Applicants from certain developing countries, countries in Central and Eastern Europe
are eligible for funding.Priority
Only applicants who are affiliated with institutions with a formal, active collaboration agreement with the University of Bergen will be considered for admission.
Currently, the University of Bergen has formal collaboration agreements with the following institutions: Collaborating Institutions
As a general rule applicants must have resided in their home country for at least one year prior to the intended study period in Norway.
Applicants residing in Norway can apply if they have been financed by a Norwegian state scholarship or research grant, and if they have not been in Norway for more than two years when the programme starts.
Applicants must normally have obtained an undergraduate degree or Bachelor's degree of 4 years' duration, or have an equivalent educational background. For information regarding equivalency, see country list.
The degree must include courses equalling at least 1.5 years of full-time studies in a subject relevant to that of the programme applied for.
Admission is extremely competative, applicants should have excellent academic records. Minimum 2 nd Class, Upper Division/B or the equivalent is normally required in order to be considered for admission.
Requirements to documentation
All copies must be certified (stamped, signed and dated) by the issuing institution or by a Notary Public. If the original language of your documents is not English or a Scandinavian language, officially certified copies of the translation must accompany certified copies of your documents in original language.
Please note that some Master's degree programmes may have additional admission requirements specific to their programme. Please refer to the website of each programme for more information.
English language proficiency
Documented proficiency in English is required for admission.
Master's degree programmes
The University of Bergen has established a number of 2-year Master's degree programmes taught in English and only candidates admitted to these programmes are eligible for financial support by the Quota Scheme.
Please note that some programmmes are not offered every year.
New students are admitted every second year to the programmes in Health Promotion and Anthropology of Development (2012, 2014, etc) and Gender and Development (2011, 2013, etc).
Please note that subjects NOT offered at the University of Bergen include:
Business Administration and Accounting
Law studies: The Faculty of Law deals predominantly with the Norwegian legal system, and the professional degree is intended to train lawyers to work in Norway. Law studies require a very good command of the Norwegian language.
Students admitted to a Master's degree programme may qualify for admission to doctoral studies during or upon completion of their master programme. Only rarely are candidates admitted directly to a doctoral degree on the basis of a non-Norwegian degree unless they have an established agreement with the relevant department and have submitted an approved thesis proposal as the major part of the application.
Submit the online application form
The online application form is available on our website from
3 October to 1 December.
Once you submit the online application form, you will receive an application receipt by e-mail which must be printed, signed, and returned within the deadline with the required documents. Please read ALL the information in the application receipt before you return it to our office.
Submit the required documents
Applicants complete their application by posting the required documents as soon as possible and not later than 15 December (postmarked by 15 December):
1. Application receipt (signed by applicant)
2. Secondary School certificate
3. Transcript of records (an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university)
4. University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s)
5. Documentation of English language proficiency
6. Relevant work experience (if applicable)
7. Personal statement (your motivation for applying)
8. Recommendation letter(s)/references (personal statement from academic adviser/employer or equivalent)
9. Copy of your passport showing full name, date of birth, and photograph
Specific requirements for the programme(s) applied for (some Master's programmes may have additional admission requirements specific to their programme)
Please note that you will not be considered for admission if:
You have not given sufficient information as to your academic background
Your application is not postmarked by the given deadline
We do not accept scanned documents. All documents, including the application receipt, should be sent by regular post. All copies must be certified (stamped, signed and dated) by the issuing institution or by a Notary Public.
Please note: If you are also applying for a Master's Degree Programme as a self-financed student, you should send both application receipts together with only one copy of the required/supporting documents.
3 October to 1 December
Applicants submit the online application form by 1 December.
Applicants submit the required application documents to Student Services by post by 15 December.
Application registration and processing
1 December to 1 February
Student Services registers the applications.
Student Services processes applications for formal requirements
Please note that we do not have the capacity to confirm receipt of your application until they have been registered. We will not reply to e-mails regarding the receipt of the applications in this period.
By the middle of February
All applicants will receive an e-mail confirming the receipt of their application.
1 February to 1 April
Processing of formally qualified applications by the admission committee at Faculty level.
Offer of Admission
By the middle of April
Student Services e-mails and sends Letters of Acceptance to accepted applicants.
All applicants who are not offered admission will be informed by e-mail at the end of April.
Acceptance of the Offer of Admission
By 1 May
Accepted applicants return the form “Declaration - Confirmation of Acceptance” by fax (+47 55 58 90 25) or e-mail (email@example.com) to accept the offer of admission.
Preparation for Your Stay
As soon as possible and by 1 June
Apply for a Residence Permit