University of Bergen

University Information, Campus and History
(Bergen, Norway)

The University of Bergen (UiB) is a medium-size public university located in Bergen, Norway. UiB is also know as Norway's international university, because of its long list of international activities. In just 30 years, the university has grown in its international contacts list because of its various activities held with universities in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.

Established in 1946, the university has over 3,000 teaching and non-teaching staff and 16,000 local and international students. The university has over 1,300 foreign students each year and sends its students to another 50 universities as part of its foreign exchange student program.

Because it is a public university, European students do not need to pay any tuition fee to study in UiB. Instead, students are required to pay a fee to the university's welfare organization. This annual fee is good enough for the student to access UiB's academic services, as well as to use for medical and accommodation purposes.

The University of Bergen offers 50 study programmes and is organized into seven faculties. Each faculty focuses on a specific field of study and has its own specialised departments. The university is divided into two main campuses: the main university campus and the medical campus called Årstadvollen.


The University of Bergen is a well-rounded university. Aside from providing main buildings for its seven faculties, the university also contains several libraries, university hospitals, student organizations, sports facilities, and recreational facilities.
The university offers its students high-tech computer facilities. These online facilities can be used by any registered university student, whether undergraduate or graduate status. To get your own user account, contact the university student services desk.
To help students with their research and academic needs, the university has several faculty libraries. Each faculty library is focused on a specific area of expertise and houses thousands of books, newspapers, and volumes of library archives. Faculty libraries also have internet ports for students to connect their laptops and use for research. The following faculty libraries are as follows:
  • Law Library
  • Medical Library
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Library
  • Social Sciences Library
  • Arts and Humanities Library
  • Psychology Library
  • Dentistry Library

The university's medical campus is called Årstadvollen. Near Haraldsplass and Haukeland university hospitals, Årstadvollen is home to various medicine, dentistry, and health-care lectures. The main campus is located in Nygårdshoyden. This campus is much larger and houses the university's different academic faculties, shops, and accommodation.
For financially-challenged students, the university offers welfare assistance. However, most European students only need to pay a small semestral fee to study in UiB while exchange students for the Marie Curie, Erasmus, and Nordplus programmes need not pay anything. The university also maintains a health fund which are utilised by students who need dental and medical treatment.
The university's student centre provides yearly activities for students to incorporate them into university life. The student centre is also tasked to locate accommodation for students in need of a place to live. Other responsibilities of the student centre include the organization of the university's cafeteria, sports facilities, and nurseries.
There are approximately 25,000 students in Bergen. About 16,000 of them are students at the University of Bergen. They are a familiar feature of urban landscape, but most of all, you will find a lot of activity in the more than 160 organizations, societies, clubs, and associations that the students are responsible for.
Troubled students may also avail of the university' counselling services. The university employs a staff of qualified counselling professionals who help university students adjust to UiB life, as well as to the demands of a university education.

Famous Students

Since its founding in 1946, the University of Bergen has produced graduates who have succeeded in the fields of medicine, law, science, technology, and the arts. Some of the university's famous students include SYNODE project member Kenth Engo, geologist Hans Rasmus Nilsen, geophysicist Oskar Fjeld, and European Orthodontic Society member Dr. Maria Nasika.

Contact University of Bergen:
Address: Langes Gate 1-3, N-5020 Bergen, Norway
Tel: +47 55 58 00 00
Fax: +47 55 58 96 43
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