University of Oregon

University of Bergen Exchange

Program Overview

Please note: This program is not currently active. 

Enroll directly in courses taught at the University of Bergen in Norway. This program offers courses in Scandinavian studies, Old Norse, critical studies of multimedia, computer and information science, anthropology and ethnology, as well as extensive curricula in the sciences: biology, physics, geophysics, and chemistry. In addition, Bergen has a wonderful program in marine science, and Bergen is the perfect setting for study of the marine environment. It is a wonderful site for water and winter recreation, and its numerous sea, air, and train linkages connect it to Oslo, other parts of Scandinavia, Iceland, Scotland, and mainland Western Europe.

Since the Middle Ages, Bergen has held a special status in Norway as a city of international character. Bergen is a thriving center of modern commerce, shipping, banking and culture.

Academic Details

If you have less than two years of Norwegian, you will take courses taught in English. Instruction in Norwegian language is available at many levels. The University of Bergen offers a number of courses in English in chemistry, physics, geology, psychology, literature (English and American), economics, geography, law, philosophy, history, public administration, media studies, math, marine sciences, and Scandinavian studies. Depending upon your language ability and the availability of courses, you may be able to take courses taught in Norwegian. All Bergen courses numbered 300 and above are graduate-level. 

For further information about courses, please visit the University of Bergen

Housing Description

You will stay in one of two student residence hall complexes located in various parts of the city. Residence hall rooms are usually single occupancy and either have a private bath or one shared with only one to three other students. Kitchens are shared with several other students in the flat and often serve as a social gathering place. All halls are a bus ride from the center of the city. Private housing is exceedingly difficult to find in Bergen. Some students have found their own apartments (often shared with others), but it is best to live in the residence halls first and then search for other housing while you are there.

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. If you have studied Norwegian language, you will need a language proficiency evaluation by a UO instructor of Norwegian. After the initial application is complete, you will later fill out an application for the exchange university. 

Graduate Students:
In addition to the process described above and below, you must also complete the Graduate Enrollment in UO-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs form. This form requires that you obtain pre-authorization for your program from your adviser, department head and the Graduate School.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • You are strongly encouraged to complete one year of Norwegian at the University of Oregon before joining this program.
  • If you want to study subjects taught in Norwegian, it is recommended that you complete a minimum of two years of Norwegian language (with average grades of B or better) before going to Bergen.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester2017TBDTBDTBD
Spring Semester2018
Academic Year2017-18

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.