University of Bergen
The University at Albany, SUNY continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus pandemic. All Winter 2020-21 and Spring 2021 education abroad programs worldwide are suspended. While there are no definite answers on when education abroad programming will resume, programs abroad are not expected to all re-open at the same time. Instead, when education abroad relaunches only a limited number of programs and destinations will be available, evaluated based on global travel conditions, health and safety guidelines, SUNY System Administration re-opening protocols, and UAlbany priorities. The process of review and approval to re-open programs and destinations will be ongoing. As you plan now for your global future, our dedicated Education Abroad team remains ready and available to assist and guide you!
The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognized research university. Academic diversity and high quality are fundamental for us. UiB is the most cited university in Norway.
There are seven faculties at UiB and there are a total of 16 400 students at the university. Around 1 550 of these are international students. We employ 3 600 staff. PhD candidates are paid employees of staff, making the doctoral degree at UiB particularly attractive for rising talent. About one in three graduating doctors are from outside Norway.
Course offerings include a program in Scandinavian Area Studies, taught in English, with courses in communication studies, Norwegian history, Norwegian language, and Scandinavian anthropology, geology, geography, information science, literature, marine studies, mathematics, music, physics, politics, and sociology. Students with advanced Norwegian language skills can enroll in regular university classes
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
A full description of the courses offered is available online.
Review University of Bergen’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
Your courses are taught by local faculty.
You are guaranteed housing at University of Bergen. Learn more online.
There are many places to eat on and near campus. No meal plan is included with the program.
Estimate of Costs
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Juniors, seniors, and exceptional sophomores are eligible to participate. Applications are welcome from students in all majors. A grade point average of 3.0 is preferred, although not required. Students with strong preparation in the field they wish to study are likely to be accepted. Since coursework is available in English, there is no language requirement.
Student Clubs and Organizations
There are many student organizations in Bergen, even beyond the university!
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
About the City
A valid passport is required to participate in this program.You will need a residence permit to participate. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2019-20
8/8/2019 to 6/20/2020
8/8/2019 to 12/20/2019
1/6/2020 to 6/20/2020
Review the full semester dates online here.
About the Program
The University of Bergen is located on the top of a hill in the center of the city. The University itself was established in 1946, but certain buildings on campus date back to the early 1800s. With over 25,000 students it is the second largest university in Norway.
Also, visit the UiB website for: Exchange Students.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at UiB, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary. UiB’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.