Study at the University of Bergen and integrate into Norwegian life on this highly affordable program.
|Term||Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
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.
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.
The International Education Office organizes various social acitivities throughout the semester.
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.
Students having participated in the University Study in Norway program will:
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.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Host University Study|
|Program Level||Various levels|
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
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.
This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Academic Year 2020-21||Early August–mid-June||Feb 1, 2020|
|Fall Semester 2020||Early August—mid-December||Feb 1, 2020|
|Spring Semester 2021||Early January—mid-June||September 1, 2020 (if spaces available)|
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 2021 University of Bergen spaces are filled at the February 1, 2020 deadline, applications will re-open on May 1 with a September 1, 2020 deadline.
Late applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis. To inquire about applying late, contact Eric Leinen.
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.
|Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-21||TBD||TBD|
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|
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.
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
To apply for the residence permit, you must follow these steps in order:
Several of the items on the application can be confusing. Below are some tips that we have found helpful:
Kristian Ottosens hus
Studentsamskipnaden i Ås, SiÅs Housing
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For further information or questions about this program, please send an email toCathy Huber or call at 612.624.9016.