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Location: Bergen, Norway

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Term Abroad:  Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: August - December
Spring Semester: January - June

Application Deadline: 

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

 UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements


Subjects Available:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology (also available at graduate level)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry (also available at graduate level)
  • Communications
  • Computer Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Economics (also available at graduate level)
  • English (also available at graduate level)
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature
  • Mathematics (also available at graduate level)
  • Media Studies
  • Modern European Studies
  • Music - Performance
  • Philosophy (also available at graduate level)
  • Physics
  • Political Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Sociology
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies


The University:  There are approximately 25 000 students in Bergen. About 14 500 of them are students at the University of Bergen. The University of Bergen is located at the top of a hill in the centre of the city. Its history dates back to 1825, to the Bergen Museum, which lies at the central university campus. The University itself is young, established in 1946. There are seven faculties: The Faculty of Arts (HF fak.), the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Mat. Nat. fak.), the Faculty of Social Sciences (SV fak.), the Faculty of Law (Jur. fak.), the Faculty of Psychology (Psyk. fak.), the Faculty of Medicine (Med. fak.) and the Faculty of Dentistry (Odont. fak.). Five of the faculties, the University library and the administrative offices are located at the central campus.

Academics:  As a rule, the language of instruction at the University of Bergen is Norwegian. There are, however, significant exceptions to this: There are a number of courses in the Scandinavian Area Studies Programme (SAS) and in several other departments which are taught in English. In addition, there are around 40 Master's degree programmes taught in English. 

Each course is assigned a three-digit number, where the first digit is either 1 (100-level courses), 2 (200-level courses) or 3 (300-level courses). 100-level courses are beginner's courses. 200-level courses involve some specialisation, while 300-level courses involve a higher level of specialisation. Normally, 100-level courses may only be included at bachelor's level, while 200-level courses may be included at both bachelor's and master's level. 100-level courses and 200-level courses are listed as undergraduate courses. As a rule, 300-level courses may only be incorporated into master's programmes and are listed as postgraduate courses.

Housing: Bergen offers a wide range of accommodation, and the Student Welfare Organisation (SiB) offers a large number of accommodation units for students especially. International students intending to stay for a minimum of one semester are guaranteed a single room, provided they apply on time.

Activities and Programs: Bergensstudentenes Idrettslag (BSI)/ The University Sports Club is the main student sports organisation for organised sports with various subgroups for indoor and outdoor activities like aerobics, fencing, judo, mountain climbing, indoor climbing, mountain cycling, football, floorball, volleyball, diving and others. BSI is open for all registered students and the club puts emphasis on both the physical and social aspects of its work. Det Akademiske Kvarter is run by students and here you can pop in for a quiet drink, or attend cultural events like concerts, student-theatre etc.


Location:  Bergen is a city of about 240,000 inhabitants, situated on the mountainous western coast of Norway. A striking feature to many newcomers is the city's abundance of green parks, tree lined streets and lakes and its spectacular setting between the mountains and the sea. The winter is relatively mild for a location at 60 degrees N latitude, with only short and rare periods of cold spells. Skiing conditions in Bergen are therefore unreliable, but the nearby mountains offer stable snow conditions within easy reach. The city lies at the entrance to the fjords, one of the major geographical tourist attractions in Norway.

Bergen has a rich cultural life with a variety of festivals, concerts, museums, galleries and other attractions. The oldest rock club in Norway is Hulen/The Cave,located in a bunker close to the Student Centre. It's run by student organisations and presents itself as a "cultural shelter" for students, with concerts and disco several nights a week. 

International Office Website: http://www.uib.no/education/admission/exchange

Student Activities: http://www.uib.no/education/practical-information/prospective-students/on-campus/student-activities#studentorganisations


Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $500.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $175.00
Accommodations $2330.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1800.00
Airfare $1100.00
Local Transportation $400.00
Other $200.00
Total $10294.60*


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a five month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.