The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university and UiB is the most cited university in Norway. Our main strategic areas are marine research, global social challenges and climate research and energy transition. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Learn from world-class scientists at a tuition free and high quality university.
  • Choose from a wide range of programmes and courses taught in English.
  • Study in a truly international environment with more than 1800 international students and more than 20 % of our staff having origins outside of Norway.

Short Courses

Social Sciences (5)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Education & Training (1)
Humanities (1)
Law (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



The University of Bergen is located in Bergen, Norway. Although founded as late as 1946, academic activity had taken place at Bergen Museum as far back as 1825.


We offer 25 master's programmes taught in English for applicants residing outside of Norway within the fields of humanities and aesthetic studies, medicine and dentistry, natural sciences and technical subjects, social sciences and psychology. All our master’s programmes have a duration of two years. Generally one year of the programme is devoted to writing your master’s thesis. This means you have an entire year to focus on the research that you’re passionate about. While the thesis is your independent scientific work, you will have your own academic supervisor guiding your efforts throughout the second year. UiB master’s students also get access to a private study desk during the whole two-year programme.


The academic profile of the University of Bergen has three major focuses. One is marine research - the city of Bergen is considered to be one of the largest marine science centres in Northern Europe. Another is climate research and energy transition and the third is global social challenges, where the university has earned a distinguished reputation both in Norway and abroad for its excellent, result-driven collaboration on research and education with universities in developing countries.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
171 -7
164 13
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
197 4
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


Student services

We arrange a Welcome Programme each semester for all new international students. Throughout the Programme we will introduce you to different aspects of being a student in Bergen and Norway through practical information and entertaining lectures. This is also an excellent opportunity to meet other new students, as well as UiB staff members. You can also visit our International Centre or your own faculty information centre if you have any queries what so ever. As a student at the University of Bergen automatically become a member of the Student Welfare Organisation (Sammen). You become a member when you pay the small semester fee (currently NOK 590), which is also required in order to register each semester.

Housing services

We are proud to offer UiB international students the benefit of guaranteed housing through our student welfare organisation Sammen. Moving to a new city can be stressful, rest easy that you will have a place to stay with the international student housing guarantee. As long as you apply for and accept housing within the application periods using the UiB reservation code you are guaranteed a single room in student housing.

Library services

  • Arts and Humanities Library
  • Social Sciences and Music Library
  • Law Library
  • Medicine and Dentistry Library
  • Psychology, Education and Health Library
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Library
  • Picture Collection
  • Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection

ICT services

Sammen’s student hostels all offer free broadband and all faculties and libraries have computer rooms. If you have your own lap top, you can also use the wireless Internet at the Bergen Light Rail (Bybanen), or at one of the many cafés in the city centre which offers free wireless Internet. If you use Eduroam at your home university, you can also access wireless Internet on campus.

Medical services

  • Doctor
  • Psychologist
  • Dentist
  • Free Health Care Centre
  • Partly refund of health expenses

Student Life

Campus life

UiB is a city university and most of our faculties, libraries and study halls are located close to Nygårdshøyden in the heart of the city, with a short distance to cafes, sports halls, parks and shops. The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is located just outside the city centre on Årstadvollen, close to Haukeland University Hospital, easily reached by bus. Student cafeterias are available on each faculty. Our city campus makes the students a familiar feature of Bergen's urban landscape.

Sports facilities

UiB students have access to the Student Welfare Organisation Sammen’s seven training centres for a low biannual fee. You get access to a swimming pool, modern training equipment, climbing walls, bouldering rooms, spinning and various aerobic and dance classes, well equipped changing rooms with saunas and solariums. The student sports club, Bergenstudentenes Idrettslag (BSI), offers activities such as scuba diving, dancing, football, badminton, handball, sailing, basketball and fencing to name a few.

Student clubs

Bergen offers more than 100 student organisations, many of which are directly linked to our university. To join a student organisation is an excellent way to get involved and to get to know your fellow students. UiB arranges a big fair each semester where most of our organisations are available so that you may come talk to them, see what they have to offer and even sign up! These are some of the areas our organisations cover:

  • Games, sports and outdoors
  • Student media
  • Religious groups
  • Music, choirs and orchestras
  • Student democracy
  • Politics and society
  • Culture and event organisers
  • Pubs and clubs


The University of Bergen is one of three Norwegian universities accredited by the US Department of Education. That means that, for more than twenty years now, it has been possible for American students wishing to study at the University of Bergen to apply for financial support from the American student loan programme (FFELP) under the US Department of Education.