The University of Bergen is an internationally recognized research university. It is the most urban university in Norway, with most of its campus concentrated in the heart of the city. With a population of 279,000, Bergen is Norway’s second-largest city. It is surrounded by mountains and near the fjords, providing many opportunities for outdoor adventures.
Read more about being an exchange student at the University of Bergen.
Students can choose from a variety of English-taught courses in the areas of humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, law, psychology, social sciences and the arts. Students can also study Norwegian language at beginning through advanced levels.
You must register for a minimum of 13 credits per term. You receive resident credit for the courses you take, your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. See the Grade & Credit Conversion Scale for more details.
Housing & Meals
Students live in the Fantoft Student Hostel located about three miles from the city center. This is the largest student housing complex in Bergen, and consists of several buildings. Students will have a private bedroom and bathroom, and will share a kitchen with 8-9 other international and Norwegian students living in the same corridor.
Dates & Deadlines
Fall/Academic Year 2021-22: February 1, 2021
Spring 2022: September 1, 2021
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
The program is currently full for Fall/Academic Year 2021-22.
If the program does not fill, applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis until the program fills or until the host university deadline. Please contact us to inquire about applying after the deadline.
Academic Year: Early August - Mid June
Fall Semester: Early August - Mid December
Spring Semester: Early January 2021 - Mid June
Program dates are subject to change. Contact our office or consult your University of Bergen acceptance materials for arrival date information before purchasing your airfare.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||
Fall semester only
Spring semester only
|Program Name||University Study in Norway|
|Track Name||University of Bergen|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:
- Application Essay
- Academic Recommendation (1)
- Proof of Financial Support
- Official Transcript
- Passport Copy
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
Application Review Process
Exchange programs can be competitive. We are not always able to place all applicants, and we encourage students to have a backup program in mind if applying for an exchange program. After the application deadline, the GO Minnesota selection committee will review applications and nominate finalists within 2 weeks. If nominated, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.
Nominated students will be required to complete the University of Bergen’s application, and they will make the final acceptance decision. More information on this will be sent to nominated students.
If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.