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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Autumn Semester 2019 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of January 15th.
SpringSemester(W/Sp) 2020 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of January 15th.
Program Information:

QUICK FACTS
Location Bergen, Norway
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Academic Year
Spring Semester
Credits 20 - 25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
Language Instruction in English
Program Manager Mike Renes | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
Spring Semester priority deadline
May 15 (Spring Semester)
HIGHLIGHTS
General Just like the city of Bergen, the University of Bergen (UiB) has had an international outlook  since its foundation and is strongly committed to international collaboration in education and research.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The University of Bergen is a young, modern university located in the center of the city of Bergen. Internationally oriented since its foundation, the University of Bergen has had close cooperation with universities worldwide and is dedicated to advancing research, science and higher education. The University's academic landscape is characterized by its great variety and breadth of courses. Six faculties cover most of the traditional university disciplines: Humanities, Law, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry, Psychology and Social Sciences. Within these faculties there are over 60 different specialized departments, centers, and institutes. Exchange students may select courses offered within any of these departments
 
LOCATION

Site

Bergen, the second-largest city in Norway, is located on the mountainous west coast of the country and offers a unique combination of vibrant cultural life and breathtaking experiences of nature. The city's green areas and tree-lined streets and lakes, as well as its spectacular setting between the mountains and the sea, makes a visit to Bergen unforgettable. Aside from its beautiful sceneries, Bergen is also famous for its exquisite cuisine made from fresh seafood and inland ingredients. Fisketorget, the traditional outdoor fish market, is a must visit for visitors.





 

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Credits

20 - 25 UW credits per semester

Courses

This direct exchange is geared towards students who want to choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English and fully immerse themselves in the life and culture of Norwegian society and student life. The University of Bergen is renowned for research of outstanding quality, and for an excellent academic environment that challenges students personally as well as intellectually. Participants need a high level of personal maturity and independence

Students can begin their search for courses right here: University of Bergen course catalog

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

Exchange students at the University of Bergen are guaranteed housing as long they apply before the specified deadlines. Housing is offered within student residences and typically includes a single room with a shared kitchen and/or bathroom.

Students can learn more about their accommodations by visiting University of Bergen housing.








 

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.