Colorful houses in a row in Bergen, Norway

University Study in Norway: University of Bergen

  1. Program Details

    Study at the University of Bergen and integrate into Norwegian life on this highly affordable program.

    Location Bergen, Norway
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.75
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About University Study in Norway: University of Bergen

    Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and is known as the gateway to the world-famous fjords of Norway. With approximately 17,000 students, the University of Bergen is a medium-sized university. Established in 1946, it is also known as a young and modern institution. Due to its location on Norway's western coast, the university is known for its focus on marine science, and because of this, is also often referred to as the "blue" university.

    Bergen is a city of approximately 235,000, and it thrives off of the university student population. Because it is encircled by mountains, the city center is relatively compact. Bergen offers a dynamic cultural life, with a variety of cafés, bars, restaurants and festivals in music, arts, and film.

    Go to the At a Glance Comparison page to learn some quick facts about other Learning Abroad Center programs in Norway.

    Housing & Meals

    You will live in the Fantoft Student Hostel located about three miles from the city center. The rooms and apartments at Fantoft are fully furnished with a bed, a desk with a chair, bookshelves, a table, and a wardrobe. You either share a large kitchen that contains a stove and refrigerator or have your own kitchenette that has a hotplate and small fridge.

    Excursions

    The International Education Office organizes various social acitivities throughout the semester.

    Flight

    Students are responsible for booking their own roundtrip ticket once officially accepted into the program. Please reference arrival and departure dates provided host university and plan travel accordingly. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Students having participated in the University Study in Norway program will:

    • Develop a stronger sense of confidence by engaging in a highly independent study abroad program
    • Learn to appreciate diverse world views, accept complexity, and embrace ambiguity
    • Experience a new culturally specific academic system and incorporate different academic perspectives
    • Develop awareness of and challenge assumptions about Norwegian culture, their own culture, and how their culture is viewed by others
    • Learn to function as an effective team member by appreciating and interacting with individuals different from yourself

    Faculty & Staff

    The International Student Mobility Office is your on-site staff during your time in Bergen. There are also international coordinators who give academic guidance within each faculty.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level Various levels
    Courseload

    Students are required to maintain a minimum enrollment of 15 credits per semester, which is equal to 30 ECTS at the University of Bergen.

    Enroll directly in classes at the University of Bergen

    Coursework

    Classes

    You will choose from a variety of English-taught courses in the areas of humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, law, psychology, social sciences and the arts.

    Undergraduate courses at the University of Bergen are offered at the 100–300 level. Check the prerequisites of each course to make sure you have the adequate preparation. 300 level courses are generally master's level courses, though they are occasionally open to undergraduates who have sufficient preparation in the subject area.

    Each course at the University of Bergen is typically worth 10 ECTS credits, or 5 US semester credits. A typical courseload is usually 3 classes. You take a total of 30 ECTS credits, or 15 US semester credits, each semester.

    Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

    Finding Course Information

    Learn about country-specific academic terminology and how to find host university course information

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on this program. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Academic Year Early August–mid-June Apr 1, 2019
    Fall Semester Early August—mid-December Apr 1, 2019
    Spring Semester Early January—mid-June extended deadline September 1, 2019

    Spaces on this program are limited. Applicants are encouraged to have a backup program in mind. Because of these limited spaces, all applications will be reviewed together, after the application deadline. 

    If not all of the Spring 2020 University of Bergen spaces are filled at the February 1, 2019 deadline, applications will re-open on May 1, 2019 with a September 1, 2019 deadline.

    Late applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis. To inquire about applying late, contact Erica Qualheim.

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Spring 2020 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for University Study in Norway: University of Bergen

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    Fall 2019

    Academic Year 2019-20

    Spring 2020

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Program Dates and Fees for term options
    Program Name University Study in Norway
    Track Name University of Bergen
    Country Norway

    The partnership with the University of Bergen is an exchange -- spaces are limited and tend to be competitive.  All spaces for the Spring 2020 semester have been filled, and we are no longer taking new applications.  

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Complete

    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:
    • University of Bergen Application
    • Proof of Financial Support
    • Application Essay
    • Academic Recommendation (1)
    • Official Transcript
    • Passport Copy

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    Application Review Process

    Once your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad Application System and submit a cancelation request.

    Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.

  7. All US passport holders on semester or academic year programs in Norway must apply for a residence permit. It is now required for all students to travel to Chicago to submit their materials, and to have biometric readings taken. You cannot start this process until you are officially accepted by the university in Norway, and have your acceptance letter. Below are the instructions, tips, and things to keep in mind for the application process.

    All questions about the residence permit application process should be directed to Travisa/VFS at info.norway@vfshelpline.com or by calling 516-234-7789.

    If you are not a US passport holder, contact the Honorary Consulate General Minneapolis and ask about your specific requirements. The staff at the honorary consulate can be reached at 612.332.3338 or hcg.minneapolis@mfa.no.

    Step by Step Instructions

    To apply for the residence permit, you must follow these steps in order:

    1. Log onto www.udi.no to submit your application and pay the application fee. Select to submit the online application with New York.  See the "Tips for Your Application" section below for specific information to include in your application.
    2. When step 1 is completed log onto the Travisa/VFS web site to book an appointment to submit your documents and biometry in Chicago (or one of the other drop-off sites in Houston, New York, San Francisco, or Washington DC).
    3. Go to your appointment to submit your documents and to have biometric readings taken. Remember to bring all documents listed in the online document list. Note: your acceptance letter from the university in Norway will serve as your full-time admission letter, proof of housing, and proof of suffiicient funds.

    Tips for Your Application

    Several of the items on the application can be confusing. Below are some tips that we have found helpful:

    • For your address in Norway, list one of the following:

    Oslo

    SiOsenteret Blindern
    Kristian Ottosens hus
    Problemveien 9
    0313 Oslo

    Bergen

    Studentsenteret
    Parkveien 1 
    5007 Bergen

    NMBU

    Studentsamskipnaden i Ås, SiÅs Housing
    Fredrik A. Dahls vei 9
    1432 Ås

    • Main Education Level: List first stage of tertiary (14th-17th)
    • Year (completed education): List the date you completed high school
    • Criminal offenses: List anything that required an appearance in court
    • Where do you want to receive the response? List Norway
    • Which type of permit should you apply for? "Utdanning, ordinær student" (= Education, regular student)
    • School fees each semester: leave blank
    • Organization that arranged your studies in Norway: leave blank
    • Part of the application will reference the Schengen Area. The list of those countries can be found here:http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/schengen-visa-countries-list/

     

    Keep in Mind

    • Applications require approximately 2 months to be processed, so start the process as soon as you receive official notification of acceptance from the university in Norway.
    • You will start the application process before departing for Norway but will most likely not receive your residence permit until you actually arrive in Norway. At your orientation in Norway, they will cover the process for going to the local government office to complete your residence permit process. 
    • Keep a copy of your residence permit application materials for your records and bring it with you to Norway.
  8. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.
    • Surbhi S - Biology, Honors Program; University of Oslo, Fall 2019
    • Alex M - Management Information major; University of Bergen, Spring 2018
    • Nicole P - Sociology & Religious Studies major; University of Bergen, Fall 2017
    • Zach J - Geography major; University of Bergen, Fall 2017
    • Greta R - Plant Science major; Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Spring 2018