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University of Bergen

Program Location Bergen, Norway
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20255
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Fall 2021 08/03/21 to 12/17/21

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

University of Bergen
Study at a picturesque city!

The Norwegian mainland, situated at the top of Europe, on the Scandinavian peninsula, borders to the east with Sweden, Finland, and Russia; to the West it faces the Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea.

Bergen is a city of about 235 000 inhabitants, situated on the mountainous west coast of Norway. A striking feature to many newcomers is the city's abundance of green areas, tree-lined streets and lakes and its spectacular setting between the mountains and the sea. Bergen's annual rainfall of more than 2000 mm makes it a rather humid place, especially in the autumn. The winters are relatively mild for a latitude of 60 degrees N, with only rare and short cold spells. Skiing conditions in Bergen are therefore unreliable, but the nearby mountains offer stable snow conditions within easy reach. The city is the gateway to the fjords, one of the major geographical tourist attractions in Norway.

The city of Bergen has a long history in shipping, fishing and trade. German Hanseatic merchants settled here in the early Middle Ages, giving the city a certain continental touch. The historical links with Europe are clearly visible in the architecture, in shop front names, and may be heard in many of the local dialect words.

Bergen is the administrative and educational centre of Western Norway. The city has a remarkably dynamic cultural life. The close connections between the composer Edvard Grieg and the city have contributed to an active involvement in music and the city has a symphony orchestra of high international standard. The Bergen International Music Festival, held each year at the end of May, is of major importance. The theatre where Henrik Ibsen was once director lies in the heart of the city. Also, the city's cultural traditions continue today with modern dance and theatre ensembles, and a strong, internationally recognised rock and electronica scene. The city sports a wide variety of cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants, offering specialities from all over the world.

During the academic year, the city of Bergen is home to around 25 000 students, which account for about 10% of the city population. There are a number of higher education institutions in town, but the majority of students attend UoB. Around sixty-five percent of the students at UoB come from the western part of Norway. However, almost 8% come from abroad, most as part of foreign exchange programmes.

Courses: Link here for more information on courses.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


University of Bergen
Bergen's historic district

This program is open to all majors. A student is eligible if s/he has attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 and has reached at least junior standing by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The University of Bergen is a medium-sized European university with 7 faculties and more than 17.000 students. Students may participate in this program during the fall semester (August to December), spring semester (January to June), or full year (August to June).

The University of Bergen offers a large number of courses taught in English at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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


A room at one of the student residence halls will be available provided that students apply within the deadline. If students fail to apply within the deadline or arrive after the date indicated, the university does not guarantee housing. Students who have not already applied for accommodation will receive the application form along with their Letter of Acceptance.

Rooms are fully furnished with desk and chair, bookshelves, sofa, chair, lamps, curtains and a wardrobe with shelves. Some rooms share a larger kitchen containing an oven and a refrigerator while others have their own kitchenette with one hotplate and a small fridge also applies for all 2 people apartments sharing kitchen and bathroom). Bedcovering, pillow, bed linen and towels, as well as kitchen utensils are not included, and must be supplied by the student. Bedcovering and pillow can be bought at the reception for NOK 300.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2021

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Local Transportation$150.00
Books and Supplies$300.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$3,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

For full consideration, the completed application should be submitted to the Programs for Study Abroad Office by September 15 for spring applications and March 1 fall and full year options. If you have any questions, please call Programs for Study Abroad at 765/494-2383.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
University of Bergen
Beautiful Bergen!

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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