University of Bergen, NORWAY



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.

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Basic Information

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 options 

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.

Estimated Cost of Participation

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.

Visit this website for more information on the cost of living in Norway.

View the breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a semester at the University of Bergen.

How to Apply

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.

  1. 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.

  2. Meet with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

    • Bring your cost packet with you to the meeting

  3. Complete the NMU Application for Study Abroad

  4. IES Exchange Coordinator nominates you to the exchange university of choice.

  5. 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.

  6. Complete the Pre-Course Evaluation with the appropriate Departments to evaluate your course choices.

  7. 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:

    1. Online application form. This will include your choice of courses.

    2. Official Copy of your NMU Transcript (link to instructions)

    3. Copy of your Passport information page

    4. Documentation of Funds (more information found here)

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. 

After Admission:

As soon as UIB can offer you admission, they will publish a “Letter of Acceptance” on Søknadsweb. You will need to continue with your application for Student Housing and your Residence Permit .


Nominations Deadlines:

  • Fall semester or Academic Year: April 15th

  • Spring semester: October 1st


Application deadlines:

  • Autumn semester or Academic Year: May 1st

  • Spring semester: October 15th

How to Search for Courses

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.

To find courses taught in English, click here. 

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. 


Understanding Grades and Credits

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.

Other important links

University of Bergen
UIB Site for Exchange Students
Fact Sheet for Exchange Partners


Last updated: 2/17/20
*US dollar amounts are an estimate based off of time it was researched. Values of currencies are constantly fluctuating.