University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (Norwegian: Universitetet i Bergen, Urban East Norwegian: [ʉnɪvæʂɪˈtèːtə ɪ ˈbæ̀rɡn̩]) is a public university located in Bergen, Norway. The university today serves approximately 17,000 students, and is one of eight universities in Norway.

University of Bergen
Universitetet i Bergen
Seal of the University of Bergen
Latin: Universitas Bergensis
TypePublic University
Established1946 (1825)
RectorDag Rune Olsen
Administrative staff
4,062 (2019)
Students17,889 (2019)
AffiliationsARQUS Alliance
Coimbra Group
Utrecht Network


University Museum of Bergen

Although the university was founded as late as 1946, academic activity had taken place in Bergen since the founding of Bergen Cathedral School in 1153, the Seminarium Fredericianum in 1750 and the establishment of the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in 1817. Academia and higher education would also be significantly advanced in the city with the establishment of Bergen Museum, later renamed University Museum of Bergen, in 1825. Founded by Wilhelm Frimann Christie and Jacob Neumann, the museum became a venue for both research and education specialized on natural science, and featured prominent researcher like Michael Sars, Daniel Cornelius Danielssen and Fridtjof Nansen.[1]

Bergen would eventually become a city with several arenas for higher education and research with the Geophysical Institute being established in 1917, the Chr. Michelsen Institute in 1930, the Norwegian School of Economics in 1936 and finally the university in 1946.[2]

Priority areasEdit

The University of Bergen has three strategic areas

Within these areas, UiB will contribute to society with excellent research, education, interdisciplinary cooperation and dissemination of knowledge and innovation.


The University of Bergen has an elected rector, currently Dag Rune Olsen (As of August 1, 2013–present). The university has 7 faculties, the newest being The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design which was established in 2017.[3] The University of Bergen Library and the University Museum of Bergen have a faculty-like status. Most of the university campus and administration is located in the Nygård neighbourhood, which has resulted in the campus area often being referred to as Nygårdshøyden or simply høyden, meaning "the hill".

Office of the Rector of the University of Bergen


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[4]201-300
QS World[5]164

In 2010 the university was ranked as number 135 worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings,[6] and 181st worldwide by the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings.[7] UiB was also ranked number 148 worldwide in the July 2010 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.[8] The URAP (University Ranking by Academic Performance) has ranked UiB for 2014/2015 as the 219th worldwide.[9]


The University of Bergen, in common with other Norwegian universities, does not charge tuition fees,[10] which also applies to international students. Students are however required to be members of the student welfare organisation. As of Fall 2015, this fee (semesteravgift) is NOK 590 (approx. US$ 72) per semester, and provides access to several services, including cultural activities, childcare, refunds for many medical expenses and subsidized accommodation. 40kr of the fee is a donation to the SAIH, a student charity, but this is optional. However most of the students give the donation.

Faculties and academia at the University of BergenEdit

Sydneshaugen skole, campus of the Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and DesignEdit

The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design was established on 1 January 2017. It is composed of the earlier Grieg Academy – Department of Music, and the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

  • The Art Academy – Department of Contemporary Art
  • The Grieg Academy - Department of Music
  • Department of Design

Faculty of HumanitiesEdit

  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities
  • Centre for Women and Gender Research
  • Department of Archeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR)
  • Department of Foreign Languages (Arabic, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, German and single courses in Chinese (IF) [2]
  • Department of Linguistics, Literary and Aesthetical studies (LLE) (Nordic, Comparative Literature, Theatre Studies, Digital Culture, Linguistics, Art History, Classics)
  • Department of Philosophy and First Semester Studies (see Examen philosophicum and Examen facultatum) (FOF)
  • The Grieg Academy – Department of Music

The faculty revised its structure and names in August 2007.

Faculty of LawEdit

The Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen, seen from Magnus Lagabøtes plass.

The Faculty of Law was established as a separate faculty in 1980, with legal studies and research having been conducted at the university since 1969. The faculty is one of three Norwegian institutions which offer legal studies, the other two being the law faculties at the University of Oslo and the University of Tromsø. The faculty offers a five-year programme leading to a Master's degree in law and a three-year PhD programme, and currently has approximately 1900 students.

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural SciencesEdit

The Natural Science Building
The Geophysical Institute

As of January 1, 2018, the faculty is organised into the following seven departments:

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Earth Science
  • Department of Informatics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics and Technology
  • Geophysical Institute

The Faculty is tied to a number of centres:

Centres of Excellence in Research:

  • Birkeland Centre for Space Science
  • Centre for Geobiology

Centres of Research-based Innovation:

  • Sea Lice Research Centre

Centres of Excellence in Education:

  • BioCEED

Other important units and centres:

Faculty of MedicineEdit

Since January 2013 the faculty is organised in the following departments and units:

  • Department of Biomedicine
  • Department of Clinical Medicine
  • Department of Clinical Science
  • Department of Clinical Dentistry
  • Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care
  • Centre for International Health
  • Laboratory Animal Facility

Faculty of PsychologyEdit

The Faculty of Psychology

The University of Bergen is the only institution in the Nordic countries where the study of psychology has been assigned to its own faculty. Established in 1980, it educates psychologists and is responsible[citation needed] for the University's pedagogic education.

Faculty of Social SciencesEdit

The Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Department of Administration and Organization Theory
  • Department of Comparative Politics
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Information Science and Media Studies
  • Department of Social Anthropology
  • Department of Sociology
  • Centre for Development Studies
  • Centre for Gender Studies
  • Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Notable academics and facultyEdit

Notable alumniEdit

Other notesEdit

The University also has an Arboretum and Botanical Garden.[11]


  1. ^ "Et tradisjonsrikt universitet". Universitetet i Bergen (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  2. ^ "Universitetet i Bergen er 70 år". Universitetet i Bergen (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  3. ^ "Nytt fakultet for kunst, musikk og design fra 1. januar 2017". Universitetet i Bergen (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  4. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017
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  11. ^ "Plantsearch". Retrieved 7 August 2015.

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