About University Study in Norway: University of Bergen
Bergen, Norway's second largest city, 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 located in the city center. Established in 1946, it is 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 nicknamed the "blue university."
Bergen is a city of approximately 265,000, and it thrives off the university student population. Because it is surrounded 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
Live in the Fantoft Student Village, located about three miles from campus and the city center. The rooms and apartments at Fantoft are fully furnished with a bed, desk, chair, table, wardrobe, and bookshelves. You will either share a large kitchen that contains a stove and refrigerator or have your own kitchenette with a hot plate and small fridge. You will typically have a private bathroom.
The International Education Office organizes various social acitivities throughout the semester.
As a student in the University Study in Norway program, you 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. International coordinators 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.