Some questions I’ve received again and again from commentors relate to the admissions process. While I’m a student and I can’t guide anyone through admissions or make recommendations about programmes or scholarships and financing, I thought I’d put together a post that highlights some places a potential future student may look for this type of information. So, for all those future UiB students out there, here are some tips:
There are different ways to come study at UiB:
- Exchange Student Information
- Bachelor’s Degrees (this is probably not for most international students; primarily for Norwegian citizens and those with residence permits): one must have proficiency in Norwegian and English and meet the admission requirements for Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
- Master’s Degrees offered with English as the language of instruction (more than 30 programmes are offered at UiB).
- PhD positions are mainly advertised as job vacancies. If you have questions regarding a PhD position, please contact the relevant Faculty. You can also look for ideas for how to start the PhD application process here.
Choose your programme:
You can take a look through all the English language programmes at UiB (one-year programmes, bachelor’s degrees and professional studies are taught in Norwegian). Please note that the admissions requirements for each programme are discussed in the programme’s web pages. Please review those to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements.
The University of Bergen offers no scholarships or financial support international undergraduates and postgraduates at this time. However, UiB’s lack of tuition fees makes self-financing a more viable solution.
- Students cover their study and living expenses by their own means.
- Self-financing applicants from outside the EU/EEA have to show proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses for the duration of their studies in Norway.
Fees related to attending UiB
There is no tuition. UiB does not charge tuition fees either to Norwegian or international students due to its status as a public institution.
Semester Fee to Sammen
There is however, a semester fee for UiB. This fee goes to Sammen (the student welfare organisation). As of July 2015 the fee is NOK 590 per semester, this applies to all students except those on exchange programmes.
Cost of Living
For an idea of some of the costs of living, take a look at this blog post on the cost of living.
- Make sure you explore the ‘Admissions’ tab of the UiB’s Education Page in detail, so you can gather all the information you need to make decisions and apply for programmes.
Need some guidance on how to go about applying?
- This landing page offers links depending on your circumstances. Remember to pay attention to the application periods!
To ask questions about applying to UiB, you may contact the department to which you are applying or the international admissions team.
You can contact the international admissions teams with one of the following email addresses:
- Exchange students: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Others admissions: email@example.com
- Norwegian language course: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet some students
It’s always nice to meet some students while you’re hard at work with your admissions process.