy food. Meals cost between 65-100 NOK ( $7-$12*) in the cafeterias.
Students pay their tuition, fees, and medical insurance to Northern Michigan University, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. The cost of housing and services will be paid directly to the University of Bergen
In 2018, an estimate of an average student budget in Norway is about NOK 11 640 ($1300*) per month for most expenses including housing, food, study materials, transport and activities. There is a nominal semester fee of NOK 590 ($69*) paid to the Student Welfare Organisation.
View the breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a semester at the University of Bergen.
In order to apply to participate in this exchange, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted to the International Education Services Office by the posted deadline.
Set up an advising meeting with an IES Study Abroad Advisor to discuss program interest.
The IES advisor will give you the complete cost packet.
Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.
Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting
Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad
IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.
After nomination, you will receive an email from the University of Bergen which confirms your nomination and includes some useful links. You will also receive another email with your password to Søknadsweb (check your spam filter!) which is the university’s application portal.
Complete the Pre-Course Evaluation with the appropriate Departments to evaluate your course choices.
Complete the University of Bergen Exchange Application and upload the required documents on Søknadsweb. (The documents must be uploaded as PDF or jpg files). You will need the following documents:
Please note: You are welcome to schedule an appointment with the exchange coordinator to complete the application during a meeting. This is recommended, based on past student experiences.
Fall semester or Academic Year: April 15th
Spring semester: October 1st
Autumn semester or Academic Year: May 1st
Spring semester: October 15th
Students should be aware that exchange partner universities do not normally waive prerequisite courses for visiting exchange students. While searching for courses, students should make sure they have completed the equivalent of the prerequisites listed by the exchange university.
Please note: The Short Introductory Course in Norwegian Language and Culture (NOR-INTRO) is especially suited for exchange students who wish to acquire basic knowledge of the Norwegian language and culture.
If you are proficient in the Norwegian language and would like to take classes in Norwegian, please let the IES Exchange Coordinator know.
Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 NMU credit hours while abroad. Once the IES office receives the official transcript from the exchange university, the student will see the NMU course equivalencies listed on NMU transcript.
Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Northern Michigan University. The normal workload per semester for a full-time student is 30 ECTS credits in Norway, and we recommend students to plan for approximately this amount of credits per semester.One ECTS credit point translates into roughly 30 hours of work, of which only a part is spent in the classroom. An individual course can be worth anything between 3 and 10 ECTS. Please plan on enrolling in at least 24 ECTS credits.
Last updated: 2/17/20
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.