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Universitetet i Bergen SAX
Bergen, Norway (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
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Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research, Undergraduate
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Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
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Anticipated Places:
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Agreement Scope:
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Program Description:


Location: Bergen
Year Established: 1946
Student population: 14,000 (1,600 international students)
The Universitetet i Bergen (UiB), or University of Bergen, is an internationally recognised research university and the most cited in Norway. It’s a young and modern university that is international in its outlook.
The campus spans Nygårdshøyden, a mixture of houses, shops and seats of learning, and the health campus at Årstadvollen, which is close to the Haukeland and Haraldsplass university clinics. Bergen University welcomes international students and provides comprehensive services and events throughout the year.
Unique characteristics
UiB has six faculties and is strong in marine science, climate research and social sciences. Several of its programs are taught in English. The University offers a varied selection of courses and study programs for international students.
Norway has transformed in the last 100 years from a country of farmers and fishermen to one of the most developed economies in the world. It is proud of its gender and social equality and it is ranked by the United Nations as having the highest quality of life and best standard of living in the world. Bergen itself is surrounded by hills and fjords and offers excellent food, coffee, art and music.

Norway - Universitetet i Bergen - campus

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences


Maths & Natural Sciences




Exclusions apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Autumn Semester: August - December
Spring Semester: January - June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
A – Excellent
B – Very Good
C – Good
D – Satisfactory
E – Sufficient
F - Fail
More information on the host university's grading system 

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Courses are taught in Norwegian and English


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university.

Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university

Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
An Opening Session will be held at the beginning of the semester.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university

Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of Norway in Australia

Student Experiences

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts, Semester 2, 2013
Host City Highlights
Hiking! There's nice museums too. But mainly just nature, everything is so beautiful in Norway. The lyst fest in winter is cool & we went aurora searching in winter too.
Uni Life
Within the fantoft housing complex there is a club which has parties and also events during the week like trivia. It had a good vibe to just go hang there too, with table tennis and pool! There was a lot of opportunity to join groups like hiking or sailing. The first week is like a social week for all the uni students and because the town is small it's quite an event.
I had one exam at the end of the semester for each subject and that was it. So it was a lot more laid back but I still learnt a lot and the campus and facilities are really nice.
It was very expensive to dine out so I mainly just cooked by myself or with friends. We had taco Tuesday and also a Wednesday dinner in my kitchen where every week someone different would cook something!
Fantoft was a nice community. Not the most modern building but I liked the Scandinavian wood style interior. And it was cool living so close to everyone and sharing a kitchen with people.
Money Matters
Yeah I budgeted well. Cooked most of my meals because eating out was expensive which was a change from my life in Sydney but saving that little extra for travel was worth it.
Getting Around
Tram goes to everywhere you need to go basically, as well as the bus system.
Going August-December was cool cause you got to see the transition from long days in summer through the beauty of leaves changing in autumn all along the 7 mountains that surround the city, and then into short days of winter and the excitement of possible aurora sightings! Norway is an expensive place but worth travelling around. Going to Tromsø was amazing for the aurora and dog sledding! Go to Trolltunga and the pulpit rock! I travelled a lot around Europe while there as you can find cheap flights to random countries on sky scanner! I went to Poland and Latvia for $50!
Top Tips
Enjoy the beauty of the city! Get out and about as much as you can and climb all 7 mountains!!