University of Bergen

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University of Bergen
Universitetet i Bergen
Seal of the University of Bergen
Latin: Universitas Bergensis
Established 1946 (1825)
Type Public University
Rector Dag Rune Olsen
Administrative staff
3,200 (2007)
Students 17,000 (2015)
Location Bergen, Norway
Affiliations EUA
Coimbra Group
Utrecht Network

The University of Bergen (Norwegian: Universitetet i Bergen) is a public university located in Bergen, Norway. Although founded as late as 1946, academic activity had taken place at Bergen Museum as far back as 1825. The university today serves approximately 17,000 students, and is one of eight universities in Norway.


The University of Bergen, in common with other Norwegian universities, does not charge tuition fees,[1] 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 student give the donation


In 2010 the university was ranked as number 135 worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings,[2] and 181st worldwide by the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings.[3] UiB was also ranked number 148 worldwide in the July 2010 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.[4] The URAP (University Ranking by Academic Performance) has ranked UiB for 2014/2015 as the 219th worldwide.[5]


The University of Bergen has an elected rector, currently Dag Rune Olsen (August 1, 2013–present). The university has six faculties; the University of Bergen Library and the University Museum of Bergen have a faculty-like status.

Faculty of Humanities[edit]

  • 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) [1]
  • 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 Law[edit]

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 Sciences[edit]

  • Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
  • Centre for Geobiology
  • Centre for Pharmacy
  • CIPR - Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Earth Science
  • Department of Informatics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Molecular Biology
  • Department of Physics and Technology
  • Geophysical Institute
  • Laboratory for Electron Microscopy
  • Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology
  • School Science Center

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry[edit]

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
  • Laboratory Animal Facility

Faculty of Psychology[edit]

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 Sciences[edit]

  • 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




Other notes[edit]

The University also has an Arboretum and Botanical Garden.[6]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 60°23′17.11″N 5°19′22.34″E / 60.3880861°N 5.3228722°E / 60.3880861; 5.3228722