University of Bergen


The University of Bergen (or UiB) is a research-intensive public university. It is located in Bergen, Norway. UiB, which was originally started as a museum in the early 19th century, is the second-oldest University in Norway. The establishment was founded in 1825, but it was in 1946 that it received official recognition as a university thanks to parliamentary legislation. The University has seven faculties, although it is well known for particular fields in the natural sciences, such as marine research and climate research.

It consistently ranks among the best 200 institutions in the world, in the top one per cent of all universities. Additionally, it is ranked among the top 10 or 50 institutions in the world in various disciplines like marine and earth sciences. Additionally, it employs about 4,000 administrative personnel, the majority of whom are lecturers and researchers. 

The University has three dedicated strategic areas through which it contributes to society through education, research and interdisciplinary cooperation. These areas are:

Many notable alums have been given the University of Bergen. These include:

  • Erna Solberg - Prime Minister of Norway

  • Monica Mæland - Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry

  • Mukhisa Kituyi - Secretary-General UNCTAD

  • Lars Gule - Philosopher and social commentator

  • Sveinung Rotevatn - Norwegian Minister of Climate and the Environment

  • Iselin Nybø - Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry


The University hosts about 14,800 students. Out of these, there are 1,550 international students. The University of Bergen provides a variety of programmes and courses in English in a range of subject areas. 

Although there are no tuition fees, students are asked to pay a semester fee. The University of Bergen offers no scholarships. Through initiatives like Erasmus+ and Nordplus, exchange students' home universities may have scholarships available. For additional information, get in touch with your home university.

You may like to learn about a high-ranking Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, which is located in Bergen. If you are an international student and plan to study at this University, you should know about Norway's Study Permit. Also, check out their Residence Permit for Vocational Training and Research


The University offers housing facilities on a short-term basis. The accommodations are offered to researchers in the city for a limited time. Furthermore, you can avail yourself of off-campus residence in the city.

The Student Welfare Organization (Sammen) is where new international students who have been accepted to the University of Bergen can apply for housing. If space is available, student housing is guaranteed for new international students in the following categories. 

  • Students participating in other collaborative programmes for at least one semester.

  • International master's degree students. 

  • Exchange students


It is a member of the U5 group, which includes Norway's oldest and best-ranked universities, and the Coimbra Group. According to QS World University Ranking, it has been ranked among the best 200 universities worldwide.


University of Bergen
5007 Bergen, Norway

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