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.
Choose your programme:
- All programmes at UiB (keep in mind, one-year programmes, bachelor’s degrees and professional studies are taught in Norwegian).
- Or, choose your programme based on your financing option (in the ‘Financing’ section below), those programmes linked to below are programmes taught in English at the Masters level.
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.
Generally, the University of Bergen offers no scholarships or financial support undergraduates and postgraduates except for the quota scholarship which applies only to candidates from certain collaboration institutions. You can look for programmes within either Quota or Self-finacing categories.
- The Quota Scheme is offered by the Norwegian government help fund the studies of students from developing countries as well as countries in Central/Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
- The collaborative institutions which a student must have attended to receive a quota scholarship vary from programme to programme.
- Check in the ‘admission’ tab of a given programme in order to determine what universities are collaborative institutions.
- Read more about the Quota Scheme here.
Collaborative partners within the quota scheme may range from only a few universities to many, depending on the programme. Image: http://www.uib.no/en/cih/71807/international-partner-institutionz copywrite CIH
- Self-financing students are covering their study and living expenses by their own means.
- Self-financing applicants have to show proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses for the duration of their studies in Norway.
- Students from the EU/EEA-area and Switzerland may have guidelines specific to them that are different from students from other places.
- Admission process overview for Self-financing students.
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 SiB
There is however, a semester fee for UiB. This fee goes to the SiB (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 past blog post, “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!
A regularly updated list of application periods is at this link, application periods as of July 2015 are:
Master’s Degree Programmes: 2 October-1 December
Spring semester: 1 September-15 October
Autumn semester: 15 March-15 May
Accommodation (apply directly to SiB):
Spring Semester: 1 October-1 November
Autumn Semester: 1 April-15 May
You can contact the international admissions teams with one of the following email addresses:
- Exchange students: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Quota students: email@example.com
- Self-financing master students: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Norwegian language course: email@example.com
If none of the categories above apply to your admissions-related question, please email: 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.