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  • Locations: Bergen, Norway
  • Program Terms: Academic Yr- Fall/Sp, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Restrictions: SIU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
Bergen, Norway
Universitetet i Bergen
(Bergen, Norway)

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, lakes, and its spectacular juxtaposition of 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 organizations and presents itself as a "cultural shelter" for students, with concerts and disco several nights a week. 
 
The city of Bergen has a long history in shipping, fishing, and trade. German Hanseatic merchants settled here in the early Middles Ages, giving the city a certain “continental” touch. The historical links with Europe are clearly visible in architecture, in shop front names, and many words in the local dialect.
 
Bergen is the administrative and educational center 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 with 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 great importance to the city. Many famous orchestras, ballet companies and theatre ensembles have participated over the years. The theatre where Henrik Ibsen was once director lies in the heart of the city. The city sports a wide variety of cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants, offering specialties from all over the world.
 
The university of Bergen is located at the top of a hill in the center of the city. Its history dates back to 1825, to the Bergen Museum, which is the central university campus. The university itself is young, having been established in 1946.

 
Academic System and Language Requirements
Norwegian students enjoy a great deal of freedom in their studies. The emphasis on independent study and individual planning of the studies does, however, carry a responsibility to organize and plan the days of each semester.
 
As a rule, the language of instruction at the University of Bergen is Norwegian, and for regular degree students a good knowledge of Norwegian is essential. There are, however, significant exceptions to this: There are 10-20 Master’s degree programs taught in English. In addition, there are a certain number of courses in the Scandinavian Area Studies Program, all equaling half a semester’s full work load, and a few other courses, which are taught in English. Regular Norwegian students follow courses in Norwegian and very often read materials in English.
 
For some foreign students, particularly those whose mother tongue is a Germanic language, learning Norwegian is an easy task, and highly recommended. Most other students need more time and energy to overcome the language barrier.


Accommodations and Other Arrangements
Bergen offers a wide range of accommodation. International students intending to stay for a minimum of one semester are guaranteed a single room at one of SiB's student hostels under certain conditions.
 
All rooms have free access to the Internet.
Orientation is offered at the start of each semester. The aim of the Introductory Program is to introduce all new international students to different aspects of being a student in Bergen and Norway through practical information and lectures the first few days at the university. Another important aspect of the program is to finalize various formalities regarding your studies at the university and your stay in Norway in general.
 
The sports centers have gymnasiums for team sports, aerobics, weightlifting rooms, squash courts and climbing walls.

 
For more information and a detailed FAQ, please visit the http://www.midamericauniversities.org/utrecht-accordian-3/185-norway-university-of-bergen